A student works in a BW physics lab

BW's new BS in general engineering provides a strong, broad technical foundation for ultimate career flexibility.

BW gains approval for new undergraduate engineering degree

August 12, 2016

A student works in a BW physics labThe Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) has extended approval for a new Baldwin Wallace University undergraduate major in engineering. 

The new general engineering program leads to the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and provides solid technical preparation for employment or further study in a wide variety of engineering disciplines, rather than a narrow undergraduate specialization.

The program begins enrolling students in fall 2017.

BW will actively pursue accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) which would then allow graduates to pursue Professional Engineer (“PE”) licensure. 

Flexible program leads to diverse experiences and career pathways

The new major is intended to provide a strong background in engineering fundamentals, with an emphasis in the underlying mathematics, computing and basic sciences. At the same time, it includes enough flexibility to allow students to take a semester to study abroad, complete an internship or pursue other off-campus experiential learning opportunities.

“The BW engineering major differs from more specialized traditional engineering programs, such as mechanical or civil engineering,” said BW Provost Stephen Stahl, Ph.D. “Our program is more science-based, offers a broad framework that gives students freedom to discover and choose a concentration, and is designed to enable students to solve a wider range of engineering problems. Importantly, it also enables students to collaborate better with scientists, constituents, and the general public.”

A two-semester senior capstone sequence provides a bridge to the students’ professional lives as they identify and solve a real-life engineering problem. The program also aims to leverage the strengths of BW’s liberal arts tradition.

Producing well-rounded professionals

NACE logoIn the Job Outlook 2015 report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 71 percent of employers said they are planning to hire for positions in the broad category of engineering, with 35 percent hiring in math and sciences.  

The NACE report also asks employers to rate candidates’ desired skills and qualities.  The top five are skills emphasized and developed, in large part, through the liberal arts:

  • Ability to work in a team structure
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  • Ability to communicate verbally
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
  • Ability to obtain and process information

These attributes rank above the technical knowledge or quantitative skills and are embedded throughout BW’s new engineering program.

“The liberal arts core will help to develop students as problem solvers and critical thinkers who are also able to communicate effectively,” said Jim McCargar, Ph.D, associate dean of the BW School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing, where the new program will be housed. “The total educational experience for BW engineering graduates is aimed at developing well-rounded professionals.” 

Find detailed program information on the BW engineering major webpage.