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Engineering, B.S.

Engineers apply science and technology to make a functioning society possible. As a Whitworth engineering major, you will become prepared to create engineering solutions for humanity. Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, our interdisciplinary program will provide you a strong grounding in the physics, math and computational skills necessary for engineering analysis, and equip you with the foundational knowledge in electrical, mechanical and materials aspects of engineering on which all emerging technologies are built. You will learn to consider the impacts of these solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts as informed by a Christian perspective.

Why major in engineering at Whitworth?

  • Learn in a personal, hands-on environment. We keep our class sizes small so students can receive individualized instruction. View enrollment and graduation data for our program.
  • Work on meaningful projects that parallel real-world research and development, including co-curricular assignments such as CubeSat and stratospheric exploration. The major culminates in a yearlong capstone design project.
  • Express your creativity. You will enjoy a certain level of freedom with design and lab projects. Professors will offer their assistance but will leave the decisions to you.
  • Receive holistic mentoring. Whitworth engineering & physics professors are committed to helping you grow both academically and personally.
  • Benefit from a liberal arts education. Whitworth students become skilled at listening, reading, writing, presenting and collaborating – all crucial abilities for an effective engineer.
  • Discover your vocation and purpose. You will explore the concept of work from a Christian perspective, considering how you can use your career to contribute to society.
  • Sharpen your leadership skills by working in the Whitworth Engineering & Physics Department. Students may apply for positions as tutors, teaching assistants and research assistants.
  • Build community with other students and prepare for your future workplace.
  • Become who you're meant to be.
  • Learn more about our program educational objectives and student outcomes.

Our grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Graduates most often land positions in engineering or other technical professions. They work for companies, governments and universities.

Graduates of Whitworth's engineering & physics department* are working in a variety of positions and fields, including:

  • Caleb Bertolini, spacecraft attitude control engineer, Lockheed Martin, Colorado Springs
  • Amanda Teblunthuis, family medicine resident physician, Kaiser Permanente, Seattle
  • Ryan Grady, launch vehicle mechanical systems engineer, Lockheed Martin, Littleton, Colo.

Recent engineering & physics department grads* further their studies in top programs at institutions including:

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Washington
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas, Austin

*The lists above also include graduates of our previous B.S. in engineering physics major. Our B.S. in engineering major produced its first graduates in May 2021.

Opportunities outside the classroom

  • Gain job experience through an internship, which is required for all engineering majors. Students have recently interned at Naval Underwater Warfare Center, Lockheed Martin and Advanced IN.
  • Use our shop facilities to work on your own projects. We have 3D printers, a laser cutter, a CNC mill and more to help transform your designs into reality.
  • Engage in service-learning. Through the Physics Outreach course, you can help middle school students design experiments and send them to the stratosphere with a weather balloon.
  • Join the student-led, faculty-advised WhitSat Program available to all Whitworth STEM students.

Ask our faculty

Ask Professor Sankaran

Professor Kamesh Sankaran studied aerospace engineering and plasma physics at Princeton University and now does computational research on next-generation plasma thrusters for space travel.

Ask Associate Professor Ong

Associate Professor Markus Ong studied materials science and engineering at Stanford University and then worked at Sandia National Laboratories before coming to Whitworth.

Ask Assistant Professor Measor

Assistant Professor Philip Measor studied electrical engineering with an emphasis in applied optics.

What related majors can I explore?