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Guidelines for the 3-2 Engineering Program

Students must complete the prescribed 3-2 sequence at Whittier College (at least 90 credits) with at least a 3.0 overall GPA, a minimum grade of "C" in each of the 3-2 program core courses, and a 3.0 GPA in the core courses. They then transfer to one of our partner engineering schools.

As part of the 3-2 program, students may elect to pursue a Whittier College B.A. degree in physics, math, or chemistry. The course requirements for these options are extensive, and completion of the program in five years requires careful planning.

Alternatively, students in the 3-2 program may elect to complete a B.A. in science and letters from Whittier College. The requirements for this program are more flexible than the requirements for a B.A. in a particular science. In any case, the B.A. from Whittier College will be awarded only after a student has successfully completed all of the graduation requirements at both schools.

Core Courses

In addition to satisfying the Whittier College Liberal Education Requirements, all 3-2 students must complete the following science and mathematics courses with grades of "C" or better in each course and a 3.0 GPA:

Calculus-based Physics*, PHYS 150, 180 (9 credits)
Computational Oscillations and Waves , PHYS250 (3 credits)
General Chemistry, CHEM 110 A (4 credits)
Calculus and Analytical Geometry, MATH 141 A, B; 241 (12 credits) (MATH 139A,B may substitute for MATH 141 A)
Computer Programming I, COSC 120 (3 credits)
Differential Equations (MATH345A) (3 credits)

Also, while not required in the core, for some engineering specialties it is advisable to take the second semester of General Chemistry (CHEM 110B: 4 credits). Talk to the 3-2 engineering advisor about this.

* The following courses are strongly recommended for students planning to major in electrical engineering and related disciplines:

Electronics and Computer Interfacing, PHYS 205 (3 credits)
Optics and Modern Physics, PHYS 275 (4 credits)

Please note that specific requirements vary from one engineering program to another. Students may need to take additional courses at Whittier College to prepare for particular engineering programs. Frequent consultation with the 3-2 Engineering advisor (Seamus Lagan) is strongly advised.


Option A: 3-2 Physics program

3-2 students wishing to receive a B.A. in physics in combination with an engineering degree must complete, in addition to the core courses, the following 16 credits in physics:

Modern Physics, PHYS 275 (4 credits)
Mechanics, PHYS 310 (3 credits)
Optics, PHYS 320 (3 credits)
Electromagnetic Theory, PHYS 330 (3 credits)
Experimental Physics, PHYS 380 (3 credits)


Option B: 3-2 Chemistry program

3-2 students wishing to receive a B.A. in chemistry in combination with an engineering degree must complete, in addition to the core courses, the following 24 credits in chemistry:

(1) The following courses must be taken at Whittier College:

General Chemistry, CHEM 110B (4 credits)
Organic Chemistry, CHEM 231A, B (6 credits)
Organic Chemistry Lab, CHEM 233A, B (2 credits)
Quantitative Analysis, CHEM 220A,B (5 credits)

(2) The following course may be taken at Whittier or the engineering school:

Physical Chemistry, CHEM 321 A (4 credits)

(3) One upper-division chemistry course approved by the department (3 credits)


Option C: 3-2 Math program

3-2 students wishing to receive a B.A. in mathematics in combination with an engineering degree must complete, in addition to the core courses, the following 15 credits in mathematics.

Abstract Thinking, Math 280 (3 credits)
Linear Algebra, MATH 380 or Differential Equations I, MATH 345A (3 credits)
Introduction to Analysis, MATH 440A or Modern Algebra, MATH 480A (3 credits)
Two upper division (200-level or above) courses in Mathematics or Computer Science, approved by the Math Department (6 credits total)


Option D: 3-2 Science and Letters Program

Some 3-2 students may wish to complete a B.A. in science and letters in combination with an engineering degree. This option offers more flexibility than the 3-2 majors in chemistry, physics, or math, but students cannot receive a B.A. in science and letters without completing an engineering program.

The requirements for the science and letters major include completion of:

the Liberal Education program;
the 3-2 core courses;
the requirements for a minor in Physics, Chemistry, or Mathematics; and
three (3) additional credits of upper division courses in any of these disciplines.


Transferring from Whittier

If a student transfers to a non-affiliated university previously approved by the Registrar and the 3-2 Program director, and receives an engineering degree from that university, then he or she may receive a Whittier degree through the 3-2 Engineering Program, provided the student has met all the requirements for that program as listed in the Whittier College Catalog.

Two issues that students should take note of are the following:

(1) After a student transfers to an engineering school as part of the 3-2 Program, financial aid is no longer dealt with through Whittier College. The student must re-negotiate financial aid with the engineering school. There is no guarantee that the financial aid provided by the engineering school will be equivalent to that provided at Whittier College.

(2) Some engineering disciplines may require more than two years at the engineering school. For instance, civil engineering is particularly difficult to finish in two years because of the extensive list of courses required by that major.

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