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Physics professor Apollo Mian


It’s a common misconception: in order to study Engineering you have to go to a huge school and accept that you’ll just be one face among the many. Well, not at McDaniel. Here you can begin your journey to becoming an engineer in a small-college setting with a well-rounded intellectual foundation.

Degree Types
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Special Benefits
Guaranteed Acceptance
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The McDaniel Engineering Initiative is a robust two-pronged approach designed to help you achieve your dreams of becoming an engineer.

First, we offer a specialization in Engineering within the Physics major.
This specialization includes core courses typical of many undergraduate Engineering degrees. Students will receive a BA in Physics—Specialization in Engineering.
Second, McDaniel College partners with Washington University in St. Louis in one of the country’s premier 3-2 (and 3-3) engineering programs.
Now in its 48th year, the Dual Degree program gives students access to a distinctive education that creates breadth of skill, depth of knowledge and wealth of opportunity.

Engineering Dual Degree Program: World Class Partnership

Your liberal arts experience will broaden your intellectual perspectives and skills.
Apply to WashU in junior year—no application fee, no additional testing
Clear eligibility criteria result in a Dual Degree admission rate of nearly 90%:
Take specific courses that contribute to both liberal arts and engineering degrees
Achieve a minimum cumulative 3.25 GPA in all coursework and in STEM coursework
Have the endorsement of your pre-engineering advisor
Every student admitted to Dual Degree can enroll in one of two tracks:
3-2 Option: Liberal arts Bachelor’s degree + engineering Bachelor’s degree
3-3 Option: All of the above + engineering Master’s degree
Wash U dual degree students
Financial assistance is available to every student admitted to Dual Degree.
You gain the latest technical knowledge in your engineering degree program.
You benefit from the career centers and alumni networks of two institutions.

Distinctive Courses

ENR 2202 - Engineering Mechanics

In this course students will be introduced to the principles of statics and dynamics from the point-of-view of engineering. In particular, students will learn why materials and structures behave in particular ways and how to solve a variety of problems relevant to many fields of engineering. Topics covered will include: forces and torques, centroids and moments of inertia, conditions for equilibrium in rigid bodies and systems, friction, energy and momentum, virtual work, free and forced vibrations, and three-dimensional motion of rigid bodies.

ENR 4401 - Senior Engineering Laboratory

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of continuum mechanics with applications in a variety of fields. Topics covered include: Static equilibrium and elastic stability, two and three-dimensional theories of stressed elastic solids, states of stress (shear, bending, torsion), vibrations, force resultants, analysis of determinate planar structures, displacements and deformations, and failure of materials under various loading conditions.

PHY 3200 - Advanced Physics Laboratory

This course will introduce students to advanced skills and analysis techniques essential to gaining a real understanding of how physics is done in the laboratory. Specific laboratories will be based on topics from Mechanics, Modern Physics, and E&M, and may also introduce new and exciting areas from the world of physics. Additionally, this course will also establish for students writing and presentation skills critical to communicating in the field of physics. The writing and presentation component of this course will be tightly coupled to the laboratory component.

The McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

Jeff Marx

Faculty Spotlight Jeff Marx Professor and Department Chair

Professor Marx is the recipient of a $170,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop a novel science course for non-science majors on “The Nature of Science,” which dovetails with his student-centered interests in developing curricular materials to minimize these student difficulties in learning physics and working with students to help them conceive, design, and analyze their own physics projects such as the physics of various sports.

Student wearing goggles in a dark lab using lasers.

A Compelling Partnership McDaniel launches Engineering track and partnership with Washington University in St. Louis Guaranteed Acceptance

In partnership with Washington University in St. Louis, McDaniel students have the option to enroll at the James McKelvey School of Engineering at WashU for a second degree, either a bachelor’s or master’s, in Biomedical, Chemical, Computer, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, or Systems Science and Engineering.