Physics and Engineering

Department of Physics and Engineering

Faculty: Duke Bulanon, Joshua Griffin, Thom Ives, Dan Lawrence, William Packard, Stephen Parke

The Department of Physics and Engineering instructs students to be creative problem solvers in their careers, future education, and lifetime service. We do this by teaching physics and engineering courses that give students a solid background in the methods, theories, and analytical skills needed to succeed in physics, engineering, and related fields. The department seeks to instill a Christian perspective to the natural world, without compromising scientific principles, through class discussions and projects. Our students are well prepared for careers in industry, academia, and government, or for graduate school in engineering and physics.

Physics and Engineering Learning Objectives:

  1. Graduates of the department will be able to identify and explain the major theories of, and contributions to, the fields of physics and engineering, and will be able to apply them to problems presented. (Academic Excellence, Creative Engagement)
  2. Graduates of the department will be able to use standard software, including, but not limited to: Solidworks, AutoCAD, Mathematica, MATLAB, LabView. They will be able to use standard scientific equipment such as DMM's oscilloscopes, data acquisition equipment, computers, and other laboratory equipment. They will be able to use these tools to design and carry out experiments or design projects. (Academic Excellence, Creative Engagement)
  3. Graduates of the department will be able to write a coherent technical report of a scientific or engineering nature. (Academic Excellence, Creative Engagement)
  4. Graduates of the department will learn a Christian perspective to the natural world, without compromising scientific principles. They will be able to use their abilities learned to positively affect the world around them. (Christlike Character, Social Responsiveness)
  5. Graduates in engineering will be able to complete system and component level designs employing both theoretical and practical knowledge in their field.  (Academic Excellence)

The Engineering program at Northwest Nazarene University provides a high-quality, interdisciplinary engineering education in a Christian environment that prepares our graduates for professional careers and advanced studies in engineering. We seek to instill in each graduate, a personal commitment to using their engineering skills and career to be "God's creative and redemptive agent in the world."

ABET Engineering Program Educational Objectives (PEOís)

Within a few years after graduation, NNU engineering alumni will be:

  1. Practicing engineering (or a related field) with professionalism, integrity, and Christian principles.
  2. Advancing in their career through continuous learning, leadership, and teamwork.
  3. Serving their profession, the community, and Godís creation. 

ABET Engineering Student Outcomes (SOís)

By the time of graduation, NNU engineering students will demonstrate:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. 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.
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


Bachelor of Science, Engineering 

Electrical Engineering Concentration
Mechanical Engineering Concentration
Engineering Physics Concentration

Bachelor of Science, Physics 

Bachelor of Arts, Physics

Physics Education   

See Secondary Education: Physics Second Teaching field


 Engineering Missions Program