Engineering and Computer Science

Engineering students

SPU Engineering and Computer Science graduates are ready to:

  • Serve God and others by developing real solutions to real problems.
  • Lead teams to design creative, sustainable systems — close to home or globally.
  • Engage the world by understanding what people need and how to help them.

SPU’s Engineering program is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

Here’s where it all begins:

General Engineering (BS) — Where you’ll learn how to create solutions to real problems using engineering techniques. Accredited by EAC-ABET.

Consider a concentration in:

  • Mechanical Engineering — you’ll learn to design and build systems that move, stand strong, and transfer energy, such as transportation systems, structures, and engines. 
  • Appropriate and Sustainable Engineering — prepare to help people around the globe meet their full potential by partnering with them to learn about and design systems that meet their needs. 

With no concentration, you’ll equip yourself for any number of options by pursuing this flexible degree with plenty of room for customization.

Mechanical Engineering (BS) — You’ll learn to design and build systems that move, stand strong, and transfer energy, such as transportation systems, structures, and engines. 

Electrical Engineering (BS) — Where you’ll learn to design high-tech new systems for everything from tiny smart sensors and communication devices to new modes of transportation and efficient power generation. Accredited by EAC-ABET.

Computer Engineering (BS) — Focused on the design and construction of computers and computer-based systems, with a strong basis in computer science, digital electronics, and engineering. Accredited by EAC-ABET.

Computer Science (BA, BS) — Learn about computer software and hardware, and how data is transformed into useful information. The BS in CSC emphasizes scientific and engineering foundations and applications. Choose the BA in CSC to combine computing with another major or minor in any other field.

Information Systems (BS) — In which you’ll learn how to integrate high-tech solutions with organizational processes to meet the information needs of for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

3-2 Transfer Program — Where you can complete three years of engineering at SPU with two at UW or WSU. Graduate with a BA in Physical Sciences from SPU and a BS from the other school.

You can also minor in General Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Computer Science.

New degree: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME)

We are proud to announce that in the 2018-19 academic year, Seattle Pacific University will offer a new degree: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME). This is an incredibly exciting development and solidifies our position as a premier educational institution that offers the highest quality engineering education. This is the result of much work and prayers by the department, college, and University; most importantly, it recognizes the contributions and impact that our engineering students have had on the SPU community.

How do I apply for this new program?

For now, apply to General Engineering with a Mechanical Engineering concentration (GEGR-ME). Once the BSME begins in Summer 2018, students in the GEGR-ME major will also be added to the BSME major. We sincerely hope to see you in the future to welcome you to our SPU engineering community!


Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Adam Arabian, chair of General Engineering (and future chair of Mechanical Engineering) at or 206-281-2296, or Dr. Melani Plett, director of Engineering and Computer Science programs at or 206-281-2444.


All but the newest of SPU’s BS Engineering degrees are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.  SPU’s ABET accredited degrees include: Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and General Engineering.

Hugo Ramiro

Student Story: Hugo Ramiro

“I've made many friends, all of whom made studying engineering and computer science a wonderful experience.”