Engineering Science

BS in Engineering Science
Get the Best of Both Worlds

You can get the specialized training of an engineering degree and the breadth of knowledge and experience that comes with a liberal arts education.

Too often, earning a four-year, undergraduate engineering degree means taking 
a jam-packed curriculum with very few options for courses in the arts, literature, history, philosophy, or much of anything besides math and science. The result is a narrowly focused experience that can feel a bit like going through college with blinders on.

As a liberal arts college, Principia believes strongly in the value—and practicality—of broad-based intellectual exploration. Strong written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work on a team, and creative problem-solving are key benefits gained through a liberal arts education. They’re also essential skills for engineers who collaborate with colleagues in their office and around the world. Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice a liberal arts education in order to get an engineering degree.

Two ways to study engineering at Principia

On-campus, dual-degree program

Spend five years at Principia College completing general education courses and taking engineering classes from the University of North Dakota (UND) offered via streaming video on the College campus. Principia faculty members support all aspects of the distance learning experience, including attending the online classes and holding office hours. You'll also complete two brief summertime lab sessions at UND.

Principia scholarships and financial aid apply to both traditional and distance learning coursework. You'll need to cover travel expenses and room and board for the UND summer programs.

3+2 program

Spend three years at Principia College completing general education and introductory engineering classes. Then transfer to an approved university, such as the University of Minnesota, for two years of engineering course work.

Earn Two Degrees in Five Years

Upon completion of either of the programs above, you'll receive two degrees:

  • A BS in engineering science from Principia College
  • An ABET*-certified BS in a specific engineering field, such as civil, chemical, electrical, mechanical, or petroleum engineering, from the university providing the engineering course work.

*ABET, Inc., is the recognized accreditor for engineering programs. This certification assures that programs meet the quality standards established by the profession.

More Information about Our Program

For more information about engineering at Principia College, contact the engineering program director, Chris A. O’Riordan-Adjah, at

What our majors do after college
  • Attend graduate programs in engineering
  • Work as engineers at a variety of companies ranging from Harley-Davidson to ExxonMobil

The only team from a liberal arts college racing in the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge, Principia received recognition for technical ingenuity, optimal use of new materials and inventions, and more. Read the article.