The following program is implemented in consultation with the pre-engineering advisor at Hillsdale College:
Although the two-year program leads to a standard engineering degree, a student may wish to stay at Hillsdale for three years. The Three/Two Program offers several advantages to students. They may further study liberal arts and sciences at Hillsdale and then receive credit toward a second degree from Hillsdale based on their engineering studies at an engineering school.
Specific Requirements for the Physics-Engineering Option: The specific requirements for the Three/Two program with an emphasis in physics will consist of the following:
Freshman and sophomore core: 32 hours
Physics: 201, 202, 203; three of 360, 421, 451 or 505; one of 470, 471, 472 or 480
Total physics courses: 25 hours
Mathematics: 120 (or 113), 220, 320, 340. Total mathematics courses: 14-15 hours
Chemistry: 101, 202. Total chemistry courses: 8 hours
Hillsdale electives: 13 hours
Total Hillsdale requirements: 93 hours
It is expected that the students in this program will complete two years of physics-related studies at an accredited engineering school before receiving the Hillsdale degree.
Staying at Hillsdale College for a third year allows the student to be much better prepared in the subjects which are the basis for their desired engineering specialty: physics for most engineering areas, chemistry for chemical engineering, and biology for bioengineering. This also allows more time for the study of mathematics which is needed for all engineering areas. However, the Three/Two Program offers an advantage even beyond the extensive science and mathematics preparation: two undergraduate degrees based on three years of study at Hillsdale, combined with two years of engineering study. This program may be completed with coursework at the engineering school of the student’s choice. Thus, one may replace the standard one-degree engineering program at any school with our combined liberal arts and engineering two-degree program. This requires approximately one extra year. This is possible for two reasons: First, the liberal arts courses taken at Hillsdale satisfy requirements at both schools. Second, the courses at the engineering school may be chosen to substitute for the senior year requirements for the Hillsdale College field of concentration. To facilitate arrangements for this program, the student should choose a Hillsdale College field of concentration program early, preferably in the freshman year. During the three years at Hillsdale, the freshman-sophomore year college requirements must be completed. Also the junior year field of concentration requirements and any special senior year requirements that may not be fulfilled at the engineering school must be taken at Hillsdale. The courses at the engineering school that are to satisfy the remaining senior year Hillsdale College field of concentration requirements should be determined in consultation with the pre-engineering advisor. This is best done while the student is still at Hillsdale College. These courses should be approved by the corresponding department chairman at Hillsdale College, with notification to the division dean, registrar, and the pre-engineering advisor.
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