Our Distinctives

Since many recent high school graduates are undecided when it comes to selecting a major in college, our programs exhibit some measure of flexibility. First-year students trying to decide between computer science (CS) and computer engineering (Cp.E.) will be enrolled in at least two courses common to both programs. First-year students looking at either electrical engineering (EE) or Cp.E. as a major will be encouraged to take their first programming course with the Cp.E. and CS students. All first-year engineering students will take the same three freshman-level engineering courses as a part of their program.

The terms "hands-on" and "back-to-basics" are often used to describe the Cedarville program. At Cedarville you will see many of the practical aspects of an engineering education that have disappeared from other programs.

Admission Requirements for New Students

Students who excel in science and mathematics, enjoy solving real-life problems, and wish to serve others have the highest potential for careers in engineering and computer science. Entering students are required to have an ACT composite score of at least 22 (or an SAT of at least 1020) in order to declare a major in the department. We have also determined that incoming engineering students should present an ACT Math sub-score greater than 24 or an SAT Math sub-score greater than 590 to be successful engineering. To assist the incoming students who desire an engineering major but do not meet our identified math scores to succeed, such students will be identified as “Engineering” students for the first year rather than by one of the specific engineering degree programs.  Students identified as “Engineering” will receive closer academic monitoring during their first year and will be permitted to declare a specific engineering program major after successfully completing both Calculus I (MATH-1710) and Digital Logic Design (EGCP-1010) at Cedarville with a minimum grade of ‘C’.  We strongly encourage all students interested in engineering to read Engineering: Is it a four- or five-year degree program? which outlines the importance of being ready to enter Calculus I at the start of our engineering programs  as well as some options to help prepare for Calculus.

To prepare for engineering or computer science, we recommend that high school students take a college preparatory curriculum which includes:

  • 4 units of mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and advanced mathematics or precalculus)
  • 4 units of science (such as physical science, biology, chemistry, and physics)
  • 2 units of the same foreign language

Although not required, incoming students benefit from having some computer programming experience using a language such as VisualBasic, C++, or JAVA. Experience with spreadsheets and word processors is also helpful.

Retention Requirements

Our students must demonstrate proficiency in certain lower-level courses to advance into 3000- and 4000-level courses. Therefore, all students must earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 by the end of their sophomore year. In addition, each program within the department has its own specific retention requirements as follows:

Computer Engineering

To advance into the junior year, Cp.E. majors must earn a combined GPA of at least 2.0 in the following courses: EGCP-1010, EGGN-1110, EGEE-2010, EGME-1810-2510, CS-1210, -1220, - 2210, MATH-1710, -1720, -2740, -3110, and PHYS-2110, -2120.

Computer Science

In order to advance in the computer science program, CS majors must achieve a grade of at least a C- in each of the following courses: CS-1210, -1220, -2210 and MATH-2510.

Electrical Engineering

To advance into the junior year, EE majors must earn a combined GPA of at least 2.0 in the following engineering courses: EGCP-1010, EGGN-1110, EGEE-2010, and EGME-1810, -2510, - 2630.

In addition, EE majors must earn a combined GPA of at least 2.0 in the following cognate courses: CS-1210, MATH-1710, -1720, -2710, -2740, and PHYS-2110, -2120.

Mechanical Engineering

To advance into the junior year, ME majors must earn a combined GPA of at least 2.0 in the following engineering courses: EGCP-1010, EGGN-1110, EGEE-2050, and EGME-1810, -2050, -2530, -2630.

In addition, ME majors must earn a combined GPA of at least 2.0 in the following cognate courses: MATH-1710, -1720, -2710, -2740, and PHYS-2110, -2120.

Graduation Requirements

  • All engineerin majors must earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all major and cognate courses.
  • All engineering majors must take an assessment exam similar to the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

Curriculum Guides


We welcome transfer students. However, because of the sequential nature of an engineering curriculum, transfers between programs become progressively more difficult later in the sequence. Therefore, we recommend contacting us for guidance when considering transferring into our program.