Engineering Minors


  • Appropriate and Sustainable Engineering Minor
  • Computer Engineering Minor
  • Electrical Engineering Minor
  • Mechanical Engineering Minor

Appropriate and Sustainable Engineering minor

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The Appropriate and Sustainable Engineering minor is 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.

This program, which prepares students to apply engineering skills to help meet the unique needs of developing communities, pairs well with any of SPU's Engineering majors or with a major in Physics.

  • A minimum 41 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • In addition to foundational math and physics courses, you'll complete applied engineering skills courses, appropriate and sustainable engineering courses, and 5 credits in multicultural/global development electives. 
  • This minor can be completed by engineering and physics majors with minimal (or possibly no) additional credits. See an engineering faculty advisor for more details about this.

Computer Engineering minor

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  • A minimum 55 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • The 50 credits of required core courses include CSC 1230 Problem Solving & Programming, CPE 3280 Microcontroller System Design, and MAT 1234 Calculus I.
  • Electives can be chosen from courses such as CSC 3221 Netcentric Computing and CSC 3430 Algorithm & Analysis.

Electrical Engineering minor

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  • A minimum 52 credits are required for this minor, including 18 upper-division credits.
  • Some of the 42 credits of core requirements include CSC 1230 Problem Solving & Programming, MAT 3237 Differential Equations, and EE 2726 Electrical Circuits I.
  • The 10 elective credits are chosen from upper-division courses such as EE 3500 Power Systems and EGR 3611 Alternative Energy Systems.

Mechanical Engineering minor

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  • A minimum 53 credits are required for this minor, including 26 upper-division credits.
  • The 49 required credits in the core courses include EGR 1501 CAD Applications for Engineers, EGR 3310 Mechanics of Materials, and EGR 3500 Thermodynamics.
  • The required elective credits can be chosen from courses such as EGR 3430 System Dynamics and EGR 35010 Fluid Mechanics.

Entering and completing your minor

In order to earn a degree, you must complete at least one academic major. SPU encourages students to explore various academic paths, so if you change your mind about a major or minor, or want to include an additional program, you are able to do so, as outlined below.

Note that the University encourages you to enter your chosen major(s) and minor(s) by the start of your junior year. Students who transfer as juniors and seniors should enter a major within their first two quarters at SPU.

  • Apply for entrance to your chosen minor in Banner by following these instructions.
  • If you are an SPU student with an SPU cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better, follow these instructions to enter a major or minor in this department.
  • Students on academic probation (with an SPU cumulative GPA below 2.0) will not be permitted to enter a new major or minor until they regain good academic standing.
  • The University requires a grade of C- or better in all classes that apply to a major or minor; however, programs may require higher minimum grades in specific courses. You may repeat an SPU course only once for a higher grade.
  • To advance in this program, meet with your faculty advisor regularly to discuss your grades, course progression, and other indicators of satisfactory academic progress. If your grades or other factors indicate that you may not be able to successfully complete the major or minor, your faculty advisor can work with you to explore options, which may include choosing a different major or minor.
  • You must complete the major or minor requirements that are in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year you enter the major or minor.

Time Schedule

Course planning

Suggested course sequences help you complete your degree in a timely manner.

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Engineering Department

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Why I Teach at SPU

James Walker, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

“At Seattle Pacific University, I believe we have the unique opportunity to integrate professional excellence with our faith, in a reflective and supportive community. As engineers, we can participate in creating products and systems that help our communities flourish, and in so doing, realize our position as image-bearers of our Creator. The engineering professions desperately need well-rounded and ethical people who are highly competent in their fields. I believe we have the environment at SPU to develop the whole person intellectually, professionally, and spiritually. In my experience in industry, these traits along with an appreciation for the associated disciplines will enable our graduates to assume leadership roles in their careers.”