David Whelan, Engineering Advisor and Associate Professor of Physics
Austin College provides excellent preparation for students interested in engineering careers by developing strong foundations in science and math while offering a broad, well-rounded education.
"Tech company CEOs across the country agree that liberal arts training—with its emphasis on creativity and critical thinking—is vital to the success of their business."
— Fast Company’s The Future of Work
"Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that make our hearts sing."
— Steve Jobs, Apple Computer
You may wonder ...
Bachelor’s Degree from Austin College and
Graduate Degree from Engineering School
With this option, students graduate with Bachelors of Arts degree (usually in Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, or Mathematics) from Austin College in four years. They apply to Master’s or Ph.D. engineering programs of their choice. Recent AC graduates have been accepted at Texas A&M, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Virginia, and University of Colorado-Boulder.
Austin College recently signed a Gateways agreement with the UT-Dallas Materials Science and Engineering program. By fulfilling specified entrance requirements, Austin College students qualify for accelerated admission into the Master’s program. Please contact the Engineering advisor for more details.
Dual-Degree Program in Engineering
(3/2 Engineering Program)
This option provides students the opportunity to earn two undergraduate degrees by obtaining a liberal arts background before specializing in an engineering field. Students study at Austin College for three or four years and then attend engineering school for two to three years. At the end of this time, they receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Austin College and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the cooperating institution.
Austin College is one of a select group of liberal arts colleges with cooperative agreements with Columbia University and Washington University in St. Louis. Entrance requirements vary among engineering disciplines.
Engineering Success Stories
Mark Hagge ’13 – Electrical Engineering & Business
Mark served as Student Body President while at Austin College, but he really achieved greatness with plastic wrap. He earned a B.A. Austin College in Physics and Mathematics, then went on to the joint MS/MBA Program at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in Electrical Engineering and Business. Mark’s master’s thesis investigates the economics of solar photovoltaics.… [Read More]
Traci Brooks ’08 – UV Technologist at Carollo Engineers
Traci tested the waters in New Zealand during Austin College’s Jan Term. She earned a B.A. at Austin College in Physics and Religious Studies, and a M.S. at the University of Colorado-Boulder in Environmental Engineering. Tracy works at one of the premier water engineering firms in the nation. This is a perfect career for Tracy… [Read More]
Sean Sweat ’04 – Supply Chain Strategist at Intel Corporation
No sweat! Sean is cool under pressure with his presentation skills honed at Austin College. He earned a B.A. at Austin College in Physics and Mathematics, a B.S. at Columbia in Industrial Engineering, and a M.S. at MIT in Transportation. Sean manages Intel’s supply from wafer starts to SKU-level build plans for a product family… [Read More]