Department of Physics and Engineering

Faculty: Duke Bulanon, Joshua Griffin, Dan Lawrence, William Packard, Stephen Parke, John Stutz

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.
  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. 
  3. Graduates of the department will be able to write a coherent technical report of a scientific or engineering nature.
  4. Graduates of the department will learn a Christian perspective to the natural world, without compromising scientific principles. They will be able to use the abilities learned to positively affect the world around them.
  5. Graduates in engineering will be able to complete system and component level designs employing both theoretical and practical knowledge in their field.

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

ABET Engineering Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

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 God's creation.

ABET Engineering Student Outcomes (SOs)

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 ability to practice engineering professionally and ethically, including Christ-like service to humanity.
  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.
Computer Engineering Concentration
Electrical Engineering Concentration
Mechanical Engineering Concentration
Engineering Physics Concentration