From the Pyramids and Roman aqueducts to the steam engine, spaceship, and smartphone, engineering is how we have been applying science to create structures and machines and transform the world around us. Engineering at Hanover offers you a rigorous and broad education, emphasizing both analysis and practical skills. You will learn in small classes, engage with supportive faculty members who are committed to your success, conduct research and present your results, gain work experience with our industry partners and have the opportunity to study abroad.

Learning Engineering at Hanover College

Our mission:

  • We offer an excellent grounding in the ideas, skills, and experience of engineering within a liberal arts environment so that students can succeed in their profession, function across disciplines, provide leadership, and make positive contributions to society.
  • We emphasize critical thinking and creative problem solving that foster innovation. We challenge our students to collaborate, communicate effectively, complete research projects, and receive career training before graduation.
  • We cultivate the love for lifelong learning as an essential means to thrive in a world of constant change. We encourage students to pursue further studies or careers with confidence and insight, a broad perspective, and a profound appreciation for what makes us human.

Our strengths:

  • You learn in small, dynamic classes one-on-one with experts who unlock your potential and develop your professional skills.
  • You can join a research or work internship (or co-op), and receive academic credit.
  • You expand your horizons through visits and guest lectures by our industry partners.
  • You enjoy the benefit of the integration of engineering with science and the liberal arts. In addition, you may combine engineering with business through our established Business Scholars Program (B.S.P.). There is an increasing US and global demand for broadly educated engineers.
  • You have the opportunity to study abroad.

Degree Paths and Careers

The engineering department offers two engineering degrees:

1. A Bachelor of Science degree in engineering with coursework in the following specialties:

  • mechanical engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • electromechanical engineering
  • computer engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering is designed for those who wish to pursue career paths in engineering or applied science working in the industry, research or entrepreneurial endeavors. It prepares students for both advanced studies and professional employment.

2. A Bachelor of Arts degree in engineering science.

Engineering science provides an interdisciplinary education in mathematics, science and engineering. It also encourages students to incorporate diverse cognate areas, such as business, economics or art and design, so they can effectively pursue careers in engineering management, public service, business or entrepreneurship.

Beyond the Classroom (Research, Internships, Co-Ops)

Professors have an active research agenda and engage students with projects. You will have the opportunity to present your research on campus and in professional conferences.

You can earn academic credit for a summer internship or a more extensive co-op. In particular, Hanover College corporate partners offer a unique opportunity to qualified engineering majors to acquire work and research experience through a four-month co-op. This extends over a spring term and the subsequent summer, and so students can complete it and still graduate in four years. Because of a strong local business representation, students have the option to avoid relocation.

Experiential opportunities also include spring-term travel, field trips, and study abroad opportunities.

The engineering department can also offer paid employment to majors as tutors or lab assistants.

Executive Involvement

The engineering program is supported by the Engineering Advisory Board. This is a team of corporate, research, government and civic leaders who help guide the continued growth and development of the Engineering Program. The Board:

  • Identifies competitive advantages of the program and key factors of success. Advises on effective marketing and recruiting strategies ranging from local to international.
  • Assists in developing a broader network of engineers and executives who promote the engineering program and create opportunities for students, including internships, co-ops, workshops, networking events, class visits, guest lectures, skill development, and career preparation.
  • Addresses issues of strategic growth including collaboration with other institutions, foundations, and industries, upgrading of facilities and equipment and development of new programs and research.
  • Monitors and evaluates the engineering program.
  • Helps raise funds to build and maintain the program.
  • Advises on education enhancement, curricular issues in terms of employer needs, technology transfer and contribution to the broader community.

The program relies on alumni, engineering, and executive involvement.

Foundation Support

Generous support has been provided by the Duke Energy Foundation.


We are pursuing accreditation of our four-year degree program through the Accreditation Board for Engineering (A.B.E.T.) and anticipate we will be reviewed for accreditation in 2020.


Certain engineering (ENGR) courses below, which are not designated as "lecture and laboratory," can still include lab, computational, or design components.

