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School of Arts and Sciences
Five-Year Dual Degree


Westminster’s 3–2 engineering program allows students to prepare for a career in the field of engineering while exploring broader interests in a liberal arts setting. You’ll begin your education at Westminster in a supportive environment designed to help you get the most out of your 3 years here. Then, you’ll complete your studies at one of Westminster's partnet schools, the University of Southern California or Washington University in St. Louis.

Who It's For

Westminster's Engineering program is designed for students who want to enhance and broaden their undergraduate education as a prelude to the focused work of engineering school, developing creative problem-solving and strong critical-thinking skills before taking on technical classes.

Key Benefits

  • Broadened undergraduate education through the liberal arts tradition of Westminster College and the focused work of an engineering school
  • Earn 2 bachelor degrees in 5 years
  • Personalized attention and discussion-based learning in intentionally small classes
  • Undergraduate research opportunities with faculty advisors who are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals

About the Program

What You'll Learn

  • Develop an understanding of the foundational concepts in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer programming that will serve as a foundation for your later engineering coursework.
  • Improve your written and oral communication skills with an emphasis on scientific language and technical information.
  • Attain proficiency in at least one computer-programming language.
  • Acquire the scientific problem-solving skills that will aid your future career in any selected engineering discipline.

Plan of Study

You will attend Westminster for approximately 3 years and then transfer to one of the partner universities for an additional 2 years of study under the dual degree program. When you successfully complete the requirements for this program, you will earn 2 degrees:

  • A Bachelor of Science or Arts majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, or Mathematics. (You may pursue other majors, but it may take you longer than 5 years to complete the 2 degrees)
  • A Bachelor of Science in an engineering discipline from either the University of Southern California or Washington University in St. Louis.

In order to transfer, you must maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA, meet the specific requirements of the partner university, and earn the recommendation of your program advisor.

Sample Courses

Physics for Scientists and Engineers

This one-year, calculus-based sequence introduces students to the world of physics. By using a workshop method, students learn how to use computer tools to analyze data and do mathematical modeling, while studying topics including Kinematics, Newton’s Laws of Motion, electricity, and magnetism.

Discrete Mathematics

Through this course, you will study the mathematical structures that deal with countable sets. You will investigate topics including logic, permutations, combinations, finite probability, sequences, and more.

Career Opportunities

Potential Careers

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Computer engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Industrial and systems engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Systems and science engineer

“When I first transferred out to USC, I wanted to see if my education at Westminster had prepared me properly for engineering. It turns out, my education at Westminster prepared me so well that I am now in the top 10th of my class in USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering. I was also recently accepted to USC’s Progressive Degree program, which allows accepted students to get a master's degree in one year.”

Gregory Dean ('13), physics, Astronautics and space technology engineering, USC
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