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Engineering Dual Degree

In a society faced with increasingly complex technological and humanistic problems, a liberal arts education contributes to the development of engineers. Partnering with Columbia University in New York and Washington University in St. Louis, Davidson offers cooperative dual degree engineering programs.

You can attend Davidson for three or four years and, if accepted, attend the engineering school for the last two years. You are guaranteed admission to these two affiliated engineering schools if you complete the science and math prerequisites and achieve the requisite GPA.

Davidson academic departments, in consultation with the engineering advisor, will count some engineering courses toward senior year department course requirements. Upon successful completion of the prescribed courses in the dual degree program, you will receive bachelor's degrees from both Davidson and the engineering school.

To receive a Davidson degree under the cooperative dual degree plan you must:

  • Complete at Davidson all core requirements with at least a "C'' average.
  • Choose a Davidson major and complete a course of study for that major.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the requirements for graduation.
  • Graduate from one of the cooperating schools in an approved engineering curriculum.

The following links provide more specific information on the programs at Columbia University and Washington University:

4/2 Option

If you follow the 4/2 option, you will complete a normal Davidson degree program. The required science and math courses can be taken as electives or can be part of a Davidson major course of study.

Many prospective engineers elect to finish the B.S. by completing four years at Davidson and then earn a M.S. in engineering by completing two years at an engineering school. This option gives them a broader liberal arts background and also makes available almost any engineering school.

Admission to these programs is not guaranteed. If you plan to go this route, be guided by the catalog of the engineering school in which you are interested attending and complete a strong major in chemistry, physics, or possibly in mathematics.

3/2 Option

If you follow the 3/2 option, you will attend Davidson for three years and the engineering school for the last two years. Many of the required preparatory courses for the 3/2 option must be taken in proper sequence. It is wise, and for some schools and/or curricula essential, for a prospective 3/2 student to begin the program during the first semester at Davidson. For further information and assistance, contact the faculty 3/2 engineering advisor, Tim Gfroerer, Ph.D. in the Physics Department.