Engineering Program Overview

Guided by Faith, Building for the Future

A Franciscan Foundation

Do you aspire to design the next generation of computer and electrical technology? Work with government agencies to design sophisticated aircraft, satellites, and military systems? Create a revolution in medical technology that expands the frontiers of health? Or work to harness renewable energy from the wind and sun? If so, then follow your passion and start your career today with an engineering degree through one of Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Engineering Dual Degree Programs.

Engineering programs are in high demand, and an exciting future awaits you at Franciscan. We’ve partnered with top-ranked engineering schools to provide a dual degree program that prepares you to build the world of tomorrow. You’ll lay the foundation for future success in Franciscan University’s faith-filled Catholic learning community, and then finish your advanced technical training at one of our engineering partner schools: the University of Pittsburgh, Gannon University, The Catholic University of America, the University of Notre Dame, or St. Francis University.

The Franciscan Advantage

Constructing a better world for tomorrow begins with a solid foundation in the faith. Franciscan University of Steubenville provides an exceptional education that will challenge you intellectually, form you professionally, and feed you spiritually. Our core curriculum is ordered toward the integration faith and reason in your classes, giving you the knowledge and practical skills you’ll need to excel as a leader in your future career. They’ll also mentor you in your search for truth, helping you discover and answer God’s call for your life. At Franciscan, you will encounter new ways to grow in your faith through our rich sacramental and devotional life, supportive faith households, and works of mercy, respect for life, and missionary outreaches. A Franciscan education prepares you to dedicate your talents to building up Christ’s kingdom on earth.

Your Paths to the Future: Partnering With Top Catholic Universities

Franciscan’s Engineering Dual Degree Programs give you multiple paths toward earning your engineering degree from one of our four partner schools.

Our 2+2 programs with Gannon University, The Catholic University of America, the University of Notre Dame, St. Francis University, and the University of Pittsburgh give you the advantage of completing an associate degree from Franciscan in two years, and then transferring to earn your bachelor of science in engineering over the next two years. Our 3+2 program combines with the prestigious University of Notre Dame to give you a bachelor of science in math from Franciscan and a bachelor of science in engineering from Notre Dame.

Partners in the Franciscan Way

Notre Dame’s Premiere Program

The University of Notre Dame College of Engineering inspires students to become innovators for the “greater good.” Combining technical inquiry with a creative bent, Notre Dame challenges its students to view their role as future engineers in a manner “consistent with our Catholic mission.” Discover what sets Notre Dame apart as one of the United States’ premiere engineering schools when you choose your degree in aerospace, chemical, civil, or mechanical engineering. You will take courses only from professional faculty and get the chance for hands-on research alongside faculty and graduate students who are world renowned for their work. You will gain invaluable experience from Notre Dame’s engineers as they pioneer solutions in the fight against cancer, the quest for renewable energy, the next generation of communications technology, and many other fields. Nearly all students—98 percent—pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, and nearly 70 percent of students choose full-time employment upon graduation, while the rest opt for graduate school, military careers, or service programs.

Discover the difference you can make by entering Notre Dame with the advantage of a Franciscan education. You will complete Franciscan’s rigorous mathematics, science, pre-engineering, and liberal arts courses in three years, earning a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.6 and a cumulative technical grade-point average of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale, before transferring into Notre Dame’s civil, aerospace, or mechanical engineering program for the next two years. The technical GPA will be calculated from math, physics, science and engineering courses appearing on the student’s transcript. Upon completing the 3+2 program, students earn a BS in math from Franciscan and then a BS in either aerospace, chemical, civil, or mechanical engineering from Notre Dame.

Should your interests take you in the direction of chemical engineering, you’ll have the opportunity to enroll in our 3+2 program, where, after the successful completion of three years of Franciscan’s core curriculum, including rigorous chemistry courses, you’ll transfer into Notre Dame’s Chemical Engineering Program. Students on this track earn a bachelor of science in math from Franciscan and then a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Notre Dame.

The Catholic University of America’s Creative Program

The Catholic University of America encourages its students to think creatively about engineering, putting a premium on equipping students to solve problems of national and social interest. The CUA School of Engineering is known nationally as a high-quality research institution, with annual funding of over $4 million and a constant flow of doctoral students. With a projected full-time faculty count of 45 by 2017, the School of Engineering offers personalized research and career training opportunities, With small class sizes, state-of-the-art facilities, and partnerships with several government agencies, such as the National Institutes for Health, the CUA School of Engineering will prepare you for an career in biomedical, civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering. You will complete Franciscan’s rigorous mathematics, science, pre-engineering, and liberal arts courses in two years, earning a 3.2 GPA or higher, before transferring into CUA’s biomedical, civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering program for the next two years. Upon completing the 2+2 program, students earn an associate degree from Franciscan and then a BS in either biomedical, civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering from CUA.

