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A Dual Degree Program

Austin A. Lobo, Program Advisor

This program makes it possible for qualified undergraduate students to earn baccalaureate degrees from both Washington College and Columbia University in as little as five years. It was designed in response to a widely felt need for engineers with a broad understanding of issues that a liberal education provides. A significant benefit of the program is the opportunity for students with an interest in engineering to complete their pre-engineering course requirements in a liberal arts environment at a small college.

Students who complete the core course sequence and earn the grade of B or above on the first attempt in each of those courses and have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.3 are guaranteed admission to Columbia University. Students who complete the core courses but do not meet the minimum grade point requirements are still eligible to apply to Columbia University but their admissions are not guaranteed. Students who complete the core courses and earn a Bachelor’s degree at Washington College may alternatively proceed to a Master’s program in Engineering at many engineering schools in the nation. On the other hand, students who complete several semesters of pre-engineering studies and subsequently decide to forego engineering as a major remain eligible to pursue any of the majors offered at Washington College.

A student in the Dual Degree Program will attend Washington College for approximately three academic years and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University for approximately two years. In this program, students spend three or three and one-half years at Washington College and then two years at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University in New York. Students earn a B.S. or B.A. degree in their major at Washington College and a B.S. degree in one of the engineering disciplines from Columbia University.

Washington College faculty in physics, mathematics and computer science advise students in this program to ensure that they complete all of the Washington College courses required for admission to Columbia University in a timely manner.

Dual degree candidates from Washington College may major in any of the following areas:

  • Applied Mathematics or Applied Physics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • IEOR: Industrial Engineering, Engineering Management Systems, or Operations Research
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering 

Requirements For Dual Degree Students While Attending Washington College:

  • Completion of the College General Education and Writing requirements
  • Completion of the College Distribution Requirements
  • Completion of the following common core courses:
    • CHE 111. General Chemistry I
    • CSI 201. Computer Science I
    • ECN 111. Microeconomics
    • ECN 112. Macroeconomics
    • ENG 101. Literature and Composition
    • MAT 201. Differential Calculus
    • MAT 202. Integral Calculus
    • MAT 203. Multivariable Calculus
    • MAT 325. Vector Spaces
    • MAT 345. Differential Equations
    • PHY 111, 112. General Physics I, II
    • PHY 201. Electronics
    • PHY 204. Fundamentals of Modern Physics

Students are encouraged to select these courses in consultation with the designated Program Advisor at Washington College.

Different engineering major programs in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science have slightly different prerequisites; some engineering majors require coursework in addition to those listed above. Students should consult the Program Advisor about these and other requirements at the earliest opportunity and keep themselves informed about any important changes in them.

Students interested in the Dual Degree Program should investigate the possibility of taking prerequisite courses in a program acceptable to Columbia University while still enrolled at Washington College. 

During the third year at Washington College students will formally apply for transfer admission to the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. A letter of recommendation from the Dual Degree Engineering Program Advisor at Washington College will be necessary to assist qualified students applying for transfer admission.