About Us

Mission Statement

"Preparing engineering students of competence and character, with a Christian worldview who are called to serve, equipped to lead and sent to engage the world with their lives and the appropriate use of technology."

CBU College of Engineering Distinctives

A caring, Christ-centered, learning community.

In practice this means we encourage and facilitate a place where each person cares as much about their fellow classmates' success as their own. Taking Christ's attitude of service into the classroom yields an environment where students will learn important things from each other and industry representatives as well as from their professors. Learning is a "holy" activity that is liberating, challenging, fun and equips one for life of service. "God uses prepared people."

Both "excellent" and "average" students will have opportunities for growth.

The true test of an excellent program is not how many A+ students are sent on to top graduate schools, (Although, we have had our share of those including MIT, Oregon Graduate Institute, Penn State, Stanford, University of Colorado, University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, etc.), rather, can a program take an "average C to B student" and produce a very good engineer. A+ students are made better engineers by being around and both teaching and learning from students with different capabilities and strengths other than their own. More "average" students can achieve amazing things when their strengths and weaknesses are identified early and they have an opportunity to contribute with their strengths and receive additional attention in their areas of weakness. A recent Cambridge study highlighted a controversial fact: expertise is developed not born. One former student of the dean who had a "D" in his first year of engineering mathematics received personal help and is now the head engineer at a company producing state of the art supercomputers that fit in a briefcase.

Hands on, team oriented design projects all four years.

Starting with a design project in their freshman year and culminating with a year long, cross disciplinary, industry supervised capstone design project their senior year, all of our students will be able to practice their passion to work with things and not just ideas. An emphasis will be on team projects, which in order to be successful will require students to learn how to communicate and to draw out the abilities of each person on the team.

Required internships with industry or a non-profit organization.

One of the most important parts of your college training will be the learning that you do in a real engineering job. You will have a special course to prepare you for this "first engineering job." Although the school maintains relationships with many industries in the area that offer internships and will facilitate your finding an internship wherever you are from, ultimately the responsibility will be yours. Your official internship will be the summer of your junior year, although other opportunities may occur for you to work in industry. You will be required to turn in an executive summary of your work to your boss and present your work experience to your peers in the fall following your work. Your work performance (both technical and soft engineering skills) will be assessed by your boss. Previous internship programs under the dean have led to the average interns evaluation score to be 4.44 out of 5 as determined by their bosses.

The mathematics required for engineering is taught just in time, in context, with hands on labs.

Math is taught using engineering applications, by people who understand the teaching of math in the context of engineering. Math concepts are taught just-in- time as part of the core engineering and physics classes and are reinforced by hands on labs.

Training in project management and an exposure to the business side of engineering.

Industrial representatives continue to emphasize that they wish new engineers had more project management experience. A former Boeing project manager that worked with me in Seattle will be continuing his work here at CBU. Engineering students in their junior year will be working with and co-mentoring business students. In addition, our goal is that eventually all students in our program will develop one of their own creative ideas and go through the process to receive a provisional patent.

Emphasis on both soft and hard engineering skill sets.

An engineering degree tells an employer that you have learned how to learn (thus, you are teachable) and that you have persevered. However, they will most often hire you based on your "soft" engineering skill sets, namely: your ability to communicate (oral and written), your ability to relate to and get along with other people on a team, your willingness to learn new things and take initiative, your attitudes towards people and work, etc.- in short not what you know but who you are as a person. During your sophomore year we will place an emphasis on developing a heart and mind for engineering as service. This will serve as a foundation for a small group discussion of leadership, emotional intelligence and global awareness topics during your junior year. You will be required to participate in and facilitate these groups and put into practice the things you discuss on your numerous team projects. You will have numerous opportunities to improve your writing through the use of executive summaries, developing project specifications, and project documentation.

This soft engineering skill set development will not replace becoming technically competent. All students will be required to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering online practice exam in order to graduate.

