2014–15 Undergraduate Catalog
Otto Miller Hall
Engineers work for the benefit of humankind and our world by applying knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences in ways that responsibly utilize the materials and forces of nature.
Today, as civilization becomes more complex, engineers must not only have a deeper understanding of the physical world and our rapidly changing technologies, but they must also hold an increased sensitivity to the long-term effects of technology on people and the environment.
At Seattle Pacific University, our Engineering programs provide a supportive environment for integrating together the Christian calls for service and stewardship, engineering problem-solving skills, and a liberal arts-based focus on critical thinking and communication.
SPU engineering students develop these skills through an academically challenging curriculum with hands-on, design-oriented applications in a Christ-centered community-oriented environment, supported by a dedicated and easily accessible faculty. With these foundations, our graduates are well prepared to engage our culture’s technical challenges to change the world for the benefit of humankind and God’s creation.
Admission to Engineering Majors
For applicants to the Electrical Engineering major or the Computer Engineering major, the completed coursework must include EE 2726 "Circuits I" or a course taken at SPU requiring "Circuits I" as a prerequisite.
For applicants to the General Engineering major, the completed coursework must include either EE 2726 "Circuits I" or EGR 2891 "Statics," or a course taken at SPU requiring "Circuits I" or "Statics" as a prerequisite.
Students must complete the major requirements in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year of admittance to the major.
Majors and Minors
SPU offers BS degrees and minors in Electrical Engineering (BSEE), General Engineering (BSGE), and Computer Engineering (BSCPE). The BSEE degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
The BSGE degree may include a concentration in Mechanical Engineering or Appropriate and Sustainable Engineering, or it may be completed without a concentration. The Mechanical Engineering concentration is natural complement to the Electrical Engineering program due to the many areas of synergy between these fields.
The Appropriate and Sustainable concentration is a unique program designed as a direct response to our Christian calls for stewardship of our planet and service to the poor. Here, we seek to address our environmental footprint in the developed world through sustainable engineering solutions while addressing the needs of the world’s poor through development of appropriate technology.
Suggested Four-Year Course Schedules
Electrical Engineering “Flex” Degree Program for Full-time Working Students
Students interested in the Flex Program are strongly advised to contact the Electrical Engineering chair for details. Completion of a direct transfer AA degree through Washington community colleges is highly recommended. See the transfer student guide for more information.
3-2 Transfer Program
These agreements allow students to complete three years of study at SPU and two years at the partnering school resulting in a BA in Physical Sciences from SPU and a BS from the participating engineering school.
During the three years spent in residence at SPU, the student satisfies both the requirements for the SPU Bachelor of Arts degree and many fundamental requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree by taking the core Christian foundations, liberal arts, and prescribed courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and engineering.
If the student then fulfills the entrance requirements of the partner university, he or she may then transfer to the participating university. At that university, the student will spend two years taking upper-division engineering courses to complete the second degree.
The Physical Sciences (3:2 engineering) major Capstone requirement can be met by completing one of the following:
The Engineering Department will provide information to help students find internships, but students are individually responsible for locating and completing appropriate internships.
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam
On the other hand, Electrical Engineering and General Engineering majors are required, as a graduation requirement, to take and pass an online practice version of the FE exam. Passing this practice version is defined as earning a score of 50 percent or higher on each of its sections applicable to the degree program the student is enrolled in.
Expectations of Entering High School Students
Those students entering with deficiencies should consult an engineering advisor for a program of preparation for the engineering curriculum.
Expectations of Entering Transfer Students
More information on preparing to transfer to SPU to study engineering is available in the Engineering Department's transfer student guide.
Introduction to Engineering and University Seminar
Calculus Successful Progress Requirement
All students intending on majoring in Engineering (EE, CPE, General Engineering, Physical Sciences) must meet the successful calculus progress requirement listed below:
Students majoring in General Engineering must complete CHM 1211 "General Chemistry I." Students majoring in Electrical Engineering must score 75 percent or higher on SPU's Chemistry Placement Test or complete CHM 1100 "Introduction to Chemistry" or CHM 1211 "General Chemistry."
Humanities and Social Science Requirement
Students who take the full SPU Core and Exploratory general education program more than meet this requirement. However, transfer students should carefully select their courses to ensure they fulfill the 24-credit humanities and social-science requirement both in breadth and depth. They must see their assigned general education advisor to ensure this requirement is met.