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What ABET Accreditation Means

Accreditation is key. It means our program upholds stringent quality standards. ABET (www.abet.org) is the recognized accreditor for programs such as ours. Its stamp of approval means you'll get a great education from us.

OUR BIOENGINEERING DEGREE

Interested in our Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Bioengineering? It's not ABET Accredited, and it's not for you if you want to be a professional engineer. But it's a great springboard into postgraduate study if you're planning on a career in bioengineering, medicine, dentistry, public health, or physiology.

(Find out more about Bioengineering on the WWU Website.)

YOU HAVE LOTS OF OPTIONS. WHY US?

Your intelligence and skill plus our knowledge and quality learning environment will combine to make you the best engineer you can be. Our quality goes even further than the liberal arts core curriculum that broadens and deepens your engineering degree, the extra-curricular activities that challenge your real-world problem-solving abilities, and the available Honors Program that rewards hard work. Based on student feedback, here's what we know will give you an advantage in the engineering profession:

1. YOUR EDUCATION IS OUR FOCUS.

At most universities, professors divide their time between teaching, research, and publishing. You've heard the phrase "publish or perish"? At WWU, our teachers aren't pressured to place research and publication ahead of you. That means they can have incredible office hours. For some professors, it means study parties at their homes. Yes, you read that correctly. At. Their. Homes.

2. YOU GET LOTS OF FACE TIME WITH PROFESSORS.

At many nationally ranked universities, the professors are too busy chasing prestige to teach, so they have underqualified teaching assistants do the actual teaching. As Brian Roth, one of our engineering graduates and new WWU teacher says, "A world-class reputation for research does not imply world-class teaching." At WWU, however, our class sizes are small, and you get really generous individual contact with professors who are expert teachers. This makes a huge difference in how well you understand what you're taught. (Ask any current engineering student.)

3. WWU PROFESSORS CARE ABOUT YOUR SUCCESS.

A student in an upper division class started sleeping late and missing class. One day the entire class trooped over to his dorm room to wake him up. That student ended up passing the class, thanks to a professor who refused to allow him to fail. We believe ours is one of the few universities in the nation where something like that could happen.

4. YOU GET A BETTER GROUNDING IN THE MATERIAL.

For more than 60 years, a WWU engineering diploma and solid education have meant the same thing. Recently, a senior student interviewed at a manufacturing and design firm. The engineers there were surprised at what he knew—well beyond what they find from other universities.

5. YOU LEARN IN A CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENT.

Engineers grapple with moral and ethical dilemmas often during their careers. Studying engineering in an environment where questions of spirituality and morality are important—and where professors are committed Adventist Christians—makes a huge difference.

6. YOU GET AWESOME GRAD-SCHOOL-LEVEL LAB ACCESS.

Engineering lab access at WWU is over the top—$1,000,000 worth of new equipment, unlimited access via keycode after approval, rapid prototyping, personal projects permitted. No drooling over equipment that is limited only to grad students. Some students say that lab access is their favorite perk—it could be yours. And you could become a lab wizard even before graduate school.

7. FIRMS AND GRAD SCHOOLS WILL BE INTERESTED IN YOU.

Major corporations often contact us to find out about our graduates. So do top-level grad schools. It seems that when they see Walla Walla University on a transcript or résumé, they discover that the person behind that piece of paper is incredibly qualified. We're very proud of our graduates, and with good reason.