We currently offer a degree in general 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.

We have recently updated our engineering curriculum to better align with accreditation requirements in General Engineering. We recently completed our Program Self-Study and submitted a Readiness Review Request to begin the accreditation process through ABET , the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.  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. 

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:

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


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