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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, and an emphasis in Global Humanitarian Engineering. Contact Academic Advisement if you have questions: (509) 527-2132.

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 enable them to achieve success within five years of graduation 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:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


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.

BSE: Civil 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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BSE: Computer 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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BSE: Electrical 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 communications, aerospace electronics, medical instrumentation and imaging systems, and nonpolluting energy generation.

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BSE: Mechanical 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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BS: Bioengineering

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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Last update on May 3, 2018