Engineering


Advising Path
School of Arts and Sciences
Five-Year Dual Degree

Overview

Westminster’s 3–2 engineering program allows students to prepare for a career in the field of engineering while exploring broader interests in a liberal arts setting. You’ll begin your education at Westminster in a supportive environment designed to help you get the most out of three years. You’ll complete your engineering study at one of our two partner schools: the University of Southern California or Washington University in St. Louis.

Who It's For

Our engineering program is designed for students who want to develop creative problem-solving and strong critical-thinking skills before diving in to technical classes.

Key Benefits

  • Broaden your undergraduate education through both the liberal arts tradition of Westminster College and the focused work of an engineering school.
  • Earn two bachelor degrees in five years: one from Westminster and another from one of our partner universities.
  • Experience the advantages of personalized attention and discussion-based learning in intentionally small classes.
  • Participate in undergraduate research opportunities with faculty advisors who are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.

About the Program

What You'll Learn

  • Develop an understanding of the foundational concepts in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer programming that will serve as a foundation for your later engineering coursework.
  • Improve your written and oral communication skills with an emphasis on scientific language and technical information.
  • Attain proficiency in at least one computer-programming language.
  • Acquire the scientific problem-solving skills that will aid your future career in any selected engineering discipline.

Plan of Study

You will attend Westminster for approximately three years and then transfer to one of our partner universities for an additional two years of engineering study under our dual degree program. In order to transfer, you must maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA, meet the specific requirements of our partner universities, and earn the recommendation of your program advisor.


Sample Courses

Physics for Scientists and Engineers

This one-year, calculus-based sequence introduces students to the world of physics. By using a workshop method, students learn how to use computer tools to analyze data and do mathematical modeling, while studying topics including Kinematics, Newton’s Laws of Motion, electricity, and magnetism.

Discrete Mathematics

Through this course, you will study the mathematical structures that deal with countable sets. You will investigate topics including logic, permutations, combinations, finite probability, sequences, and more.

Career Opportunities

Potential Careers

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Computer engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Industrial and systems engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Systems and science engineer

“When I first transferred out to USC, I wanted to see if my education at Westminster had prepared me properly for engineering. It turns out, my education at Westminster prepared me so well that I am now in the top 10th of my class in USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering. I was also recently accepted to USC’s Progressive Degree program, which allows accepted students to get a master's degree in one year.”

Gregory Dean ('13), physics, Astronautics and space technology engineering, USC

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