Engineering


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School of Arts and Sciences
Five-Year Dual Degree

Overview

Westminster's Engineering 3-2 Program

The 3-2 program enhances your preparation for a career in engineering by providing you with a broader educational background available at a liberal arts school. You will start your college career in the supportive environment of a small college, then complete engineering classes at one of our partner schools, the University of Southern California or Washington University in St. Louis.

Key Benefits

  • Enjoy small classes, personal connections with your professors and other students, and a rich liberal arts tradition while you begin your engineering preparation
  • Take advantage of more opportunities to participate in athletics and other extracurricular activities than at a large engineering school
  • Participate in undergraduate research opportunities early on
  • Work closely with the 3-2 advisor to ensure you are on track to meet your goals

How Long it Takes

Under the Engineering 3-2 program, most students attend Westminster College for three years and then apply to transfer for an additional two years of study at one of the affiliated engineering schools. However, some students may spend longer on either portion. In order to transfer, you must maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA (3.3 strongly preferred), meet the specific requirements for the partner university, and earn the recommendation of the 3-2 program advisor. Certain engineering fields require specific prerequisite courses that are not offered by Westminster and must be completed online or at another area school.

Many students find they are so happy at Westminster, they decide to stay and complete their undergraduate studies here. If this turns out to be your story, you may still enter the engineering field by attending a graduate program in engineering. Or you may have discovered a new passion with your Westminster major.

About the Program

Our Engineering 3-2 program is offered in conjunction with the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. You’ll take you foundational science and mathematics courses at Westminster, benefitting from our small classes and faculty dedicated to teaching undergraduates. You’ll also benefit from our engaging WCORE classes, which will give you a well-rounded base for your professional life. Once you transfer to an affiliated engineering program, you’ll delve head-first into a full load of engineering and technical courses, gaining the specific engineering experience you need.

For questions about the engineering program, contact Dr. Jonas D'Andrea.

What You'll Learn

  • Develop an understanding of the foundational concepts in calculus, physics, and chemistry
  • Broaden your knowledge of the world through your WCORE classes
  • Improve your written and oral communication skills, particularly for technical information
  • Gain proficiency in at least one computer programming language

Plan of Study

You’ll take courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer programming, providing a solid base for your later engineering coursework, as well as WCORE courses for breadth. As you move through the program, you’ll work carefully with the 3-2 advisor to plan your courses to match the requirements for the specific school and degree program you wish to transfer to.

Career Opportunities

Potential Careers

Depending on the engineering school you choose, you may have opportunities for a career in any of the following engineering fields.

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Astronautical Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Computer Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Industrial and Systems Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Systems & Science Engineer
When I first transferred out to USC, I wanted to see if my education at Westminster had prepared me properly for engineering or if I would be far behind the students who had gone straight into an engineering program at USC from high school. 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. The 3–2 Engineering program at Westminster prepares you to succeed in the world of engineering.
Gregory Dean, '13, B.S. Physics Westminster College, B.S. Astronautics and Space Technology Engineering from the University of Southern California

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