Engineering Major

BW’s engineering program features a broad range of courses and internship opportunities within a flexible program format.  

Engineering (General)

School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Computing

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Undergraduate Admission

(440) 826-2222, (877) BW-APPLY, admission@bw.edu

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OVERVIEW

Today’s complex, interconnected world needs engineers that can apply science, mathematics and design skills to finding solutions that connect with the human, cultural and environmental aspects of society.

Baldwin Wallace’s Bachelor of Science engineering program is a broad-based study that combines the rigor of science, mathematics and computing with the communication and creative problem-solving skills of a liberal arts-focused education.

You’ll learn to think critically, communicate effectively and gain a globally informed perspective you can apply to solving a wide range of engineering problems and more.

Small class sizes and individual attention are inherent to the program. Coupled with comprehensive coursework and extensive laboratory experiences, you’ll receive outstanding preparation for employment or for postgraduate studies.

Independent research projects, off-campus experiences and internships allow you to customize your studies. Supportive faculty assist you in career preparation through mentoring, networking and more.

photo of Peter Hoekje working with students

Starting engineering salaries are typically $60-70,000

In-Demand Profession

The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Ohio fifth for the number of engineers within general engineering. Starting salaries are typically $60,000 - $70,000. Sources include the STEM Career OutlookOccupational Outlook Handbook and NACE.

Career Opportunities

This major prepares you for graduate school in a specialized area of engineering and immediate career opportunities, such as:

  • Automotive engineering
  • Computing
  • Energy technologies
  • General engineering
  • Project management
  • Robotics and automation
  • Systems engineering
  • Technical sales

Transfer Students

This major is currently open to first-year students only. Starting fall 2018, this major will be open to transfer students as well. Transfer students enrolling prior to fall 2018 will have the opportunity to apply to this program after they enroll at BW in an alternative major.

CURRICULUM

BW’s engineering curriculum provides a strong background in engineering fundamentals, with an emphasis in the underlying mathematics, computing and basic sciences.

It includes a broad range of courses in engineering and related fields that focus on applying your technical knowledge to design challenges.

In the first semester, you’ll work on a robotics design project that immerses you in the practice of engineering. During senior year, you’ll engage in a two-semester capstone project that provides you with real-world learning in identifying, formulating, solving and summarizing results for an engineering problem that has meaningful impact.

The curriculum’s flexible format enables you to take a semester to study abroad, complete an internship, co-op or other work-related experience, or pursue other off-campus experiential learning opportunities.

You also can complete additional coursework in related areas of the science, mathematics and computing curriculum.

ABET Accreditation Aligned

BW’s engineering major will follow standards aligned with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) so that BW graduates may pursue Professional Engineer (PE) licensure. College and university programs are not eligible for ABET accreditation until after the first graduates have completed the program.

Additional Paths for Careers in Engineering

In addition to BW's engineering major, there are other paths for a career in engineering:

BW Pre-Engineering Dual-Degree Program

Upon satisfactory completion of a three-year pre-engineering program in physics or chemistry at BW and an additional two years at an engineering school, students can receive a Bachelor of Arts from BW and Bachelor of Science from the engineering school. BW has affiliations with Case Western Reserve University and Columbia University.

Software Engineering

Students interested in this in-demand career area can pursue software engineering at BW. Developed in coordination with leading software companies, the program teaches the mechanics of effective software engineering–programming, computer applications, mathematics and database technology.

Other Pathways

  • Bachelor of Science in physics, chemistry, biologycomputer science or mathematics at BW + graduate study at an engineering school
  • Bachelor of Science in physics at BW then employment at an engineering facility
  • An optional five-year BS/MBA program combines BW’s engineering major with a minor in business administration and an MBA degree.
Course Catalog

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

At BW, student success is a top priority. You’ll be encouraged to work with a partner company for research and apply for internship and research positions.

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through learning opportunities that include:

Research

BW students who wish to pursue research enjoy significant responsibility and can get exceptional access to laboratories, equipment and faculty.

Independent Study

Independent study offers enrichment opportunities beyond the classroom for individualized and advanced study. Students work one-on-one with a faculty member.

Internship Opportunities

BW’s proximity to Cleveland puts you within a 20-minute drive to outstanding opportunities. Summer internships are available in local industries and research labs. National internships are also available.

STEM Scholars

Rigorous course studies combined with outstanding hands-on learning opportunities, mentoring and peer support make BW's STEM Scholars program exceptional and transformative for students. Entry into this program is by application only.

Student Clubs & Organizations

Personally and professionally rewarding, student organizations and activities foster career skills, leadership and teamwork. Opportunities include:

American Chemical Society

The Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society helps chemistry majors explore opportunities in the field.

Problem Solving Club

This group hosts competitions and promotes the advancement of problem-solving skills at BW and in the community.

ALUMNI SUCCESS

At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed. BW graduates are finding their success in industry, research, professional schools and graduate schools.

A number of BW graduates are employed in engineering jobs following graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree and a major in one of the other STEM fields, such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, or computing. Even more have gone on to graduate study in engineering, for which undergraduate study in a science field is excellent preparation.

FACULTY

 

Full-Time Faculty

Peter L. Hoekje
Associate Professor of Physics
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Helen Muga
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Michigan Technological University