Jul 27, 2021
Engineering Dual Degree Options
A dual degree program is a 3-2 transfer program in which the student spends three years at Pacific followed by two years at an engineering school. While at Pacific, the student completes the liberal arts core, makes significant progress toward a Pacific major and degree, and completes the prerequisite courses necessary for admission into the engineering school. The student then transfers to the engineering school for two years of further education in science and engineering. An important aspect of a dual degree program is that the completion of the liberal arts core provides breadth in humanities and social sciences, which is desirable for scientists in industry. Upon completion of the dual degree program, the student receives a Bachelor of Science in an Arts & Sciences discipline from Pacific and a Bachelor of Science in engineering from the engineering school.
Pacific offers two dual degree options for students:
- Formal dual degree programs with partner institutions
- Approved informal dual degree programs
Requirements for Pacific BS Degrees Within a Dual Degree Program
Dual degree students may work toward many available Arts & Sciences majors for their Pacific BS degree, including the Engineering Science major. Students must complete all requirements for the Pacific BS degree within the major of their choice, often by substituting courses from the engineering school for courses required of their Pacific major. Any courses from the engineering school that are substituted for courses required of the Pacific major must be approved by the department chair of that major. Students should work carefully with the engineering dual degree advisor at Pacific, their academic advisor, and the department chair of their major field of study to plan their path through the program, to ensure that they fulfill the necessary prerequisite courses for admission into the engineering school and are able to complete their desired major at Pacific.
Students pursuing an approved dual degree engineering program will have different residency requirements at Pacific University. In particular, these students will not be required to take 30 of their last 40 semester credits at Pacific.
Dual Degree Program with Case Western Reserve University
Pacific University has established a formal dual degree program with the School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. A complete range of engineering specialties is available at Case including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical and systems engineering.
Additionally, students must earn an overall grade point average of 3.0 and a grade point average of 3.0 in Math and Science courses. Students who meet these prerequisite requirements must apply to Case for admission into the School of Engineering. It is likely that those students will be accepted into the program, but it is not guaranteed.
Dual Degree Program with Portland State University
Pacific also has established a “3 + 2” program with Portland State leading to a BS from Pacific and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering or in Environmental Engineering from Portland State.
Prerequisites for Admission
The following are required for admission into the dual degree program at PSU:
- A minimum of 90 semester credits earned at Pacific
- A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
- A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in all Pacific math and science courses
- Meeting the minimum PSU admission requirements
- Be in disciplinary good standing at Pacific
Informal Dual Degree Programs
It is common for Pacific students to enroll in engineering programs (such as Oregon State or Portland State) through transfer or after completion of their degree at Pacific. If a dual degree program is being pursued at a school without a formal agreement with Pacific, the department chairs in Pacific’s School of Natural Sciences must approve the program. Requirements for admission into these programs are unique to each school, but admission is likely for those students who maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average and who are recommended by the Pacific University School of Natural Sciences faculty.
It may be difficult to complete the necessary coursework during the 5-year duration of dual degree programs. Careful planning is necessary; students should consult with an engineering dual degree advisor at Pacific as soon as possible (James Butler; firstname.lastname@example.org, or Andrew Dawes; email@example.com).