Engineering

Major

Learn to harness the laws of nature as you design and build working technology. Our ABET-accredited engineering program incorporates the studies of physics, engineering, and mathematics. Students learn how the three disciplines influence each other, while applying what they learn to hands-on engineering projects that seek to solve real-world problems.

In this program, you will . . . 

  • apply complex mathematical concepts to engineering scenarios and hands-on projects
  • build foundational knowledge of engineering principles, including mechanical, electrical, materials, and thermal systems
  • gain an in-depth understanding of the interconnections between these engineering disciplines, allowing you to be successfully working in the highly interdisciplinary environment that engineers face in the 21st century
  • consider the ethical issues associated with technology, especially in today's digital society

Every engineering student completes a concentration of their choice:

  • Biomedical: Learn how engineering can be applied to biology for healthcare purposes.
  • Chemical: Combine chemistry with knowledge of physics and thermodynamics to learn how chemicals, materials, and energy interact.
  • Electrical: Learn about electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism, and apply your knowledge to the design of systems requiring analog, digital, micro-computer, and/or power electronics.
  • Environmental: Gain a foundation in environmental science to learn how purposefully-engineered technology can help sustain and improve the environment.
  • Mechanical: Study fluid mechanics, heat transfer, the dynamics of machinery, and materials used for machine design.
  • Physics: Build an advanced knowledge of the application of experimental physics, especially electricity and magnetism, waves, optics, and quantum mechanics.
  • General: Design your own concentration for an advanced practical understanding of various areas of engineering, rounded out by additional mathematics and science courses.

Hands-on work

Every engineering student puts classroom theories into action through a sequence of design courses spread throughout the four-year curriculum:

  • Introduction to Engineering: A course in your first year that introduces you to several commercial engineering CAD and programming software tools through a first multi-disciplinary hands-on project. Students learn Solidworks and Cadsoft Eagle, and gain exposure to the Arduino programming environment.
  • Introduction to Circuits & Electronics / Principles of Engineering: Two sophomore year courses that each include a 4-6 week end-of-semester project. One project gives students a concept-to-design-to-CAD-to-prototyping electrical experience (last year, students designed and built a laser tag gun and receiver), and a second project leads students through a multi-physics system modeling and design optimization problem (currently, the project platform is a small electric vehicle).
  • Junior engineering project: A junior year course that focuses on applying engineering, math, and science knowledge to solving a multi-disciplinary problem using a variety of analytical tools that have been learned through the engineering curriculum. Recent projects include the design of an induction bread baking table-top oven and an inverted pendulum two-wheeled robot.
  • 320-hour minimum practicum involving significant engineering work. Past students have completed practicums at industry leaders like Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Dynamic Aviation, NuVasive, and Gentex.
  • Senior capstone: a three-course experience designed to prepare students for professional engineering work through a year-long student-driven project.

See the curriculum guide.