Dual Degree in Liberal Arts/Engineering in cooperation with the Institute of Technology of the University of Minnesota.
Engineering is a popular profession with excellent job opportunities. Its study is rigorous and demanding, and most engineering programs leave little opportunity for additional study of the liberal arts and humanities. For students who believe that their lives will be enriched by liberal studies, but who also wish to pursue an engineering degree, the Dual Degree program provides an opportunity to earn two undergraduate degrees in a period of five or six years. In the Dual Degree program, students attend the College of St. Scholastica for three years, taking introductory courses in science, mathematics and humanities and then transfer to the Institute of Technology of the University of Minnesota for an additional two or (more often) three years to take engineering courses. At the time that the student qualifies for the B.S. degree in engineering at the IT, she or he will also be awarded a B.A. degree in the Natural Sciences from the College of St. Scholastica.
The IT offers programs in aerospace, biosystems and agricultural, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, geological, materials science and mechanical engineering.
It is important that students prepare in high school for entry into an engineering program by taking all of the chemistry, physics and mathematics courses available. (A student should have successfully completed math coursework at least through pre-calculus in high school.) Experienced advisors know that students who have little aptitude for mathematics probably will not be able to meet the entrance requirements for engineering programs.
REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES
The student will complete a minimum of 96 semester credits at the College of St. Scholastica, to include:
In the first year of residency at CSS, the student should meet with the dean of the School of Sciences to review current requirements for the Dual Degree engineering program of interest and to obtain a DDE advisor (in addition to the first-year advisor).
Several of the engineering programs have admission requirements beyond the minimum core courses--these should be taken at CSS (or the University of Minnensota-Duluth campus, if necessary). Students should plan their schedule carefully in conjunction with the CSS Dual Degree advisor. For example, some engineering courses are available during the summer at the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota. Taking a course(s) in the summer may shorten the length of time necessary to finish the engineering degree and will improve a student's chance for the engineering co-op program.
A second option is the Dual Degree Engineering BA/MS Program.
A student completing the undergraduate degree at The College of St. Scholastica in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, or Mathematics may then apply for admission to the appropriate engineering graduate program at the Institute of Technology if s/he has completed the Dual Degree course requirements listed in the previous section.
Students interested in the Dual Degree Program can contact the dean of the School of Sciences for answers to questions or to make an appointment.