Dual Degree Engineering
The dual degree engineering program is a cooperative agreement between
Hendrix College and a set of colleges that offer ABET accredited engineering
programs. The program is also called “combined degree” or “3/2”. There are
currently three engineering schools in the Hendrix dual degree engineering
program. They are: Columbia University in New York City, NY, Vanderbilt
University in Nashville, TN, and Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
The dual degree program is usually structured as a 3/2 program wherein
the student completes the graduation requirements for a BA at Hendrix in the
first three years. Application to the engineering school for the dual degree
program happens during the junior year. The student then completes the junior
and senior level engineering curriculum at the engineering school. At the end
of the five years, the student will have earned a BA from Hendrix and a BS in
engineering from the engineering school. If necessary, the student may complete
four years at Hendrix before entering the engineering program, making it a 4/2
The engineering schools have excellent engineering programs, and
admissions are highly competitive. Each year, these schools reserve a small
number of seats for students from Hendrix and other schools like us across the
nation. While there is competition for these spots, the probability of
receiving admission through the dual degree program is much higher than the
probability of receiving admission into the engineering program as a freshman.
There are many types of engineering, including mechanical, electrical,
chemical, civil, and computer engineering.
Other types include systems, financial, environmental, biomedical, and
industrial engineering. Each partner
school offers a different selection of these engineering types.
The choice of major at Hendrix depends on the type of engineering degree
being sought. For example, a student interested in civil, mechanical, or
electrical engineering will typically major in physics. A student interested in
chemical or biochemical engineering might major in chemistry, chemical physics,
or biochemistry molecular biology. A student interested in computer engineering
will major in computer science. Finishing requirements for a Hendrix degree
with one major in three years requires careful preparation and planning.
Students will typically not have time to also complete a second major or a
minor or have time to take a complete semester to study abroad. However, if a
student arrives at Hendrix with multiple transfer credits or Advanced Placement
(AP) credits, it is possible to complete something beyond the one major.
The following Hendrix
classes are required for general admission to all dual degree programs:
- CHEM 110 General
Chemistry I: Chemical Structure and Properties
- CSCI 150 Foundations
of Computer Science
- MATH 130 Calculus
- MATH 140
- MATH 230 Multivariable
- PHYS 230 General
Physics I (calculus-based) or PHYS 235 General
Physics I (Workshop)
- PHYS 240 General
Physics II (calculus-based) or PHYS 245 General
Physics II (Workshop)
Other classes that must be taken at Hendrix
depend on the selection of engineering school and engineering type.
First year students
should work with their advisor to fit these classes, plus the classes needed
for the Hendrix major, plus the Hendrix general graduation requirements into
three years. In order to meet this schedule, first year students must complete
the calculus sequence in their first year. The other first year classes should
work towards the major and general graduation requirements.
packages provided by Hendrix College provide assistance while the student is
studying at Hendrix and do not continue while the student is at the engineering
school. Outside scholarships may or may not apply to the engineering school
tuition, depending on the details and requirements of each scholarship. Each engineering school offers their own
financial aid packages, and it is the student’s responsibility to apply for
these programs at the time of application to the program at each school.
If you are interested
in the program, or have questions, please contact Dr. Ann Wright at