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Department of Engineering

The program prepares graduates to be engineering leaders who are able to coordinate a multidisciplinary team to research, design, and implement solutions with consideration of standard procedures, ethical practices, contemporary technologies, and the impact on creation for God-honoring service to the profession, community and world.

About the Department

Students in the engineering major learn to apply fundamental knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to the creative development of solutions to complex technical problems. The core curriculum provides students with an understanding of ideas that have shaped human thinking in engineering and the humanities, arts and sciences. This broad perspective gives students the context to comprehend the intentions of God’s plan for human activity and realize the environmental, economic, ethical, sustainability, social and safety impact of their engineering designs on creation and mankind. Graduates are well prepared to pursue employment in industry and to pursue graduate studies in engineering and related fields.
Majors and Programs

The Engineering major consists of 60 credits for core courses and then emphasis of 20 credits in any of the following: Civil Engineering, Electrical/Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The degree is granted upon completion of 144 credits (40 credits must be in 3000- or 4000-level courses.) 

Educational Learning Objectives 

Through completing the engineering degree students will have learned the following objectives: 

  • Apply a fundamental knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering with the use of contemporary technologies and processes to analyze, evaluate, and interpret resulting data.
  • Think critically and demonstrate the skills necessary to formulate, design, develop, and implement solutions to complex technical problems.
  • Demonstrate that teaching and learning are at the very heart of profession and faith through continuing education, professional membership, certification, and related opportunities.
  • Express ideas and solutions using effective writing, speaking, and presentation skills in order to support a multidisciplinary professional or research team.
  • Live out the Christ-centered worldview imparted by the comprehensive, global, and multidisciplinary education in order to develop engineering solutions informed by the ethical, social, and cultural intentions of God’s plan for human activity.

Student Learning Outcomes 

  • The ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • The 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.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences. 
  • The 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.
  • The 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.
  • The ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • The ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Because of University of Northwestern’s small class sizes students are able to get a more personalized education. Teachers are able to truly take an interest in students and give them that one-on-one attention to help them excel.

After your time at northwestern comes to a close you will feel confident in our abilities as you go out to make a lasting impact on the world for God’s glory.

The engineering department hopes to grow the program from at least 15 Engineering graduates beginning in 2020-2021 to 30 Engineering graduates in 2025-2026.

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