The Connecticut State Board of Education has granted Quinnipiac University the licenses for programs in civil, mechanical, industrial and software engineering leading to bachelor of sciences degrees and enabling the university to launch its engineering program in the School of Business and Engineering.
“We can now officially market, recruit and teach courses in our four engineering disciplines,” said Scott Hamilton, chair of engineering. “We are pretty excited about that.”
An outside reviewer met with Hamilton and other administrators to examine each of the programs, its plan and how it will be supported. The first engineering classes will begin this August.
“We are going to give our students the background that they need to be successful in any of those engineering disciplines,” Hamilton said. “But what is going to distinguish us is the way we present it to them and the way we teach them.”
The students will have the opportunity to experiment and practice what they’re learning in real and tangible ways.
“At Quinnipiac, we have established that we teach in small groups and think it’s the best way to learn. That is especially true in engineering. Engineering is very much hands-on. You learn by doing,” Hamilton said.
Individual engineering classes will not exceed 20 students, Hamilton said, allowing for intimate learning environments.
“They will know their professor and their professor will know them,” Hamilton said.