Students participating in one of Dickinson’s 3+2 engineering linkage programs will attend Dickinson for three years and then the engineering program 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.

Students will be admitted via the linkage agreements with Columbia University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute or Case Western Reserve when they meet the following criteria: 

  1. An overall Grade Point Average of 3.3 or higher (for Columbia) or 3.0 or higher (for RPI and Case)
  2. Three letters of recommendation: one from a science professor and one from a mathematics professor, one from the program liaison.
  3. Completion of required prerequisite courses by the end of the junior year at Dickinson
  4. 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, 1-2 courses from Columbia may be allowed to transfer back to Dickinson to count as the senior seminar course(s) for your major.


Intent to participate in the 3+2 program must be expressed to the program liaison early on in your time at Dickinson.

Program Liaisons:

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Case Western Reserve:  Hans Pfister
Columbia University: Laura Kilko

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

Applications are available on the Columbia University web site beginning December 1.
Applications are available on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Case Western Reserve web sites year round.


Columbia

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
  •     Industrial Engineering
  •     Materials Science & Engineering
  •     Mechanical Engineering
  •     Operations Research

Several pre-requisite courses are required to be eligible for the 3+2 linkage with Columbia University. They are listed below. Each engineering major also has additional pre-requisites.  A minimum “B” grade must be earned in all pre-requisite courses.  Please contact Laura Kilko for more information.

  • Calculus I, II, III, IV – Fulfilled by taking MATH 170, MATH 171, MATH 270
  • Mechanics & Thermodynamics – Fulfilled by taking PHYS 131
  • Electricity, Magnetism and 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 non-technical 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)

Several pre-requisite courses are required to be eligible for the linkages with RPI and Case Western.  They are listed below. Each engineering major may also have additional pre-requisites.  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 and Magnetism – Fulfilled by taking PHYS 132
  • Relativity and Quantum Physics – Fulfilled by taking PHYS 212
  • States of Matter, Atomic and Molecular Structure, Thermodynamics, Equilibrium and 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