Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) cooperates with a select group of affiliated colleges and universities to offer the opportunity to earn a liberal arts degree (from their current school) and an undergraduate engineering degree (from WUSTL). Participants are undergraduate students who commonly follow either a 3-2 or a 4-2 schedule, entering WUSTL after their junior or senior year.
The Dual Degree Program is an attractive alternative to traditional engineering curricula. Program graduates are "liberally educated engineers," with strong communication and problem-solving skills, a broad background in the humanities and social sciences, and a high-quality technical education.
Other advantages include:
- opportunity to complete degrees in two diverse areas
- extra time to pursue other academic, athletic, or extracurricular interests
- opportunity to use the supportive, personalized environment of a small liberal arts institution to develop the skills and confidence needed for success in engineering
- acquire scientific problem solving skills necessary to be effective in today's technological oriented society
To prepare for career opportunities which require multidisciplinary teams to address challenges, students in the Dual Degree Program will develop strong oral and written communications, problem-solving and teamwork skills.
Programs of study lead to the same degrees available to other students in the School of Engineering & Applied Science.
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Students are encouraged to pursue independent research projects, internships, cooperative education, international experiences or graduate study. The WUSTL Career Center's ultimate goal is for students to graduate with job placement, acceptance into graduate or professional school, or commitment to a short-term program.
These are the core requirements for all undergraduate professional engineering study, which should be completed before entry into WUSTL.
- Chemistry: one semester of general chemistry with lab
- Computer Programming: one course or certified proficiency in a high-level language (MATLAB preferred for Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering)
- English Composition: one course, acceptable examination scores, or college certification of proficiency
- Humanities & Social Sciences: no fewer than 15 semester hours in approved areas (This sequence must include six semester hours in Humanities and six semester hours in Social Sciences).
- Mathematics: a calculus sequence which includes exposure to multivariable calculus and a separate course in differential equations
- Physics: one-year calculus-based sequence with lab
- Total Credits: a minimum of 60 semester hours of transferable college credit (courses with grades below C- do not transfer)
In addition, there are some department-specific requirements.
- Biomedical Engineering: a one-year biology sequence that covers cellular, molecular and developmental biology and genetics and a second semester of general chemistry with lab
- Chemical Engineering: one semester of biology that covers cellular, molecular and developmental biology, a second semester of general chemistry with lab, one semester of organic chemistry with lab (MATLAB proficiency and a course on energy and environment from a scientific point of view are strongly recommended.)
- Computer Science & Computer Engineering: a second computer programming course
J-Term (January Intensive Program)
J-Term is an opportunity for Dual Degree students to explore engineering, WUSTL and St. Louis. Students will complete a special, intensive course in a concentrated 11-day format from late December to early January. Registration is required.
- Institutional Recommendation & Receipt of a Second Degree
The Dual Degree liaison officer at your current institution must sign two forms to certify aptitude for engineering study. This will attest you are expected to complete a bachelor's level, non-engineering degree no later than receipt of the engineering degree from WUSTL.
- Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average
A GPA of B+ (3.25/4.0) or better, both overall and in science and mathematics courses is required for admission to the Dual Degree Program. Applicants with lower GPAs are considered on a case-by-case basis; please have your liaison officer write a letter of support.
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Applications are typically submitted during the winter of a student's junior or senior year at an affiliated institution. Application deadline is February 28. There is no application fee.
View complete list of affiliated Dual Degree Schools.
Send materials to:
Washington University in St. Louis
Engineering Dual Degree Program
1 Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63130
Note: Please do not submit until your fall grades have been recorded.
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