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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

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, which includes core courses typical of many undergraduate Engineering degrees. Students will receive a BA in Physics—Specialization in Engineering.

World-class Partnership

Second, we will also be offering a dual-degree option for those students who want to receive a bachelor’s degree in Physics and a second degree (bachelor’s or master’s) in Engineering. We have partnered with The James McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, who has one of the oldest and most reputable dual degree programs in engineering in the nation. Through this partnership, we aim to produce high-quality, broadly-educated engineers. Washington University (WashU) offers the following options for McDaniel students:

  • Undergraduate 3-2 program: Students spend three years at McDaniel and two years at WashU. They receive a BA in physics and a BS in an engineering field at the end of five years.
  • Graduate 3-3 program: After three years at McDaniel, students enroll directly into both an Engineering master’s and bachelor’s programs at WashU and earn a BS and MS in engineering as well as a BA in physics.
  • Graduate 4-2 program: Students enroll in the Engineering master’s program at WashU after completing a BA in Physics at McDaniel.

Future Career Paths

Engineering graduates may choose to attend graduate school or to begin careers in a vast number of Engineering disciplines, including:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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.