RMC’s Engineering major is a perfect fit for students interested in Civil, Mechanical, Aeronautical, or Biomedical Engineering.

The Engineering major includes both a rigorous series of foundation courses focused largely on Engineering Mechanics and a series of hands-on, project-based design and analysis courses in which students learn to apply the essential technical principles to a series of complex real-world problems.

The first Engineering majors graduated in May 2023 and the program has applied for ABET accreditation.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates will:

  1. Become practicing engineers in industry or government, or consultants in private practice; and/or will earn graduate or professional degrees.
  2. Become leaders or advance professionally within their respective organizations.
  3. Engage in professional development activities.
  4. Contribute to society through their professional activity.

Student outcomes

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Engineering (ENGR) Major enrollment and graduation numbers

Academic YearTotal EnrollmentDegrees Awarded

Engineering physics (EPHY) Major Graduation Numbers

Academic YearDegrees Awarded

Note: The Engineering Physics Major was approved by the faculty in 2012. It is particularly valuable for students who begin their engineering studies as sophomore or who wish to double-major.

Computing requirements

Randolph-Macon College Engineering does not have a specific laptop hardware requirement. Some students use PCs, while others use Macs. RMC’s Information Technology Services group is a “Dell shop”, meaning that Dell is the standard on campus, and that is the brand they are best equipped to maintain and service. Students, however, are welcome to choose what brand and operating system best fits their needs.

As part of the Engineering major, classes are taught using the Solidworks program. This is available in the lab and you are not required to have a laptop that runs it. HOWEVER, part of the license includes the opportunity for students to load Solidworks on their own computers for free.

The following computer specifications are recommended to run Solidworks 2021. If you are buying a new laptop for college, you may want to consider a computer that is at least this powerful:

  • Windows 10
  • 64-bit Operating System
  • 3.3GHz or faster processor clock speed
  • Core i7 or newer
  • >= 16GB of RAM

Course Sequence Flowcharts

The course sequence flowcharts for RMC’s Engineering and Engineering Physics majors can be found via downloadable links below. Please refer to the Randolph-Macon College academic catalog for up-to-date official graduation requirements.

File Notes:

  • Credits are shown in parentheses
  • Courses in ENGR, EPHY, PHYS, and MATH often require pre-requisites and should be taken in the order listed unless advised otherwise by a faculty member.
  • General Education course placements are examples. Students should meet with their advisor to discuss when to take each course.
  • Students who complete PHYS 151 during the sophomore year or who wish to double-major in another subject are encouraged to consider the Engineering Physics (EPHY) major.

Curriculum Questions

Questions regarding curriculum may be directed to the Head of Engineering Programs:

James McLeskey headshot

James T. McLeskey, Jr.

Professor, Head of Engineering Programs


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana
  • B.S., Physics, College of William and Mary

Phone: (804) 752-3212
Email: JamesMcLeskey@rmc.edu
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