According to Darren Mason, an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Albion as well as an adjunct associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science at Michigan State University, Albion College has a strong record of preparing students for engineering specialties such as biological, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental / renewable energy, mechanical, materials science, and engineering physics.
"Students who wish to begin a career in engineering by learning in the personalized academic environment that only a small college can provide, then Albion College is the place," Mason said.
Students who come to Albion with an interest in engineering begin with basic classes in mathematics and science in preparation for a career in any field. At the same time, students have the opportunity to explore Albion's vast menu of courses in the other areas of the liberal arts tradition. After three years of study, students can transfer to the engineering program of their choice to complete the courses needed for the Bachelor of Arts degree at Albion and the Bachelor of Science degree from the transfer university. Albion has formal agreements with The University of Michigan, Michigan Technological University, Columbia University, and Case Western Reserve University.
"The close personal guidance students receive from the moment they enroll is a distinguishing characteristic of the engineering program at Albion," Mason said. "Faculty work with students on an individual basis to ensure they take the right classes at Albion and that their subsequent transfer to an engineering university after three years is seamless."
Erin Knight, '05, added, "After I transferred to the University of Michigan to complete the engineering classes, it was apparent that I had much more rigorous courses in chemistry, math, and physics than my classmates, and I was well prepared to survive the challenging chemical engineering curriculum."
For more information about educational opportunities in engineering at Albion College, contact Mason at (517) 629-0826 or or visit http://www.albion.edu/engineering/ .