In 1837, The University of Alabama Board of Trustees told the faculty that “the present state of our country calls for instruction in (engineering) from our university.” Courses in civil engineering to meet the demands of the expansion of railroads into the American frontier were added to the curriculum in 1838, making UA one of the first five institutions in the country to teach engineering.

Today, more than 175 years later, UA’s College of Engineering is hitting its stride with nearly 6,000 students, more than 140 faculty and annual research expenditures of over $31 million. The College’s students have earned nationally-competitive scholarships and selective graduate fellowships.

We invite you to explore and discover more about the history of University of Alabama engineering and computer science and also take time to learn what’s going on in the College today.