Undergraduate Programs: Courses

Chemical Engineering

The professionals of the mentioned area have a wide working field that comprises, among others, the oil, petrochemical, metallurgical, textile, agriculture, cement, food, pharmaceutical, glass, plastic and biofuel industries. The chemical engineer is responsible for the project, operation, accompaniment, optimization, control and automation processes, besides research and environmental managing. At PUC-Rio, Chemical Engineering is an interdepartmental course ministered by the Departments of Chemical and Materials Engineering and Chemistry. The possibility of dual eligibility in Chemistry and in Production, Oil and Environmental Engineering constitutes a differential in the University chemical engineer formation, which enlarges still its insertion opportunity in the labor market.

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The Graduation, with technological attributions, is the course offered within this area. The adopted curricular structure allows the fast obtainment of a double Chemistry / Engineering eligibility, forming professionals with solid and updated knowledge, which attend properly the market necessities. The strict relation with the post-graduation offers to student the contact to the last generation equipment and techniques, thus contributing for a strong scientific and technological formation. The working in mentioned market includes the chemical industries, the oil sector, the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, the companies for water and industrial waste material treatment, as well as recycling, among others.

Civil Engineering

The civil construction industry development, the investment in big constructions, as well as the high productivity of the oil sector has consolidated the insertion of the civil engineer within the labor market. The graduation program of PUC-Rio, highly appraised internationally, establishes a strong basis in mathematics and basic sciences, in engineering, project management and production tools, as well as in the application of Civil Engineering technologies. The course still offers an ample formation and emphasis possibilities in the Structural, Geotechnical and Environmental areas. The Structure studies enable the project and construction of buildings, bridges and large structures using armed concrete, protended concrete, steel and new materials. The Geotechnics acts on the behavior of soils, rocks and new geotechnical materials for project implementation, as well as on the solution of works associated with landslide prevention, foundations, tunnels, excavations, dams, highways and landfills, among others. The Environmental area approaches environmental, sanitation, water captivation and treatment and sewage system projects, as well as techniques for the prevention and recuperation of environmental degradation.

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Computer Engineering and Computer Science

The undergraduate programs in Computing at PUC-Rio are repeatedly rated among the best in Brazil. Graduates are highly regarded by an ever-growing job market. Our programs do not emphasize technologies, which may disappear in two or three years, but focus instead on fundamental concepts and techniques, shaping professionals for a highly dynamic environment. Courses cover both traditional areas in Computing, such as software development and algorithms, and novel areas, such as entertainment, digital media, data science, and intelligent systems. Students have the opportunity to participate in internships and projects in innovating areas in the labs located in the University.

The Computer Engineering program provides a sold background in engineering and in computing, allowing its graduates to work both in software, in areas such as scientific computing, entertainment applications, or apps for mobile devices, as in areas that integrate software and hardware, such as embedded systems or computer networks.

The Computer Science graduates go on to leading positions either in the software industry or in research groups. They work not only using the appropriate existing technologies to create new software systems, but often on developing new technologies, like programming languages, game engines, or tools for big data visual.

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Control and Automation Engineering

The Control and Automation curriculum focuses on the integration of several fields, especially those concerning Mechanical, Electrical and Computer Science areas. In this sense, the course has the objective to offer ample visions concerning the functioning of automatic systems, involving mechanical, electro-electronic and computational aspects, thus enabling the student to specialize in one of mentioned areas, later on. The control and automation engineer is capable to technically manage interdisciplinary projects, therefore able to work in wide variety areas, such as, the aeronautical, automotive, petrol and nuclear industries, as well as  building automation, among others.

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Electrical Engineering

The course offers specialization in Electronics and Computers, Electrical Energy or Telecommunication Systems. The course curriculum is continuously updated so as to follow the technological evolution. The disciplines offer a solid knowledge support in mathematics, physics, modeling and computing. They also emphasize the project and equipment development, the intensive use of labs and computational systems. The Electrical Engineering specific labor market embraces all companies of the mentioned area, especially state and private owned companies for electrical energy generation, transmission or distribution, companies for the supply of telecommunication services, companies for the installation or development of automated systems, research centers and industries for the manufacture of electrical equipment and systems, for telecommunication and computing, consulting companies and governmental agencies. The labor market in the service rendering area, as well as within the respective areas of large state and private owned companies, absorb a large number of engineers, due to their excellent mathematic basis, their knowledge in modeling and informatics and their high managerial capacity.

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Environmental Engineering

The Environmental Engineering course is intrinsically interdisciplinary, offering a solid knowledge in technology, environmental management and legislation. The pedagogical project of the course has been conceived so as to graduate professionals capable of thinking globally and acting locally. The students are capable to apply the theoretical knowledge acquired to find solutions of environmental problems, including on a international level. The course offer the opportunity to study abroad, via double certification programs with prestigious European institutions, as well as in exchanges programs with other partners’ universities. The international programs count with the DAAD support of the German Government and with the grants from Branetec, a joint program between CAPES, from Brazil and NUFFIC, from the Netherlands.

