The Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering is the first at ISU.

This semester, the College of Technology at Indiana State University has been approved to start a Bachelor of Science in Engineering program. Nesli Alp, Dean of the College of Technology, says “[this] program brings a different level of expertise and knowledge to our college and students.” The BS in Engineering offers a concentration in Civil, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering, all of which require “multiple semesters of calculus and sciences.” 

The program will follow the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology – or ABET – accreditation requirements, which include yearly required courses and a one-year long capstone design experience, in which senior students work as a team on real world problems from conception to design. 

This new Engineering program is the first Engineering program to be offered at Indiana State University and the College of Technology; all previous degree programs are Technology programs, not Engineering programs. “The difference,” Alp explains, “is the rigor of the Engineering program, additional math and science courses that our Engineering students are required to take, and the Engineering program is more theoretical than applied.” 

In addition to these requirements, Engineering students will be eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, a required certificate particularly for those searching for careers in Civil Engineering and construction industries. Alp says that one graduate already took and passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, which “is a very big accomplishment for a new program.” After students pass this exam, they will be qualified to take the Professional Engineering exam, which is considered the highest standard in engineering. 

Wyatt Keller, a senior Mechanical Engineering Technology major with a minor in Manufacturing Engineering, says that the new Engineering program will “reach out to a wider variety of students looking to explore more options within their degree path.” Keller also believes that his experience as an Engineering Technology major has been heavily “hands-on” and technical, whereas the Engineering degree will educate students in the mathematical principles behind the projects. 

Keller is more than confident that the College of Technology can provide a “proper engineering education” to Sycamores. “With most of the professors having been in the industry before coming to teach… [it helps because] students learn much better from experience rather than by the book, and [the College of Technology] does a great job at [that].”