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B.S. in Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering is a novel and unique engineering educational program offered in two locations – the Iron Range region of northeast Minnesota, Virginia, MN and Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN. It is offered for the 3rd and 4th year of the undergraduate engineering program. Students transfer into the Bachelor of Science in Engineering program after two years of pre-engineering work at Itasca Community College, Normandale Community College, Minnesota State Mankato or elsewhere.

The majority of the student learning is done in the context of industry engineering projects, rather than in traditional distinctly typical engineering classes. Upon graduation, students will receive B.S. in engineering degree with emphases along a spectrum between what might be traditionally called mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. Each student creates their own emphasis for the degree, by choosing particular competencies which appeal to them. This empowerment promotes the interest level and motivation of the student, and leads to the ability for deeper learning and longer retention of the material. The program in both locations aims to break down disciplinary silos and prepare engineers who are "able to understand issues that transcend disciplinary boundaries and to be able to offer effective solutions”.

A new program, called the IRE Bell Engineering Program, delivers the same content using a co-op based model.  Students spend one extended semester in Virginia, MN preparing for self-directed learning in a professional setting and then spend two years meeting the upper-division requirements through a series of co-ops, with support from dedicated faculty and learning facilitors. 

Follow the links to the left to learn more about Iron Range EngineeringTwin Cities Engineering and the new IRE Bell Engineering Program.

Certificate in Project-Based Engineering

The Project-Based Engineering Certificate program is for students with junior or senior standing in an engineering program in the US or abroad. The 15 credit certificate can be completed in one full-time semester, in either spring or fall. Students will work with a team on an industry-sponsored project and complete 8 credits of technical competency course- work. In this context, they will further develop their skills in engineering technology, design and professionalism. Students should have completed pre-requisites for the integrated engineering program before beginning the certificate program.

Certificate and Minor in Technical Integration & Design

The Technical Integration & Design Certificate and Minor programs are for students with junior or senior standing in their major or graduates (for the certificate) who wish to learn about engineering design processes and gain experience working with and contributing to an engineering design team. Both the major and certificate are 16 credits and can be completed in one full-time semester.  Students will work with a team on an industry-sponsored project and complete 8 credits of technical competency coursework. In this context, they will develop their awareness of engineering technology and design processes while developing professional skills that can be carried forward into a career working with engineers in industry, complementing the expertise developed in their major. Students must apply for admission.  Both the certificate and minor are offered alongside Twin Cities Engineering (Bloomington, MN) and Iron Range Engineering (Virginia, MN).

You can learn more about Minnesota State Mankato's extended campus by visiting 7700 France.

On the Mankato campus, we advise lower-division students preparing to enter these programs.  In addition to engineering, our campus faculty teach computer science courses that support students majoring in electrical and computer engineering, physics, statistics and cognitive science.  Students can earn a Minor in Computer Science (please see bulletin description [PDF] here (167 KiB)).



We sponsor a local site for the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO).  Learn more about the competition here and, if you are in junior high or high school, sign up to take the test in January 2020!

In addition to our programs, department faculty and students participate in community outreach programs.  We are hosting the First Annual Computer Science Experiences: A Workshop for K-6 Educators.  Pre-service and in-service teachers are invited to come to the Minnesota State Mankato campus and live and learn with us.  The workshop was held May 20-24, 2013.  Teachers left with personal experiences of developing programs in the Etoys environment, suitable for K-6 learning and exploration.  They were supported in developing curricula to incorporate Etoys programming in their classroom.  Etoys is open-source and free so any classroom with available computers can become a programming classroom!  Please contact Prof. Dean Kelley for more information about this type of workshop.