Degree: Bachelor of Science
In 1845, Union College became the first liberal arts institution in the nation to offer a degree in engineering.
Today, we continue to lead the way and are, according to U.S. News & World Report, ranked #22 among national undergraduate engineering programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, (Union enrollment and graduation data here). In addition, Union was ranked #5 among the top STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) schools for women (USA Today College Guide 2017).
We offer degree programs in biomedical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. Minors are available in energy studies, environmental engineering, nanotechnology and nearly every other major on campus.
Other learning opportunities
Our engineering students combine their major with minors from across all disciplines, from theater and dance to history and economics. They are active in the Steinmetz Research Symposium, technical conferences, publishing research, academic competitions, professional societies, student clubs, community service and other campus-wide activities.
Our programs emphasize close student-faculty interaction and hands-on undergraduate research with instrumentation of the kind typically reserved for graduate students.
In addition, Union students enjoy opportunities to study abroad. The majority of engineering students study abroad in every corner of the world through either full term or mini-term experiences. These experiences allow students to learn more about their interests in technical areas, topics related to minors they are pursuing at Union, or simply enjoy the experience of learning more about an unfamiliar culture.
We prepare our students for successful careers in industry and in graduate school. From the moment they step on campus until well after they graduate, our students have access to all of the resources offered by the Becker Career Center, including résumé production, mock interviews, career fairs, internships, career counseling and alumni networking.
The impact of Union engineers
In the 175 years since Union officially added engineering to its liberal arts curriculum,the College has only grown more innovative in its approach to educating students across disciplines. These students have gone on to make indelible marks on the world in a variety of engineering fields. Here are few of the College's accomplished engineering alumni.