Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences: Engineering Pathway

The BA in Natural Sciences: Engineering Pathway is part of a dual degree consortium agreement between St. Thomas University (STU) and the University of North Dakota (UND) College of Engineering & Mines. Students spend their college years enrolled at STU taking courses from STU faculty and remotely from UND Engineering faculty.

There is no need to transfer to UND to complete the engineering degree program. Depending on the engineering program, limited summer travel to UND’s Grand Forks campus is required. By participating in this consortium agreement, students have the best of both worlds: the advantages of a smaller, more personal college with the resources available at a top-tier engineering university. This program offers preparation for four major areas of engineering at UND: (1) Chemical, (2) Civil, (3) Electrical, and (4) Mechanical.

Program Highlights

  • Students benefit from the advantages of a smaller, more personal college with the resources available at a top-tier engineering university.
  • At the end of their course of study, students receive two bachelor’s degrees: the BA in Natural Sciences from STU and the BS in Engineering from UND.

Career Landscape

  • Average salary range for Engineering professionals is $95,000 to $115,000
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects employment growth for these workers, with nearly 140,000 new jobs expected for engineers over the 2016–26 decade.
  • Manufacturing employed more than 578,000 engineers in 2016, the most of any industry.

Internship and Job Placement Opportunities

Different industries employ different types of engineers. For example, the construction industry employs civil, electrical, and health and safety engineers to ensure that structures and systems are built correctly.  As the skilled job market changes in our region, we aim to prepare graduates for opportunities in high-demand careers.  Students will be eligible to participate in job internships and research experiences.

 

Curriculum

Chemical Engineering Degree Courses
  • Introduction to Transport Phenomena
  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Chemical Engineering Reactor Design
  • Process Dynamics and Controls
Civil Engineering Degree Courses
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • General Surveying
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Steel Design
  • Hydraulic Engineering
Electrical Engineering Degree Courses
  • Circuit Analysis
  • Electronics
  • Computer Aided Measurement and Controls
  • Embedded Systems
Mechanical Engineering Degree Courses
  • Advanced Machine Design
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Gas Turbines
  • Manufacturing Processes