Engineering Program

Engineering at UMHB offers a firm foundation in theoretical engineering knowledge coupled with practical design applications, providing a context for our students to focus their Christian commitment on engineering solutions which can improve our world. The Engineering major, which combines mathematical, physical, and computational science, is recommended for engineering students who wish to complete an inter-disciplinary engineering degree. The engineering program is designed to enable students to demonstrate skill in the appropriate use of engineering specific technology, to develop confidence in strategies of problem-solving, and to apply problem-solving strategies to “real-world” activities. The engineering student is expected to communicate technical information effectively in both written and verbal form. The engineering student is challenged to integrate his/her knowledge of mathematics and science with a Christian perspective to discover significant relationships between a Christian life and an engineering profession. Students who pursue the Engineering major at UMHB will combine a lifetime career preparation with a Christian commitment to improve our world and thereby will have a unique experience for life.


The Engineering faculty has developed a curriculum designed to conform to current national standards and prepare students for entrance to the profession.  UMHB is pursuing ABET accreditation, but this should not be confused with an implied promise that ABET accreditation will be secured prior to a student’s graduation. The Engineering program has been extended to include a wide range of topics crucial to the future of engineering design, the research projects are equally varied in the goals of research. Collaboration between a diverse group of UMHB faculty in and beyond the College of Sciences is an important aspect of the engineering research program enabled by an increase of students seeking research opportunities. Since all engineering students in the UMHB program attain a firm theoretical foundation in a wide range of engineering fields (i.e.. mechanical, electrical, and energy), specialized undergraduate research projects have been created which investigate the intersection between science, mathematics, and engineering design. In that way, individual faculty members with special interests in specific fields of engineering have been able to pursue unique engineering projects, cooperating with students in the creation of designs. Students who participate in these diverse design solutions have become expert in specialized areas of engineering through their immersion in the research topic in addition to the broad understanding of engineering principles gained through their coursework. 

The application for admissions into the upper-level engineering program should be completed by the end of the sophomore year when engineering students will be notified. Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Laboratory Sciences GPA will be utilized in that determination. Those courses are CISC 2330, ENGR 1310, ENGR 1320, ENGR 2311, ENGR 2320, ENGR 2321, ENGR 2345, ENGR 2430, MATH1330, MATH 2330, MATH 2320, CHEM 1410, PHYS 2421 and PHYS 2422. An engineering student’s GPA in the specified courses must be a 2.75 or higher to be considered for admittance into the upper-level courses. Each student will be evaluated and will be granted approval to take upper-level courses by the Engineering Faculty members. Please note that UMHB does not guarantee admittance into upper-level engineering program at UMHB. More information concerning the program may be obtained from Dr. William G. Tanner. Jr., Chairperson, Computer Science, Engineering and Physics.


Required Practical Experience

All students majoring in Engineering are required to acquire three hundred hours of practical experience while enrolled at UMHB. This requirement must be fulfilled before a student is allowed to graduate. Practical experience may be acquired through full-time employment, part-time employment, paid or unpaid internships (including ENGR 4395), apprenticeships, or co-op experiences. The Department Chair must approve practical-experience hours before the beginning of the student’s senior year.  Students must obtain a letter from their employer/supervisor, internship site, etc. to verify their practical experience. Please see the Department Chair for additional information.