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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. Two concentrations or tracks are available: mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering. These tracks uniquely leverage both the academic expertise as well as the professional connections already established by our faculty.

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

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Engineering Sciences Faculty

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

Engineering Major Requirements

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

Mission Statement

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.

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 apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Entry into the Major

A student may be admitted into the major after completing the following requirements:

  1. Achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher must be maintained to remain in the Engineering Sciences Major.
  2. Achieved a grade of “C” or better in MATH151, MATH152, PHYS213, and PHYS214
  3. Secured an advisor within the engineering sciences major

Pre-major Required Courses

Required courses for both Biomedical and Mechanical Tracks. A grade of “C” or higher is required.

Biomedical Engineering Track – Core Requirements

Students must achieve a “C-” or better in the following courses:

Biomedical Engineering Track –

Major Electives

Students must achieve a “C-” or better in at least 6 credits of the following:

Mechanical Engineering Track – Core Requirements

Students must achieve a “C-” or better in the following courses:

Mechanical Engineering Track –

Major Electives

Students must achieve a “C-” or better in at least 6 credits of the following:

Next Steps

If you’re interested in Engineering, we’d love to hear from you! Learn more about becoming a student at Bethany, or set up your campus visit today!