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Professor Dennis Krause

What is engineering?

At its core, engineering is all about solving problems that require a solid understanding of physics, mathematics, and applied sciences. Students seeking to study engineering in college will find a range of flexible options leading to a career in engineering through Wabash College’s Dual Degree engineering program.

How do Wabash students pursue careers in engineering?

Wabash offers joint programs (known as dual-degree programs) with Purdue University, Columbia University, and Washington University in St. Louis. In these collaborative programs, you will study at Wabash for three years, followed by intensive applied science and engineering courses at Purdue, Columbia, or Washington U., typically for two years. Upon completion, you will have the distinction of earning both the Bachelor of Arts degree from Wabash and the Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or Applied Science from Purdue, Columbia, or Washington University.

At Wabash you will complete a core set of technical courses (including mathematics, physics, computer science, and chemistry), but your major doesn’t necessarily need to be in one of these areas. In fact, Columbia University and Washington University seek applicants who major in non-technical fields because the breadth of a liberal arts degree and the technical depth of a bachelor’s in engineering degree make a valuable combination.

Wabash students who graduate with a strong background in science and mathematics have a wide range of opportunities in engineering-related fields, not just through the dual-degree program. Many Wabash graduates have pursued graduate programs (M.S. or Ph.D.) in engineering disciplines.