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Dual-Degree Engineering is a way of combining Engineering with a liberal arts education. Unlike traditional programs at engineering schools, dual-degree students spend significant time studying outside of engineering and natural sciences. Dual-degree students spend time learning in the arts, humanities, and social sciences as well as the natural sciences. The dual-degree program gives students more free electives and the opportunity to become broadly educated. Writing well and speaking well are important facets of a dual-degree program at Monmouth College.

We believe that a broadly educated person is better prepared to lead a personally and professionally fulfilling life, and will be a better engineer. Since many engineers move quickly from doing “pure” engineering into managing engineers, the broad education they receive in a dual-degree program prepares them well for the future.

A student may major in any field while at Monmouth College, as long as they complete the courses that prepare them for the two years at an engineering school. Most students will choose a major at Monmouth College that is associated or aligned with their engineering interests. Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics are common majors.

Department Facilities and Equipment

The Physics Department has computing facilities that are not often found at a small college due to the new $42 million Center for Science and Business. The Nuclear Lab has 30-inch walls to protect the cobalt source, and features a neutron generator and high-purity germanium detector.

The Physics program incorporates spacious teaching laboratories, smaller laboratories for individual projects, and a small shop. The department has a Schmidt-Cassegrain, computer-driven telescope for use in the introductory astronomy course and a digital SLR camera. A grid computer allows high-performance scientific computing for a range of projects in both Physics and Engineering. In addition to the grid computer, we have a wide array of computers for students to use, including new dual iMacs that can run a variety of operating systems in virtualization and are able to run ArcView (a sophisticated mapping program), SGI workstations, and Sun Sparc stations.

Off-Campus Programs

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in one or more off-campus programs that occur during the summer and/or the semester. Summer programs include “Research Experiences for Undergraduates” (REU) programs that run at universities, national laboratories, and colleges across the U.S. These programs are paid internships that last approximately 10 weeks and give students an excellent opportunity to learn and do science a different way.

Recently, Monmouth College Physics students have participated in REU programs at Argonne National Lab, the University of Notre Dame, Texas A & M, the University of Oregon, and Ohio Wesleyan University. Some students have been able to travel to conferences and present their work after these research experiences.

Students may also participate in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) — GLCA Oak Ridge Science Semester. This program offers an intensive trial immersion in research.

Engineering Schools

Upon completion of the program, a student receives two bachelors degrees: a B.A. from Monmouth College and a B.S. from the engineering school. Monmouth College is affiliated with three excellent engineering programs at the following universities: Washington University (St. Louis), the University of Southern California (U.S.C.), and Case-Western Reserve University.

While we have agreements with the schools above, students may also attend other engineering schools. Recent Physics majors have entered the B.S. in Engineering program at Southern Illinois University—Edwardsville and the MS/Ph.D. program in Plasma and Nuclear Engineering at the University of Illinois—Champaign.

Many students now choose to spend four years at Monmouth College before going on to engineering school. This choice leads to more time for breadth in their education.

Career Opportunities

  • Fluid Mechanic
  • Structural Designer
  • Biomechanics
  • Astrophysicist
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Architect

Recent Engineering Graduates

Mark Shoemaker ’09
Thermo Fluids Modeling Engineer
Carrier Corporation

Josh Estrada ‘05
Engineering Recruiting Lead

Josh Reschke ’07
John Deere