Basic Engineering Combined Programs

Further information can be found on the Engineering Combined Programs pages.

Students can combine a liberal arts education with an engineering degree through St. Lawrence's combined engineering program with five engineering schools (Clarkson University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and University of Rochester). 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; 4+2 programs are also available, as well as 4+1 in special cases.

All regular distribution 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.

Some engineering schools may have additional requirements. Please consult the basic engineering liaison officer for details.

In addition to the requirements above, the following courses, none of which can be taken on a pass/fail basis, must be completed:

  • Chem 103, 104
  • Phys 151, 152 (many engineering schools will not give credit for Physics 103, 104 taken at St. Lawrence)
  • Calculus sequence: Math 135, 136, 205
  • Math 230, CS 140 or 219

Additional courses are recommended for certain engineering disciplines, for example:

  • For mechanical engineering: Phys 307 and 333
  • For electrical engineering: Phys 307, 308, 333 and a course in electrical circuits available through cross-registration
  • For environmental engineering: Chem 221, 222 and Biol 101, 102.
  • For chemical engineering: Chem 205, 221, 222, 341, 342, and 351 or 352.

Students entering St. Lawrence with the intention of pursuing the 3+2 engineering program should make known their interest to the program liaison officer, who can provide assistance in meeting these requirements. Students must satisfactorily complete a program that is approved by both the liaison officer and a major department to be certified for admission to the chosen engineering school. Information about additional special requirements of individual engineering schools is available from the liaison officer.

Financial aid from the engineering schools for the final two years is generally need-based for United States citizens. International students should be aware that many schools offer no assistance to them, and none provide anything near full scholarships for even the most needy international students.