Academic Programs

Edward F. Cross School of Engineering

The Edward F. Cross School of Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree with five possible concentrations (bioengineering, civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical), an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in bioengineering sciences, and an emphasis in Global Humanitarian Engineering. Contact Academic Advisement if you have questions: (509) 527-2132.

Program Objectives

Edward F. Cross School of Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The faculty of the Edward F. Cross School of Engineering, in partnership with the institution, strives to provide students a high-quality, broad-based, and integrated engineering education that will empower them to achieve success in one or both of the following:

  • The practice of engineering or associated endeavors in industry, private practice, or government.
  • Advanced study in engineering or other professions.*

Desired Outcomes

We expect students to develop:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


Our program is offered in:

  • An environment that promotes the development of social and interpersonal maturity, character, teamwork, leadership, and ethical conduct as a foundation for productive service to society, both professionally and personally, and
  • An atmosphere that will encourage students to develop a spirit of service consistent with Christian and humanitarian principles.

*Success is assessed approximately five years after graduation.


Undergraduate Enrollment and Degrees Awarded



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Civil Engineering (Bachelor of Science in Engineering)

Civil Engineers create the infrastructure for a growing, changing society. They create buildings, highways, bridges, and water treatment plants as well as facilities that help protect people and property from major natural disasters. At WWU, you will develop your skills in a hands-on laboratory setting, whether it is studying the engineering properties of soil in the soils lab or hydraulics in the fluid mechanics lab. Career opportunities include transportation engineering, structural engineering, environmental engineering, hydraulics, water resources engineering, and geotechnical engineering. 

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Computer Engineering (Bachelor of Science in Engineering)

Computer Engineers work in an area closely related to electrical and electronic engineering, but with more emphasis on digital circuits and software. At the School of Engineering, you will learn to design and develop digital systems, integrated circuits, and software for everything from embedded controllers, networking equipment and robots to computers and computer peripherals. The computation laboratory is equipped with Sun workstations and industrial-strength standard software, allowing you to test both hardware and software before fabricating circuit boards. Career opportunities are available in both small entrepreneurial companies, and large industry.

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Electrical Engineering (Bachelor of Science in Engineering)

Electrical Engineers design, develop and test electrical and electronic equipment ranging from giant power generators to hand-held global positioning system receivers. The School of Engineering's labs provide the perfect place to exercise your creativity, allowing you to design and build electronic circuits and develop signal processing algorithms. You will study in a practical, design-oriented program, learning to use mathematical models to predict the performance of the circuits you design. You will be prepared to work in areas such as communication, aerospace electronics, medical instrumentation and imaging systems, and nonpolluting energy generation.

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Mechanical Engineering (Bachelor of Science in Engineering)

Mechanical Engineers design automobiles, refrigerators, tractors, robots and other equipment to make life simpler and more productive. At WWU, you will study dynamics, kinematics, machine design, and computer aided design, and apply these principles to design machines and mechanisms and visualize them as computerized solid models. In the mechanical engineering lab, you will learn fluid dynamics in the wind tunnel and hydraulic jumps in open channel flow. In the robotics and manufacturing systems labs, you will learn and apply modeling, programming and industrial processes. Professional mechanical engineers work on machines that range in size from the microscopic nanomachines to the space shuttle.

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Bioengineering (Bachelor of Science in Engineering)

Studying Bioengineering at Walla Walla University will equip you to pursue a career in a wide variety of engineering focused professions. While studying aspects of chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering, you will learn how to combine your engineering knowledge with your understanding of life sciences, physical sciences and mathematics to define and solve problems in a variety of fields including biology, medicine, health care and more.  By studying Bioengineering at Walla Walla University you will have the foundation of technical skills and awareness of social responsibility to make a positive impact on your world.

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Bioengineering (Bachelor of Science)

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in bioengineering is intended primarily for students planning to pursue advanced studies in bioengineering, medicine, dentistry, public health, or physiology. It is not designed for students desiring to enter directly into the practice of professional engineering following their undergraduate study.

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Global Humanitarian Engineering Emphasis (GHEE)

The Global Humanitarian Engineering (GHE) Emphasis is an optional credential available to engineering or bio-engineering students in any concentration. It requires a student to develop an appreciation for the global environment into which he or she will graduate. This emphasis is a step towards becoming a global engineer – someone who is sensitive to the world in which they live, and will acquire a set of skills to enable them to enact positive change.

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