ENGR 101, Exploring Engineering, 0.50 Units

  • For students who are intrigued by engineering and technology or who are considering a career in this broad field. Professors and industry experts team up to guide students through the engineering experience. Students work in groups to construct a prototype solution to an engineering problem, gain an understanding of the fundamentals of engineering thinking and design process, and learn how to communicate outcomes. Includes tours to manufacturing facilities and discussion of issues of ethical and professional responsibility. Knowledge of algebra and trigonometry is essential .5 unit.

ENGR 190, Introduction Engineering & Design, 1.00 Unit

  • Core engineering themes and principles; engineering computing and visualization; designing and constructing solutions based on analytical and computational models using MATLAB and computer-aided design (C.A.D.) software, experimental performance tests, refining models and designs. Prerequisite MAT 113 or MAT 121 or placement at the Ready for Calculus level. Not open to students with prior credit in ENGR 290. Fee Charged.

ENGR 207, Materials Science I, 0.50 Units

  • Introduction to the structure, properties, processing, and performance of engineering materials: waves, principles of quantum mechanics, hydrogen atom, periodic table, bonds and molecules, structures of metals and ceramics. Prerequisites: Mat 122, Phy 186. .5 unit.

ENGR 208, Materials Science II, 0.50 Units

  • Introduction to the structure, properties, and performance of engineering materials: polymers, imperfections, diffusion, phases, electrical, mechanical, magnetic, thermal, and optical properties, corrosion, applications, and processing of engineering materials. Prerequisites: 207 or Phy 225. .5 unit.

ENGR 250, Electrical Circuit Analysis, 1.00 Unit

  • Resistive elements and networks, solutions in the time domain and the frequency domain, independent and dependent sources. Prerequisites: Mat 122, Phy 186. Recommended: CS 220.

ENGR 302, Mechanical Engineering Tools, 0.50 Units

  • Introduction to the fundamentals of the machine tool and computer tool use and fabrication techniques. Students work with a variety of tools including the bandsaw, milling machine, and lathe. Instruction is given on MATLAB and CAD and assignments are project-oriented. Prerequisite: 290. .5 unit.

ENGR 305, Electronic Circuits and Design, 0.50 Units

  • Switches and MOS and MOSFET transistors, digital abstraction, filters, amplifiers, energy storage elements, analog, and digital circuits and applications. Prerequisites: 250, CS 220. .5 unit.

ENGR 311, Linear Systems and Signals, 1.00 Units

  • Engineering phenomena that may be represented by linear, lumped-parameter models are studied. Linear systems in the mechanical, thermal, fluid, and electromechanical domains. Laplace Transforms, Fourier analysis, and Eigenvalue methods. Both transfer function and state-space representations of systems are studied. Continuous-time and discrete-time forms of signals and systems. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 290, Phy 245. Lab fee.

ENGR 316, Digital Systems, 1.00 Unit

  • Boolean algebra, digital number systems and computer arithmetic, combinational logic design and simplification, sequential logic design, timing analysis, and optimization, register-transfer design of digital systems, clocks and synchronization, finite state machines, FPGAs. Computer-aided digital design software and hardware implementation laboratories. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 250, CS 220. Lab fee.

ENGR 318, Semiconductor Electronics I, 1.00 Unit

  • Electrical conduction, semiconductor materials and devices, diodes, transistors, FETs, LEDs. Prerequisites: 250, Phy 245.

ENGR 321, Instrumentation and Statistics, 1.00 Unit

  • Instrumentation, measurement, computer-aided experimentation, methods of statistical and error analysis, random processes, quality control. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: 250, CS 220. Lab fee.

ENGR 324, VLSI Design, 1.00 Unit

  • An introduction to the design, analysis, and modeling of digital integrated circuits, with an emphasis on hands-on chip design using CAD tools. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 305, 316. Lab fee.

