At this time, Ave Maria University does not offer programs
of study in engineering or computer science.
Students interested in engineering or computer science may find that studying Physics or Mathematics is a satisfying alternative.
Training in physics and mathematics, especially in a strong liberal arts context, provides a solid foundation upon which a variety of careers may be built. Physics majors have enjoyed post-baccalaureate career success and achievement. Furthermore, the physics, mathematics and other courses offered at Ave Maria University satisfy many pre-engineering and computer science requirements should a student choose to pursue those fields at a later time. These claims are borne out by student's experiences, both nationwide and here at Ave Maria.
According to the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and
the American Physical Society (APS), roughly half of those
who earn a physics bachelor degree immediately
pursue graduate studies, while the other half find employment
in a wide variety of fields.
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These initial choices do not convey the whole story. Some graduates plan to work for a few years and then resume studies, while others obtain a Master's degree in aid of their career aspirations.
Sitting the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is required for admission to most graduate school programs. In the publicly available GRE meta-data physics students are included in the general category of Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Computer Science (MPSCS). The GRE data shows that this group is, as a whole, very strong in the quantitative aspects of the test. Contrary to stereotype, the verbal scores of students in this group were second only to those planning graduate work in the Arts and Humanities category. This corroborates the under-appreciated fact that students with liberal arts undergraduate preparation are over-represented in graduate school programs, as is discussed in an article by Thomas Cech, the co-winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Until recently, Ave Maria University has had only a minor
program in Physics.
The career paths of students who completed the minor program
illustrate, in microcosm, the national trends observed for
physics majors. We are proud of their early achievements.
Note that each of these students has been entreprenurial as they drew upon the rich liberal arts education provided at Ave Maria to find their way in the broader world.
A liberal arts education provides the best context for students to discern their life's ambition and multi-faceted preparation necessary for achieving their goals.
At Ave Maria, we are committed to:
Our commitment extends beyond the presentation of material in the classroom to include fostering a deep appreciation for the subjects and developing univeralisable critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
Growth and maturation as a scientist is best accomplished by doing scientific work. Along with summer and semester projects, we will encourage and assist students in applying for external summer undergraduate research programs.