About the Program
Completion of the program at Southwestern is the first stage of the dual degree program.
The student then applies for admission to an ABET accredited engineering school which usually requires a GPA of 3.0. In the case of Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., students with the above-noted GPA and a recommendation from the liaison office (Southwestern’s Physics Department) are normally admitted. In addition, Washington University offers a Dual Degree Engineering Affiliation Scholarship, to be awarded by the Southwestern University liaison office. To be eligible for the scholarship, which covers half of the tuition cost at Washington University, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and meet the dual degree admission requirements. Students in the dual degree program at Washington University constitute about 20 percent of the undergraduate engineering students and receive their degrees upon satisfactory completion of a two-year program in St. Louis.
Also, specific credit transfers have been arranged with Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., and with Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. It should be noted that the average time to complete an engineering degree at public institutions for students who enter as freshmen is now five years. As both the engineering schools and Southwestern make curricular adjustments frequently, students interested in the dual degree program should consult regularly with the Pre-Engineering advisor about progress or changes in affiliation agreements.
Engineering students must satisfy the basic requirements of the Bachelor of Arts degree, including all Area One and Two requirements, but excluding the 47 semester hours in the major discipline, for a total of 92 semester hours at Southwestern.
The Southwestern degree is a BA with a major in Physical Science. The requirements for the major are to be considered satisfied by the science and mathematics courses outlined here, together with course work completed at the engineering school, for completion of the engineering degree at the second institution.