Dordt College News

New options offered in Engineering program

January 23, 2004

The Dordt College Engineering Department has announced that three new emphases will be offered within the general engineering major in the upcoming 2004-2005 academic year.

The Engineering Department at Dordt College has offered an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited engineering degree since 1991, with emphases in either electrical or mechanical engineering. Dordt Engineering students may now also select from three additional emphases: civil-environmental, computer and bioengineering.

The new emphases will allow engineering majors to explore a number of established and emerging fields within the broad-based engineering curriculum that Dordt College already has in place. Civil-environmental engineers serve the public by designing safe structures and effective transportation systems, and by developing systems that maintain clean water supplies and clean air in our communities. Closely related to the tasks of electrical engineers, computer engineers engage in many aspects of computer system and microcontroller design. Bioengineers develop medical technology to aid in the healing of the sick or injured. Each of these new emphases are in harmony with the overall departmental mission of enabling students to serve the Creator, fellow humans, and the non-human creation through technology.

A pre-engineering program was first offered at Dordt College in 1966, with official approval given for the formation of the engineering department in 1980. The engineering building was constructed in 1982, and the electrical engineering emphasis of the program was added in the fall of 1983.

The engineering department plans to continue fine-tuning the curriculum and identifying ways to continually address changing technological needs.

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