All students will have a cross cultural experience (ISP or semester abroad, ESP, Capstone)

This can be achieved several ways: participating in an International or Engineering Service Project (ISP or ESP), choosing a senior capstone project with cross cultural emphasis, taking ICS405 (Marketplace Strategies for Global Advancement) with an engineering final thesis or an approved study abroad.

Having spent almost two years in India as a tentmaker in the "Silicon Valley of Asia" as well as a participant in student led missions projects in Brazil and the Dominican Republic the current dean understands the value of engineering in the global context and the importance of becoming globally aware. Currently opportunities are being developed in China, India, Korea, Rwanda, the Caribbean and Central America.

All students will develop and maintain an electronic portfolio.

This portfolio will include samples of their academic work, a current resume, their reflections on the CBU mission statement, and departmental goals. This will be an organizing medium and allow the student to market themselves at a professional level upon graduation.

Financial Information for Prospective Engineering Students at CBU

Federal Pell Grant: $400-$4050 per year based on financial need as determined by FAFSA.

Cal Grant A: $9708 per year for California residents who qualify based on GPA and financial criteria. To be considered students need to submit a FAFSA and GPA verification by March 2. The amount is subject to change pending state budget approval.

CBU academic scholarships: 3.75 GPA and 1100 SAT or 24 ACT = $3900 per year.
3.3-3.74 GPA and 1020 SAT or 21 ACT = $3200 per year. (SAT scores are Math plus critical reading).

CBU grant: GPA and financial need as determined by FAFSA.
2.5-2.99 GPA (up to $1750), 3.0-3.49 GPA (up to $3000), 3.5-4.0 GPA (up to $3500)

Other CBU scholarships exist for music, sports, visual arts, speech/debate, drama and minister's kin. Contact the CBU Admissions office at 1(877) 228-8866 for details or contacts.

Engineering scholarships:
Academic based (ACT or SAT test scores)
Awarded by the dean on an annual basis.
"Stackable" - in addition to other scholarships at CBU (not subject to the limit like music and sports)
Homeschoolers are encouraged to apply (based on test scores only).

Procedure: After acceptance to CBU contact the engineering dean by email.
Above a 1200 SAT (math and critical reading) or 26 ACT are awarded as they come in. The rest must wait until June to receive final word. Preference is given to those that are accepted to CBU by January 15th.

Note: Engineering students frequently find internships during the summer which pay considerably above the minimum wage (10-15$/hr). In their junior and senior years they often work for companies part time while going to school. This combination can offset a lot of their college expenses. Remember engineering starting salaries are in the $45-55,000 range.

For further information, contact Dr. Anthony Donaldson, dean of the College of Engineering at (951) 343-4841 or adonaldson@calbaptist.edu.

Full Ride Scholarships are available (tuition, fees, room and board) for eligible applications with Army and Air Force ROTC. Army ROTC is located on campus and Air Force ROTC has a detachment at Cal State San Bernardino (less than 30 miles away) which serves students from CBU. Engineering majors are highly sought after. For more information contact Army: SFC Jay Villasenor (951) 343-4254 jvillasenor@calbaptist.edu; Air Force: Captain Stephen Mahoney (909) 537-7322 smahoney@csusb.edu.

CBU's College of Engineering Goals

  1. To be a school that reflects the institutional commitment of fulfilling its God ordained role in the great commission.
  2. To be a school that is sensitive to the Holy Spirit and thus models a globally aware and engaging Christ like community to all of its constituents.
  3. To be a school that produces graduates of competence and character who are informed by the Christian worldview and thus are called to serve, equipped to lead and sent to engage the world with their lives and the appropriate use of technology.
  4. To be a school that provides an excellent dynamic curriculum taught by highly competent and caring faculty.
  5. To be a school that plays a decisive role in strategically motivating young people to pursue engineering and science as a vocation.
  6. To be the school of choice for Christian engineering student prospects worldwide beginning with California.
  7. To be the school of choice for new Christian faculty and staff in the field of engineering who are called to the Christian academic environment either as employees or while on Sabbatical.
  8. To be the school of choice for hiring and for support from individuals, businesses and organizations who share our values and want to help develop and/or who need competent, personable, and value centered engineering graduates.

