Turn scientific ideas into practical solutions for humanity. Engineering

Wheaton offers two exceptional pathways to an engineering degree: a 4-year general engineering program and a 3-2 dual degree engineering program. Choose the path that’s best for you.

Credential Type

  • BA, BS

Credits Required

  • 124

Offered As

  • Major, Minor

Concentration Areas

  • Mechanical Engineering

Degree Options

  • 4-year general engineering or 3-2 dual degree program

99% employed or in graduate school

Within six months of graduation, nearly 99% of Wheaton’s Class of 2021 found work in their field or continued their education.

2 program paths

Choose a 4-year general engineering or 3-2 dual degree degree program

50+ years of engineering expertise

Today’s engineering program builds upon 50+ years of engineering study at Wheaton.

Engineering at Wheaton

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You can reach us anytime via admissions@wheaton.edu.

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Two Engineering Pathways 4-Year General Engineering or 3-2 Dual Degree

At Wheaton you have two options for studying Engineering: Spend all 4 years at Wheaton in our 4-year General Engineering program, or spend 3 years at Wheaton and 2 at an an ABET-accredited school of your choice.

4-Year General Engineering

The Liberal Arts + Engineering Advantage

Our outstanding 4-year program combines a Christian Liberal Arts education with robust, hands-on engineering coursework for the 21st century. This degree prepares you for a wide range of engineering work after graduation and/or more specialized engineering education at the graduate level as a next step.

Your engineering education at Wheaton will feature small class sizes, integration of Christian faith with engineering practice, and project-based learning with an emphasis on teamwork across all four years. These projects teach problem defining and solving; communication through reports and presentations; design, prototyping, and fabrication; and provide the real-world engineering experience that employers are seeking.

Learn more about our 4-Year General Engineering program >

3-2 Dual Degree Engineering

Earn a B.A. in liberal arts engineering from Wheaton and a B.S. in a specific engineering field from another institution.

As you discover your engineering passion(s), you can choose a transfer school based on your specific career interests. Maybe aerospace or architectural engineering? Or perhaps biomedical or computer engineering. Your dedicated program advisor can help you figure it out!

You can apply to the engineering school of your choice -- and Wheaton has a special relationship with several ABET-accredited programs, including:

  • Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech)
  • Northern Illinois University (NIU)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (WashU)

Learn more about our 3-2 Dual Degree Engineering Program >

Pathway Comparison Which Engineering Program's Right For Me?

4-Year General Engineering Program3+2 Dual Degree Engineering Program
4 years at Wheaton 3 years at Wheaton, 2 at an an ABET-accredited school of your choice
Graduate with a B.S. in engineering from Wheaton Graduate with a B.A. or B.S. in liberal arts engineering from Wheaton and a B.S. in a specific engineering degree from second school
Experience a Christ-centered residential community all 4 years Experience a Christ-centered residential community by living on campus at Wheaton for 3 years if you transfer (or 5 if you attend a local campus within commuting distance for your final two years)
75 engineering, math, and science credits 31-37 engineering, math, and science credits from Wheaton + additional credits from an ABET-accredited school of your choice
Great for students interested in studying engineering with a strong Christian liberal arts foundation, who wish to begin their engineering career after 4 years of study or want broad preparation for future graduate school specialization. Great for students who want a Christian liberal arts foundation and already know that they want to specialize in a particular engineering field such as Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Materials Science, Aerospace Engineering, Industrial Engineering, etc.


Faces & Spaces Where You’ll Learn, Who You’ll Meet

Our Faculty

As part of the larger Department of Engineering and Physics, you’ll study with faculty and laboratory staff members with a range of experience and expertise in areas such as plasma physics, astronomy, computer modeling, water infrastructure, comets, nanomaterials, medical physics, and physics and free will.

Faculty and Staff

Our Facilities

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 Lab

Our Experiences

Engineering majors constantly apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life scenarios and problems. You'll get hands-on experience and training in computer-aided design (CAD), 3D printing, laser cutting, machining, welding, wood-work, metal-work, and more. Internships, research opportunities, student-led clubs, and other activities keep our students quite busy!

Learn More About Student Involvement

WITH Wheaton Opportunities Across Campus & Beyond

Interdisciplinary learning is a way of life at Wheaton. Aside from your work within your chosen major, you can enrich your educational experience and connect with peers and professors across campus (and beyond) in many ways.


Real-World Learning at Wheaton & Beyond: Spotlight Opportunities

Other Opportunities

Related Centers, Organizations & Co-Curriculars

 Additional Academic Opportunities: Common Minors, Certificates & Second Majors



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ENGINEERING for Christ & His Kingdom

Faith & Learning

A Wheaton education is built on our unique Christ at the Core general education curriculum. Our Christian liberal arts foundation for engineering study emphasizes empathy, human-centeredness, societal awareness, ethics, and justice Our students are challenged to consider technology can be best used to accomplish kingdom work.

Learn About Christ at the Core

Success After Wheaton What You Can Do With an Engineering Degree

When you pursue a Christian engineering program with a liberal arts foundation, you are not only prepared to bring strong skills and knowledge to the workplace, but you also learn to draw on your faith commitments to solve problems, improve communities, and support human flourishing.


Recent engineering majors found work in positions such as:

  • Bridge engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Estimator
  • Facades engineer
  • Fire protection engineer
  • Operations engineer
  • Quality engineer
  • Sales engineer
  • Software architect
  • Systems technician
  • Technical solutions analyst
  • Tooling engineer
  • Water resource engineer

Continued Learning

Dual degree students transfered into engineering programs at:

  • Case Western University
  • Clemson University
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Iowa State University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln
  • Valparaiso University

They chose engineering specialties like architectural, civil, electrical, and textile sciences.

Students in Action

Holistic Growth

“What I realized after visiting Wheaton was that I didn’t want my four years of college to just be about learning engineering stuff or more equations . . . but really just developing me into the person God wants me to be. Wheaton offers holistic growth in a way other schools don’t.”

– Young-Ho Moon ’15

Young-Ho Moon ’15, a dual-degree engineering student from Yanji, China, earned a bachelor of science degree from both Wheaton and the Illinois Institute of Technology. Wheaton wasn't initially on Moon's radar, though. By the time he visited campus, he'd already been accepted to a top-tier engineering school. But after an overnight stay at Wheaton, he decided the holistic growth opportunities offerd in a liberal arts-focused engineering program were exactly what he needed.

After earning his degrees, Moon began a career in project engineering.


RESOURCES & LINKS For Current Engineering Students

If you’re a current student or want to dig deeper in this area of study, here are some additional resources for you to explore.

Department Website

The engineering major is housed in the Department of Physics and Engineering. Visit our department website.

Course Requirements

Visit the Wheaton College catalog for specific degree requirements and course descriptions.

Next Steps

Looking at Christian engineering colleges and want to learn more about Wheaton? Request more information or start your application today.