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As an engineering student at Calvin, academic advising takes place within the engineering department. Here you’ll find all the forms and information you’ll need to plan your education at Calvin and graduate on time.

Model Program Sheets

Please print the form you need and take it with you to your advising appointment. These forms are also available in the racks outside the engineering department office.

Model Program Sheets

  • Chemical model program sheet (.pdf or .xlsx)
  • Civil & environmental model program sheet (.pdf or .xlsx)
  • Electrical & computer model program sheet (.pdf or .xlsx)
  • Mechanical model program sheet (.pdf or .xlsx)

Elective options & core requirements

If you are undecided about your concentration, the first two years are the same for all students and any of the above documents can be used for course planning.

Engineering minor

At Calvin, students may minor rather than major in engineering by taking six classes including one of two 100-level courses, at least two of three 200-level courses, and at least two 300-level courses from a selected list. While a minor is a consideration for some students, please be aware that it is not ABET accredited. For more information on an engineering minor, see the Course Catalog or direct your questions toward the engineering department or Professor Gayle Ermer, the engineering department chair.

Student forms

Reference flow charts for concentrations

Chemical engineering reference flowchart

Chemical engineering

Mechanical engineering reference flowchart

Mechanical engineering

Electrical and computer engineering reference flowchart

Electrical & computer engineering

Civil and environmental engineering reference flowchart

Civil & environmental engineering

  • International Designation Requirements

    You may receive an international designation to your concentration (e.g., “BSE International Mechanical Concentration”) by completing any two of the following three items:

    1. An international engineering interim course. There are many to choose from.
    2. An international internship and demonstrating some ability to speak the language of your internship country.
    3. The engineering summer program in Germany.

    Other procedures and activities may qualify for the international designation. For additional details, please contact the department chair or the department internship coordinator.

  • Sustainability Designation Requirements
    • Complete ENGR 184: (a one credit hour course typically taken during sophomore year),
    • Complete a three or four SH sustainability-themed course,
    • Complete ENGR 384: (a one credit hour course typically taken during junior or senior year), and
    • Participate in a sustainability-related practical experience (e.g., internship, research, or senior design project).

    The courses currently approved as sustainability-themed courses are:

    • ENGR Wxx ("Sustainable Energy Systems")
    • ENGR Wxx ("Advanced Topics in Chemical Engineering")
    • ENGR 306 ("Principles of Environmental Engineering")
    • ECON 232 ("Sustainability Economics")
    • ECON 233 ("Economics of Energy and Sustainability")
    • BIOL 364 ("Global Health, Environment, and Sustainability")
    • ENST 210 ("Human Impacts on the Environment")

    You should also consult the Program for Sustainability (PSE), and see what our department does to promote sustainability.

    Any questions about the current list of approved sustainability-related courses or what practical experiences qualify for credit should be directed to the engineering department sustainability designation coordinator.

  • Honors Requirements

    Calvin University's honors program consists of two distinct tracks: the Honors Scholars and Collegiate Scholars programs. For more information and to learn how to join one of these programs, see the Honors website.

    The honors requirements below apply only to the legacy honors program—they do not apply to students who are participating in the Honors Scholars or Collegiate Scholars programs. These requirements are provided for reference; if you have any questions about which program requirements apply to you, please contact your advisor or a member of the engineering department.

    Legacy Honors Program Requirements

    • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
    • Complete a total of six honors courses (18 hour minimum) overall, including:
      • At least two honors courses outside of the major
      • At least two honors courses in engineering with a minimum grade of A- (at least one of the courses needs to be a 300-level course)
        • The following courses cannot be used to fulfill this requirement: ENGR 101, 181, 185, 285, 294, 337, 339, 340, 382, 385, 387, 390, and 394.
    • Receive credit for ENGR 385: Engineering Internship or ENGR 387: International Engineering Internship
    • Complete ENGR 339: Senior Design Project (fall) and ENGR 340: Senior Design Project (spring)

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