From the Pyramids and Roman aqueducts to the steam engine, spaceship, and smart phone, engineering is how we have been applying science to create structures and machines and transform the world around us. Engineering at Hanover offers you a rigorous and broad education, emphasizing both analysis and practical skills. You will learn in small classes, engage with supportive faculty members who are committed to your success, conduct research and present your results, gain work experience with our industry partners and have the opportunity to study abroad.

Learning engineering at Hanover College

Our mission:

We offer an excellent grounding in the ideas, skills, and experience of engineering within a liberal arts environment, so that students can succeed in their profession, function across disciplines, provide leadership, and make positive contributions to society.

We emphasize critical thinking and creative problem solving that foster innovation. We challenge our students to collaborate, communicate effectively, complete research projects, and receive career training before graduation.

We cultivate love for lifelong learning as an essential means to thrive in a world of constant change. We encourage students to pursue further studies or careers with confidence and insight, a broad perspective, and a profound appreciation for what makes us human.

Our strengths:

  • You learn in small, dynamic classes one-on-one with experts who unlock your potential and develop your professional skills.
  • You can join a research or work internship (or co-op), and receive academic credit.
  • You expand your horizons through visits and guest lectures by our industry partners.
  • You enjoy the benefit of the integration of engineering with science and the liberal arts. In addition, you may combine engineering with business through our established Business Scholars Program (BSP). There is an increasing US and global demand for broadly educated engineers.
  • You have the opportunity to study abroad.

Degree Paths and careers

The engineering department offers two engineering degrees:

1. A Bachelor of Science degree in engineering with coursework in the following specialties:

  • mechanical engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • electromechanical engineering
  • computer engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering is designed for those who wish to pursue career paths in engineering or applied science working in industry, research or entrepreneurial endeavors. It prepares students for both advanced studies and professional employment.

2. A Bachelor of Arts degree in engineering science.

Engineering science provides an interdisciplinary education in mathematics, science and engineering. It also encourages students to incorporate diverse cognate areas, such as business, economics or art and design, so they can effectively pursue careers in engineering management, public service, business or entrepreneurship.

Beyond the classroom (research, internships, co-ops)

Professors have an active research agenda and engage students with projects. You will have the opportunity to present your research on campus and in professional conferences.

You can earn academic credit for a summer internship or a more extensive co-op. In particular, Hanover College corporate partners offer a unique opportunity to qualified engineering majors to acquire work and research experience through a four-month co-op. This extends over a spring term and the subsequent summer, and so students can complete it and still graduate in four years. Because of a strong local business representation, students have the option to avoid relocation.

Experiential opportunities also include spring-term travel, field trips, and study abroad opportunities.

The engineering department can also offer paid employment to majors as tutors or lab assistants.


Certain engineering (ENGR) courses below, which are not designated as "lecture and laboratory," can still include lab, computational, or design components.

