Department of

Engineering & Physics

NNU offers an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree with concentrations in Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, Agricultural, and Engineering Physics. This rigorous program will prepare you to directly enter the engineering workplace, take the professional engineering licensure exam, and/or attend graduate school.

Department Contact
  • Dr. Stephen Parke
  • (208) 467-8881

Engineering & Physics


NNU's Engineering program is ABET accredited and will prepare students for a great engineering career, to become a licensed professional engineer, and to succeed in completing a Masters or PhD degree in graduate school. Graduates from our program have a high FE exam pass rate and job placement rate. Our graduates also have a high grad school acceptance rate at outstanding graduate schools such as Columbia, Georgia Tech, Purdue, Alabama, Vanderbilt, and Carnegie Mellon. Our class sizes are typically small (15:1 faculty-to-student ratio) and the our engineering faculty truly care about our students, both inside and outside of the classroom. Our faculty have years of industry experience to draw upon in mentoring students and providing hands-on training with lab and fabrication equipment.

Our small program is focused on the highest-quality undergraduate education. Our students focus on engineering fundamentals for the first two years, and then concentrate on one engineering discipline for their final two years. At the same time, our students benefit from NNU's broad liberal arts educational, spiritual, and residential campus experience. 85% of our engineering students graduate in four years compared to the national average of five years. For students not starting in calculus, a 5-year Engineering Plan of Study is available for interested students. A full description of all of our courses can be found here.


NNU offers a Bachelor of Science in Physics for students wishing to pursue graduate studies in physics after graduation. There is also a Bachelor of Arts in Physics for those wanting to get a degree in physics and pursue other studies such as law or medical school. We also provide a high school teaching field in physics, in cooperation with the NNU Education department. A full description of all of our courses can be found here.