For students who would like to
enter the Engineering field but also want a liberal education, Dickinson
College offers such an opportunity through three options: the Binary
Engineering Program (or 3/2 Program); Columbia University Combined Plan; and
regular admission to an engineering school after completion of the Dickinson
degree. Although all of these programs require some planning, the Binary
Engineering Program and the Columbia University Combined Plan require careful
planning for the three years at Dickinson. Students should contact Professor
Hans Pfister to discuss the Binary
Engineering Program and Laura Kilko,
Career Center, to discuss the Columbia University Combined Plan.
Binary Engineering (3+2) Program
In the Binary Engineering Program, a student
completes three years at Dickinson and two years at one of two engineering
schools in the Binary Program. At the end of five years, the student receives
two B.S. degrees; one from Dickinson and one from the engineering school. The
two engineering schools participating in the program are the Case Western
Reserve University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Requirements for the program
Requirements of the
engineering schools: The Binary Program engineering schools require a 3.00
grade point average during the three years at Dickinson and the satisfactory
completion of the following courses:
years, including Differential and Integral Calculus, Multivariable Calculus,
and Differential Equations. These are satisfied by MATH 170 & 171
(Calculus I & II), and MATH 270 (Calculus III), and MATH 262 (Introduction
to Linear Algebra).
Physics: One and one-half years of
calculus-based Physics, including Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism,
Relativity and Quantum Physics. This may be satisfied by taking PHYS 131 &
132 (Introductory Physics, a.k.a. Workshop Physics) and PHYS 212 (Introduction
to Relativistic and Quantum Physics).
year, including States of Matter, Atomic and Molecular Structure,
Thermodynamics, Equilibrium and Kinetics, and Chemistry Laboratory. These are
satisfied by CHEM 141 (Accelerated General Chemistry) and CHEM 244
(Thermodynamics and Kinetics).
ComputerScience: One course in the use of
computers for numerical analysis. This is satisfied by COMP 131 (Introduction
to Computer Science I).
Humanities and Social Sciences:
Six to twelve courses in the humanities and social sciences, depending on the
engineering school. These are normally satisfied by the regular Dickinson
Other science courses:
Additional courses in the area of the expected field of Engineering.
Application to Binary Program Engineering Schools
During the first
semester of the junior year the student applies to one of the participating
engineering schools. With a grade point average of 3.00 or higher, the student
can expect to be admitted to full standing and be able to complete the
requirements for the engineering degree in two years. During the spring
semester of the junior year, pre-course selection for off-campus study for the
subsequent two academic years must take place.
The following engineering
programs are available at the participating schools. The schools that offer
each program are listed.
Biomedical Engineering (RPI, Case)
Chemical Engineering (RPI,
Civil Engineering (RPI, Case)
Computer Engineering (Case)
Electric Power Engineering (RPI)
Electrical Engineering (RPI, Case)
Engineering Science (RPI)
Environmental Engineering (RPI)
Thermal Sciences (Case)
Management Engineering (RPI)
Engineering (RPI, Case)
Metallurgy and Materials Science (RPI, Case)
Nuclear Engineering (RPI)
Polymer Science (Case)
System and Control
Combined Program (3+2 Program)
Students will attend Dickinson for
three years, completing all graduation and major requirements at Dickinson, and
then Columbia for at least two years and completing the requirements for the
major into which the student is accepted. Upon successful completion of the
fifth year, students will earn two Bachelor of Science degrees: one from
Dickinson and one from Columbia. The eligible programs at Columbia include:
Earth and environmental
Engineering and management
Materials science and engineering
Requirements for the Combined Plan
The program has required pre-requisites that must be
completed with a minimum "B" grade in each course,, as well as a minimum
Dickinson GPA of 3.30.
Mathematics: One and one-half
years, including Differential and Integral Calculus, Multivariable Calculus and
Differential Equations. These are satisfied by MATH 170 & 171, and MATH
Physics: One year, including Mechanics &
Thermodynamics and Electricity, Magnetism & Optics. These are satisfied by
PHYS 131 and PHYS 132.
Chemistry: One course in General
Chemistry. This is satisfied by CHEM 131 or CHEM 141.
Requirement: This is satisfied through the science courses listed
Computer Science: One introductory computer
science course. This is satisfied by COMP 131 or COMP 132.
Non-technical credit hourse: This is satisfied by the completion of
seven additional courses, such as distribution requirements.
Economics: One year of Principles of Economics. This is
satisfied by ECON 111 and ECON 112.
English: One semester
of English Composition. This is satisfied by completion of the First-Year
Each individual engineering major also has required
pre-requisites that must be completed with a minimum "B" grade in each course.
For more information on the pre-requisites for each major, please email the
program contact, Laura Kilko.
Regular admission to engineering
student who does not decide on an engineering career until the senior year, or
wishes to attend an engineering school other than those cooperating
institutions in the Binary Program, may apply to an engineering school for
admission after graduating from Dickinson. Students with a 3.00 or higher grade
point average are generally admitted to quality engineering schools. Most
students can complete the requirements for an M. S. degree in two years after
graduation from Dickinson.
Students planning on
engineering must satisfactorily complete a science major, preferably in the
area of the intended field of engineering. If the major is a science other
than physics, coursework should include PHYS 131, 132, 212, and probably 213,
plus two years of mathematics. Physics majors should include CHEM 141 and
Application to the
engineering school should be made during the senior year, after consultation
with the major advisor about appropriate selection of schools.