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Academic Enhancements

No matter which engineering major you select, you will receive a solid foundation in your chosen discipline. But what if you want to go deeper in a particular area? What if you’re interested in working toward a graduate degree while you’re an undergraduate student? What if you don’t want to wait until you’re a graduate student to work in a lab? The UK College of Engineering offers numerous academic enhancements that allow you to specialize in your area of interest, study in other countries, conduct research with engineering faculty even as an undergraduate student, blend engineering with leadership or business and more.


If you want to specialize in an area that may not be covered by your major, a certificate may be right for you. While certificate programs feature courses dedicated to specific areas of expertise, they do not require as many credit hours as minors. The college currently offers certificates in the following areas:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive production engineering
  • Biopharmaceutical engineering
  • Cybersecurity
  • Environmental engineering
  • Lean Systems
  • Power & energy

Undergraduate Research

At most universities, meaningful research opportunities with top faculty members are reserved for graduate students. Not in the UK College of Engineering. You can make significant contributions to faculty research as early as the spring semester of your freshman year. Undergraduate research experiences complement your classroom education and give you a competitive advantage on your resume.

International Programs

In our global economy, you can expect to work and collaborate with leaders and engineers from other cultures. Through the college’s education abroad programs, you can study in Germany, Italy, China, Malaysia, Japan, Brazil, Scotland and other more—usually without delaying progress toward your engineering degree. Consider increasing your versatility and broadening your horizons by making an unforgettable international study experience part of your academic plan.

Engineering Scholars Programs

Scholars programs within the college give engineering and computer science students a path toward specialization in a specific topic combined with learning experiences outside the classroom. Scholars programs require students to participate in leadership, entrepreneurship or undergraduate research opportunities in order to assimilate classroom material into real-life situations.

SEAM Honors

A joint program between the UK College of Engineering and the Gatton College of Business and Economics, the Scholars in Engineering and Management (SEAM) honors program integrates business and engineering at the undergraduate level. Cross-functional classes and activities produce entrepreneurial-minded graduates well-equipped for today’s global economy. 

Engineering/MBA Dual Degree

Did you know you can receive an undergraduate degree in engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in just five years? The Engineering/MBA Dual Degree program puts you on the fast track to a well-rounded engineering or business career and even includes a two-week international trip at the end of the final year.

University Scholars

The University Scholars program offers motivated students the chance to integrate undergraduate and graduate courses of study in a single, continuous program that culminates in both a bachelor’s and a master’s or doctoral degree. As a University Scholar, you can apply up to 12 hours of graduate coursework toward both your undergraduate and graduate degrees.