College of Engineering

Dr. Dietmar Rempfer, Dean

At Embry-Riddle’s College of Engineering at Prescott our mission is to educate future engineers of the 21st century. We provide an undergraduate education nationally recognized for its rigor with a strong emphasis in engineering science and design, coupled with hands-on project-based education using state-of-the-art engineering tools. Our students are comfortable using the full range of engineering approaches, including real-world lab-based testing, computer simulations and the latest AI-assisted design and analysis approaches.

The college’s vision is to contribute well-prepared professionals for early success in industry, graduate school, or government and military service. Our graduates will go out to change the world, directly through the products, services and systems they envision, optimize, and implement, and indirectly through the impact that their products have on us and our environment. We know that to support and prepare our students in these endeavors, great science and exceptional academic programs are only the beginning. Our graduates will not only be able to competently navigate our technological environment, but they will also acquire a deep understanding of our liberal arts traditions, through relevant content in the arts, humanities, social sciences and entrepreneurship. Our college prepares graduates who recognize the complexity of the world, who appreciate the relationship of their work to society, and who are dedicated to creative enterprises for the good of humankind.

We are a diverse group of dedicated educators, scientists/engineers and accomplished professionals with a broad range of experiences and pursuits that allow us to recognize and address the needs of our society using a wide range of skills and tools that we are eager to share with our students. ERAU Prescott’s engineering students are recognized for their deep appreciation and comprehension of the principles of engineering analysis and design paired with an ability to identify opportunities, articulate a vision, and see it to fruition. They can achieve more with the support of our dedicated faculty and staff, confident in the skills they have acquired through their experience in our state-of-the-art facilities.

The College of Engineering offers five complementary programs, with an emphasis on the aerospace and high-tech industries. Aerospace, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, and Software Engineers often are the primary team members in the design, analysis, or refurbishment of aircraft, spacecraft, engines, rockets, and the ground-based systems that support their operations. The strength of the college is built on this combination of disciplines focused on solving the complex engineering development problems of our society and industry.

  • Aerospace Engineering concentrates its efforts on aircraft and spacecraft systems including structures, aerodynamics, flight mechanics, performance, and control.
  • Computer Engineering focuses on the design and development associated with computer hardware, including chips and circuits, and on the analysis, design, and development of mission-critical software systems employed in these devices.
  • Electrical Engineering focuses on control systems, electronic communications systems, and electrical power systems, which provides the technical specialization necessary to understand the design and operation of modern avionics systems.
  • Mechanical Engineering focuses on propulsion, robotics, and energy with an emphasis on jet aircraft and rocket engines, autonomous vehicles such as Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Planetary Rovers and renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.
  • Software Engineering focuses on the design of security and safety-critical software needed to operate any complex system.

The philosophy of our college is to give students a broad background, enabling them to pursue careers in a wide range of technical areas, but we center our education around aerospace applications as our vehicle to demonstrate the exciting, creative, and technical aspects of these engineering disciplines.

Everything we do in our college is based on the recognition that the true goal of engineering is to make people’s lives better. We educate our graduates to have the perception that enables them to recognize needs, the skills and knowledge to design solutions, and the vision and energy to engage in creative enterprises for the good of the world. With these goals in mind, we aspire to form our students in an environment that provides a distinctive engineering learning experience to educate the next generation of innovators who can better the world we live in. Engineering education at our College of Engineering aims at delivering a unique set of signature elements:

  • An approach to design thinking within the framework of modern engineering education promoting a CDIO (conceive-design-implement-operate) methodology to engineering practice.
  • An interdisciplinary education introducing our students to pertinent approaches and immersing them in knowledge from the liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences, while at the same time offering an experience that interacts with the rest of the University in a bi-directional way.
  • A “computation across the curriculum” approach that integrates modern forms of computing into traditional engineering content in an organic way, fostering both horizontal and vertical integration of realms of meaning in the sciences and engineering.
  • Modern forms of content delivery, where we take full advantage of latest-generation computational systems, artificial intelligence, and interactive content to provide a learning experience that is both deep and engaging.
  • A two-semester capstone design experience that engages student teams in significant design problems with realistic constraints.

The College of Engineering embraces the philosophies of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. We have established objectives for our alumni to prepare them for a productive and rewarding career. These objectives for alumni are defined by the program constituents and stated on the program webpages and in the catalog section for each program.

Along with these objectives we have established outcomes we expect from our students as they progress through graduation. Those outcomes are listed below:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;​​​​
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions;
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

It is the goal of the College of Engineering that incoming freshmen be able to complete their baccalaureate studies in four years. Depending on preparation and the time committed to classes, students may be able to graduate more quickly than that or it may take them longer. The nominal four-year program assumes that students arrive here having mastered trigonometry, two years of algebra, and one year of high school physics and chemistry. Additionally, it is highly recommended that students have had exposure to pre-calculus or calculus prior to their arrival on campus. Because communication skills are vital to all modern engineering disciplines, entering students should have a strong background in English composition.

Students exploring engineering who have not selected a specific degree program may, during their first semester, enroll in courses that are common to all the engineering disciplines. This enables a student interested in engineering to explore the content of all the engineering programs during their first semester prior to declaring a major at the beginning of their second semester. The first semester courses apply toward any engineering degree.

The College of Engineering is proud of its programs. Industry praises the quality of our graduates, and graduate schools welcome our students. The following sections provide specific information on each degree program. Details on the content and emphasis of the degree and the degree requirements are shown. Please remember that questions regarding the degree programs are always welcome. Please feel free to contact the Admissions office, the College of Engineering, or the individual departments directly.

  • The Aerospace Engineering (B.S.) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Aerospace and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria.
  • The Computer Engineering (B.S.) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Electrical, Computer, Communications, Telecommunication(s) and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria.
  • The Electrical Engineering (B.S.) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Electrical, Computer, Communications, Telecommunication(s) and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria.
  • The Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Mechanical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria.
  • The Software Engineering (B.S.) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Software and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria.


Bachelor's Degrees

Combined Program Pathways