Advice for high school students

Planning ahead for your academic career at Calvin might seem like a daunting task, but we want to give you the tools to prepare in high school for a possible career in engineering.

Typical first-year engineering courses

ENGR-101 – Intro to Engineering Design ENGR-205 – Principles of Material Science
MATH-171 – Calculus I MATH-172 – Calculus II
CHEM-103 – General Chemistry I PHYS-133 – Introductory Physics: Mechanics and Gravity
ENGR-181 – Engineering Graphical Communication Lab Health & Fitness core
ENGL-101 – Written Rhetoric History or Religion core
IDIS-149 – First-Year Seminar  

Here are just a few attributes engineers commonly exhibit:

  • A natural curiosity for how things work
  • An enjoyment for taking things apart both mentally and on a work bench
  • An interest in finding the links between scientific principles and how they affect real-world problems
  • An excitement for new technology
  • A fascination for God’s creation and how it could be used to better society
  • An investigative perspective on the world in an effort to improve people’s lives
  • 4 years of math, including at least pre-calculus (AP calc if possible)
  • 4 years science, including 1 year each of biology, chemistry, physics
  • 2 years of a foreign language
  • 4 years of English
  • Not required, but helpful to have CAD, drafting, or some other industrial design course
  • Not required, but helpful to have a intro computer programming class
  • Not required, but helpful to have an AP Calculus course. If you have to choose, AP Calculus is preferred over AP Statistics.

Here are just a few examples:

  • Design a new building
  • Properly execute embedded software
  • Optimize the operation of a chemical plant
  • Design an energy-efficient vehicle
  • Work in a lab on advanced research
  • Use CAD software to create a schematic

Engineering from a Christian worldview

Transfer information

Transferring from one program to another might seem complex, but all engineering programs require similar preparatory courses (calculus, statistics, chemistry, physics, computer science) and many colleges offer similar introductory engineering coursework (introduction to engineering design; CAD). At Calvin, the engineering courses are all calculus based; because of this, algebra classes will not transfer to Calvin.

Most transfer students cannot apply all of their courses from other schools to Calvin’s engineering requirements. Therefore, two years at one school does not necessarily equal two years of credit at Calvin. Most commonly, students are able to transfer enough credits to complete an engineering degree from Calvin in three to three-and-a-half years.

If you are interested in transferring to Calvin, submit a copy of your transcripts and course syllabi to the engineering department chair for review. Please do this by emailing or by working with the registrar’s office. Please allow for a minimum of two weeks for the evaluation to be complete.

For information on applying to Calvin as a transfer student, please visit the Admissions Transfer Page.

Michelle Krul

Michelle Krul

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