Engineering Science | Majors & Minors
Department of Engineering Science
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
We consider design the essence of engineering, so it is the central thrust of the program. Students take at least one design course per semester, where the emphasis is on creative and critical thinking and the development of decision-making skills. They also complete a major design project each year that ties their classroom learning to practical experience. The senior design project is a year-long student-proposed group assignment completed in consultation with a faculty advisor. Read more about current and past design projects.
Engineering students complete the University's common curriculum in concert with all Trinity students, participating in Trinity's rich heritage of the humanities and social sciences while gaining awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental issues affecting their discipline. Most of our engineering courses also emphasize writing and communication skills, emphasizing discussion, speaking, teamwork, and leadership.
Trinity does not offer a minor in engineering. However, engineering students are required to take six math courses during their course of study, meaning they qualify for a minor in mathematics.
Additionally, students have the option to combine an Engineering Major with several other minors. One is Environmental Studies, which is an interdisciplinary study of Earth's environment and how human beings interact with it. Click here for an overview of the Engineering Science curriculum with an Environmental Studies minor.
Students also have the option of earning a double major in Engineering Science and Physics by taking 12 hours in physics in addition to their Engineering Science requirements.
Additionally, engineering majors are eligible for financial assistance, mentoring and research opportunities through multiple avenues. The McNair Scholars Program, named after the late physicist and Challenger astronaut Dr. Ronald E. McNair, prepares students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Also, Trinity's Financial Aid for Science & Technology (FAST) student grants will be available to select academically talented students with financial need who plan to major in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics.
The majority of Trinity engineering graduates go directly into industry and business. Many have taken positions at highly regarded organizations including Boeing, Dow Chemical and McDonnell Douglas. Other graduates enter top-rated graduate programs in the electrical, chemical or mechanical engineering disciplines. Some have opted to continue their studies at medical or law schools.