Engineering 3+2 Program Requirements
- Jonas D'Andrea
Westminster offers a 3+2 Engineering Program in conjunction with the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, California (USC), and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Students who successfully complete the requirements for this program will earn two degrees:
- A Bachelor of Science or Arts with a major either in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, or Mathematics. (Students may pursue other majors, but it may take them longer than 5 years to complete the two degrees.)
- A Bachelor of Science in an engineering discipline from either Washington University or USC.
The 3+2 program is perfect for the student who wants to enhance and broaden their undergraduate education as a prelude to the focused work of engineering school. In all their pre-engineering classes, students receive the benefits of Westminster's small class sizes and tradition of teaching excellence. Westminster's math and science programs offer "learning communities" that couple courses like math and biology and utilize group-based, hands-on learning. Moreover, students often develop close nurturing relationships with faculty and their peers at Westminster that might not happen at a larger school.
Under the 3+2 program, a student attends Westminster College for approximately three years and then transfers to either the University of Southern California (USC) or Washington University for an additional two years of study in the selected engineering discipline.
- As a Westminster first-year, students must meet entrance requirements for USC or Washington University.
- The 3+2 program advisor at Westminster College must recommend them. (To be considered for this recommendation a students must satisfy all the program requirements listed below, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00, and maintain a 3.00 average in the major courses.)
- Students must complete at least four semesters of full-time study at Westminster before transferring to the engineering school.
- Students must have completed 12 upper division credits in their major prior to transfer. Students who complete the 3+2 program by transferring to either USC or Washington University of St. Louis automatically have the Westminster residency requirement waived. (Westminster requires that the last 36 hours of course work be completed at Westminster.)
- Students must file a Leave of Absence Request with the Registrar’s Office.
Fields of Engineering Offered by the University of Southern California and Washington University:
|University of Southern California||Washington University of St. Louis|
|Chemical/Materials Science||Computer Science|
|Industrial and Systems Engineering||System Science & Engineering|
*After successful completion of both portions of the program the student is awarded degrees from both institutions.
Students in this program are encouraged to meet with the 3+2 program advisor at Westminster College during their first year to ensure satisfaction of all the requirements for their chosen field of engineering during their time at Westminster College and to learn about the coursework that will be required during their two years at the university. Students must complete all their WCore requirements and the following set of engineering core courses:
|Requirement Description||Credit Hours||Prerequisites|
|I. Required Core Courses||48|
|II. Additional classes that may be required, depending on the field of engineering chosen, include:|
Sample Student Timetable
In order for the student to complete the dual degree program in five years, it is important to follow closely the timetable set up by the advisor. The following is a sample timetable for a student majoring in Physics at Westminster and desiring a dual degree in Electrical Engineering. A particular student's course schedule will depend upon their prior coursework, their major at Westminster, the desired engineering discipline, and the specific requirements of the engineering school.*
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|Year 1: First-Year See the 3+2 advisor**||
MATH 201 Calculus I
MATH 202 Calculus II
|Year 2: Sophomore Review program with advisor||
MATH 203 Multivar. Calculus
WCSAM 203 Linear Algebra
|Year 3: JuniorReview program with advisor. At the end of Fall semester, apply to desired engineering school. Meet with 3+2 advisor and request letter of recommendation. File for Leave of Absence from Westminster.||
PHYS 305 Principles of Optics
PHYS 431 Principles of Electrodynamics
|Year 4 First year at engineering school||
Summer after completing Year 4: Send copy of transcripts from engineering school to Registrar’s Office at Westminster.
|Year 5 Second year at engineering school||
Student applies for graduation from both Westminster and the engineering school in the spring.
After spring semester, student receives degrees from the engineering school and from Westminster College.
*Some engineering disciplines require specific pre-engineering classes. These can be taken at the engineering school.
**The current 3+2 advisor is Dr. Jonas D'Andrea, Professor of Mathematics.
***Westminster College requires all first-year to enroll in one learning community. These are classes linked with a common theme. Typically at least one of these courses will satisfy a WCore requirement.
Merit-based and need-based financial aid is available from Westminster College and the engineering schools. However, these programs are not linked. Students receiving financial aid from Westminster must reapply for financial aid at the engineering school.