ENGR 325, Embedded Microcomputer Systems, 1.00 Unit

  • Analysis and design of embedded systems. Microcontrollers, real-time control, construction of complete systems. Software and development tools, programmable system on chip, peripheral components such as A/D converters, communication schemes, signal processing techniques, closed-loop digital feedback control, interface, and power electronics, and modeling of electromechanical systems. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 305, 316. Strongly recommended: 311. Lab fee.

ENGR 326, Computer Systems Architecture, 1.00 Unit

  • Physical and logical design of a computer. Microprocessors, CPU design, RISC and CISC, pipelining, superscalar processing, caching, virtual memory, assembly, and machine language, multiprocessors. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 305, 316, CS 234. Lab fee.

ENGR 328, Mobile Robotics, 1.00 Unit

  • Design, construction, and testing of field robotic systems that act intelligently in dynamic, unpredictable environments. Team projects focus on electronics, instrumentation, machine elements, and programming. Lectures on ethics in engineering practice included. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 311, Phy 331. Recommended: 316, 330 (or CS 223), 347. Lab fee.

ENGR 330, Numerical Simulation, 1.00 Unit

  • Introduction to computational techniques for the simulation of a variety of engineering and physical systems. Numerical methods including interpolation, least squares, and statistical regression, integration, solution of linear and nonlinear equations, differential equations, finite element methods. Deterministic and probabilistic approaches. Assignments require programming in Python or MATLAB. Prerequisites: CS 220, Phy 185, Phy 245.

ENGR 334, Mechanics of Materials I, 1.00 Unit

  • Statics, fundamentals of continuum mechanics, mechanics of deformable bodies, and structural mechanics. Stress, strain, linear elasticity with thermal expansion, bending, deflection, torsion, failure modes. Application to simple engineering structures such as rods, shafts, beams, and trusses. Prerequisites: Phy 245, Phy 331.

ENGR 336, Fluid Dynamics, 1.00 Unit

  • Fundamentals of continuum mechanics, constitutive relations for fluids, Newtonian and inviscid fluids, viscous laminar flow and turbulence, incompressible and compressible flows, supersonic flow, boundary layer theory. Fluid systems modeling and engineering applications. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: Phy 245, Phy 320. Lab fee.

ENGR 337, Thermofluids Engineering I, 1.00 Unit

  • Integrated development and application of the principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer to the design and analysis of engineering systems: Entropy generation, conduction heat transfer in solids, heat transfer, finned surfaces, fluid models, hydrostatics, hydraulics, inviscid flow analysis and Bernoulli equation, internal and external laminar viscous flows, boundary layers, turbulence, head loss in pipes. Prerequisites: 311, 336.

ENGR 342, Signal Processing, 1.00 Unit

  • Sampling theory, signal representation, quantization noise, transformation and manipulation of digital signals, digital filter structure and design, fast Fourier transform, parametric signal modeling, stochastic processes, spectra, Wiener filtering, detection, matched filters, applications (audio, radar, image, or autonomous vehicles). Prerequisites: 311, 321.

ENGR 347, Control Theory and Design, 1.00 Unit

  • Root locus, frequency response, state space techniques, actuators and sensors, digital control techniques, analysis of A/D and D/A converters, digital controllers, numerical control algorithms, feedback control, stability, programmable-logic based control systems, application in modern manufacturing systems. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: 311. Lab fee.

ENGR 350, Engineering Design & Manufacturing, 1.00 Unit

  • Creative design process by application of physical laws. Project completion on schedule and within budget. Robustness and manufacturability. Mechanism design and fabrication, machine elements, manufacturing process. Process physics, automation/control, quality, industrial management, systems design, and operation. Includes design-and-build project. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 207, 302, 311. Strongly recommended: 330, 334. Lab fee.

ENGR 352, Engineering Electromagnetics, 1.00 Unit

  • Electromagnetic waves, radiation and diffraction, coupling to media and structures, waveguides, resonance, circuits, wireless and optical communications, computer interconnects and peripherals, microwave communications and radar, antennas, sensors, micro-electromechanical systems, acoustics, power generation and transmission. Prerequisites: 250, Phy 245, Phy 332.

