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U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering



The U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University will be internationally recognized for excellence in interdisciplinary engineering and computing education and research.


The mission of the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering is to produce graduates and community leaders in selected engineering and computing disciplines with superior technical competence and professional skills to meet the engineering and computing challenges of Southwest Florida and beyond. This is accomplished in an entrepreneurial and innovative educational and research environment that values diversity, service, integrity, leadership, and collaborations.


Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University was originally established as the School of Engineering in Fall 2005 and became the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering (WCE) in August 2011.  The WCE is located in Holmes Hall, a building that was specifically designed for student-centered teaching of engineering and computing courses in an active and collaborative learning environment. The College currently has 30 faculty and staff and over 850 students and offers undergraduate engineering degree programs in Bioengineering, Civil engineering, Environmental engineering, and Software engineering (as well as an undergraduate degree in computer science for students who were on campus before Fall 2011). 

The BS in Bioengineering, BS in Civil Engineering, and BS in Environmental Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,  We will apply to have the Software Engineering degree accredited after the first students graduate with the BS in Software Engineering in May 2015.  The BS in Computer Science is being phased out with the last students expected to graduate by 2014.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook for our engineering degree programs is among the best with 72 percent growth in projected employment for Bioengineering (also called biomedical engineering), 24 percent in Civil Engineering, 31 percent in Environmental Engineering, and 32 percent in Software Engineering between 2008 and 2018.  Projected job growth in Software Engineering should result in 295,000 new jobs in this field!


Come visit us in our Administrative Office, 208 Holmes Hall (HE) -- or our Advising Office, 207 Holmes Hall !

Phone: 239-590-7390

To schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor in the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering,
please call (239) 590-1445.