3/2 Engineering Program for Students Interested in Engineering
For students interested in pursuing engineering after Carleton, there are a number of options including what is popularly known as the 3-2 Engineering, Combined, or Dual-Degree Program. The 3-2 program allows students to spend three years at Carleton and two years at an engineering school receiving dual degrees, a B.A. from Carleton and a B.S. or M.S. in engineering from a partner engineering institution. We currently have formal partnerships with Columbia University and Washington University. These schools also offer 4-2 Engineering Programs, where students spend four years at Carleton and two years at the respective engineering school receiving a B.A. from Carleton and a B.S. or M.S. in engineering. Although many students enter Carleton with an interest in the 3-2 engineering program, the more popular route for Carleton students into engineering is to apply directly into an undergraduate or, more commonly, into a graduate engineering program of their choice after four years at Carleton.
Several curriculum guides have been provided to help students know which Carleton courses are appropriate to help them transition into engineering careers after Carleton. Students not interested in the formal dual degree programs should download the General Engineering Curriculum Guide, which suggests courses that you might want to add to your Carleton Transcript. None of the courses are required and the courses you select will depend on your major and engineering area(s) of interest. The pre-engineering advisor can help you decide which courses are more appropriate for your future goals.
For students interested in the 3-2 or 4-2 programs, the Columbia University and Washington University curriculum guides tell you which Carleton courses meet the specific course requirements for Columbia and Washington programs respectively. Students wishing to pursue these programs are strongly advised to meet with the pre-engineering advisor, who serves as the liaison for these programs, as early as possible in their Carleton careers. This is especially true for students interested in the 3-2 program. Since a Carleton BA is awarded upon the completion of this five year program, the student is expected to complete a modified major including the integrative exercise in one of four fields: chemistry, mathematics, computer science, or physics in three years. While Carleton's total credit and senior residency requirements are waived, the student is expected to meet all of the other graduation requirements. Therefore, students interested in the 3-2 program must carefully plan out the courses for their 3 years at Carleton ahead of time and arrange to meet with the pre-engineering advisor in their first year, if possible, to discuss their course plan.
Students who are specifically interested in the industrial engineering or operations research combined plan programs at Columbia should consult with the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Advisor in addition to the Pre-engineering Advisor.
Pre-engineering Advisor, 3-2/4-2 Program Liaison
- Department of Physics and Astronomy
- Olin 327
- x 4149
- To schedule a meeting with the pre-engineering adviser, please follow this link: https://moodle2012-13.carleton.edu/course/view.php?id=9663
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Advisor
- Department of Economics
- Willis 308