Turn scientific ideas into practical solutions for humanity. Engineering

Wheaton offers Engineering degrees with concentrations in Mechanical, Biomedical, Civil/Environmental, and a Distributed Concentration where you develop the concentration with your advisor. You may also select the 3-2 dual degree pathway that lets you begin at Wheaton and finish at another engineering school.

 

Credential Type

  • B.A., B.S.

Major Credits Required

  • 124

Offered As

  • Major

Concentration Areas

  • Mechanical, Biomedical, Civil/Environmental, Distributed Concentration

Degree Options

  • 4-year 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 degree options

Engineering BS (4-year) or 3-2 Dual Program

4 engineering BS concentrations

Mechanical, Biomedical, Civil/Environmental, Distributed

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Two Engineering Pathways 4-Year General Engineering BS Degree 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 BS program, or spend 3 years at Wheaton and 2 at an an ABET-accredited school of your choice.

4-Year Engineering BS Degree

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 Engineering program >

Course requirements for the 4-Year 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 >

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.

Find out about our faculty and our department

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.

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!

Find out about the Engineering department

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


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 Additional Academic Opportunities: Common Minors, Certificates & Second Majors

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Certificate for Sustainability

 

 

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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.

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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.

Careers

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

Recent 3-2 Engineering School Placements:

  • Colorado State University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Iowa State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Purdue University
  • South Dakota School of Mines
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Texas
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • Washington University in St. Louis
    … and many more!

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.

 

Next Steps

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