Diving deep into the practical knowledge and applications of STEM opens the door to endless possibilities, and Science and Engineering majors offer just that. With a huge variety of options to choose from, this comprehensive list is a great place for science-minded students to start their college search!
All the colleges and universities below are located in the Western United States (with one international option!) and have strong academic programs geared toward STEM-related disciplines. If you want to connect with a school you find here, just click the “Connect me” button underneath each listing—then they’ll reach out to you with more information. Start discovering great places to study science and engineering now!
Abilene Christian University
Abilene Christian University is a private coeducational university affiliated with the Churches of Christ in Abilene, Texas. ACU offers a BS in Engineering with five concentrations as well as a BS in Physics with four concentrations. Engineering and Physics students often receive paid opportunities to work, study, and intern at premier national laboratories such as Los Alamos, Fermi, and Brookhaven.
California Baptist University
California Baptist University is a private church-affiliated liberal arts university in Riverside, California—60 miles east of Los Angeles. CBU’s College of Engineering offers 10 bachelor’s degree programs ranging from Biomedical Engineering to Software Engineering. Each CBU Engineering student will experience a wide variety of hands-on learning activities, including local business internships and cross-cultural projects.
Chapman University is a private university in Orange County, California—30 miles southeast of Los Angeles. With around 10,000 total students enrolled and 50,000+ alumni worldwide, Chapman offers STEM programs through the Schmid College of Science & Technology and the Fowler School of Engineering. The University is also home to the Keck Center, which helps power the convergence of science and technology on campus and allows faculty and students to collaborate across programs and disciplines to solve global challenges.
Concordia University Irvine
Concordia University Irvine is a church-affiliated university located 50 miles south of Los Angeles in Irvine, California. CUI trains students in experimental design, proposal writing and submission, real-world constraints on data collection, statistical data analysis, and a variety of other research protocols. On-campus facilities like the Marine Lab and Heritage Garden are dedicated to advanced instruction and undergraduate research.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Arizona)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a private university devoted exclusively to the field of aviation that’s located two miles from Prescott's airport and 90 miles from Phoenix, Arizona. The Aerospace Engineering program is among the largest in the nation and has earned the #1 spot in U.S. News & World Report’s College Rankings guide for nearly two decades. An applied, hands-on approach is supported by state-of-the-art labs, opportunities to take part in prestigious academic competitions around the world, and a reputation in industry that attracts employers seeking interns and passionate professionals.
Gonzaga University is a church-affiliated university located in Spokane, Washington. Students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) go beyond the fundamentals of engineering and computer science, with the undergraduate experience culminating in a senior design project that involves small teams of students, a faculty advisor, and at least one industry liaison. Gonzaga also offers a range of science and engineering–based professional clubs and student organizations such the GU Drone Club, GU Robotics, and Society of Women Engineers.
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University is a Jesuit, Catholic university located in St. Louis, Missouri. STEM students at SLU have worked alongside faculty researchers on single X-ray photo detectors, designed a chemical vapor deposition system for synthesis of nanoscale carbon materials, and built and designed small satellites launched by NASA. Internship opportunities with airlines, technology companies, and labs in St. Louis abound, leading to jobs for students in STEM fields after—or even before—graduation.
Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is a Jesuit, Catholic university in Santa Clara, 45 miles south of San Francisco, California. Students with an interest in engineering can pursue majors including Bioengineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and more. Opening in fall 2021, a new state-of-the-art STEM complex with top-notch labs and design spaces will be an inviting home where Santa Clara students can discover, experiment, and innovate like never before.
Stanford University is a private research university located in Stanford, California. All three of Stanford’s undergraduate schools feature departments, majors, and labs in the STEM fields, including Energy Resources Engineering, Geological Sciences, and Geophysics in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Science, as well as 16 majors in the Stanford School of Engineering. In each school, students will find a depth and rigor in the STEM disciplines with a grounding in the liberal arts, allowing students of any major to follow their interests.
University of Alaska Fairbanks
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is a public institution located four miles from downtown Fairbanks in central Alaska. UAF is a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution, specializing in practical engineering for extreme environments, arctic landscapes and wildlife, Earth sciences, climate change, and much more. Students utilize the skills and knowledge they gain in practical ways through student research, fieldwork, and national and international competitions.
University of Colorado Boulder
The University of Colorado Boulder is a public university 27 miles northwest of Denver, Colorado. CU Boulder is a Tier 1 research university with over 50 years of partnership with local federal research labs, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Students can create their own path by mixing majors, minors, certificates, and electives in business, art and technology, entrepreneurship, teaching, and global engineering.
University of Portland
The University of Portland is a private church-affiliated institution just four miles from downtown Portland, Oregon. Engineering and Computer Science majors are admitted directly into the Shiley School of Engineering, with access to labs, a makerspace, manufacturing shop facilities, and computer labs. Coursework and projects emphasize teamwork, experimentation, and innovation integrated with theory, analysis, and design.
Western Washington University
Western Washington University is a public comprehensive university located in Bellingham, Washington. The University offers more than 175 academic programs, the most popular including Biology, Business, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, and Psychology. Western students have created one of the nation’s first campus recycling programs, developed tiny homes to address affordable housing and environmental sustainability needs, developed the first completely transparent solar window, and much more.
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