Engineering Major

Carroll students inspect a water supply well in Kawango Village, Uganda.

Engineering for Life: Engineering at Carroll College

The Field 

Engineering is a dynamic field at the cutting edge of bringing science and mathematics to solve real-world problems. Worldwide, engineers work to improve lives by solving technical problems in structures, transportation, environmental protection, water resources, energy, mechanics and machinery, medicine, public health, electricity and electronics, computers and communications, and chemical processes. Among the many benefits of pursuing a career in engineering is the broad spectrum of specialties from which you can choose.

Carroll's Engineering Programs

Carroll offers a flexible Bachelor of Science degree program in Civil Engineering that allow you to customize and design a career path that aligns with your  interests and goals. In both programs you’ll find expert faculty, modern computer and communictations infrastructure, fully-equipped engineering labs and classrooms, and an emphasis on service. The Civil Engineering program at Carroll is are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (

You can also consider the Dual Degree (3-2) Program that Carroll offers in affiliation with other engineering colleges and universities.

Why Should You Study Engineering at Carroll?

At Carroll, we refer to our program as "Engineering Plus." When you study in Carroll's Catholic liberal arts environment, you learn to: develop and express informed opinions, effectively communicate complex ideas and concepts, and better understand the diversity of people and their environments. Developing these skills gives Carroll engineering graduates a key advantage in their professional careers. 

Why else should you choose to study engineering at Carroll?

  • With a low 12:1 Student-to-Teacher Ratio, students get to know their professors who focus on teaching and advising 
  • Graduates consistently earn competitive jobs and are accepted to top graduate schools.
  • Internships and research opportunities at local and national locations
  • Abundant local, national, and international service opportunities 
  • Live on campus for convenience, better learning, making friends, and having fun
  • Montana offers a wide variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation and adventure

Consistently ranked the #1 Regional College in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Carroll offers a solid technical engineering education framed in a strong liberal arts environment. Our faculty are seasoned engineers who present engineering challenges in a way that reflects the impact they have, not just in a classroom or lab, but also in the real world. You’ll learn in small, engaging classroom settings in which your professor will know your strengths, interests, and goals, and where you’ll work closely with your fellow students.  

You can join our chapter of Engineers Without Borders and work on engineering service projects in Guatemala, Mexico, Saint Lucia, and Uganda, as early as your freshman year. You can join our chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers and participate in the annual concrete canoe and steel bridge design competitions, mentor local high school students in engineering activities, and meet with engineering professionals and Carroll alumni about strategies and opportunities for a challenging and rewarding professional engineering career. 

Preparation for Incoming Students Interested in Studying Engineering at Carroll

For students who are coming to Carroll to study engineering, there are a few things you should consider and prepare for prior to arriving on campus:

  • Nearly all engineering programs require a Windows-based personal computer. We strongly suggest students arrive with a Windows-based laptop (a desktop computer is OK, but there are many courses in which laptops are used in the classroom). Apple iMacs or MacBooks are not compatible with the engineering software we use.
  • You will need a scientific calculator. There may be some applications in which a solver function is useful, but we do not require it. 
  • Good time management skills are essential to the success of an engineering student. Students should be able to use some form of a calendar or appointment book (digital or hard copy). Planning ahead and organizing assignments will be necessary once school starts.
  • An upbeat and "can do!" attitude. We know this sounds corny, but at some point in your academic career, you will be overwhelmed and feeling defeated. Every engineering student who ever lived has experienced this at least once in college. Perseverance is key, as well as...
  • ...a willingness to seek help when help is needed. We are here to help you succeed. Professors, tutors, advisors, Carroll Wellness staff, and your own peers are available to help you when things get tough. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of maturity and an indication that your drive to success is more powerful than any fear you might have. 

Thanks for choosing Carroll! We think our engineering programs are pretty special and we are excited that you will be part of it.

The Possibilities after You Graduate

As an engineering graduate from Carroll, you’ll be in a position to earn an excellent salary in a high-demand profession, help solve problems facing people and communities around the world, and pursue an advanced degree in engineering or other disciplines. Our recent graduates have entered the workforce, joined the Peace Corps, been accepted to top graduate programs, started their own businesses, moved into management and executive positions, and enjoyed fulfilling careers in private engineering consulting firms, manufacturing, construction, and government agencies.