Why study Engineering at MC?

Engineering Program Overview

Engineers apply math and science to solve problems that improve our lives and the lives of others.  Almost every technology we interact with on a daily basis has an engineering connection. For example,  teams of engineers are responsible for improving  transportation, communication, building materials, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and  computer hardware and software.  Engineers are also working on solutions to problems related to food production, clean water supply, and energy.  There are engineers working in industry, government and even for non-profits around the globe.

At Maryville College, students who pursue the dual degree program in engineering get the best of both worlds: a liberal arts education combined with the technical education offered by an engineering program. Students spend the first three years of their college career at Maryville laying a strong foundation in the math, chemistry, physics and computer science they will need in order to transfer to an engineering school. At the same time, they are developing the hallmarks of a liberal arts education: written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills and an ability to view problems in a wider context.  The combination of math and science with the ability to see and communicate the big picture makes our alumni stand out among the crowd.

Maryville College maintains transfer agreements with four engineering schools.  These are Auburn University, Tennessee Technological University, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Vanderbilt University.  While these transfer agreements make it easier to transition to one of these schools, students may also elect to attend the engineering school of their choice.

Upon completing the requirements of the program, students receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Maryville College and a Bachelor of Science degree from their engineering school.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

External relationships

Clayton-Bradley STEM Academy
LDA Engineering
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Outcomes of Recent Grads

Sean Yoder ’15
Currently: Completing B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Active in academic and extracurricular activities while a student at Maryville, Sean played on the Scots soccer team and was a physics tutor. An internship with global energy infrastructure company CB&I helped solidify his career plans in mechanical engineering. “Maryville College’s broad curriculum gave me the necessary skills to stand out at the University of Tennessee. I’m grateful for the rigorous writing standards and insightful STEM professors,” he said. “Job recruiters in engineering frequently make the case for a well-rounded education, explaining that technical skills are found everywhere, but not professional writing and a broad base of knowledge.”

Levon Brassfield ’10
Currently: Technical Sales Support Engineer, Schneider Electric in Nashville, Tenn.

At MC, Levon not only laid a strong foundation in math and science, but also in writing. After transferring to UT for his B.S. degree, he was able to secure internships with the Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program at ORNL, where he worked on back-up camera technology, and at Adtran, where he conducted performance and interoperability testing. “Maryville College helped me grow my inspiration for learning with professors and advisors who cared about me personally,” he said. “The writing skills emphasized in MC’s core curriculum really set me apart from other candidates when it came time to seek internships/co-ops and jobs. And the College introduces well the various engineering disciplines, which helps in the real world as engineers from different disciplines frequently work as a team. Recruiters look for more well-rounded individuals who can bring that broad understanding to the job.”

Course Offerings

Any student interested in pursuing the dual-degree option is urged to consult the Dual-Degree Coordinator in the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science as early in the first year as possible. The program is highly structured, and most of the courses are part of a sequence. For that reason, one’s course of study must be carefully planned to ensure that all general education and major requirements are met during the three years spent at Maryville.

MTH 125: Calculus I (4 hrs.)
MTH 225: Calculus II (4 hrs.)
MTH 232: Linear Algebra (3 hrs.)
MTH 235: Calculus III (4 hrs.)
MTH 236: Ordinary Differential Equations (3 hrs.)
PHY 201: General Physics I (4 hrs.)
PHY 202: General Physics II (4 hrs.)

Either of the following courses:
PHY 271: Modern Physics (4 hrs.)
PHY 301: Analytical Mechanics (3 hrs.)


CHM 121: Principles of Chemistry I (4 hrs.) CHM 122: Principles of Chemistry II (4 hrs.)
CSC 111: Introduction to Computer Science I (3 hrs)
CSC 112: Introduction to Computer Science II (3 hrs.)
EGR 351: Senior Study (3 hrs.)

Some engineering schools have additional course requirements for particular majors. Consult the Dual Degree Coordinator for details. See course listings under appropriate departments.