Bryan College is adding an engineering program. (Image: MGNOnline)

Dayton’s Bryan College announced the addition of a four-year engineering program Tuesday.

“One of the major goals with this program is to provide students with the knowledge and resources to go into the mission field, both locally and globally, to make a difference in the world for Christ through engineering,” Director of Engineering Development Dr. Lyle Smith said in a prepared statement.

The program will be available at the start of the 2018 school year.


The new Bachelor of Science in engineering—which is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges—major will feature two program options in mechanical and civil engineering.

Students will also learn about manufacturing engineering, according to a news release.

To accommodate the program, Bryan officials plan to renovate sections of the third floor of Mercer Hall to offer classrooms, faculty offices and a conference room.

A separate maker space will also be added to offer students access to resources and equipment to construct class projects, according to a news release.

Bryan currently offers 25 accredited majors with 49 fields of study.

Bryan’s program will differentiate from other regional schools in that courses will be taught from a Christian worldview and will present information in a mission-focused context.

Bryan College President Dr. Stephen Livesay said in a prepared statement:

The engineering program is a wonderful opportunity for Bryan College to enable students the chance to live out our mission statement. This will enable them to work both in industries here in the United States, as well as in countries around the world. Doors are open in virtually any country to engineers who can assist with infrastructure needs and sanitation and clean water projects while sharing the gospel.

Prospective students interested in majoring in engineering are encouraged to apply now to Bryan to be able to start the program in 2018.