Combined 3-2 Engineering

To offer the advantages of a combined liberal arts and engineering program, Willamette University has arrangements with Columbia University (New York, New York), the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California) and Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri), whereby a student may receive both a Bachelor of Arts from Willamette and a Bachelor of Science from the participating engineering school. A six-year combined program results in a Bachelor of Arts degree from Willamette and a Master's degree in engineering from Columbia.

After three years in residence at Willamette, during which time the student satisfies most requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree and takes prescribed courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics, he or she may qualify for transfer to Columbia University, University of Southern California or Washington University. At any of these engineering schools, the student spends two years in any one of the several curricula in engineering; at the end of five years, he or she will receive the Bachelor of Science in engineering from Columbia, Southern California or Washington University and the Bachelor of Arts degree from Willamette University.

Another arrangement is possible with the engineering school of Columbia University on a four-two basis. Under this plan a student completes the bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry, physics, or mathematics at Willamette University before taking the two years of engineering work.

The student then receives either a B.S. in Engineering or the Master of Science degree from Columbia University. These plans are available only in certain fields of engineering.
Basic Requirements for Admission to Engineering School

Each school has slightly different requirements for admission. Each engineering major may have different course requirements. The requirements listed below are a good starting point and further details may be found on the Web page of each engineering school. The links below will take you to each school's Web page.

Students must complete the math science courses listed below, make significant progress towards completing their Willamette University major, and complete their general education program. There is no required major for the 3-2 Combined degree program; however, if your Willamette major is not finished before going to an engineering school, courses will have to be transferred back to complete the major. These transferred courses must be acceptable to the Willamette major department.

Math and Science Courses Required by Engineering Schools*

Math: Calculus through Differential Equations, MATH 256
Physics: Introductory Physics I and II, PHYS 215 and PHYS 236
Chemistry: Introductory Chemistry I and II, CHEM 115 and CHEM 116
Computer Science: Programming Language course, CS 231

*Different engineering majors may require slightly different basic math and science courses for entrance. Please check the current requirements for your intended major at your intended school for a specific list.

Note: Columbia University requires a course in Economics. Washington University requires at least 6 semester hours of social science courses and 6 semester hours of humanities courses. In addition, 2 of these courses must be from the same department with one course at the upper level [300-400].

(One Willamette credit is equivalent to 4 semester hours.)

Helpful Links

If you can't find the information you need at the links below or if you need further clarification, you may contact Dr. Roberta Bigelow in the Physics Department.