BS in Engineering Science


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Program Description


A Unique Curriculum for a Changing World

Employers today are seeking engineers who are more than just technically competent. They are looking for graduates who can write and speak effectively, who are team players, and who can see the “big picture.” These are the kinds of engineers that Wartburg graduates. Unlike university curricula, Wartburg’s Engineering Science program emphasizes the breadth of background over narrow specialization. Unlike engineering programs at most other liberal arts colleges, the program is a four-year bachelor’s degree that does not require further study at another institution before seeking industrial employment.

Engineering Science at Wartburg is designed to provide you with a unique combination of:

  • technical expertise
  • mathematical and scientific skills
  • a true liberal arts perspective


The engineering science program is committed to improving engineering profession and its practice by helping students acquire fundamental scientific and technical knowledge; an understanding of the ethical, global, and societal dimensions of the profession; and skills in communication, critical thinking, team building, and self-training.

A well-rounded education

In addition to the standard requirements, students are encouraged to round out their educations with a broad mix of experiences. Most engineering science majors minor in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, or computer science. Many industry-bound graduates have also completed minors in business, leadership, or in a foreign language. Nearly 40% of engineering majors participate in intercollegiate athletics, and more than 20% are members of musical ensembles. About 30% study abroad during their four years and about half participate in summer or year-round internship programs.

Alumni Outcomes

Wartburg graduates find satisfying jobs and are admitted into top graduate and professional schools. Wartburg alumni can be found in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 foreign countries. Below is only a sample of the types of positions Wartburg engineering graduates have had in the past.

Sample of Alumni Positions:

  • Assembly Engineer, John Deere Davenport Works, Davenport
  • Graduate Student – Aerospace Engineering
  • Job Site Superintendent, Verdant Environmental Services, Omaha, Neb.
  • PDP Manufacturing Engineer, Volt Services/John Deere, Ankeny
  • Environmental Engineer, Terracon Consultants, Inc., Des Moines
  • Software Engineer, IBM, Rochester, Minn.
  • Traffic Engineer, City of Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids
  • Quality Assurance, Epic Systems, Verona, Wis.

Course Requirements

22½ course credits:


  • CH 113 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CS 120 Introduction to Computers and Programming
  • ES 151 Modern Engineering Analysis I
  • ES 152 Modern Engineering Analysis II
  • ES 204 Electrical Circuits
  • ES 205 Structural Statics
  • ES 206 Thermal Science
  • ES 230 Engineering Economic Analysis
  • ES 251 Machinery and Manufacturing
  • ES 303 Structural Analysis
  • ES 304 Fluid Mechanics
  • ES 305 Electronics and Digital Systems
  • ES 310 Dynamics
  • ES 320 Engineering Materials
  • ES 350 Engineering Design Methods
  • ES 360 Preliminary Design Project
  • ES 402 Engineering Seminar
  • ES 460 Senior Design Project
  • MA 214 Statistical Methods or
  • MA 313 Mathematical Probability and Statistics
  • MA 250 Applied Calculus
  • MA 251 Foundational Differential Calculus
  • MA 252 Foundational Integral Calculus
  • PHY 203 Classical Physics I

One course credit from

  • BI 151 Biology I: Ecosystems, Cells, and Evolution
  • CH 114 Principles of Chemistry II
  • PHY 204 Classical Physics II

Three course credits from

  • Any BI course excluding BI 120, BI 130, BI 131
  • Any CH course excluding CH 130
  • Any MA course excluding MA 90, MA 106, MA 107, MA 110, MA 212, MA 312
  • Any PHY course at 200 level or above


Science Center

The Science Center, completed in 2004, represents an expansion and renovation that doubled the size of Wartburg’s science facilities to over 110,000 square feet. The building is designed for hands-on learning and close interaction among students and faculty. Lecture rooms and laboratories, all with Internet access, provide state-of-the-art facilities for biology, chemistry, engineering science, physics, mathematics, and computer science classes.

The Science Center houses four computer laboratories, a greenhouse, animal facilities, molecular biology and biochemistry suite with a cell culture room, cadaver room, indoor stream facility, student/faculty research areas, and a variety of informal student study areas. Equipment also includes three mobile computer labs, a scanning electron microscope, fluorescent microscopes, atomic absorption spectrophotometer, Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, and research electromagnet. A cardio/CP stress test system is available in the Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center.

The Platte Observatory, located near the outdoor soccer and football practice fields, provides facilities for introductory astronomy and upper-level astrophysics courses and research projects. It houses five Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes, an 18-inch Newtonian reflector, and a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for research.

Last updated Oct 2020

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