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Engineering in a Liberal Arts Context

The engineering department at Loyola offers the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree. This program is built around a challenging set of engineering, science, and mathematics courses, but it also includes the complete depth of liberal arts core courses for which Loyola is known.

The benefits of a combined engineering and liberal arts education:

Complementing our engineering training, Loyola's strong liberal arts core curriculum provides students with invaluable skills needed by all engineers to excel not only in their professional careers, but in all aspects of life. The core offers instruction in such diverse subject areas as writing, history, philosophy, theology, social science and a foreign language. Historical, societal, and cultural perspectives are acquired that enhance one's ability to function in the workplace that is becoming increasingly diversified and international in scope. By integrating engineering and liberal arts courses, students are also well prepared to work on complex technical problems that require multi-disciplinary teams to obtain effective solutions.

The development of written and oral communication skills is emphasized throughout the curriculum. Thus, students become well equipped to prepare periodic progress and technical summary reports and presentations for the two-semester, capstone senior design course sequence (Engineering Design Project I and II - EG 497 and 498). The total experience provided in the two courses is devised to enable Loyola's engineering students to develop creative solutions to technical problems and communicate these effectively while engaged in detailed analysis and design as well as engineering project management. At the same time, they receive regular faculty review and guidance.

Flexibility and versatility available with electives:

Each concentration possesses three electives that allow students to pursue additional course work according to their interests. Often, this has led to obtaining a minor in either mathematical or natural sciences. Other students have opted to take courses from The Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J., School of Business and Management, giving them additional preparation for the industrial work environment. Still, others have chosen electives from an impressive list of upper-level liberal arts courses. Their choices reflect their desires to gain enhanced knowledge in a particular subject area or to improve their skill in public speaking or some type of fine arts, for example.



Summer research with the Hauber Fellowship program allows undergraduates to spend 10 weeks each summer working on an independent project under the guidance of Loyola faculty.