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Engineering Sciences Major

Circumscribed on the rotunda of Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry is the phrase, “Science discerns the laws of nature; industry applies them to the needs of man.” Engineering does both.

Engineering is more than designing and building things. Engineers rely on a solid foundation of science and mathematics to understand and solve problems. In today’s technology-driven society, innovative thinkers will always be in high demand. In addition, the very nature of technology requires a constantly changing and broadly diverse set of critical thinking skills. Because of its solid grounding in the liberal arts, Bethany Lutheran College is ideally suited for the teaching of these skills.

We see in Hebrews 11:10, “For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” Bethany is equipped to provide our students a path on which to pursue the engineering profession under the embrace of the One Thing Needful. The program described herein includes two concentrations or tracks: biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering.

Potential Employers

  • Aircraft industries
  • Automotive industries
  • Computer and software companies
  • Construction industries
  • Consulting firms
  • Equipment design firms
  • Foreign service
  • Government agencies
  • Hospitals/healthcare facilities
  • Independent research firms
  • Manufacturing plants
  • Military
  • Transportation industries
  • Utility companies

The Mast, named after the mast of a Viking ship, is an open layout engineering lab in Meyer Hall, complete with updated technology and endless possibilities.

Inside The Mast is an engineering student’s playground: updated 3D printers, laser cutters, and a high-powered computer that can do complex computations, simulations, and calculations. There is also two CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines, which are digital cutting tools. These machines are used for testing materials and electronics for a variety of engineering disciplines, such as physics and solid mechanics. There are also plenty of basic tools for cutting and drilling in the mechanics section.

Almost all engineering classes involve labs to supplement and apply what students are learning in the classroom. The Mast’s open layout and updated equipment ensures that Bethany students get the most practical, hands-on experience, and gives them an advantage for their future careers.

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Engineering Sciences Faculty

Most courses are taught by the following instructors. See also the Engineering Sciences Department.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the engineering sciences baccalaureate program are to produce graduates who:

  1. Apply their education to address a full range of technical and societal issues utilizing intellectual creativity and responsibility.
  2. Participate successfully in post-baccalaureate professional activities such as graduate studies, engineering practice or other fields such as science, law, medicine, politics, business, or clergy.
  3. Actively seek positions of leadership within their profession and community.
  4. Retain the intellectual curiosity that motivates lifelong learning and allows for a flexible response to the rapidly evolving challenges of the 21st century.
  5. Serve as ambassadors for Christ and Bethany in their chosen vocation by demonstrating the highest ethical and professional standards.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the engineering sciences baccalaureate program will have:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Entry into the Major

Note Bethany’s Program Requirements Disclaimer when planning your coursework.

A student may be admitted into the Engineering Sciences Major after completing the following requirements:

  1. Achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  2. Achieved a grade of “C” or better in ENSC101 Introduction to Engineering, MATH151 Calculus I, MATH152 Calculus II, PHYS213 General Physics I and Lab, and PHYS214 General Physics II and Lab.
  3. Secured an advisor within the engineering sciences major.

Major Requirements

To earn a Major in Engineering Sciences, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in all college coursework.
  2. Achieved a grade of “C-” or better in the Core Requirements and Electives of either the Biomedical or Mechanical Engineering Track of the Major. A course may only be repeated once to achieve the minimum grade.

Pre-major required courses (C or higher required):
Required courses for both Biomedical and Mechanical Tracks.

To view the most recent course list and requirements for the elementary education major, please consult the Academic Catalog.

Next Steps

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