Engineering (Liberal Arts)

The Dual Degree Engineering Program (3-2 program) at Wheaton College will allow you to combine the best of two different worlds - a rigorous Christian liberal arts training in an amazing community and a strong engineering education from one of many fully accredited engineering schools around the country. In addition, at Wheaton you will be empowered and encouraged to use your engineering knowledge to serve Christ and His Kingdom.


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Nebraska student"One of my favorite classes has been my lab class where we are able to operate smaller scale equipment and then write reports and give presentations. It was amazing to me how well Wheaton prepared me, for the writing and presenting portions of that class, compared to the other students." More >


How does the Dual Degree Program work?

Robotics studentsOur engineering students spend their first three years at Wheaton taking the full range of courses in Bible, theology, social science, art, music, literature, writing, etc. just as any Wheaton student would. They also complete the math and science courses that form the foundation for any of the engineering fields. After the three years, students transfer to an ABET accredited engineering school >> for two final years of engineering coursework. The engineering school can be chosen from among many possibilities including the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, University of Minnesota, Washington University, and many others.

A special arrangement is in place with the nearby Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago which allows students to spend all five years living at Wheaton. Upon completion of the dual degree engineering program, all students receive two degrees - a B.S. or B.A. in Liberal Arts Engineering from Wheaton and a B.S. in their chosen engineering discipline from the engineering school. The final result? The best of both worlds!

Wheaton College and Illinois Institute of Technology - An integrated liberal arts-engineering program

An integrated liberal arts engineering program with Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) allows students to stay in residence at Wheaton College as they earn a degree from both institutions. Full curricula are offered in the following areas and details of the program plans for each discipline are also provided:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Biomedical - Cell & Tissue
  • Biomedical - Medical Imaging
  • Biomedical - Neural
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

A courier service is available to pick up and deliver homework for a limited selection of online courses and exams are often proctored at Wheaton College for convenience. With a train station within easy walking distance of Wheaton College 's campus, there is convenient public transportation to and from the IIT downtown campus. Some students choose to live near the IIT campus during their fifth year.

Completion of the program will normally take five years depending on the number of advanced credits already earned. Upon satisfaction of all the requirements for each school, the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in liberal arts engineering is awarded from Wheaton College and a Bachelor of Science in engineering from IIT.

Requirements for the Dual Degree Program

For more details on the requirements for the Dual Degree Program, please see the Course Catalog.

Links to some Engineering Schools Wheaton Students often work with

For a full listing of all ABET accredited programs in the US, please see the ABET website >>.

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