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The benefits of studying engineering at a liberal arts college

Augustana College offers two engineering majors. One leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Physics, and the other leads to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

Both majors offer the advantage of studying engineering at a liberal arts college.

Here you will learn:

• Design is more than just making a product. It should make the lives of people better.

• The logistics and implementation of your designs have an impact on society and culture.

• The skills you need to succeed in any profession include communicating in written and oral forms.

• To think about problems from other perspectives in addition to a STEM perspective.

No matter which engineering major they choose, our students have an enhanced perspective, a strong ability to communicate and the distinctive opportunity to make connections where they did not yet exist.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Students who pursue the Bachelor of Science in Engineering gain a four-year accredited degree in the concentrations of mechanical engineering or environmental sustainability engineering. 

In addition to math and science courses, students will have a robust liberal arts curriculum in the arts, foreign languages and humanities.

Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Physics

Engineering Physics is a great option for students who are:

  • Interested in an engineering discipline not covered by the B.S., or
  • Planning to double-major in another area of study while getting an engineering background, or 
  • Planning a major that sits in the middle of all engineering disciplines. 

Engineering Physics allows students to get the background they need to get a job after four years or to participate in Augustana's "3-2" program. Under the 3-2 program, students get a B.A. from Augustana and a B.S. degree from an accredited engineering school. They spend their first three years of study at Augustana, and their second two years at the engineering school.

Augustana has agreements with Columbia University, Northern Illinois University and Washington University in St. Louis that guarantee acceptance of its students who meet requirements.