Why Study Engineering?
Welcome to a world of creativity, rigor and can-do! Engineers turn scientific ideas and discoveries into practical solutions that serve humanity. Engineering at Wheaton College combines the best of two worlds – a vibrant Christian liberal arts training at Wheaton and a strong engineering education from one of many ABET accredited engineering universities. As an engineering student, you will develop rigorous and highly transferable problem-solving skills that draw on analytical thinking, computer modeling, and hands-on experimental skills. You will learn to serve others by applying engineering knowledge to meet the practical needs of individuals, businesses and communities. And you emerge as one of the most highly sought-after employees around the world.
Young-Ho Moon '15 tells his story of studying in Wheaton's 3-2 dual degree engineering program with the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Why Study Engineering at Wheaton?
Our 5-year program leads to two Bachelor degrees - a Liberal Arts Engineering degree from Wheaton College and a specialty engineering degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program at one of more than 360 colleges and universities (You choose!).
You’ll spend the first three years at Wheaton, which includes studying Christ at the Core liberal arts coursework. Your last two years will be at a nationally recognized ABET accredited engineering school, giving you all of the benefits of a large engineering school including a wide array of elective courses, terrific facilities, and well-established ties to industry.
For those who would like an easy transition into their final two undergraduate engineering years, Wheaton has made a special arrangement with nearby Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) so that students may run all finances and financial aid through Wheaton and live in Wheaton housing for the entire five years.
Both a liberal arts degree and a technical engineering degree with premium-quality instruction. The final result? The best of both worlds!
A new dedicated design lab with state-of-the-art prototyping equipment is available exclusively for engineering student use. All of our engineering courses include hands-on project work and elements of engineering design.
Internships are a very important part of the education and training of an engineer. Most engineering students complete more than one summer internship in their chosen field.
A dedicated engineering program coordinator is here to guide you through the program. This person helps manage transfer issues, follows up with transferred students, advises on the various sub-disciplines of engineering, and meets with prospective students and parents interested in our program.
- Ingenium Engineering Club - Ingenium seeks to strengthen the community of engineering students by fostering a comfortable environment for students to interact with each other. Ingenium engages students in extracurricular engineering design projects as well as competitions, seminars, and other events.
- Collaborative Research - Many Wheaton students get involved in research with Wheaton faculty or in partnership with scientists at nearby Fermilab or Argonne National Lab.
- Teaching Assistant Positions - A highlight for many of our majors is working as a paid teaching assistant in the department. Students may work alongside faculty in class, grade homework, run help sessions, or set up and manage lab equipment.
- Observatory Assistant Positions - Students staff our observatory and help other students and the general public view the night skies. Our observatory houses a 24" Planewave telescope with scientific grade accessories and several smaller 8-16" telescopes.
- Robotics Club - The Robotics Club provides a place for students in physics, engineering, and computer science to work together in teams on a variety of practical and fun projects.
What Will I Learn?
Wheaton engineering students begin with a core set of engineering, math, physics and chemistry classes. They then branch into a set of classes that prepare them for one of many fields of engineering. Over the past 41 years Wheaton students have received degrees in:
|Aerospace Engineering||Engineering Mechanics|
|Agricultural Engineering||Environmental and Civil Engineering|
|Architectural Engineering||General Engineering|
|Bio-Medical Engineering||Geotechnical Engineering|
|Chemical Engineering||Industrial Engineering|
|Civil Engineering||Mechanical Engineering|
|Computer Engineering||Systems Engineering|
Consult the course catalog for full listing of current courses available in this field.