SJC to Launch Mathematics/Engineering Dual Degree Program

March 1, 2016

Saint Joseph’s College is launching a Mathematics/Engineering Dual Degree Program, which will be open to students beginning in the fall of 2016. The 5 year program will provide students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Saint Joseph’s College and a second degree specific to their area of interest from an accredited engineering program. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in the program. This exciting Dual Degree Program will provide a thorough and rigorous education that will help prepare students to become the well-rounded and capable professionals that their field requires.

According to the American Society for Engineering Education, “the ever-increasing influence and rapid advance of technology demands a skilled, highly educated technical workforce. From defense to infrastructure to telecommunications to consumer gadgetry, the quality of our engineers affects the quality of our lives.” Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reflects this demand, stating that in the next eight years, over 67,000 new jobs will be added to the market in Engineering, making almost 280,000 jobs available in this field. Thus, SJC’s Dual Degree Mathematics/Engineering Program will help its students meet this growing demand and excel in their field. With its rigorous curriculum, this program will prepare students to further their education in other cooperating programs and prepare them for success after they have gained their degrees.

However, the greatest benefit of SJC’s Mathematics/Engineering Dual Degree Program will be the unique perspective it will give to those who complete it. Pursuing a Mathematics Degree from SJC will provide future engineers with the liberal arts education that SJC is known for coupled with a rigorous mathematical foundation to address challenging problems facing society today. Grounded equally in both intelligence and faith, this program will produce well-rounded individuals who are able to consider ethical questions in the context of engineering. Associate Professor of Mathematics Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer notes that, in addition to the critical thinking and problem solving skills usually required in this field, future employers will also be looking for engineers who are creative and can communicate well. And these very attributes are the primary benefit of a liberal arts education. About communication specifically, the National Academy of Engineering claims that “We envision a world where communication is enabled by an ability to listen effectively as well as to communicate through oral, visual, and written mechanisms.” 

The SJC administration and faculty involved in the Mathematics/Engineering Dual Degree Program noted this need for well-rounded engineers as they developed the program, and they are confident that SJC’s Core Program will help these students gain the skills they need to compete and excel in today’s competitive job market. What will set SJC graduates apart from their peers in the Engineering field is their ability to view engineering through the lenses that they gain from studying the liberal arts, the sciences, faith, and ethics. Assistant Professor of Mathematics Joshua Cole also highlights the advantage that SJC’s emphasis on a complete education will give to its students. He notes, “Well-educated engineers who think creatively and communicate effectively will be on track for successful careers and happy lives.”

For more information, visit the Mathematics/Engineering Dual Degree Program page on our website at http://www.saintjoe.edu/mathematics-engineering.

Named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation, a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, and “Best Value” and "Best Midwestern College" by US News & World Report, Saint Joseph's College is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students.

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