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Department of Engineering

Engineering

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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.

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

You will apply fundamental knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to the creative development of solutions to complex technical problems. Our core curriculum will provide you with an understanding of ideas that have shaped human thinking in engineering.

You will be equipped for the engineering industry or graduate school following graduation.

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.

What degree concentrations are offered in Engineering?

Educational Learning Objectives

Through completing the engineering degree, you will meet 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
  • Show the skills necessary to plan, design, develop, and implement solutions to complex technical problems
  • Understand that teaching and learning are at the heart of profession and faith through continuing education, professional membership, and certification
  • Express ideas and solutions using effective writing, speaking, and presentation skills to support a professional or research team
  • Live out your Christ-centered worldview to develop engineering solutions informed by ethical, social, and cultural intentions of God’s plan for human activity

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Through completing the engineering degree, you will have the ability 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

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

      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

      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
      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

      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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