Gannon’s Cutting-edge Program

Named one of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs,” Gannon University prepares its engineering students to take the lead in developing tomorrow’s economy. You will master your skills, learning with an outstanding faculty, a cutting-edge curriculum, and advanced laboratories—all of which foster a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Graduates have landed careers at premiere companies such as General Electric and Bayer Corporation, or have pursued advanced degrees at prestigious institutions such as Caltech, Harvard, MIT, and more.

Discover the difference you can make by entering Gannon with the advantage of a Franciscan education. Once you complete Franciscan’s rigorous mathematics, science, pre-engineering, and liberal arts courses, earning a 3.0 GPA or higher, you can transfer to Gannon’s Engineering Program. Students earn an associate degree from Franciscan and then a BS in biomedical, electrical (electrical and electronics or computer options), environmental, mechanical, or software engineering from Gannon.

Franciscan Way

From the Summer 2013 issue of Franciscan Way Magazine

3+2 = Engineering

Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, St. Francis University, and Gannon now partner with Franciscan to offer engineering dual degree programs.

Employers recently ranked engineering second highest among the most in-demand bachelor degrees (NACE, January 2013 Salary Survey), and the U.S. Department of Labor estimated that the number of engineering jobs will increase by more than 11 percent by 2018. In addition, engineering majors recently ranked among the top 10 highest paid at the bachelor’s degree level (NACE, January 2013 Salary Survey).

Job statistics such as these have driven an increasing demand for an engineering major at Franciscan University of Steubenville. In fall 2013, Franciscan will begin meeting that demand through its new Engineering Dual Degree Program. The program allows students to take mathematics, science, pre-engineering, and liberal arts courses at Franciscan then finish their engineering studies at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, St. Francis University, or Gannon University, earning a degree from Franciscan and a degree from the partner university.

“At Franciscan University, we aggressively strive to raise our level of academic excellence, so we’re excited that the new engineering major will draw more top students to the University,” says Dr. Daniel Kempton, vice president for Academic Affairs. “Here, they will not only take fundamental courses for the engineering degree but the faithful Catholic theology and philosophy courses for which Franciscan is so well known.”

Kempton also notes that “students who successfully complete our requirements will then enjoy guaranteed admission” into engineering programs at the partner universities.

The 3+2 Engineering Dual Degree Program with Notre Dame in civil, mechanical, or aerospace engineering requires three years at Franciscan and then two years at Notre Dame’s School of Engineering. Students finish with a bachelor’s degree from each university.

The 2+2 Engineering Dual Degree Program gives students two years at Franciscan and two years at Gannon or Pittsburgh. Through the program with Gannon, students earn an associate degree from Franciscan and a bachelor of science in biomedical, electrical, computer, environmental, mechanical, or software engineering from Gannon.

Joel Recznik MA ’87, vice president of Enrollment, explains that Franciscan’s engineering students can have the best of both worlds.

“They will begin their engineering studies with an experience of Franciscan’s excellent academics, vibrant student life, and faith-filled culture. With that solid foundation, they can easily transfer into cutting-edge engineering programs at Notre Dame, Gannon, or Dayton.”

Recznik says engineering was the number one major sought by prospective students that was not previously offered among Franciscan’s 41 undergraduate majors.

“We want to be of service to the Church and the world. With so many students looking for a degree in engineering, we decided to create the 3+2 and 2+2 Engineering Dual Degree Program by partnering with established Catholic institutions that are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology—the gold standard of engineering accreditation—and that have programs recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report,” Recznik says.

The University of Notre Dame College of Engineering, he points out, has earned a reputation as one of the premiere engineering schools in the United States with close to 98 percent of its engineering students passing the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, far above the 74 percent national average.

Gannon’s Engineering Program, ranked among the 2013 “Best in Undergraduate Engineering” by U.S News & World Report, touts an outstanding faculty, a cutting-edge curriculum, and advanced laboratories.

“Building on the academic and faith formation at Franciscan University and the engineering strengths of our partner schools, our graduates will be uniquely prepared to help meet the growing demand for engineers in the United States,” Recznik says. “Whether they start careers at General Electric, Bayer Corporation, or other noteworthy companies, or they seek higher degrees at Caltech, Harvard, or MIT, they will bring the competitive advantage of a Franciscan education united in faith and reason.”

For more information, contact the Admissions Office: [email protected] or 1-800-783-6220

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