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After years of offering a successful Associate of Science in Engineering Studies degree, Southern Adventist University is adding a four-year program of its own in Fall 2023.

The new Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) program will provide students with a broad foundation in engineering principles while also allowing them to specialize in Computer, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering–concentrations chosen based on national student demand data, prospective student data, competitor analysis, and curricular and financial efficiency.

Additional concentrations, such as Civil or Chemical Engineering, may be offered in the future, depending on enrollment growth and student interest. More information is available on this webpage and in the corresponding brochure.

Together, we can help faculty and students enjoy a successful BSE program launch. Join us as we prayerfully pursue this $3.5 million project which includes new personnel, new equipment, building renovations, and a program endowment.

Total Funds Pledged and Raised for New BSE Program


Total Funds Required to Launch New BSE Program


“I am excited about being able to complete my engineering degree at Southern Adventist University. I’ve had some really good experiences here so far: wonderful professors who are always available to help me, great friends, and a solid spiritual environment. I’m looking forward to staying here and being one of the first BSE graduates from Southern!”  -Annaliese Haugen


Engineering courses will primarily be held in Lynn Wood Hall, space made available as departments moved to the new Bietz Center for Student Life.

Hickman Science Center (math/science classes)
Hickman Science Center (math/science classes)
Henry Kuhlman Mechanical Engineering Lab (rendering)
Henry Kuhlman Mechanical Engineering Lab (rendering)
Lynn Wood Hall (engineering classrooms, labs)
Lynn Wood Hall (engineering classrooms, labs)



Southern welcomes your support of its new BSE program! To date, funds supporting the $3.5 million BSE program launch have come from operations, private contributions, corporate donations, and a federal STEM grant. Southern is seeking additional gifts to cover the remaining expenses. Start-up costs include the hiring of new personnel, equipment purchases, building renovations, and a program endowment. The expectation is that this program will break even in academic year 2026-2027. Initial expenses include:


Henry KuhlmanImagine a state-of-the-art lab where engineering students research and learn using advanced technologies. Your gift toward a specially named space in the newly expanded School of Engineering and Physics will help make this a reality at Southern.

Henry Kuhlman, PhD, arrived on campus as a professor in 1968 fresh from graduate school—and is still teaching 55 years later! His instructional work with physics and introductory engineering courses has contributed to the successful training of countless professionals who began their education at Southern. To honor Kuhlman’s legacy, we are naming an important departmental area in his honor: The Henry Kuhlman Mechanical Engineering Lab (see rendering above).

We invite you to celebrate his investment in Southern students. Gifts of support for the Henry Kuhlman Mechanical Engineering Lab can be made online.

“The Bachelor of Science in Engineering program is a wonderful addition to Southern’s academic offerings. As a profession that emphasizes designing practical solutions for the benefit of others, engineering naturally fits with Southern’s mission of equipping students to embody professional excellence and pursue Spirit-filled lives of service.”  

-Tyson Hall, Dean, School of Engineering and Physics

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