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Undergraduate Engineering Degrees

At the heart of nearly every engineer’s success and love of their work lies a drive to solve problems, regardless of whether they concentrate in aerospace, biomedical, civil, mechanical, electrical, computer or some other engineering discipline.

Engineering at John Carroll University

When you choose to approach a career in engineering from a liberal arts perspective — with preparation in core math and science courses — you recognize that great engineers build their skills and professional judgement from a foundation of analytical reasoning and critical thinking skills.

By beginning your engineering training at John Carroll University, you lay that foundation upon which you can add layers of engineering expertise. In the end, your content mastery as an engineer and your growth as a fully reflective professional work go hand-in-hand to move your career forward.

Engineering Degree Programs

You can earn a BS in Engineering Physics (EP) from JCU in four years, a great option if you want to pursue engineering development, applied physics, or graduate study in related fields. Some EP students pursue  technical/engineering jobs in industry. Recent JCU engineering physics graduates have gone on to work as an electrical engineer at NASA, a product manager in the aerospace industry, a sales engineer at Mitsubishi Electronics and much more. If you decide on further graduate study and advanced specialization,  many of our graduates earn a paid assistantship or fellowship to top graduate schools in any field of engineering.

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Spend your first three years at JCU and benefit from nationally ranked teaching and early hands-on experience and faculty mentoring, whether in the lab and or in early research projects. Maintain your 3.0 GPA (overall and in science and math) and complete all of the required courses and you will be guaranteed admission to Case Western for your final two years of engineering specializing courses. Specialization options at Case Western include: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Macromolecular Science & Engineering, Computer Engineering, Systems & Control Engineering.

You get the best of both worlds, graduate with two degrees from two respected institutions and emerge ready to become a technology leader for the world.

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Engineering Program Highlights

Physics, Engineering Physics and Engineering 3+2 students participate in a range of summer research projects or internships. The National Science Foundation (NSF) provides a list of universities who participate in the Research Education for Undergraduate (REU) program in which students spend a summer performing research in areas such as physics, engineering, biophysics, computer science, and many more. Students may also find paid internships with engineering and technical companies. In addition, there are opportunities for research on campus with physics department faculty.

Studies show that private liberal arts schools produce future research scientists at about twice the rate of larger public universities. A big reason is the small class sizes, face-to-face teaching and close faculty attention. You will have 25-35 students in introductory courses, and 8-15 in your upper-level lab courses.

Future employers will be struck by several key distinctions about you and your liberal arts preparation. You will demonstrate an ability to think critically and solve problems like a far more experienced scientist. You will flourish on group projects, know how to contribute to brainstorming  and collaborate with others. Your writing and presentation skills will be advanced, and you will show the traits of someone destined to become a fully reflective professional.

The department has recently revised its Engineering Physics curriculum to align it with the ABET accreditation criteria. This major will not be eligible for ABET accreditation until after the first graduates have completed the program successfully.

“Engineers solve problems in the world. In order to come up with solutions, engineers must first acquire a deep understand of the science behind problems and learn how to think critically to apply their knowledge. With a well-rounded education, our graduates are truly prepared to take on the world's most concerning problems.”
— Cory Gloeckner, Assistant Professor

Notable Alum


Isaac Kozak, ’21

Isaac Kozak graduated from John Carrol University with a BS in Engineering Physics. Isaac completed his Senior Capstone with local tech company Martian Sky Industries, simulating a NASA project proposal for Sampling Mission to frozen planets and moons such as Jupiter’s moon Europa. Isaac looked to identify and engineer sub-systems needed to survive and complete the mission, including a proposed sampling vehicle.

He is currently a graduate student at Case doing Aerospace Engineering.

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Engineering Physics Alumni Across the Region

John Carroll University alumni live, work, teach and support communities throughout the region from Northeast Ohio to Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Columbus, Buffalo, Rochester, Pittsburgh, New York City, Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia.