Baylor University
ECS - Prospective Students
School of Engineering and Computer Science

What is Engineering?

Engineers shape our world. They not only create cars, computers, airplanes, and bridges but also sports equipment, movie special effects, roller coasters, and synthetic human tissue replacements. Engineers have a hand in designing, creating, or modifying nearly everything we touch in our daily lives. Their innovations fuel economic growth, fortify national security systems, improve healthcare, and safeguard the environment.

Engineering offers more career options than any other discipline. It's a profession that can take you from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space, from within the microscopic structures of the human cell to the top of the tallest skyscrapers. Engineers are behind almost all of today's exciting technology. Engineers are problem solvers who search for quicker, better, and less expensive ways to use the forces and materials of nature to meet today's challenges.

Engineering students have their pick of many fields. From electrical to mechanical to biomedical, every discipline within engineering will lead to an exciting and rewarding career.

In short, engineering uses physics and math to design and create products that change the world around us.

What is Computer Science?

Computer scientists deal with all aspects of computer systems including design, construction, and operation. Some computer scientists specialize in areas like digital systems, operating systems, computer networks, and software. For example, we rely on computer scientists to design the software for a computer simulation that will test stress points in a bridge before it is built.

Computer scientists are more than just programmers. Computer scientists design and create software and databases for everything. Whether it be video games, homeland security, or web interface, computer scientists turn computers into useful tools.

There is no limit for where a computer scientist can work, though some of the most notable companies that hire computer scientists are IBM, Microsoft, and NASA.

What is Bioinformatics?

Bioinformatics is a cutting edge discipline that combines molecular biology and computer science. Using computational approaches, bioinformatics seeks to solve today's biologically relevant questions.

Because Baylor supports very active graduate programs in areas related to bioinformatics, undergraduate students will partake in a didactic that incorporates lecture with hands-on real world examples of bioinformatics applications and research.

Ongoing research projects include methods to create distributed biological database systems designed for the specific needs of biology researchers, research into the automated discovery of gene regulatory networks using high-throughput data sources such as microarray data, and research into novel methods of data clustering and data mining. In addition, Baylor's new $100 million science and research building offers an integrated bioinformatics research lab that provides bioinformatics support to Baylor's growing number of biology researchers.

Bioinformatics is the perfect major for students who have an interest in both biology and computer science. Many students choose to major in bioinformatics with the intention of going to medical school.