Frequently Asked Questions
What are the average salaries for a Bachelor of Science in this program?
Because of the academic rigor of our degrees and the high demand for technical graduates, our majors have some of the highest starting salaries of all BS graduates. The average starting salaries at the BS level for graduates from our programs is between $40,000 and $60,000 depending on the major. For students acquiring advanced degrees salaries are even higher. Furthermore, there is a shortage of mathematically skilled workers including engineers, computer scientists, etc. in the U.S. Our geographical location near the DFW Metroplex with extensive telecommunication and aerospace industries as well as being the second largest semiconductor producing area in the U.S. provides excellent summer internship opportunities for good students with our industrial partners.
The links below provide statistics on potential earnings in some jobs that our majors are often employed in. It should be noted that job titles in industry do not necessarily imply a degree of the same name. For instance most Math and Physics graduates at the BS level are employed positions that require their backgrounds in math or physics but have a title other than Math or Physics including engineer, systems analyst, actuary, etc.
|Highest Paying Jobs in U.S.||U.S. Department of Labor Statistics|
|Radiation (Medical) Physicist||Salary.com’s Salary Wizard™|
|Electrical Engineer||Salary.com’s Salary Wizard™|
|Computer Engineering||U.S. DoL – Occupational Outlook Handbook|
|Computer Software Engineer||U.S. DoL – Occupational Outlook Handbook|
|Actuaries||U.S. DoL – Occupational Outlook Handbook|
|PhD Physicists and Related Scientists||American Institute of Physics|
|BS Physicists and Related Scientists||American Institute of Physics|
What is the difference between Engineering and Engineering Technology degrees?
Engineering is the application of mathematics and science principles to the design and implementation of systems and devices. A Bachelor’s engineering program is designed to prepare students to work in the industry, designing systems that meet specific job requirements; some students will continue on to graduate work. Basic science requirements are calculus I, II, III, differential equations, chemistry and calculus-based physics. Engineers either invent new devices, or make them more cost effective and add new features; for example, engineers have developed cheaper versions of lasers with unique features for DVD players/recorders. After gaining experience, many engineers eventually take up management position in their companies. The national average salary is $81,600 [Payscale].
Engineering Technology (ENGT) is mostly concerned with the manufacturing or production of existing designs. Professionals with this degree take designs provided by the engineers and figure out how to mass produce them using available manufacturing tools, while reducing costs. The basic science requirements for ENGT are generally less than those for Engineering: usually, calculus III and differential equations are not required. The national average salary is $74,000 [Payscale]
Will engineering technology courses count for engineering degrees?
While engineering courses will usually count toward an engineering technology degree, most engineering technology and related degree courses will not count for credit for an engineering degree. In addition, most math and science classes taken for engineering technology degrees also don’t count for credit in an engineering degree.
Should I just take core classes if I am not sure about my major?
Unlike English, Business, and non-technical degrees, technical majors like engineering are sequential by nature. You will have at least four years of course work from the time you start taking engineering, computer science, physics, and math courses. If you take two years of general core classes before you start taking engineering then you will still have four more years of college! You need to see an advisor in our department before you sign up for your first semester of classes so we can help you graduate on time.
What if I start out in this department and change my major?
All technical majors have a common core of math and physics courses for at least the first year. Thus you can switch between them with no lost course work. For most engineering fields and physics, transfers between majors can be made up to the junior year with little or no lost work. Furthermore, technical majors require more advanced math and science core classes than no-technical majors so the courses taken can be used for majors like Business, Agriculture, etc. Specialty courses which are not part of the core can be used as electives in non-technical majors so again no course work is lost.
If you start out doing a non-technical major then many courses like College Algebra, etc will not count if you change into a technical degree like engineering as these courses are considered high school preparatory work.
What should I take in High School?
The majors in this department all require a strong background in math and physics. Thus, a student should try to take as much math and physics as possible. A background of PreCalculus and an AP-B Physics course is assumed as the first math course for graduation credit is calculus I and the first physics course for graduation credit is Calculus based Physics. If your high school doesn’t offer these courses then you may need to do some leveling work prior to beginning coursework in your major. In order to minimize your time in school, it is highly recommended that you come to Tarleton in the summer prior to the fall of your freshman year so that you can start your leveling course work.