ENGR 101
Exploring Engineering
For students who are intrigued by engineering and technology or who are considering a career in this broad field. Professors and industry experts team up to guide students through the engineering experience. Students work in groups to construct a prototype solution to an engineering problem, gain an understanding of the fundamentals of engineering thinking and design process, and learn how to communicate outcomes. Includes tours to manufacturing facilities and discussion of issues of ethical and professional responsibility. Knowledge of algebra and trigonometry is essential .5 unit.
ENGR 190
Introduction Engineering & Design
Core engineering themes and principles; engineering computing and visualization; designing and constructing solutions based on analytical and computational models using MATLAB and computer-aide design (CAD) software, experiemental performance tests, refining models and designs. Prerequisite MAT 113 or MAT 121 or placement at the Ready for Calculus level. Not open to students with prior credit in ENGR 290. Fee Charged.
ENGR 207
Materials Science I
Introduction to the structure, properties, processing, and performance of engineering materials: atomic structure and bonding, microstructure of solids, imperfections, stress and strain, elastic and plastic deformation, yield and tensile strength, dislocations and strengthening mechanisms, fast fracture and fracture probability of brittle materials. Prerequisites: CHE 161, MAT 122, PHY 186.
ENGR 208
Materials Science II
A continuation of the ENGR 207 subject matter: phase diagrams, fatigue, creep, diffusion, electrical, magnetic, thermal, and optical properties, corrosion and oxidation, and applications of engineering materials. Prerequisites: 207 or PHY 225.
ENGR 250
Electrical Circuit Analysis
Resistive elements and networks, solutions in the time domain and the frequency domain, independent and dependent sources. Prerequisites: Mat 122, Phy 186. Recommended: CS 220.
ENGR 302
Mechanical Engineering Tools
Introduction to the fundamentals of machine tool and computer tool use and fabrication techniques. Students work with a variety of tools including theband-saw, gas metal arc welder, milling machine, and lathe. Instruction is given on MATLAB and CAD and assignments are project-oriented. Prerequisite: 190.
ENGR 311
Linear Systems and Signals
Engineering phenomena that may be represented by linear, lumpedparameter models are studied. Linear systems in the mechanical, thermal, fluid, and electromechanical domains. Laplace Transforms, Fourier analysis, and Eigenvalue methods. Both transfer function and state-space representations of systems are studied. Continuous-time and discrete-time forms of signals and systems. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 290, Phy 245. Lab fee.
ENGR 315
Electronic Circuits and Design
Switches and MOS and MOSFET transistors, digital abstraction, filters, amplifiers, energy storage elements, analog and digital circuits and applications. Prerequisites: 207 (or PHY 225), 250, CS 220, PHY 245. Lab included.
ENGR 316
Digital Systems
Boolean algebra, digital number systems and computer arithmetic, combinational logic design and simplification, sequential logic design, timing analysis, and optimization, register-transfer design of digital systems, clocks and synchronization, finite state machines, FPGAs. Computer-aided digital design software and hardware implementation laboratories. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 250, CS 220. Lab fee.
ENGR 317
Semiconductor Electronics
A continuation of the subject matter of ENGR 315. Electrical conduction, semiconductor materials and devices, diodes, transistors, FETs, LEDs, solid-state circuits, frequency responses and stability, feedback circuits, noise; self-sustained oscillators, phase-locked loops. Photonics and optoelectronics including amplifiers, lasers, photodetectors, image sensors, solar cells, polarization and modulation of light. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 207 (or PHY 225), 250, 315, PHY 245. Fee charged.
ENGR 321
Instrumentation and Statistics
Instrumentation, measurement, computer-aided experimentation, methods of statistical and error analysis, random processes, quality control. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: 250, CS 220. Lab fee.
ENGR 323
Electronics Integration
An introduction to the design, analysis, modelling, and integration of electronics. The course will cover an overview of electronics fabrication, design of PCB, SOC, VLSI, VHDL, FPGA and ASIC. Lab will focus on hands-on chip design using Hardware Definition and CAD tools. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 315, 316. Fee Charged.
ENGR 325
Embedded Microcomputer Systems
Analysis and design of embedded systems. Microcontrollers, realtime control, construction of complete systems. Software and development tools, programmable system on chip, peripheral components such as A/D converters, communication schemes, signal processing techniques, closedloopdigital feedback control, interface and power electronics, and modeling of electromechanical systems. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 305, 316. Strongly recommended: 311. Lab fee.
ENGR 326
Computer Systems Architecture
Physical and logical design of a computer. Microprocessors, CPU design, RISC and CISC, pipelining, superscalar processing, caching, virtual memory, assembly and machine language, multiprocessors. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 305, 316, CS 234. Fee charged.
ENGR 328
