Engineering Studies for the Common Good

EMU pre-engineering students take second in regional competition with solar greenhouse design

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EMU offers a major in pre-engineering, which is designed to prepare you with the STEM training you need and the sustainability and peacebuiding focus you seek.

Engineering involves problem-solving at the practical, experimental and theoretical levels. There are many fields in engineering: electrical, mechanical, industrial, environmental, architectural and more. At EMU, you’ll receive the STEM training you need with an emphasis on EMU core values such as cross-cultural awareness, peacebuilding, sustainability and service to others.

what students say

“My pre-engineering classes have given me a level of understanding I couldn’t get in a large lecture hall. All my classes are interconnected and build on each other, giving me the essentials in math, physics and chemistry I need to advance.”

-Jake Bontrager-Singer, pre-engineering student from Goshen, Ind.

sample curriculum

  • Intro. to Engineering students assembled and tested solar panels.

  • Intro. to Engineering students assembled and tested solar panels.

  • Electronics students practiced basic techniques before building their own projects.

  • Electronics students practiced basic techniques before building their own projects.

  • Intro. to Engineering students constructed and tested their own bridge designs.

  • Intro. to Engineering students constructed and tested their own bridge designs.

  • Intro. to Engineering students constructed and tested their own bridge designs.

Why attend EMU before transferring to an engineering school?

  • Small, high quality classes in physics, mathematics, computer science and introductory engineering.
  • One-on-one attention from professors who are mentors
  • Liberal arts classes like Bible, music, visual and communication arts, history, foreign language and literature
  • A life-changing cross-cultural program
  • Engaging activities like music, chapel, intramurals, theater, NCAA DIII athletics, SGA, creation care, campus ministries, and more!

Dual degree engineering program

Our dual degree program allows you to obtain both a liberal arts (or mathematics) degree from EMU and an engineering degree from the Catholic University of America (CUA). You’ll spend approximately two years on EMU’s campus, immersed in calculus, physics and introductory science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses.

Life in Washington DC with Washington Community Scholars Center The fall of the third year, you’ll transition to EMU’s Washington Community Scholars’ Center in Washington, D.C. (WCSC), fulfilling your cross-cultural requirement and gaining internship experience and valuable STEM training. (WCSC students reside in the WCSC house, in the Brookland neighborhood in northeast D.C., with up to 15 students from EMU and other Mennonite colleges.)

In the spring of the third year, you’ll transfer to nearby CUA and spend two years completing additional engineering course requirements. Here is more info on engineering studies at Catholic University of America.

Upon completion, students will emerge with bachelor’s degrees from both EMU and CUA.

Pre-engineering program

As a pre-engineering student, you’ll spend one to three years at EMU taking foundational courses in engineering, physics, and mathematics before transferring to an engineering school to pick up specialty courses and complete their degree. Remember: you should identify such a school before the beginning of your second year in order to meet the prerequisite requirements and to transfer the maximum number of semester hours.

Pre-engineering students usually spend two years (four semesters) at EMU and then five semesters at an engineering school to finish a bachelor’s degree.