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Engineering

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.  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.

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one of the largest 3-2 programs in the country
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hands-on engineering courses offered at Wheaton

The Benefits of Wheaton's 3-2 Engineering Program

Five Years, Two Bachelor Degrees

Our 3-2 engineering program, which is one of the largest in the country, combines the best of two worlds – a vibrant Christian liberal arts training at Wheaton and a strong engineering education. In five years, you'll graduate with 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!).

Start at Wheaton

You’ll spend your first three years at Wheaton, which includes studying Christ at the Core liberal arts coursework and foundational engineering courses.

Finish at an Accredited Engineering School

Your last two years will be at a nationally recognized ABET-accredited engineering school, giving you all of the benefits of a large engineering program including a wide array of elective courses, terrific facilities, and well-established ties to industry.

Live at Wheaton, Study at a Nearby Illinois School

For those who would like an easy transition into their final two undergraduate engineering years, Wheaton has made a special arrangement with Illinois Tech so that students may run all finances and financial aid through Wheaton and live in Wheaton housing for the entire five years.

Wheaton also has a similar agreement with Northern Illinois University that streamlines the transfer process and allows for students to continue living in Wheaton housing all five years.

Learn more about Wheaton's partnerships with Illinois Tech and Northern Illinois University >


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Hands-On Engineering Projects

All of our engineering courses include hands-on projects and elements of engineering design plus exclusive access to a dedicated design lab with state-of-the-art prototyping equipment.

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Internships

Most engineering students complete at least one summer internship in their chosen field, often leading to permanent job offers after graduation. See internship opportunities >

Wheaton College Engineering Program Coordinator Jeff Yoder

Engineering Program Coordinator

Dedicated engineering program coordinator Jeff Yoder is here to guide you through the program.

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State-of-the-Art Engineering Lab

The Wheaton College Engineering Lab, located in the Meyer Science Center, is a dedicated, flexible design lab with state-of-the-art prototyping equipment exclusively for engineering student use. The lab gives students the space and resources to design, prototype, and build a variety of projects. 

Engineering Opportunities Outside the Classroom

  • Ingenium Engineering Club - Ingenium strengthens Wheaton's engineering community by providing a place for students to work together. 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 Laboratory.
  • 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.
  • Global Programs and Studies (GPS): Semester study-abroad programs, summer study-abroad programs, spring break co-curricular trips, and international internships are always an option in Wheaton's program.

What Will I Learn?

Wheaton engineering students begin with a core set of engineering, math, physics, and chemistry courses. They then branch into a set of courses that prepare them for one of many fields of engineering.  Wheaton engineering students have received degrees in a wide variety of specialty fields including: 

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Bio-Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Environmental and Civil Engineering
  • General Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

Consult the course catalog for a full list of engineering courses.

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Possible Careers for Engineers

Skilled engineers are some of the most highly sought-after employees around the world. Engineering occupations are expected to grow as much as 10 percent in the next 10 years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Center for Vocation and Career will be happy to partner with you to explore the many career options available to you with this degree.

An engineering degree can take you many places.  The obvious direction is to become an engineer!  As a civil engineer you may design roads, bridges and other structures, or the land that they sit on.  A mechanical engineer is usually someone who works with machines that generate, distribute or use energy.  This could be anything from a simple crank to a rocket, or the HVAC system in your house.  An electrical engineer designs, develops and maintains electrical systems for a wide range of applications.  And a chemical engineer turns raw materials into useful products, from food to fuel and much more in-between.   Of course these are only some of many engineering fields you may work in.

But your engineering degree may take you in another direction.  The type of critical, analytical and creative thinking that you learn as an engineer helps you to identify a problem, figure out a solution, and follow-through on its implementation.  This sets you up well to work in management, law, medicine and many other fields.  So what do people with engineering degrees do?  Almost anything they put their minds to.

Engineers often study specialty fields within their discipline.  For instance, a mechanical engineer may study Ground Vehicle Systems or System Dynamics and Control.  A civil engineer may specialize in Geotechnical Engineering or Structural engineering.  The list of options is very long.  Usually these engineers will get a Master of Science degree, but if they are interested in research or teaching, they may pursue a PhD.

Engineering schools where our students have finished the dual degree:
  • Auburn University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Indiana University - Purdue University
  • Lafayette College
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University
  • Rutgers University
  • St. Louis University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of California–Davis
  • University of Florida
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Lowell
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Texas Austin
  • University of Virginia–Charlottesville
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Valpraiso University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Washington University St. Louis
Engineering is problem-solving, and while any good engineering education provides the knowledge to solve the problems, studying at Wheaton took me much deeper. My fellow students and professors took joy in understanding the principles that govern God's creation - the fundamentals of engineering. — Jaclyn Baker '13
The dual degree program at Wheaton has a greater number of general education requirements than most traditional engineering schools. . . . Wheaton's breadth of courses helped strengthen key skills many employers are looking for in their workforce, especially communication and working well in a team. — Colleen Chapman '04