ENGR 355, Semiconductor Electronics II, 1.00 Unit

  • Advanced semiconductor materials and devices, solid-state circuits, frequency responses and stability, feedback circuits, noise; self-sustained oscillators, phase-locked loops. Photonics and optoelectronics including amplifiers, lasers, photodetectors, image sensors, solar cells, polarization and modulation of light. Prerequisites: 207 (or Phy 225), 305, 311, 318, 352.

ENGR 414, Mechanics of Materials II, 1.00 Unit

  • Mechanical behavior of engineering materials and structures and the use of materials in mechanical design. Analysis, design and computational techniques for curved beams, spinning disks, thick-walled cylinders, asymmetric beams, torsion, and buckling. Elasticity, plasticity, limit analysis, fatigue, fracture and creep. Energy and finite element methods. Materials selection. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 330, 334. Lab fee.

ENGR 418, Communication Systems, 1.00 Unit

  • Fast Fourier transform algorithms, discrete time transfer functions, filter design techniques, architecture and programming of digital signal processors, communication electronics, theory and design principles of analog and digital communication systems, optical and wireless communications. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 305, 311, 316, 352. Lab fee.

ENGR 420, Power Generation & Storage, 1.00 Unit

  • A comprehensive introduction to the technology of electricity generation and power system operations. Topics include traditional and advanced generation based on a variety of primary energy sources including coal, natural gas, and nuclear, as well as renewable sources such as hydro, wind, solar and geothermal; the environmental impacts of each option; and the basic operations of power system markets in the United States. Power storage technologies, essential to the widespread use of renewable energy sources, will also be reviewed. Prerequisite ENGR 337

ENGR 421, Thermofluids Engineering II, 1.00 Unit

  • Integrated development and application of the principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer to the design and analysis of engineering systems: Laminar and turbulent flow, two-phase flow, heat transfer in various scenarios, heat exchangers, turbomachines, simulation of thermofluid systems, design and analysis of thermodynamic plants, power cycles and refrigeration plants. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: 337. Lab fee.

Applying to Hanover College

Admission Deadlines

  • November 1: Early Action I
  • December 1: Early Action II
  • March 1: Regular Decision

Remember, Hanover makes admissions decisions on a rolling basis, which means the sooner you submit your completed application the sooner we can tell you whether or not you have been admitted.

Application for Fall 2019 is now open.

What We Look for

We are looking for well-rounded students so our admissions office evaluates candidates holistically. Standardized test scores are considered but the weight of applicant evaluation focuses on curriculum and grade point average. Other factors included in our evaluation are the high school attended, letter of recommendation, participation in extracurricular and community activities and the submitted writing sample. In addition to achievement and participation, Hanover College values cultural, ethnic and geographic diversity in its student body.

Profile for Class of 2022

  • Number applied: 4,073
  • Percent accepted: 63.4%
  • Number admitted: 2,582
  • SAT score (middle 50%, critical reading, and math sections only): 1030-1220
  • ACT score (middle 50%) 23-27
  • Average GPA: 3.62

Admission Requirements

As a selective liberal arts college, Hanover is looking for those students who have completed a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum. To be eligible for admission, an applicant must have completed the following high school courses:

  • Four years of English (literature and composition)
  • At least two years of foreign language
  • At least two years of mathematics, including Algebra II

The following courses are recommended as part of a well-rounded college-preparatory curriculum:

  • At least three years of laboratory science
  • At least three years of social studies
  • At least one year of fine or performing arts

Students who have taken AP, IB and dual-credit courses may be eligible for Hanover College credits.

Hanover College has adopted a test-optional admission policy. If you choose to submit test scores as part of your application, there is no preference for either the SAT or ACT. Hanover College’s school code for the SAT is "1290" and our ACT code is "1200". For international applicants, the TOEFL, IELTS or SAT-I score minimums must be met.

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