We currently offer the degree Bachelor of Science in Engineering; this is a blend of mechanical and electrical engineering elements.  A degree in engineering allows students to be competitive in today's marketplace. Engineering students acquire technology-based, problem solving skills in a traditional liberal arts context with an emphasis on project design and completion.  Following graduation, students employ their skills in a wide range of technical careers, such as electrical engineering, computer-technology, research, and aerospace.

December 2018, we celebrate our first three graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.   We recently began the accreditation process through ABET , the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc, by submitting our Readiness Review.  Following a successful Readiness Review, we have submitted our Request for Evaluation and will submit our department Self-Study this spring.  We also offer a minor in engineering.

Students have the option to engage in research and internships with Henderson State University's Department of Engineering and Physics.

Our faculty participate actively in diverse fields of research including rocketry, geophysics, astrophysics, robotics, atomic and molecular physics, and aerodynamics.  Faculty incorporate student research as an integral element of each project. In addition, our department encourages outreach and public education by providing public planetarium shows and volunteering in local schools.  

Your degree from Henderson State University Department of Engineering and Physics provides a strong foundation in the concepts, preparing you for graduate study and exciting careers. Our majors have the skills, opportunities, passion, and ability to succeed, leading to satisfying jobs as tomorrow’s explorers and innovators. 

Program Educational objectives

  • Graduates meet or exceed the expectations of employers of engineering physics majors. 
  • Qualified graduates will pursue advanced studies, if desired.

Student outcomes

The department has adopted the following engineering student outcomes to be assessed through the undergraduate engineering curriculum:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


Courses in Engineering include:

  • Engineering Graphics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Strength of Materials
  • Engineering Computation
  • Statics and Dynamics
  • Electric Circuits I and II
  • Engineering Thermodynamics I and II
  • Electronics I and II
  • Embedded Microprocessors
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Engineering Electromagnetics
  • Engineering Optics
  • Engineering Measurements
  • Signals and Systems
  • Heat Transfer
  • Power Systems
  • Control Systems
  • Engineering Design I and II


  • Electrical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer

Related information


Dr. Rick McDaniel, Professor and Department Chair
Reynolds Science Center 123B