From building bridges to designing computer chips, engineers apply the principles of science and mathematics to solve real world problems and are essential to the technology-based economy of the modern world. Engineers solve interesting technical problems in many contexts and in many industries, finding their way into the top ranks of executives at major corporations.
Students in the 3-2 Program normally spend three years at Whittier College and two years attending an engineering school. The five-year program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree from Whittier College – in either physics, math, or chemistry - and a bachelor of science degree in engineering from a university. This program is not available to transfer students.
3-2 Program students benefit from the broad intellectual training offered by a liberal arts college and the technical training offered by an engineering school. Students who complete 3-2 engineering programs often find themselves choosing between excellent opportunities in graduate school and industry.
Currently, Whittier College offers a joint 3-2 engineering program with the University of Southern California.
If a student transfers to a non-affiliated university previously approved by the Registrar and the 3-2 Program Director, and receives an engineering degree from that university then they may receive a Whittier degree through the 3-2 Engineering Program, provided they have met all the requirements for that program as listed in the Whittier College Catalog.
Two issues that students should take note of are the following:
(1) After a student transfers to an engineering school as part of the 3-2 program financial aid is no longer dealt with through Whittier College. The student must re-negotiate financial aid with the engineering school. There is no guarantee that the financial aid provided by the engineering school will be equivalent to that provided at Whittier College.
(2) Some engineering disciplines may require more than two years at the engineering school. For instance Civil Engineering is particularly difficult to finish in two years because of the extensive list of courses required by that major.