Announcing New Dual-Degree Program in Engineering

Wittenberg partners with Indiana Tech to offer on-campus pathway for students wanting to pursue engineering

To meet increasing student interest, Wittenberg is launching a new engineering pathway thanks to a dual-degree partnership with Indiana Institute of Technology (Indiana Tech), located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The new pathway will allow students to receive a B.A. in physics from Wittenberg and a B.S. in engineering from Indiana Tech.

Administered through Wittenberg’s Department of Physics, the new five-year program gives Wittenberg students a competitive advantage as it combines the critical thinking, immersive research, and problem-solving skills that define the University’s liberal arts education with the expansive, high-tech learning options of Indiana Tech, a larger, STEM-focused institution.

“I’m very grateful for the faculty and administration of Wittenberg and Indiana Tech collaborating on a partnered academic program,” said Wittenberg Provost Brian Yontz, Ph.D. “Without a doubt, these types of collaborations are the future of higher education, and I’m proud that our institutions are on the forefront of this work.”

"Our partnership with Wittenberg University offers students a unique opportunity to earn impactful degrees from not one, but two high-quality universities with long histories of preparing students to succeed in their careers and in life," added Indiana Tech’s Vice President for Enrollment Management Steve Herendeen, Ph.D. "More and more, today's tech-driven employers are seeking graduates from science, technology, engineering and math-related fields. Through this innovative dual degree program, students will earn both a bachelor's degree in physics from Wittenberg and a bachelor's in engineering from Indiana Tech in five years. The experience and skills they develop while earning their degrees will position them extremely well for success in the economy of today and tomorrow."

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2023-2033 the number of engineering jobs is expected to grow from 3% to 12% depending on track pursued with the median wage coming in around $97,000, making this program addition even more essential in today’s ever-evolving marketplace.

Serving as the program liaison at Wittenberg will be Professor of Physics Elizabeth George, 2014 Ohio Professor of the Year and director of the University’s pre-engineering program. The department of physics, a foundational science program within Wittenberg’s academic portfolio, will provide on-campus support for students seeking this dual degree, and Indiana Tech Director of Admissions Jeri Burkhart will be the primary contact/liaison at the Fort Wayne institution.

An interdisciplinary and integrated degree with broadly focused concentrations designed to expose students to various engineering disciplines, Indiana Tech’s B.S. in engineering offers students the opportunity to create their own track of engineering study by choosing 18 credits hours of courses from the following degree programs: computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and industrial and manufacturing engineering, as per the program’s website.

However, in allowing Wittenberg students to complete the program over five years on the University’s Springfield, Ohio campus, the new dual-degree program upholds Wittenberg’s commitment to residential living and learning, while expanding opportunities for success.

    This opportunity aligns with Wittenberg’s strategic plan while preserving the residential component of the Wittenberg experience. It also serves to position our students for long-term success in this expanding field, building on the foundation of a liberal arts education.
    Professor of Physics Elizabeth George

    The B.A. in physics will continue to be face-to-face, and some online Indiana Tech courses will count as elective credits toward the 126 credits required for graduation from Wittenberg. Additional investments in select classrooms and laboratories on campus are also expected this summer.

    Wittenberg students with a minimum grade point average of 2.50 may apply to Indiana Tech’s dual degree B.S. in engineering online degree program. While enrolled at Wittenberg, students will complete Wittenberg courses to meet the requirements for the B.A. in physics, along with additional online courses in a pre-arranged sequence to meet the requirements for Indiana Tech’s degree program. To receive the B.S. in engineering, students must meet the graduation requirements approved by Indiana Tech at the time of the student’s admission to Indiana Tech. More information on Indiana Tech’s program can be found here.

    Indiana Tech joins the University’s already established partnership programs in engineering with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering at Columbia University in New York. While Case Western and Columbia provide more engineering options, they also require students to transfer to their respective engineering school in contrast to the new pathway with Indiana Tech.

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    Wittenberg offers an engineering pathway thanks to a dual-degree partnership with Indiana Institute of Technology. Administered through Wittenberg's Department of Physics, the pathway gives Wittenberg students a competitive advantage as it combines the critical thinking, immersive research, and problem-solving skills.
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    Wittenberg's curriculum has centered on the liberal arts as an education that develops the individual's capacity to think, read, and communicate with precision, understanding, and imagination. We are dedicated to active, engaged learning in the core disciplines of the arts and sciences and in pre-professional education grounded in the liberal arts. Known for the quality of our faculty and their teaching, Wittenberg has more Ohio Professors of the Year than any four-year institution in the state. The university has also been recognized nationally for excellence in community service, sustainability, and intercollegiate athletics. Located among the beautiful rolling hills and hollows of Springfield, Ohio, Wittenberg offers more than 100 majors, minors and special programs, enviable student-faculty research opportunities, a unique student success center, service and study options close to home and abroad, a stellar athletics tradition, and successful career preparation.

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