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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 other physical sciences. Students seeking to study engineering in college will find a plethora of paths available to seek not one, but two undergraduate degrees through Wabash College’s engineering program.

Wabash offers joint programs (known as dual-degree programs) with Purdue University, Columbia University, and Washington University in St. Louis. In these programs, you will study the liberal arts at Wabash for three years as an engineering major, 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 U.

Students do not have to major in physics, chemistry, or mathematics to participate in the program. In fact, Columbia University and Washington University in St. Louis 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 do graduate with a strong background in science and mathematics can be admitted to any number of engineering programs — not just at Purdue, Columbia, or Washington U. Several Wabash graduates have pursued engineering degrees without participating in the dual-degree program, including David Woessner ’01, who went on to receive a master’s degree in engineering and an MBA at Georgia Tech.