Division of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Denise McCollim
Dean of Arts and Sciences

The purpose of this division is to provide a traditional liberal arts education that prepares students to function as Christian professionals in a variety of career settings in their chosen field of study.

This division comprises the engineering, humanities, natural sciences, and nursing departments of Pensacola Christian College, each of which offers undergraduate degrees. The nursing department also offers a graduate degree.

Dr. Joel Porcher, Chair

The engineering department is dedicated to teaching fundamental laws of God’s creation, manifest through science and mathematics, as building blocks of a solid engineering education. Understanding the forces at work within nature enables man to control and direct these forces to achieve human goals. While a firm theoretical foundation is laid, a strong emphasis is placed on practicality and application of principles for solving design problems in preparation for engineering employment.

The baccalaureate degree in engineering at Pensacola Christian College is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org).

ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Science Degree


The purpose of the engineering major is to develop Christian engineers who are prepared academically to be viable professionals in either the mechanical or electrical engineering field.

Program Educational Objectives: Within the first five years after graduation, our engineering alumni are expected to make measurable contributions in the following spiritual and professional objectives:

  • Entry-Level Employment—apply engineering knowledge, professional ethics, and Christian principles in the workplace
  • Christian Ministry—support a local church and other Christian ministries
  • Leadership—demonstrate Christian leadership through career, church, or community opportunities
  • Lifelong Learning—advance intellectually through activities such as continuing education or industry certification

Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the engineering program will demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Technical Knowledge—solve technical problems by applying God's laws of the physical creation to determinate situations modeled by calculus, differential equations, chemistry, physics, and the engineering sciences;
  • Experimentation—investigate hypotheses empirically by laboratory experiments or computer simulations involving data collection and evaluation and open-ended design;
  • Engineering Design—develop an engineering solution that meets requirements and is safe, economical, sustainable, and practical for a component, assembly, process, or system;
  • Teamwork—integrate individual responsibility, biblical values, and collaborative synthesis in laboratory team scenarios and in multidisciplinary project teams;
  • Problem Solving—solve engineering problems by modeling systems, computing results, and validating solutions;
  • Ethics—assess engineering rules of professional and ethical responsibility in light of the Golden Rule of Jesus Christ and other biblical principles;
  • Communication—communicate effectively through engineering critiques, reports, and oral presentations in technical courses;
  • Breadth—assess the nontechnical impact of historic or contemporary engineering solutions from spiritual, social, economic, national, global, and environmental perspectives;
  • Intellectual Growth—plan personal goals for continuing engineering education and lifelong learning, such as application for professional membership, technical certification, advanced education, or licensing;
  • Sensitivity—judge benefits and needs by examining spiritual, social, political, and business aspects of contemporary issues; and
  • Current Practice—apply viable modern solution techniques, laboratory equipment, online resources, and computational tools available to engineering practitioners.


The purpose of the electrical engineering concentration is to promote the cause of Christ by providing engineering education in a Christian and traditional, liberal-arts setting to develop undergraduates who are biblical in their philosophical worldview, Christlike in their character, and exemplary in their practice of electrical engineering.

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the electrical engineering concentration will also demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Analysis—analyze electrical and electronic devices, circuits, and systems;
  • Design-Integrate—perform detailed design of electrical, electronic, and digital devices and systems; and
  • Stochastic Analysis—apply probability and statistics to analyze electrical and electronic components, signals, or systems.


The purpose of the mechanical engineering concentration is to promote the cause of Christ by providing engineering education in a Christian and traditional, liberal-arts setting to develop undergraduates who are biblical in their philosophical worldview, Christlike in their character, and exemplary in their practice of mechanical engineering.

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the mechanical engineering concentration will also demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Mechanical Design—apply calculus and differential equations, basic science, and engineering principles to modeling, analysis, design, and realization of mechanical engineering components, systems, or processes; and
  • Integrated Design—solve open-ended design problems in the mechanical engineering disciplines of HVAC and Refrigeration, Mechanical Systems and Materials, and Thermal and Fluids Systems.

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High School Preparation

Modern engineering education demands much specific high school preparation. Ideally, the beginning engineering student should have a good understanding of basic physical sciences, a highly developed ability in mathematics, and competence to read rapidly with comprehension. Minimum adequate preparation includes 2 units of algebra and 1 unit each of plane geometry, advanced mathematics (trigonometry and analytical geometry or precalculus), chemistry, and physics. While prior computer knowledge is helpful, it is not required.

Students not prepared to enter directly into the engineering curriculum will be able to make up certain deficiencies. In this case, time required to complete an engineering degree could be expected to increase.

Residence Requirements

All students in this program are required to be full-time students taking a minimum of 12 semester hours. First consideration for acceptance into the program will be given to residence hall students. PCC does not provide residence hall living space for married students or their families.

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