Anderson University Revealed: School of Science and Engineering
Change is never easy and not often well received.
Change can often bring consequences, both good and bad, and can be difficult to find and come to terms with a prosperous end result.
As daunting as the thought of change may be, for Anderson University morphing the Department of Chemistry and Physics along with math, biology, and computer science into the improved School of Science and Engineering was a chance worth taking.
Creating this new school for AU would also allow for the beginning of a new department: engineering. Dean, Dr. Chad Wallace explains, "We believed we had the ability to start and grow [with] engineering. We decided it definitely was something AU should be doing."
And with change comes growth. Two new majors have launched this fall: information security (cybersecurity) and computer engineering.
Physical Sciences and Engineering
The AU physical sciences and engineering program’s mission is to develop highly qualified, innovative student leaders.
- Highly Qualified — We provide a Christ-centered, hands-on education, grounded in the liberal arts that inspires students toward excellence in engineering.
- Innovative — We model resourceful, pioneering, and creative thinking to uniquely mentor students to deal with the challenges of vocation, life, and community.
- Servant Leaders — We seek to live God-honoring lives of integrity and share the importance of Christlike servanthood.
The objective is for students to graduate from AU with theoretical knowledge, practical experience, and be grounded in their faith. In the engineering program, students enter with a two-year core followed by two years in either computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering specific curriculum.
The first class for the new school started in the 2013-14 academic school year with six new engineering students. The following year, 16 students took the engineering major opportunity. Last year, 23 additional students came to AU to study engineering. "We expect similar growth this year," Wallace comments.
- Computational Physics
- Computer Engineering (NEW: FALL 2016)
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Physical Science
- TeachScience (complementary)
At AU, our biology department has several aspects that set it apart from other universities. Biology professor, Dr. Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito, explains that class size (10-20 students), personalized attention, the opportunity for hands-on work with equipment, and the ability to do research projects make the biology program at AU unique.
- Pre-Health Professional Programs
- Science Education
- TeachScience (complementary major)
"Not only did I get to know my professors, but they have become people that I still communicate with and I know that I will continue to stay in touch with them for a long time to come," said alum Elizabeth Bitterman.
It is not difficult for students in the biology department to find employment after graduation. Dr. Lyle-Ippolito mentions, "We have medical doctors galore, both in private practice and teaching, as well as physician assistants, physical therapists, ecologists, researchers, and parents!"
Small class sizes, close contact with professors, and the AU family. All of these qualities separate AU from other universities with computer science majors. Dr. Jennifer Coy, associate professor of computer science, explains, "The computer science faculty use their diverse backgrounds and interests to connect with students and expose them to the many career avenues available."
- Computer Science
- Computer Science - Mathematics
- Computational Physics
- Information Systems
- Information Security (an interdisciplinary major also known as cybersecurity) (NEW: FALL 2016)
- Computer Science (complementary major)
- Business - Information Systems (complementary major)
There are also several career and internship opportunities for students both on and off campus. "Interactive Intelligence is an on-campus internship office where students work between classes," says Coy. "The Software Research Center, led by Professor Sam Blanchard, connects students from all majors to company-sponsored projects."
Anderson University computer science graduates can be found working for several regional companies. Some of these companies include Interactive Intelligence, Ontario Systems, Scale Computing, Engineering, Aptera Software, LIDs.com, and Red Balloon Security. Coy adds, "Employers value the abilities, integrity, and dedication that Anderson University students bring to the job, as well as the excellent ‘soft skills’ that a liberal arts education provides."
Students in mathematics are taught how to solve problems and see how mathematics changes the way we look at the world. As a student progresses through the major, they learn how to do complex calculations and understand theorems behind these calculations.
Dr. Lee Van Groningen, assistant professor of mathematics, believes the Department of Mathematics forward-thinking and "flexibility and adaptability" have helped shape the program to meet the demands of the current job market with the addition of two new majors introduced in the past three years: mathematical finance and decision science.
- Computer Science – Mathematics
- Mathematics - Decision Science
- Mathematics – Economics
- Mathematics - Finance
- Mathematics Teaching
In July, the School of Science and Engineering hosted a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Immersion Camp for high school students. This hands-on camp had daily activities in key areas of science and engineering, including chemistry, mechanical design, electrical design, computer science, and manufacturing.
This unique camp allowed high school students to work closely with Anderson University faculty and undergraduate students to design and build a rocket containing a custom Arduino-based sensor, while delving into all the related areas of STEM. The camp plans to expand in 2017.
TeachScience at AU prepares future high school science teachers. Not only are students able to complete a full major in biology, chemistry, or physics, but they also learn how to apply these content areas to education.
TeachScience is flexible, which means that it allows students to pursue teaching in their respected areas, but they have the ability to pursue a non-teaching science career if they make that decision. The complementary major includes courses taught by the AU School of Education as well as the AU School of Science and Engineering. With this combination, students will learn how to manage classrooms and students while also learning how to instruct lab safety and set up and run a lab.
Every degree earned in the School of Science and Engineering is further strengthened by a liberal arts education. Anderson University students don’t just learn a discipline, they learn how to think critically in a variety of disciplines, be problem solvers, and to think outside the box. We invite you to come to campus, talk with professors about your interests in science, and hang out with current students.
Applying is the easy part. #StartYourStory today and take the first steps.
- Explore offerings at anderson.edu/science-engineering.
- Peek into our facilities and labs.
- Visit campus and start the journey.
- Apply to Anderson University.
— Katie Giger is a senior secondary education language arts major from Fishers, Ind.
Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing and theology.