About the Engineering Program


Students must complete the prescribed 3-2 Engineering sequence at Whittier College (at least 90 credits) with at least a 3.0 overall GPA, 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 Engineering program, students may elect to pursue a Whittier College B.A. degree in physics, math, computer science 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.

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.

Students should take note of the following:

  1. Students must have 90 credits on their Whittier College transcript before transferring to an engineering school.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.