Engineering (Liberal Arts)

The Dual Degree Engineering Program (3-2 program) at Wheaton 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.


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 & 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:

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

The lower level IIT engineering courses are offered 'live' on Wheaton College TV, with a courier service to pick up and deliver homework. Exams are proctored at Wheaton College. 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.

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers without borders is a non-profit humanitarian organization that partners with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life through the implementation of environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects. This chapter is a group of local professional engineers that works with engineering students in the Chicagoland region to plan, finance, oversee and implement forward-thinking engineering projects in disadvantaged communities.

For further information go to the Engineers Without Borders website >>

Links to some Engineering Schools Wheaton Students often work with

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