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Department of Engineering


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Department of Engineering


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

135 credits

required for program

135 credits

135 credits

required for program

Apply mathematics, science, and engineering to the creative development of solutions in collaboration with other students and Christian faculty. The engineering major is designed with concentrations in mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering. Our hands-on, team-based approach introduces engineering concepts through group discussions, laboratory experimentation, and industry-related projects.

Program Description

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.

Why study engineering at Northwestern?

Our core curriculum provides you with an understanding of the ideas that have shaped human thinking in engineering, the humanities, arts, and sciences. This comprehensive understanding gives you the tools to understand the environmental, economic, ethical, sustainability, and social, impact of engineering solutions. Northwestern offers the only bachelor’s degree that combines a major in engineering and a second major in Bible.

Our engineering program prepares students for the industry by focusing on success through community—encouraging students to solve problems alongside their classmates. You will benefit from the small class sizes that gives you individual attention throughout your rigorous engineering coursework. Check out this video to see what our engineering students experience throughout their time at Northwestern.

With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving engineering and manufacturing industries.

If you have strong analytical skills and a desire to understand technical problem solving, this might be the right degree for you.

What degree concentrations are offered in Engineering?

Educational Learning Objectives

Through completing the engineering degree students are prepared to achieve the following professional 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

Through completing the engineering degree, students attain the following 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.

Note: Most courses in the engineering program require access to a Windows-based computer with these specifications.

Enrollment Table

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What will I learn?

You will learn to analyze, think critically, solve complex problems with creativity, and master the fundamentals of the creative process.

“From the first week of freshman year into my senior year, hands-on experience has characterized my time in the Engineering Program at Northwestern. Each hour spent in the classroom or lab, I have learned skills that have developed me as an engineer, and smaller class sizes have allowed professors to challenge my personal understanding of the material.”
Luke Meier
Alumni | BS in Engineering - Class of 2020

Careers in engineering

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in engineering.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Applications engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Packaging/industrial design
  • Chemical engineering
  • Industrial engineering
  • Quality control or analysis
  • Traffic analysis and planning
  • Instrumentation and control systems
  • Water control/coordination
  • Weapons and defense
  • Robotics
  • Construction

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Contracting and consulting firms
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Engineering firms
  • Construction industries
  • Industrial design/consulting firms
  • Public utility companies
  • Government agencies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Insurance companies (safety)
  • Medical device companies
  • Communications or telecommunications
  • Aerospace or defense industry
  • Transportation industries

of seniors believe the faculty are genuinely interested in their welfare


of Northwestern’s engineering graduates reported that coursework was relevant to their job


of seniors would advise a friend to attend UNW

Preparing for a Career

College graduation rates continue to increase each year making competition for jobs even greater. Set yourself apart from the crowd with the following strategies for getting started, networking, and gaining experience.

Strategies for success:

  • A bachelor’s degree provides a wide range of career opportunities in industry, business and government.
  • Develop excellent verbal and written communications skills, including presentation and technical report writing. Learn to work well on a team to maximize collaborations with other engineers and those outside of the profession.
  • Develop computer expertise within your chosen field.
  • Engineers need to think in scientific and mathematical terms and exhibit the abilities to study data, sort out important facts, solve problems and think logically. Creativity is useful.
  • Because of rapid changes in most engineering fields, both continued education and keeping abreast of new developments are very important.
  • Join relevant professional associations, attend meetings, participate in design competitions and stay up-to-date on research/publications.

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