/ Engineering Department

ABET Accreditation

Hope College's bachelor's degree program in engineering has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.

ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

The Hope College engineering Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes have been developed with input from the faculty and the advisory board and are listed below. 


The goal of the Hope College Engineering Program is to prepare our graduates for professional practice or advanced studies by providing a broad education in engineering fundamentals in a liberal arts environment. Hope College Engineering graduates will:

  1. Be active in engineering practice or find that their engineering background and problem-solving skills were helpful in non-engineering fields such as law, medicine, and business.
  2. Continue their career development by engaging in life-long learning that builds upon foundational knowledge acquired as part of their undergraduate education.
  3. Find that their undergraduate liberal arts education helped prepare them to contribute to the greater benefit of society.

The program constituencies responsible for review of the program educational objectives are (1) program faculty and (2) the program advisory board. The program educational objectives are reviewed annually at a joint meeting of the program advisory board and the program faculty.

Student outcomes

Hope College Engineering students will have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. the ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. an ability to communicate effectively.
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.