Students participating in one of Dickinson's 3+2 engineering linkage programs will attend Dickinson for three years and then the engineering program at one of our partner schools for two years. Upon successful completion of the fifth year of school, students will earn two bachelor of science degrees: one from Dickinson and one from the engineering school attended—Columbia University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) or Case Western Reserve. Students will be admitted via the linkage agreements with the following criteria: 

  • An overall GPA of 3.3 or higher for Columbia or 3.0 or higher for RPI and Case
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from a science professor, one from a mathematics professor and one from the program liaison
  • Completion of required prerequisite courses by the end of the junior year at Dickinson
  • Completion of all Dickinson major and distribution requirements by the end of the junior year at Dickinson

At the discretion of the Dickinson faculty in the department of your major, one or two courses from Columbia may be allowed to transfer back to Dickinson to count as the senior seminar course(s) for your major.

Please note that Dickinson financial aid does not extend to the student's time at the engineering school. Check with the engineering school of choice for its current financial aid policy.


Intent to participate in the 3+2 program must be expressed to the program liaison early on in your time at Dickinson. The program liaisons are as follows:

Regular advising appointments are highly encouraged. All materials must be submitted to the program liaison by January 30 of your junior year. 


Columbia University

While there may be exceptions, based on the number of prerequisites needed for Columbia, there are primarily three majors a student can select at Dickinson to enter the Columbia partner program: physics, mathematics and computer science. See below for more information. The following engineering majors are available at Columbia:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Earth & Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering & Management Systems
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Operations Research

Several prerequisite courses are required to be eligible for the 3+2 linkage with Columbia University. Each engineering major also has additional prerequisites. A minimum grade of B must be earned in all prerequisite courses. Please contact Laura Kilko for more information. The prerequisite courses required for the 3+2 linkage with Columbia are as follows:

  • Calculus I, II, III, IV - Fulfilled by taking MATH 170, MATH 171, MATH 270
  • Mechanics & Thermodynamics - Fulfilled by taking PHYS 131
  • Electricity, Magnetism & Optics - Fulfilled by taking PHYS 132
  • General Chemistry - Fulfilled by taking CHEM 131 or 141
  • Lab Requirement - Fulfilled by taking any Div III lab course
  • Intro to Computer Science & C++, Python, Java or MATLAB - Fulfilled by taking, COMP 131 or 132
  • 27 nontechnical credit hours - Fulfilled by taking 7 additional humanities or social science courses
  • Principles of Economics - Fulfilled by taking ECON 111 & ECON 112
  • English Composition - Fulfilled by completing the First-Year Seminar

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute & Case Western Reserve

The following engineering majors are available:

  • Aeronautical Engineering (RPI) 
  • Biomedical Engineering (RPI, Case)
  • Chemical Engineering (RPI, Case)
  • Civil Engineering (RPI, Case) 
  • Computer Engineering (Case)
  • Electric Power Engineering (RPI)
  • Electrical Engineering (RPI, Case)
  • Engineering Science (RPI)
  • Environmental Engineering (RPI)
  • Fluid and Thermal Sciences (Case)
  • Management Engineering (RPI)
  • Mechanical Engineering (RPI, Case) 
  • Metallurgy and Materials Science (RPI, Case)
  • Nuclear Engineering (RPI)
  • Polymer Science (Case)
  • System and Control Engineering (Case)

Students are required to take several prerequisite courses to be eligible for the linkages with RPI and Case Western (listed below). Each engineering major may also have additional prerequisites. Please contact Hans Pfister for more information.

  • Calculus I, II, III - Fulfilled by taking MATH 170, MATH 171, MATH 270
  • Differential Equations - Fulfilled by taking MATH 271
  • Mechanics - Fulfilled by taking PHYS 131
  • Electricity & Magnetism - Fulfilled by taking PHYS 132
  • Relativity & Quantum Physics - Fulfilled by taking PHYS 212
  • States of Matter, Atomic & Molecular Structure, Thermodynamics, Equilibrium & Kinetics - Fulfilled by taking CHEM 141
  • Chemistry lab - Fulfilled by taking CHEM 241
  • One course in the use of computers for numerical analysis - Fulfilled by taking COMP 131
  • Six to 12 courses in the humanities and social sciences, depending on the engineering school. These are normally satisfied by the regular Dickinson distribution requirements.

Additional graduate school opportunities are available in the following areas of academic interest: