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Program Overview

The Trinity Engineering Science Program encourages the development of well rounded graduates by providing a broad technical background and a significant liberal education in the humanities and social sciences.


The mission of the Engineering Science Department at Trinity University is to provide students with a broad-based undergraduate engineering education by offering a design-oriented, multi-disciplinary engineering science curriculum in the context of the University's traditions of the liberal arts and sciences.

Program Educational Objectives

The Engineering Science Department graduates are expected to attain the following objectives within a few years after graduation:

  1. Successful practice of engineering design and analysis in their field;
  2. Application of a broad background in liberal arts and sciences when solving engineering problems with humanistic dimensions in their professional practice;
  3. Advancement in their engineering careers with increased responsibility and leadership roles;
  4. Effective oral and written communication with diverse groups of people;
  5. The pursuit of continuing or advanced education relevant to professional interests. 

Student Outcomes

Engineering Science Students are expected to accomplish the following by the time of graduation:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, ¬†economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

The curriculum emphasizes an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering science that form the foundation for technical work in all fields of engineering. Some specialization is available through elective courses in chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering, taken during the junior and senior years. The program provides significant hands-on experience in engineering laboratories and participation in engineering design projects throughout the eight-semester engineering design course sequence. The emphasis on fundamentals is intended to prepare students for dealing with the rapid pace of technological change and the interdisciplinary demands of engineering practice. The laboratory and design portions of the program provide the student with a balanced perspective of the realities and limitations required for practical problem solving.

The professional practice of engineering requires skill and resourcefulness in applying science and technology to the solution of problems in our complex society. The successful engineer must possess a thorough understanding of social and economic forces and have an appreciation of cultural and humanistic traditions. The Trinity Engineering Science Program encourages the development of this kind of graduate by providing a broad technical background and a significant liberal education in the humanities and social sciences.

During 2016-17 academic year, 178 students were enrolled in the engineering science program and 26 students graduated in spring 2017.