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Engineering

About the program

Augustana offers a dual-degree engineering program, through which a student can earn a bachelor of arts in engineering physics from Augustana and a bachelor of science degree in engineering from any engineering school accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The program allows students to achieve their engineering goals through the context of a liberal arts foundation, while customizing their education through valuable learning experiences.

Students at work in Augustana College Science Building
Students at work in Augustana College Science Building, where engineering majors would take most of their classes.

Program features

  • The program normally requires three years at Augustana followed by atleasttwo years in residence at the engineering school.
  • While at Augustana,the student pursues a broad education in the liberal arts while simultaneously obtaining the basic training in mathematics, physics, chemistry and computer science required to study engineering.
  • Students can choose any ABET-accredited engineering school, provided they meet that school’s transfer admissions requirements. Many Augustana students choose schools such as the University of Illinois, University of Iowa,University of Minnesota, Iowa State, Northern Illinois University, Purdue University or Washington University (St. Louis).
  • Augustana has an articulation agreement with Northern IllinoisUniversity and WashingtonUniversity, which guarantees admission for Augustana students to the university’s programs.
  • Washington University offers both need- and merit-based scholarships for students in the coordinated-degree program. The merit-based Harold P.Brown Engineering Fellowship is for students who excel academically and in co-curricular achievement. Also, each year an Affiliation Scholarship allows a single Augustana student(with a GPA of 3.5 or above)to receive a 25-percent tuition reduction for the two years at Washington University.

Outside the classroom

  • Beginning early in their first year, students work closely with their engineering advisor to plan and monitor academic progress.
  • Summer research opportunities are available in physics and engineering; programs usually run 10 weeks and offer a stipend plus housing and transportation.
  • Augustana has a chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society. The college also has a physics and engineering society, which raises the awareness of physics and engineering out side the department through demonstrations, projects and talks.

What our graduates say

Edgar Valle '15, pre-engineering major:
““Being an engineering physics major here at Augustana was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. This 3-2 program, where you attend three years at Augustana and two years at an engineering school, in my opinion is a great option for anyone looking to become any kind of engineer. With physics as a foundation to your learning, you will be able to further understand the basics of engineering and be able to apply what you have learned in a real-world setting. The small class sizes here at Augustana were a huge help for me in understanding the lecture material, because I was able to communicate with the professor much more easily and understand how to solve a given problem. I would recommend this program to anyone who is interested in engineering or physics or both.””

Dr. David Clayton ’99:
David Clayton graduated from Augustana with a bachelor’s in physics, then earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. He received a master’s and doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California. Clayton currently works at Exponent, Inc., in Los Angeles, Calif., as an engineer in the Thermal Sciences practice performing investigations and analyses related to fires and explosions, with an emphasis on cause, origin, propagation and related combustion phenomena.

“Choosing the pre-engineering option was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my career. Three years at Augustana provided countless academic and social opportunities I would have missed out on at a larger engineering school, and the learning environment and academic nature of the college provided a tremendous background with which to start my engineering education.”

For more information, see Coordinated Degree Programs and contact Dr. Joshua Dyer.