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Choosing Engineering

Are you good at math and science? Do you like solving problems? Do you have a curiosity to know how things work? Perhaps engineering is a career that God has equipped you to pursue. BJU offers an engineering degree, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Our engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The BJU engineering program is shaped by 4 goals. We prepare graduates to:

  1. Possess and maintain technical competency in applying science, math and technology to solve human needs and problems.
  2. Pursue a fulfilling professional career including
    1. becoming a licensed Professional Engineer
    2. working in industry, research or academia
    3. further graduate study
  3. Be well-rounded individuals able to communicate effectively, to work with others, and to understand the impact of their work in a global and social context.
  4. Live a life of Christlike character within a Christian worldview.

Two other programs are available in related areas of study. The Physics program is more theoretical, while the Information Technology program requires less math and science and is more applied.

Our Philosophy

Our decision to offer a general engineering degree with a strong liberal arts component is driven by four trends that will shape the future of engineering in the 21st century:

  1. The emergence of new fields that don't fit traditional engineering disciplines. These include nanotechnology, mechatronics, bioengineering, alternative energy, etc.
  2. The increasing need for engineers to be multidisciplinary or to work on cross-discipline design teams.
  3. The growing need for additional education beyond a bachelor's degree. Both the NCEES and the NAE have recommended requiring a master's degree for obtaining an engineering license. Our program is designed for graduate school preparation.
  4. The growing demand for engineers to be good writers, communicators, and team players with good general life skills.

Rather than offering a changing list of narrow disciplines, we offer a broad foundation in general engineering. You may choose a traditional concentration or chart your own interdisciplinary course. We suggest that you specialize, if desired, at the graduate level. We strongly encourage all students with the required ability to obtain a master’s degree in engineering.

Summary of the Program

  1. General requirements — 53 hours
    The BJU general education requirements include Bible, history, English, speech, economics, the arts, and philosophy.
  2. Math and science — 33 hours
    This includes physics, chemistry, and 18 hours of math.
  3. Engineering — 49 hours
    This includes a 34-hour engineering core plus 15 hours of engineering electives.

Preparing to Study Engineering

  1. Take as much math and science as you can in high school.
  2. Take the ACT. For best results, take it soon after your last math class. If your ACT math score is below 26, you will need to prove your math ability on a placement test or you will need to take remedial math classes.
  3. If you are weak in math, consider taking a math class during the summer before you come to college.