Why study Engineering at MC?

Engineers apply math and science to solve problems that improve our lives and the lives of others.  Almost every technology we interact with on a daily basis has an engineering connection. For example,  teams of engineers are responsible for improving  transportation, communication, building materials, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and  computer hardware and software.  Engineers are also working on solutions to problems related to food production, clean water supply, and energy.  There are engineers working in industry, government and even for non-profits around the globe.

At Maryville College, students who pursue the dual degree program in engineering get the best of both worlds: a liberal arts education combined with the technical education offered by an engineering program. Students spend the first three years of their college career at Maryville laying a strong foundation in the math, chemistry, physics and computer science they will need in order to transfer to an engineering school. At the same time, they are developing the hallmarks of a liberal arts education: written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills and an ability to view problems in a wider context.  The combination of math and science with the ability to see and communicate the big picture makes our alumni stand out among the crowd.

Maryville College maintains transfer agreements with four engineering schools.  These are Auburn University, Tennessee Technological University, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Vanderbilt University.  While these transfer agreements make it easier to transition to one of these schools, students may also elect to attend the engineering school of their choice.

Upon completing the requirements of the program, students receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Maryville College and a Bachelor of Science degree from their engineering school.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

External relationships

Clayton-Bradley STEM Academy
LDA Engineering
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Meet a current student

Ian Schomer

Ian Schomer '19
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

Ian is a mathematics major and computer science minor at MC. An outdoors enthusiast, he intends to study clean energy technology at the graduate level. Summer internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and with the University of Tennessee’s Material Science Department have allowed him to complete complex research with crystals and battery models.

“I chose to enroll at MC because I saw a unique opportunity to pursue a STEM degree at a beautiful liberal arts college, which also happens to be conveniently located near ORNL,” he said. “MC’s location is both close to home and at the base of Great Smoky Mountain National Park, which has provided me with unforgettable hiking and backpacking experiences.”