Calling

The engineering program equips students to glorify God by meeting the needs of the world with responsible and caring engineering.

Distinctives

Our program is marked by these features:

Christian
Integrating Christian faith into the curriculum as a foundation for understanding the role of science and technology in society and shaping engineers with a calling of service to the world

Global
Providing opportunities to prepare graduates with the cultural competencies for participation in the international marketplace and for addressing the challenges faced by people in the developing world

Innovative
Encouraging the cultivation of an entrepreneurial mindset, business acumen, and the leadership and life-long learning skills that contribute to the growth of enterprises that build communities

Interdisciplinary
Emphasizing that today’s complex problems require integration and analysis across engineering disciplines, the sciences, and the liberal arts to inform engineering design decision-making, extend critical thinking, and advance communication skills

Practical
Infusing the classroom with real-world engineering experience, challenging students to address open-ended design problems with multiple constraints in a team environment, and facilitating internships for students

Student-Focused
Creating a hands-on learning community that features small classes in which a diverse array of students interact with each other and with experienced faculty committed to undergraduate teaching and mentoring

Sustainability
Advocating a thoughtful framework for technological development that stewards the resources of the world to enable the long term flourishing of human and non-human aspects of God’s creation

Educational objectives

The BSE degree from Calvin College is designed to provide a foundation for productive engineering work in God’s world. The objectives of the program are that recent graduates will...

...apply and develop the basic principles and skills necessary for engineering (including mathematics, the sciences, business, and the humanities) for appropriate assessment and analysis of current and complex problems.

...creatively generate effective solutions to problems and move them toward successful implementation.

...contribute and communicate ideas successfully in multidisciplinary environments, exhibiting awareness of cultural context and team dynamics.

...demonstrate commitment to social responsibility, sustainability, and the continued learning necessary to address the pressing problems of our contemporary world.

Throughout their lives, our graduates will act as Christ’s servants whose faith leads them to live with integrity, called to leadership, in advocating for appropriate engineering solutions that incorporate relevant technology.

Educational outcomes

Calvin’s engineering program will demonstrate that its graduates have…

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data to extract meaning
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability, and to produce a prototype or model which can effectively test the basic principles of the design
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems using fundamental principles
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility from a Christian, holistic perspective
  • an ability to communicate truthfully and effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context including an understanding of Christian stewardship of resources
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning, to aid in the fulfillment of their calling
  • engaged contemporary issues demonstrating how the Christian faith relates to their profession
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice to develop responsible technologies
  • significant exposure to the engineering profession.