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 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.
Most engineering students complete at least one summer internship in their chosen field. These give valuable experience in industry and often lead to permanent job offers after graduation.
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.
- Global and Experiential Learning (GEL): Semester study-abroad programs, summer study-abroad programs, and spring break co-curricular trips
What Will I Learn?
Liberal Arts Engineering, Dual Degree:A five-year program leading to two bachelor degrees, one from Wheaton College and one from an ABET-accredited engineering program at another institution. This arrangement allows students to complete degrees in a wide array of engineering disciplines and take advantage of the best aspects of a smaller Christian liberal arts college and a larger engineering school in a single program.
A special arrangement with Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) allows students to take other engineering courses not offered at Wheaton through IIT in the first three years of the program. The arrangement allows a streamlined transfer process, enables all finances to run through Wheaton, and includes approved five-year course plans in 10 different engineering tracks.
Students completing their engineering coursework near Wheaton (IIT, Northern Illinois University, or University of Illinois at Chicago) may remain in Wheaton College housing and may continue to participate fully in extra-curricular activities at the College, including athletics.
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
- 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 full listing of current courses available in this field.
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