Students in the 3-2 Program normally spend three years at Whittier College and two years attending an engineering school. The five-year program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree from Whittier College–in either physics, math, computer science or chemistry–and a bachelor of science degree in engineering from a university. This program is not available to transfer students.
3-2 Program students benefit from the broad intellectual training offered by a liberal arts college and the technical training offered by an engineering school. Students who complete 3-2 engineering programs often find themselves choosing between excellent opportunities in graduate school and industry.
Currently, Whittier College offers a joint 3-2 engineering program with the University of Southern California.
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 they may receive a Whittier degree through the 3-2 Engineering Program, provided they have met all the requirements for that program as listed in the Whittier College Catalog.