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Materials and Nanotechnology Engineering

Materials and Nanotechnology Engineering is the natural evolution for the Material Engineering, as it incorporates a knowingly important segment in the contemporaneous technological development, that is, the Nanotechnology. With its expanded scope after incorporating the atomic mechanisms that control the materials properties, this branch of the engineering allows the acquired knowledge to be managed, not only for the study of the conventional materials and their properties but also in the conception and implementation of new synthesis and transformation processes, which aim to obtain nanostructured materials with innovating characteristics and functionalities. So, it is up to the professional to get involved with the procedures of synthesis, processing and characterization of the materials, which should be conducted via a solid scientific knowledge, thus allowing the understanding and control of the crystalline structure, form and size of the materials, from the atomic and molecular scale up to the macroscopic system.

The Material and Nanotechnology Engineer shall stand out due to their solid base in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Materials. Such scientific base enables this engineer to communicate and interact with any other engineering branch, as well as to perform in the most diverse areas of the productive sector. The strong fundamental basis also facilitates the multidisciplinary nature of such engineering and amplifies the acting field of its professionals, allowing them to adjust to the larger and diversified work in the base industries (mechanics, mining, oil, metallurgy, chemistry, etc.) and the consumer goods industries (electronics, cosmetics, biotechnology, medicines, dyes, polymers, etc.).

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The Graduation in Mathematics conciliates a solid basis of the main mathematic fields (analysis, algebra, geometry, topology and applied mathematics) with a large curricular flexibility. The Graduation is known by its excellence, having always achieved the maximum concept in all submitted evaluations. It is also famous for the high academic level of the students being attracted: in the last ten years, half of the graduates entered into doctorate programs in several areas, in institutions such as Princeton, Harvard, New York University or MIT. The flexibility of the department curriculum allows that the students personalize their formation, cursing elective disciplines within the departments of their choice, whereas several students also study Engineering, Computing or Physics together with the Graduation. The professional insertion of the graduates is ample and comprehends segments such as academical institutions, the financial market, the oil sector and several public sector research agencies.

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Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering constitutes one of the most ample engineering branches, comprising activities such as the energy generation, manufacture of machines and consumer goods, project and manufacture of airplanes, vessels and cars, automation of mechanical system, among many others. Incentivized by the investments performed within the aeronautical, automotive, naval, oil and energy areas, the labor market of the mechanical engineer is being steadily expanded. In order to attend it, the formation of this professional is based on solid mathematics, physics and chemical knowledge, being added hereto knowledge on materials, solid mechanics, dynamics and system control, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. The knowledge of experimental and computational techniques is also decisive for the exercise of the profession.

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Petrol Engineering

The state monopoly end has initiated a new expansion cycle of the oil activity in the country. The significant increase in the Brazilian production allocates mentioned industry among the most dynamic segments of the national economy, ensuring the business and professional opportunity enlargement. In this context, the PUC Rio graduation program has the objective to capacitate the student and treat the problems relating to the oil and gas exploring, production and transport activities. The formation aggregates the basic engineering knowledge – especially in the Mechanics, Civil and Chemistry fields – to the knowledge applied to the oil exploration and production sector.

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From the elementary particles to the Cosmos, the spectrum of the study topics in Physics is immense. The computers, laser, the genetic code deciphering, as well as the telecommunications constitute examples of the research results in the area, assigning a continuous larger importance to the physicist within the world scenery. The PUC-Rio graduation in Physics offers a wide scientific knowledge base, both theoretical and experimental. The course is highlighted by its requirements and excellence, corroborated by the excellent external evaluations. Our graduated physicists have easily entered in post-graduation programs in Brazil and abroad, and are becoming active professional in learning and research institutions. The graduation offered by PUC-Rio promotes the intellectual development, the thinking ability, the creative capacity and independence, which turn the students capable to solve new problems. Such qualities are more and more required by all professionals that opt for a fast insertion in the labor market. Thus, a wide spectrum of opportunities, from the technical areas up to the financial market, is turned available for the graduated students.

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Production Engineering

Such engineering area counts on a dynamic labor market due to its ample actuation horizon, in the industrial, financial and service areas. It constitutes a link between the technology and administration of the organizations when handling the conception, the project and the management of basic engineering knowledge, especially in the Mechanics, Civil and Chemistry fields to the knowledge applied to the oil exploration and production sector. Additionally it deepens their knowledge in specific topics such as the production organization, evaluation of costs and projects, basic notions of financial management, transport and logistics, among other aspects.

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