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Division of Mathematics, Dual Degree (3:2) Program


Satinder S. Sidhu, Program Advisor

This program makes it possible for qualified undergraduate students to earn baccalaureate degrees from both Washington College and the A. James Clark School of Engineering of the University of Maryland in as little as a five-year period. 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. 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 University of Maryland, A. James Clark School of Engineering, for at least two years.


After attending the A. James Clark School of Engineering for one year and completing the academic requirements of Washington College, the student will be awarded a baccalaureate degree from Washington College. Because the University of Maryland academic year extends beyond that of Washington College, grades from the A. James Clark School of Engineering may not be available in time to permit the student to participate in Washington College’s Commencement exercises at the end of the fourth year.


After completing the requirements of the A. James Clark School of Engineering in one of the areas listed below, the student will be awarded the baccalaureate degree by the University of Maryland. Dual degree candidates from Washington College may major in any of the following areas:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


Requirements For Dual Degree Students While Attending Washington College:

Completion of a minimum of 24 courses

Completion of the College General Education and Writing requirements

Completion of the College Distribution Requirements

Completion of the following courses:

  • CHE 111, 112. General Chemistry I, II
  • CSI 201. Computer Science I
  • MAT 201. Differential Calculus
  • MAT 202. Integral Calculus
  • MAT 203. Multivariable Calculus
  • MAT 345. Differential Equations
  • PHY 111, 112. General Physics I, II
  • PHY 201. Electronics
  • PHY 204. Fundamentals of Modern Physics
  • PHY 301. Electromagnetism
  • PHY 304. Classical Mechanics


Students who wish to major in Bioengineering should also take:

  • BIO 111. General Biology I
  • BIO 207. Biotechnology and Molecular Biology
  • BIO 409. Biochemistry (CHE 309)
  • CHE 201. Organic Chemistry I


Students who wish to major in Chemical Engineering should also take:

  • CHE 201, 202. Organic Chemistry I, II
  • CHE 305. Chemical Thermodynamics and Chemical Dynamics
  • CHE 306. Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy


Many upper-division courses offered by Washington College departments of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Chemistry can be used as technical electives in the engineering major programs at the A. James Clark School of Engineering. Students are encouraged to select these courses in consultation with the designated Program Advisor at Washington College.


Different engineering major programs in the A. James Clark School of Engineering have differing prerequisites for their upper-division technical courses. Students wishing to enter the A. James Clark School of Engineering as juniors in good standing should investigate the possibility of taking these prerequisite courses in a program acceptable to the University of Maryland while still enrolled at Washington College.


During the third year at Washington College the student will formally apply for transfer admission to the A. James Clark School of Engineering. Since most engineering majors are designated as Limited Enrollment Programs, students wishing to be admitted to them must meet specific requirements for courses (including those in Distributive Studies) and grade point averages. Students should consult the Program Advisor about these requirements at the earliest opportunity and keep themselves informed about any important changes in them.


A recommendation from the Dual Degree Engineering Program Advisor at Washington College will be provided upon request to assist qualified students applying for transfer admission.


Requirements for Dual Degree Students while attending the University of Maryland are determined individually by the major program at the A. James Clark School of Engineering. Generally they involve completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours, including credits earned at Washington College. At least 45 of these credits must be in upper-division courses.