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Engineering and Physics


Engineering at St. Ambrose

Student working on machinery

Ambrose has everything: undergraduate research, small class sizes, and approachable and engaging professors–all with the highly-valued foundation of liberal arts.

And we're the only university in the Quad Cities offering bachelor's degrees in mechanical and industrial engineering!

The Benefits of a Private University

The Council of Independent Colleges reports that smaller private colleges have higher student persistence and degree completion rates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and shorter time to the bachelor's degree than larger universities.

Bachelor's degree recipients from small and mid-sized independent institutions in the STEM fields also are more often committed to further education at the time of graduation, and many of them immediately enroll in graduate programs after obtaining bachelor's degrees.

And graduates of private colleges are more likely to pursue doctoral degrees in STEM fields than graduates of public four-year institutions. In some of the STEM fields, small and mid-sized independent colleges produce more graduates who obtain PhDs than much larger research universities.
Source: Strengthening the STEM Pipeline,, March 2014

Integrated Design Experience

The program's philosophy is that the whole must be greater than the sum of parts to be most effective. The fundamental skills of model-building, creativity, problem solving, and communication are integrated throughout the program emphasizing, design and communication.

We believe engineering education is a network of experiences beginning in the first year course, ENGR 105: Introduction to Engineering and culminating in the Senior Design Course. Throughout the program, students study engineering topics and explore problem-solving using traditional methods and computer technology.

In the Senior Design Seminar, students use engineering skills to determine a real world problem, develop and analyze alternatives, and recommend a feasible solution. Design issues are introduced throughout the program to assure that students are well prepared for this experience.

OparEducational Environment

As a teaching university, the quality of professor performance is measured by student learning. Professionally qualified faculty members, who recognize the importance of high academic and professional engineering standards, are dedicated to ensuring the success of students while at St. Ambrose and in the working world.

The faculty's concentration is on educating students in fundamentals and examining the most current theories and applications through an open, relaxed environment. Many students feel the friendliness and approachability of the professors is a significant factor in helping them develop to their fullest potential.

Admissions Requirements

The general admissions requirements listed in the course catalog apply to the Engineering program. Students who enter the Engineering program directly from high school should have completed one and one-half units of algebra, one unit of plane geometry, and one-half unit of trigonometry. Students who haven't will be required to take additional mathematics courses before enrolling in calculus at St. Ambrose. High school physics and chemistry are recommended for all applicants.

Whats Next

Take a look at the outlines to graduate for:

Industrial Engineering (pdf)
Mechanical Engineering (pdf)
Double Major (pdf)