Natural Sciences and Engineering Dual Degree

Earn a Degree from Belhaven:

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Earn an Engineering Degree from Univ of MS:



Dr. John Estes, Chair of Mathematics

Belhaven has partnered with The University of Mississippi to offer dual degree programs in the natural sciences and engineering. This partnership gives students the unique opportunity to receive a Christ-centered liberal arts education and earn a degree in biology, chemistry, computer science, or mathematics from Belhaven. An additional degree can be earned from the University of Mississippi in Chemical, Civil, General (Business Administration, Pre-Law, or Pre-Med Emphasis), or Mechanical Engineering.

Upon applying for admission, students will select a major at Belhaven in biology, chemistry, computer science or mathematics. Students will spend the first three years at Belhaven, where they are enrolled in general liberal arts courses (including critical path math and science coursework) taught from a Christian worldview. In addition, sophomore level engineering courses will be provided on the Belhaven campus. Candidates for the dual degree program will then enter the University of Mississippi for two additional years to complete the remaining courses to earn a bachelor's degree in engineering. Maximum efficiency in transfer course equivalency between institutions has been firmly established for the benefit of students in this dual degree program. The successful student will earn two degrees upon fulfillment of all degree requirements of both programs and, as a result, be an alumnus of both Belhaven University and the University of Mississippi.

What will I study?

Engineering students study a variety of subjects – notably mathematics and sciences. The specific engineering courses taken at Belhaven are Engineering Physics, Engineering Graphics, Engineering Statics, Engineering Thermodynamics, and Engineering Special Topics.

What can I do with a major in Engineering?

Most engineering majors concentrate on a particular specialty, supplemented by courses in both science and mathematics.  There are many fields you can choose from including, electrical, mechanical, industrial, safety, chemical, aerospace, petroleum, biomedical, ocean and mining just to name a few.

Those with a degree in engineering have access to many industries.  You can choose from many different types of engineering functions that include design, analysis, test, production, operations and sales. Every industry you can list today need engineers as part of their everyday business and operations.  Examples of just a few are: transportation, energy, entertainment, medicine, consumer products, agriculture, telecommunications, computer, power, shipping and food processing.

Getting an engineering degree can open the door to other professions as well. The process of becoming an engineer involves learning how to understand a problem, devise solutions and then be able to implement them.  Engineering students learn how to apply their knowledge to become problem solvers. This type of thinking process is critical to today’s business world and almost every profession.

What kind of opportunities will I have at Belhaven as an engineering major that will contribute toward my career?

There are about 200 types of engineering degrees. Here are just some of the opportunities available for engineers.

  • Chemical Engineering
    • Agricultural, Biological, Environmental, Food, Materials and Plastics
  • Civil Engineering
    • Building, Construction and Water Resources
  • Mechanical Engineering
    • Aerospace, Automotive, Biomedical, and Naval

What kind of scholarships are available for Engineering students at Belhaven?

In addition to our generous institutional scholarship opportunities, students who choose the dual degree Engineering program are eligible for The Otho Johnson Engineering Scholarship at the University of Mississippi. This endowment, funded by the Dorothy Day Johnson Living Trust, gives Belhaven students first priority when transferring to the University of Mississippi for the final two years of the dual degree program.

Matthew Sinclair - Engineer Major at Belhaven University
Murray Robertson - Engineer Major at Belhaven University