Physics & Engineering Department

Physics & Engineering Department


Introduction to the Department

Physics is concerned with basic questions about the structure and behavior of the physical universe: the description and causes of motion, the nature of energy and energy changes in systems, the interactions between particles, the relationship between the macroscopic behavior of a system and its microscopic parts. It is both a foundation for understanding other sciences, such as astronomy, chemistry and biology, and a source of practical knowledge used by the engineering disciplines which promote technological advances.

Engineering is concerned with using the tools of science and mathematics to solve real world problems.  It is intrinsically interdisciplinary, involving knowledge from the natural sciences, computer science, and mathematics and informed by an understanding of the social and cultural context in which a problem solution must be provided. 

We offer majors in engineering, engineering physics, and physics and minors in engineering and physics. Engineering students can earn the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree within four years on our Crete campus or participate in our Dual Degree Engineering Program, which allows earning a bachelors of science degree in physics from Doane and a bachelors of engineering from any ABET accredited college of engineering.  For additional information on the dual degree program, see the Pre-engineering Page.

Additional information about the department, its programs, and its students can be found in the links on the left.

Department of Physics & Engineering Mission Statement

The Doane Department of Physics and Engineering is committed to improving health and sustainability, increasing technological awareness, and advancing engineering and physics education and technology in a multidisciplinary setting for the Crete community, the state of Nebraska, and the future world. We look to provide solutions for both business and community needs, while ensuring students' education is enhanced by real-world problem solving. The future of STEM education relies on a collaborative effort between industry and academia to provide the next generation of physicists and engineers with the skills, knowledge, professionalism, and networking ability necessary to thrive long into their lives.

Enrollment and Graduate Data - Engineering

Year # of Freshmen # of Sophomores # of Juniors # of Seniors # of Graduates
2019 24 22 11 6 1
2018 28 16 6 1 0
2017 22 12 1 0 0
2016 22 0 0 0 0