Earlham's 3-2 Pre-Engineering Program provides a wonderful opportunity for students considering a career in engineering who want the experience of a broad, liberal arts education that is seldom available to students in engineering schools. By combining three years at Earlham with two years at an engineering school, students can emphasize the liberal arts as well as the technical aspects of their education. At the end of those five years, the student receives two degrees: a B.A. from Earlham in pre-engineering studies, and a B.S. from the engineering program. For more information about this opportunity, contact Cynthia Fadem or Andy Moore — the 3/2 Faculty Liaisons.
Typically students spend three years at Earlham studying fundamental science and mathematics and the liberal arts, followed by two years of specialization at an affiliated engineering school. The required pre-engineering coursework leaves about 2/3 of your course credits for the liberal arts, some of which must fulfill the general education requirements, but the remainder can be filled with classes of your choosing! In the past, 3-2 students have completed minors in Computer Science, Physics and Management, though other fields are also possible. In addition to their course-work on campus, 3-2 students have been active in Earlham’s athletic, theatre and music programs, as well as participating on off-campus programs.
For a variety of reasons, some students choose to spend a fourth year at Earlham. Doing so would give you time to complete an Earlham major even before you go on to the engineering program, as well as additional opportunities to participate in athletics, off-campus study and other co-curricular offerings. The engineering schools with which we are affiliated are equally willing to accept students who’ve been here either three years or four.
Earlham has transfer or combined programs with the following schools:
- Columbia University (New York, NY)
- Rensselaer Polytechnic University (Troy, NY)
- Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
Earlham's official relationships with these schools mean they have approved our courses for transfer and that our program liaisons are ready to help you craft a plan for success earning both an Earlham B.A. and a B.S. in Engineering from one of our partner universities. Students must apply for transfer to affiliates and, while it is possible to arrange transfer from Earlham to any school, the transfer of specific courses or progress toward earning multiple degrees cannot be guaranteed except to schools with which we are affiliated. In the past, students have successfully transferred to Washington University (St. Louis).