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Engineering Major

Engage your problem-solving skills for the common good.

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Engineering

MVNU’s engineering degree is professionally accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Engineering is a rewarding discipline with a variety of exciting occupational possibilities. Because we live in a world of ever-changing technology, skilled engineers are a staple of almost every sector of the economy. If you have an inquisitive, creative mind and love solving problems, the engineering program at MVNU is for you! It will equip you for a fulfilling career serving others.

MVNU’s rigorous coursework, supportive expert faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment will provide you with a solid foundation to build a successful career in engineering. As an engineering student, you will not only be equipped with state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in engineering but also a Biblical worldview that will prepare you to fulfil God’s calling. The engineering program provides a holistic, Christ-centered education that prepares graduates for vocations defined by service to others.

You can complete your Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering in Mechanical, Electrical or Computer engineering concentrations. 

MVNU's engineering degree is professionally accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)

Mechanical Engineering Concentration

Mechanical engineering applies material science, physics, and mathematics to the design, analysis, and implementation of mechanical, fluid, and thermal systems. Mechanical engineers use core concepts in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, kinematics as well as utilize tools such as computer-aided design (CAD) and modeling to develop real-world solutions to complex problems in heating and cooling systems, manufacturing plants, and industrial machinery

Computer Engineering Concentration

Computer engineering utilizes principles from computer science and electrical engineering to create hardware (physical components) and firmware that are used in a wide range of areas, including computer system design, medical devices, communication systems, self-driving cars, consumer electronics, and more.

Electrical Engineering Concentration

Electrical engineering applies the concepts of circuit analysis, digital systems, electromagnetic waves, automatic controls, signal processing, analog electronics, and communication systems to solve problems in diverse fields, including modern electronics, electric power systems, radar systems, robotics, and more. 

Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives for the general engineering program are to educate and prepare students to honor God with their lives by being ethical, productive, and contributing members of society. Within three to five years following graduation, we expect the following.

  • Graduates will successfully formulate and solve complex technical problems in multi-disciplinary team-based environments.
  • Graduates will display a broad knowledge and understanding of engineering concepts.
  • Graduates will effectually apply engineering design principles and generate innovative solutions to meet societal needs.
  • Graduates will display excellent communication skills with peers, clients, management, and the public.
  • Graduates will be lifelong learners demonstrating professional leadership and be characterized by a high standard of ethics.
  • Graduates will display an understanding of service-learning and thereby demonstrate a willingness to assist in meeting the needs of their communities, locally or globally.

Engineering Program Student Learning Outcomes

The courses and curriculum of the engineering program are designed to achieve the following student outcomes.

Students in the general engineering program at MVNU will demonstrate:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  • an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and well-fare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions;
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies;
  • a commendable character based on biblical principles and a Christian worldview and expressed through a life of service.

Engineering Curriculum

Explore our rigorous engineering curriculum, with concentration options in mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering. (Students completing the engineering program will also satisfy the requirements for a minor in mathematics.) 

Faith & learning at MVNU

As an intentionally Christian University, we integrate our faith into everything we do at MVNU. From prayer before class to exploring real-world moral and ethical dilemmas, we’ll teach you what it means to shine forth.


All MVNU students are invited to participate in our many travel opportunities. In fact, cross-cultural experience is a requirement for graduation. Engineering students are offered the opportunity to participate in local, national, and international mission trips with faculty to countries like Belize.

Service Learning:
  • Belize (Tropical Biology)
  • Swaziland
  • Haiti
  • Croatia, Austria & Hungary
  • Italy
  • Spain, Portugal & France
  • Greater Columbus Area
  • Orlando
  • San Francisco
  • New Orleans
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Guyana
  • Guatemala

Engineering Scholarships

Need a little help with finances? We’ve got you covered. Explore scholarships, grants, and other resources to help you pay for your education.

MVNU has many endowed scholarships available for students of a wide variety of backgrounds and majors.

Ariel Corporation, a local industry leader, annually donates $25,000 in scholarships exclusively for our engineering students.

Co-ops and Internships

Students are encouraged to participate in industrial internships (paid) during summers. Engineering faculty and the MVNU Career Services Office routinely assist students in acquiring these opportunities. Students are taken to career fairs in neighboring cities such as Columbus each year.

Typically engineering students participate in internships/co-ops starting their sophomore year. Students in the past have found opportunities with Ariel Corporation, AMG Industries, AEP, Owens Corning, THK, Tremco, and other corporations.

Students also have opportunities working on campus as math/physics or engineering tutors/graders/Teacher Assistants or lab assistants.


A Society of Automotive Engineers Baja club was organized in 2017, and welcomes all engineering students to join and participate in race car design, fabrication and competition.

Engineering students are encouraged to participate in professional societies related to their particular disciplines, such as American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) or Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Engineering Careers

Engineering graduates typically can secure permanent job offers within a few months of graduation or even before graduation. Engineering job placement rate is close to 100% and starting salary is typically $70K+.


Find a career in the aerospace industry, amusement park design, the automotive industry, consumer product and process design, or manufacturing.


Explore power generation & distribution, electronics manufacturing, robotics design, high-power electronics, and even communications.


Get into robotics, computer systems/networks/software design, web development, and the field of data science.


Stephen W. Nease Center

MVNU’s Department of Engineering is located in The Stephen W. Nease Center, a state-of-the-art building in downtown Mount Vernon.

The 10,824-square-foot facility houses the university’s Engineering program and includes advanced laboratories.

Contemporary project work areas are also innovations available for student use at the Nease Center.

This unique student lounge provides a fun and energetic space to study, eat lunch, or play a game of ping-pong.

MVNU turning empty downtown building into HW Hub for engineering and computer science

By Samantha Scoles | September 12, 2023

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University will transform a downtown Mount Vernon building at 18 E. Vine St., into a state-of-the-art academic hub for students in engineering and computer science programs. The project will bring new life to the lower floor of the former Mount Vernon News building and relocate the Computer Science…


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