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Engineering at Carthage College, Kenosha, WI

This blog contains direct quotes from websites as of 2023. Programs and policies do change, at colleges, from time to time, so please check with the colleges directly to receive any updates. These are not, necessarily, the biggest, best, or most popular programs at the college, but they are the ones that just “caught my eye” as unique, special, interesting, or just plain awesome. Enjoy!

From the Carthage College website, 2023: “Engineering at Carthage is focused on learning how to design, analyze, and test devices and processes that solve human problems. Students learn through real projects partnered with real stakeholders to address real needs of our community. Our programs incorporate early design and project experiences to provide real-world contexts and early authentic practice to promote the development of skills employers seek.

“Engineering at Carthage is rooted in the liberal arts, designed to emphasize student self-discovery and exploration and provide opportunities to grow in all facets of life. Whether seeking to earn the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Arts, students’ engineering pathway builds on a solid science and mathematics base to teach students the engineering processes through the practice of engineering in design under the guidance of faculty mentors and industry partners.

“Engineering students working on projects. The Bachelor of Science in Engineering is an interdisciplinary engineering degree based on ABET accreditation standards allowing students to pursue a breadth of engineering topics necessary to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and enter a wide variety of engineering disciplines unconstrained by typical engineering disciplinary structures.

“The Bachelor of Arts in Engineering is an applied science degree with an engineering emphasis allowing students to pursue an area of specialization in areas such as business, arts, and humanities through a tailored course of study following the second year of coursework.

“Undergraduate studies in engineering feature small classes, hands-on experiences, engagement in faculty research, and close partnerships with local industries. Through your studies at Carthage, you will graduate with two years of engineering project experience or three if you opt into a year-long paid cooperative learning experience at an engineering firm. At Carthage, you will gain the engineering training and practice necessary for early and life-long career success.

“’The Carthage space science teams are performing entirely student-led graduate-level research that has taught me so much about project management as well as technical and professional skills.’---Justin Lee Wheeler ’25


“SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE---The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience at Carthage offers engineering majors the opportunity to engage in collaborative full-time research with professors. Students work closely with faculty mentors on a new or developing line of research.

“CONDUCT RESEARCH WITH NASA---Carthage Microgravity Team during a zero-g flight.The space sciences program at Carthage is a nationally recognized undergraduate program that provides students with hands-on opportunities in technology development and atmospheric sciences through partnerships with NASA and academic researchers worldwide. Carthage students and faculty regularly conduct research aboard NASA’s zero-gravity aircraft as part of ongoing experiments and technology development for space hardware. Students also participate in NASA’s RockSat and CubeSat programs, with students designing and building experiments to be flown on NASA spacecraft. This work makes Carthage an excellent choice for students interested in aeronautical and space sciences.

“Although the engineering program is new, alumni have put their engineering skills to use for employers, such as:



GE Healthcare

Benchmark Space Systems

Northrop Grumman


“Carthage students have also gone on to top graduate engineering programs at:

Purdue University

University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Michigan

University of Colorado Boulder


Carthage is now offering a full-tuition Engineering Scholarship that will be awarded to one incoming student majoring in engineering. This scholarship is awarded yearly to a student who most exemplifies the values of the Engineering Department: community, curiosity, ingenuity, integrity, sustainability, and tenacity. Carthage awards more than $2 million each year in its various scholarship competitions.

Carthage College is one of the featured colleges in my new book (click image for additional information):

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