General Engineering

Programs Offered
  • General Engineering (major and minor)

General Engineering (BS)

The BS in General Engineering program provides you with a strong foundation to design and analyze a large range of engineering systems. Concentrations are available in Mechanical Engineering and Appropriate and Sustainable Engineering, or you may complete the major without a concentration.

The BS in General Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

  • The Mechanical Engineering concentration provides you with a foundation to design and analyze mechanical and thermal systems.
  • The Appropriate and Sustainable concentration 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.
  • A minimum 131 credits are required in this major, including 59–64 upper-division credits.
  • All Engineering majors are required to participate in an engineering-related internship with industry or another career entity.
  • Chemistry: If you intend to major in General Engineering, you must complete CHM 1211 General Chemistry I.

General Engineering minor


  • 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 4910 WA State FE Preparation.

entering and completing the major or 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.

  • If this is your first quarter at SPU and you identified the General Engineering major as your first choice on your application for admission to the University, you have gained entry to the major. To change or add a major or minor, follow 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.

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