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3-2 Engineering (BA)

Prepare for an engineering career—and for life. You’ll spend three years as a physics major at Gordon and two years at an engineering institution. In addition to significant engineering exposure at Gordon, you’ll benefit from being immersed in Christian community and engaging with other disciplines. You’ll delve deeper into your specialty area during your final two years at an engineering institution. In the end, you’ll hold two bachelor’s degrees—in physics from Gordon, and in engineering from the school of your choice.

Why choose the 3–2 Engineering Program at Gordon?

The 3–2 Engineering Program combines the best aspects of the Christian liberal arts tradition with focused engineering instruction. The result? A uniquely prepared person—one who is grounded in faith and understands the pursuit of engineering as a calling. You will be ready—as a competent, inventive and responsible contributor—to tackle not just the technical challenges of this century, but the greater, moral challenges as well.  

What careers can I pursue with the 3–2 Engineering Program?

About half of Gordon’s physics/engineering students go straight into graduate work (typically at nationally-ranked universities, with all expenses paid). Many are hired by top organizations in the industry and lead highly successful careers. Your educational experience can be customized to fit your vocational goals:

  • Civil engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Computer or software engineering
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Systems engineering
  • And many others

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Morgan Shook ’14

Systems Engineer, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems

“I have never been surer of being at the center of God’s will for my life than I was while at Gordon. I will forever remember dressing up all spiffy for Gordon Globes, having a calculus homework party at Singing Beach, learning to shovel snow for the first time, and singing the doxology by candlelight at Catacombs. However, these memories are far overshadowed by my memories of the engineering lab. This lab is where I first heard engineering described as a mechanism to reach the lost, where the Physics Department became a physics family, where I learned how to learn, and where God used my professors to speak truth into my life. Those memories are why I went to Gordon in the first place." Hear from others ➔


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As a physics student, you’ll participate in a yearlong research project—an opportunity to dive deeper into an area of interest together with your faculty mentor. You will also be part of a close-knit community that gathers regularly for shared meals, cheers on first-year students in their annual Robotics Competition, and always has fun physics and engineering projects in the works. Many students also choose to participate in other opportunities:

  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
  • Industry internships
  • Society of Physics Students: our award-winning student chapter of the American Physics Society
  • Sigma Pi Sigma: a national honor society in physics
  • Work on-campus as a teaching assistant or peer tutor
  • Graduate with honors: present an honors research thesis (minimum GPA: 3.5 in physics, 3.0 overall)

Related Programs

Studying physics within a Christian liberal arts framework offers you the flexibility to add another field of study—most commonly mathematics, computer science, chemistry or biology; however, philosophy, economics, sociology, biblical studies and theatre arts have also made it into the mix.


For more information, contact:

David Soong-hua Lee
Physics Department Chair, 3-2 Engineering Program Coordinator, Associate Professor Physics

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