Program Description

Students can combine a liberal arts education with an engineering degree through St. Lawrence's combined engineering program with five engineering schools (see Participating Universities). The most popular option is the 3+2 plan, in which a student spends three years at St. Lawrence and two years at the engineering school, and graduates with a bachelor's degree from each institution.

The Engineering Combined Plan offers several advantages. First, you receive the benefits of both a liberal arts and an engineering education. The Engineering Combined Program allows students to take advantage of the breadth of courses and activities offered at St. Lawrence. Engineers in today’s world need the strong communication and critical thinking skills that you develop with a liberal arts education. Second, if you are not sure you want to be an engineer, you have three years in which to decide, based on your developing interests and your experience with college science and math courses. If you decide against engineering school, you will have lost no time toward completing your St. Lawrence degree. 

All regular general education and graduation requirements, as well as those requirements established by the student's major department under this program, must be met prior to enrolling in an engineering school. A minimum of 25 semester units must be earned at St. Lawrence. Grades lower than 2.0 will not be acceptable for the minimum 25 semester units. Engineering students must choose an SLU major in their second year and meet the department's requirements for that major's 3+2 option. In general students complete three years of the major (see SLU Major requirements).  Some engineering schools have additional requirements. Please consult with the engineering program director for any additional requirements that the engineering schools have. 

The most common SLU majors that engineering students declare are Mathematics, Physics, or Chemistry. Economics and Computer Science are also options. While it is generally not recommended, other major options are possible.  Choosing a major other than those listed above requires extremely careful planning with the engineering director and an adviser from the other major. See the SLU Major Requirements page for the course requirements for each major.

Core SLU Engineering Requirements

  • Students must complete all SLU distribution and diversity requirements.
    • It is recommended, though not required, that for the Social Science (SSC) requirement engineering students take Economics 100 (Introduction to Economics)
    • It is recommended, though not required, that for the Arts and Expression (AEX) requirement students take PCA 111 (Rhetoric and Public Speaking).
    • By completing the engineering core requirements you will automatically fulfill the Math or Foreign Language (MFL) requirement and the two Natural Science (NSC) requirements.
  • Mathematics: Math 135 (Calculus I), Math 136 (Calculus II), Math 205 (Calculus III), Math 230 (Differential Equations).
  • Physics: Physics 151 (University Physics I), and Physics 152 (University Physics II).
  • Chemistry: Chemistry 103 (General Chemistry I).
  • Computer Science: CS140 (Introduction to Computer Programming)

The courses above constitute the minimum engineering requirements a student must complete. Additional courses may be recommended depending on the engineering discipline, listed below.

Chemical Engineering

Typically students interested in chemical engineering will typically major in Chemistry or Mathematics at SLU. Additional courses to take at SLU include:

  • Chemistry 104 (General Chemistry II)
  • Chemistry 221 (Organic Chemistry I)
  • Chemistry 222 (Organic Chemistry II)
  • Chemistry 205 (Quantitative Analysis)
  • Other engineering university or SLU major specific requirements (consult with engineering director).

Civil Engineering

Students interested in civil engineering will major in either Physics or Mathematics.  Additional courses to consider at SLU include:

  • Physics 307 (Classical Mechanics)
  • Physics 317 (Instrumentation Lab)
  • Physics/Math 333 (Mathematical Methods of Physics)
  • Physics 308 (Electricity and Magnetism)
  • Physics 318 (Electronics Lab)
  • Other engineering university or SLU major specific requirements (consult with engineering director).

Computer Engineering

Typically students interested in computer engineering will major in either Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics. Additional courses to take at SLU include:

  • Computer Science 219 (Techniques of Computer Science)
  • Computer Science 220 (Computer Organization)
  • Computer Science 256 (Data Structures)
  • Math 280 (Bridge to Higher Mathematics)
  • Physics 333 (Mathematical Methods of Physics), Also offered as Math 333.
  • Physics 308 (Electricity and Magnetism)
  • Physics 318 (Electronics Lab)
  • Other engineering university or  SLU major specific requirements (consult with engineering director).

Electrical Engineering

Students interested in electrical engineering will typically major in either Physics or Mathematics. Additional courses to take at SLU include:

  • Physics 221 (Modern Physics I)
  • Physics 222 (Modern Physics II)
  • Physics/Math 333 (Mathematical Methods of Physics)
  • Physics 308 (Electricity and Magnetism). Note Physics 308 has Physics 333 as a prerequisite.
  • Physics 318 (Electronics Lab)
  • Other engineering university or  SLU major  specific requirements (consult with engineering director).

Environmental Engineering

Typically students interested in environmental engineering will major in either Chemistry or Mathematics. Additional courses to take at SLU include:

  • Chemistry 104 (General Chemistry II)
  • Chemistry 221 (Organic Chemistry I)
  • Other engineering university or  SLU major specific options which might include:
    • Chemistry 222 (Organic Chemistry II)
    • Chemistry 306 (Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology)
    • Biology 101 (General Biology I)
    • Biology 102 (General Biology II)
    • Environmental Studies 101 (Introduction to Environmental Studies)
    • other courses in Biology, Geology, or Chemistry

Mechanical Engineering

Students interested in mechanical engineering will major in either Physics or Mathematics.  Additional courses to take at SLU include:

  • Physics 307 (Classical Mechanics)
  • Physics 317 (Instrumentation Lab)
  • Physics/Math 333 (Mathematical Methods of Physics)
  • Physics 308 (Electricity and Magnetism)
  • Physics 318 (Electronics Lab)
  • Other engineering university or  SLU major specific requirements (consult with engineering director).