Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I have a double major and what are the implications?
Some students choose a double major. Common examples include Aerospace Engineering and Aeronautical Science. Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering often show up as double majors. In any of these examples it will require additional time to complete the requirements of both degrees.
- Engineering is a challenging major, how are you going to help me succeed?
Embry-Riddle engineering faculty are among the best teachers on campus. They come here because they want to teach. Research is not their primary focus. Unlike many other universities, professors -- not graduate students --teach all the engineering and math courses. Engineering courses are relatively small (most have less than 30 students) and many have "hands-on" laboratories so students have an active role in learning. There is plenty of tutoring available from upper-class students. Professors also have at least 10 hours a week of office hours, devoted solely to helping students with assignments or other problems. In addition, advising is taken very seriously at Embry-Riddle. Professors typically contact their advisees multiple times each semester to make sure they are doing well in their classes and are happy with their education as it relates to their future goals.
- How does ROTC fit into engineering?
Many of our engineering students are also in Air Force or Army ROTC. About one fourth of engineering students are in an ROTC program. We're considered an ROTC friendly environment, however completing the requirements for ROTC on top of a rigorous Engineering Degree Program is challenging. It appears that time management may be the most important skill in this endeavor.
- How much do engineers make when they graduate?
Engineering salaries vary around the country due to location and market. AE salaries ( for students with a B.S. and experience) are usually around $50k and sometimes in the $60k range to start. Electrical engineering graduates and computer engineering graduates make a little more.
- If I have trouble in my classes, what help can I expect to receive?
The fact that Embry-Riddle is a small school with relatively small class sizes means that students have much more face time with their instructors than they would at larger institutions. The faculty is dedicated to helping students succeed, which means they are willing to work with students during their office hours if they are having difficulty grasping the course material. Embry-Riddle also offers tutor labs that allow students additional opportunities to improve their class work.
- What does Embry-Riddle offer that makes it worth paying higher tuition than a state institution?
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has a reputation for producing graduates that are ready to 'hit the ground running' in the engineering jobs they obtain. Industry representatives are very satisfied with our hands-on curriculum which allows students to practice and verify theoretical methods. Our engineering curriculum also emphasizes development of communication skills, while many Engineering Degree Programs do not. These skills also prove invaluable in post-graduate work.
- What is the difference between Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Engineering?
Computer scientists concentrate on the software aspects of computers but the level of hardware knowledge can vary by institution between limited and non-existent. Electrical engineers are the designers of hardware that includes embedded systems, control theory, communications, and digital and linear circuitry. Computer engineers have more software background than electrical engineers and more hardware background than computer scientists. At Embry-Riddle both the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering degree programs typically concentrate on applications within aviation and aerospace platforms.
- Will a co-op or internship in engineering help me get a job?
Both co-op and internship opportunities can help students gain employment once they graduate. You can list your internship as actual career experience on your resume and talk about what you learned during interviews. More importantly, cooperative educational experiences bring relevance to your education as you attend school. Multiple co-op and internship opportunities exist for Embry-Riddle engineering students.