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Department of Engineering

Engineering

engineering student using a drill
Department of Engineering

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. Collaborate with other students and learn from Christian faculty. The engineering major has concentrations in mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering. Our hands-on, team approach introduces engineering concepts through group discussions, laboratory experiments, and industry-related projects.

Previous enrollments may have a different program credit and concentrations. Consult with your advisor and registration for graduation requirements.

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

This might be the right degree for you if you

  • have strong analytical skills
  • desire to understand technical problems
  • seek to find creative solutions to problems

Program Description

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.

Why study engineering at Northwestern?

Northwestern offers a bachelor’s degree that combines a major in engineering and a minor in Bible. Our program perspective gives you context to comprehend the intentions of God's plan for human activity. You will discover the environmental, economic, ethical, sustainable, and safety impact of engineering designs on creation and mankind.

Our engineering program prepares you for the industry by focusing on success through community. You will be encouraged to solve problems alongside your classmates. You will benefit from small class sizes that give you individual attention throughout your rigorous engineering coursework.

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

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What degree concentrations are offered in Engineering?

Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, alumni have the following professional abilities:

  • Demonstrate that learning is at the heart of profession and faith through continuing education, mentorship, certification, professional membership, and related opportunities.
  • Express ideas and solutions using effective communication skills in order to provide leadership for 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 humanity.

      Student Outcomes

      Through completing the engineering degree, you will be able to:

      • Identify, plan, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
      • Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare
      • Communicate with a range of audiences
      • Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering and make informed judgments, while considering the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
      • Work together on a team to provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
      • Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
      • Apply new knowledge using appropriate learning strategies

      Enrollment Table

      Academic Year

      Freshmen

      Sophomore

      Junior

      Senior

      Total

      Graduates

      2017–2018

      26

      34

      0

      0

      60

      0

      2018–2019

      34

      16

      23

      0

      73

      0

      2019–2020

      27

      32

      15

      21

      95 20
      2020–2021242624179115
      2021-202228
      21192896
      24

      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
      • Defense Systems
      • 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

      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.
      • Because of rapid changes in most engineering fields, continued education, mentorship, and certification are important.
      • Membership in professional engineering societies give opportunities for networking, training, and relevant publications.
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      96%

      of seniors believe the faculty are genuinely interested in their welfare

      91%

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

      91%

      of seniors would advise a friend to attend UNW

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