In September 2018, Endicott College will offer the North Shore’s first four-year general engineering degree, opening up opportunities for broad-based STEM education in a steadily growing field.
The establishment of this major compliments and leverages existing programs in applied mathematics, bioengineering, and computer science, with much of the coursework and infrastructure already in place. Two of the focus tracks offered by Endicott, Robotics and Energy and the Environment, are unique to the North Shore.
Engineering students will have the opportunity to explore concentrations through Endicott’s signature required internship placements that draw from the vast employer connections the College already maintains, and opens the door to exciting new partnerships. Massachusetts is an epicenter of biosciences, ocean science, robotics, semiconductors, and advanced manufacturing, and our students will be well-prepared to gain experience and industry connections for successful career outcomes.
General engineering offers flexibility to pursue minors or interests in other disciplines, producing graduates who will apply their skills to a broader range of industries. Not limited to specific concentrations, Endicott graduates in engineering will go on to work in related fields where engineering skillsets are sought, such as government, academia, finance, healthcare, business, and regulatory bodies.
“The engineering program will provide students with broad and interdisciplinary training, enabling them to succeed in a variety of engineering environments post-graduation,” said Dr. Justin Topp, Assistant Dean of Science, Technology, and Mathematics at Endicott College. “Nearly all engineering disciplines are in a growth pattern and looking for new entries into the field, so our graduates will be perfectly poised to enter a well-paying and reliable job market. Beyond that, barriers between disciplines are eroding and our graduates will be able to adapt to the changing marketplace. ”
Endicott will continue to explore options in engineering and expects to make further expansions in STEM disciplines in the near future.
Resources and Curriculum
The Ginger Judge Science Center provides a robust foundation for engineering with six teaching labs, two computer labs, physics and robotics lab, makerspace, classrooms, and STEM incubator space for area startup companies. The program will also utilize state-of-the-art classroom space in a new academic center currently under construction.
The curriculum of the engineering program offers a breadth of study in math, chemistry, materials science, engineering, design, and programming. Students will explore the major engineering sub-disciplines, characteristic of traditional engineering programs. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to pursue an individualized depth of study through electives, internship and thesis. Track options include Computer Engineering, Energy and the Environment, Mechanical Engineering, and Robotics.
As required for all programs of study offered at Endicott, engineering students will gain hands-on experience in the field through two 120-hour internships during the freshman and sophomore years, and a full-semester internship in the senior year. The internship and career preparation program will culminate in the development of an original senior design project in an area of student interest.
“The Bachelor of Science degree in engineering is an incredible addition to the current academic offerings and status of Endicott,” said Dr. Richard Wylie, Endicott College President. “We recognized that there was a need for this degree from both current and prospective students – as well as a growing demand within the workforce for engineers. We’re confident that the courses led by our well-established faculty, combined with our hallmark internship program, will prepare students for a successful career in the field of engineering.”
Endicott College has received accreditation from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) to offer this Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. Endicott will seek discipline-specific accreditation from ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., once students are progressing through the program.