Review robotics theory and concepts. Lectures on various robotic technologies, programming methods, ethics in engineering practice and mobile robotics included. Labs will focus on design, construction, and testing of field or stationary robotic systems. Team projects focus on electronics, instrumentation, machine elements, and programming. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 311, PHY 331. Recommended: 316, 330 (or CS 223), 347. Fee Charged.
ENGR 330
Numerical Simulation
Introduction to computational techniques for the simulation of a variety of engineering and physical systems. Numerical methods including interpolation, least squares, and statistical regression, integration, solution of linear and nonlinear equations, differential equations, finite element methods. Deterministic and probabilistic approaches. Assignments require programming in Python or MATLAB. Prerequisites: CS 220, Phy 185, Phy 245.
ENGR 334
Mechanics of Materials I
Statics, fundamentals of continuum mechanics, mechanics of deformable bodies, and structural mechanics. Stress, strain, linear elasticity with thermal expansion, bending, deflection, torsion, failure modes. Application to simple engineering structures such as rods, shafts, beams, and trusses. Prerequisites: Phy 245, Phy 331.
ENGR 336
Fluid Dynamics
Fundamentals of continuum mechanics, constitutive relations for fluids, Newtonian and inviscid fluids, viscous laminar flow and turbulence, incompressible and compressible flows, supersonic flow, boundary layer theory. Fluid systems modeling and engineering applications. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: Phy 245, Phy 320. Lab fee.
ENGR 339
This course of classical thermodynamics is oriented toward mechanical engineering applications covering properties and states of a substance, processes, cycles, work, heat and energy. Steady-state and transient analyses utilize the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics for closed systems and control volumes, as well combustion and chemical equilibrium. Prerequisites: CHE 161, PHY 162, PHY 320, MAT 122.
ENGR 342
Signal Processing
Sampling theory, signal representation, quantization noise, transformation and manipulation of digital signals, digital filter structure and design, fast Fourier transform, parametric signal modeling, stochastic processes, spectra, Wiener filtering, detection, matched filters, applications (audio, radar, image, or autonomous vehicle). Prerequisites: 311, 321.
ENGR 347
Control Theory and Design
Root locus, frequency response, state space techniques, actuators and sensors, digital control techniques, analysis of A/D and D/A converters, digital controllers, numerical control algorithms, feedback control, stability, programmable-logic based control systems, application in modern manufacturing systems. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: 311. Lab fee.
ENGR 350
Engineering Design & Manufacturing
Creative design process by application of physical laws. Project completion on schedule and within budget. Robustness and manufacturability. Mechanism design and fabrication, machine elements, manufacturing process. Process physics, automation/control, quality, industrial management, systems design and operation. Includes design-and-build project. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 207, 302, 311. Strongly recommended: 330, 334. Lab fee.
ENGR 352
Engineering Electromagnetics
Electromagnetic waves, radiation and diffraction, coupling to media and structures, waveguides, resonance, circuits, wireless and optical communications, computer interconnects and peripherals, microwave communications and radar, antennas, sensors, micro-electromechanical systems, acoustics, power generation and transmission. Prerequisites: 250, Phy 245, Phy 332.
ENGR 414
Mechanics of Materials II
. Mechanical behavior of engineering materials and structures and the use of materials in mechanical design. Analysis, design and computationaltechniques for curved beams, spinning disks, thick-walled cylinders, asymmetric beams, torsion, and buckling. Elasticity, plasticity, limit analysis, fatigue, fracture and creep. Energy and finite element methods. Materials selection. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: 207, 334. Fee Charged.
ENGR 418
Communication Systems
Fast Fourier transform algorithms, discrete time transfer functions, filter design techniques, architecture and programming of digital signal processors,communication electronics, theory and design principles of analog and digital communication systems, optical and wireless communications. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 305, 311, 316, 352. Lab fee.
ENGR 420
Power Generation & Storage
A comprehensive introduction into the technology of electricity generation and power system operations. Topics include traditional and advanced generation based on a variety of primary energy sources including coal, natural gas, and nuclear, as well as renewable sources such as hydro, wind, solar and geothermal; the environmental impacts of each option; and the basic operations of power system markets in the United States. Power storage technologies, essential to the widespread use of renewable energy sources, will also be reviewed. Prerequisite ENGR 337, 339.
ENGR 422
Heat Transfer
The principles of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation with examples from the engineering of practical devices and systems. Topics include transient and steady conduction, conduction by extended surfaces, boundary layer theory for forced and natural convection, boiling, heat exchangers, black- and gray-body radiative exchange and the impact of greenhouse gases on global climate. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 311,336, 337,339. Fee Charged.