CBU's College of Engineering Program Objectives

We believe that achievement and ongoing development of all of the engineering program objectives are dependent upon a thorough understanding of the Christian worldview and its implications and relevance for the individual and their interaction with and service to humanity. Hence our first goal is foundational to all of the rest.

Our graduates will have a thorough understanding of the Christian worldview and its implications and relevance for humanity.

Our graduates will have coherent responses from a Christian perspective to the four worldview questions: 'Who am I?', 'Where am I?', 'What is wrong with the world?', and 'What is the solution?' They will understand the impact of the answers to these questions on one's daily life as well as one's role in society. Specifically, the graduate will appreciate the value of the following: maintaining a vibrant relationship with God as revealed in Christ, engaging the culture with purpose and discernment, and having quality relationships of integrity characterized by an attitude of service. Furthermore, he or she will be aware of the ways in which Christianity relates to the engineering profession. For instance, he or she will grasp the ways in which Christianity could or should inform the choices of an individual engineer or the profession as a whole.

Our graduates will be competent in the core disciplines of engineering and progressing toward technical excellence.

CBU engineering graduates will understand and be able to apply knowledge representing all of the foundational areas of engineering including mathematics and physical sciences. Graduates will be able to design engineering systems at a level appropriate for a beginning professional engineer. They will have demonstrated the ability to apply knowledge from a variety of areas to solving engineering problems. Moreover, they will have more developed mastery of knowledge in a sub-area of their choice as it relates to their particular degree.

Our graduates will recognize the need for and have an ability to engage in lifelong learning.

Engineering is a dynamic field, with technologies and methods changing frequently. Consequently, it is imperative that we will seek to provide students with the tools and the mindset needed to stay current. We will intentionally emphasize that learning to learn is as important as what they learn; this will be done by showing that the discipline and practice required to succeed in our courses strengthen their ability to learn and apply new things. We also will strongly encourage students to join the ASCE, IEEE or ASME as a way to be exposed to the wider profession. We will also promote the benefits of taking the FE exam and setting a goal to take and pass the PE exam as soon as they qualify. 

Our graduates will exhibit servant leadership skills.

CBU engineering graduates will be effective communicators and adept at leading teams and projects in a way that supports the goals of all people involved. Their attitude will be characterized by service. They will be able to build strong teams by providing solid and competent leadership while seeking to strengthen and encourage their teammates. CBU graduates will be well-prepared to serve as reliable, ethical and dedicated workers, working beyond the call of duty if necessary to achieve the goals of their team.

Our graduates will demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary issues.

We will be intentional about bringing social issues into the engineering learning process. We will emphasize that being technically capable of doing something does not necessarily mean that it should be done, because moral and ethical issues related to a technology should also be considered. We hope to lead students to believe that they have a societal obligation regarding the engineering work they do. They should be aware of how technology has both positive and negative cultural impacts, so they can evaluate whether or not a technology is appropriate for a given situation.

Our graduates will understand and be sensitive to the impact of engineering solutions in a global/societal/community context.

Our graduates will always ask questions about the appropriateness and sustainability of applying an engineering solution to a problem. They will be informed about the qualities and characteristics of the people that will be using the technologies they develop. They will be forthright and honest about the consequences of developing or applying a new technology. We will encourage involvement in student chapters of Habitat for Humanity, GIVE (sustainability), and Engineers without Borders.

Our graduates will be prepared to be successful in a variety of postgraduate experiences which could include employment in industry, graduate school, missions, medicine and business.

Our students will have the necessary background needed to succeed in a variety of career options. They will be well-prepared in the core disciplines of engineering as well as communication techniques, business skills, leadership and teaming abilities, and interpersonal skills. We expect our graduates, as a whole, to be successfully involved in business, academics, Christian ministry, and medical fields.