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Engineering Cooperative Program

The combination of a liberal arts background and a traditional engineering program provides excellent preparation for a career in engineering.

Wittenberg offers this opportunity through a 3-2 and a 4-2 option with the prominent engineering programs at the Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University (CW) and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Columbia University (CU).

All of these options require careful planning to meet the specified requirements. If you are interested in pursuing one of these options or would like to learn more, please contact the combined plan program liaison, Associate Professor of Physics Jeremiah Williams, at jwilliams@wittenberg.edu.

The 3-2 Program

In the 3-2 program, a student will attend Wittenberg for three years and then an engineering program at a partner institution for two years. Upon successful completion of the fifth year, the student will earn a bachelor's degree from both Wittenberg and the partner institution. Under this option, the student can also elect to spend four years at Wittenberg and two years at the engineering program. The following areas of engineering can be pursued through this option.

  • Aerospace Engineering (CW)
  • Applied Mathematics (CU)
  • Applied Physics (CU)
  • Biomedical Engineering (CU, CW)
  • Chemical Engineering (CU, CW)
  • Civil Engineering (CU, CW)
  • Computer Engineering (CU)
  • Computer Science (CU)
  • Earth and Environmental Engineering (CU)
  • Electrical Engineering (CU, CW)
  • Engineering Mechanics (CU)
  • Engineering Physics (CW)
  • Industrial Engineering (CU)
  • Engineering Management (CU)
  • Operations Research (CU)
  • Macromolecular Engineering (CW)
  • Material Science and Engineering (CU, CW)
  • Mechanical Engineering (CU, CW)
  • Systems and Control Engineering (CW)

Under the terms of the arrangement that Wittenberg University has with the Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Columbia University, admission to our partner schools is automatic when the following criteria are met.

  1. A minimum overall grade point average of 3.3 (for Columbia) or 3.0 (for Case). Columbia also requires a minimum grade of a B in all science and mathematics pre-engineering requirements and that the student meet Columbia's English language proficiency requirements.[1] Case Western requires that students submit an SAT or ACT with writing score. This can be waived for U.S. citizens who have completed more than 45 semester hours of non-remedial coursework or who graduated from high school more than five years ago.
  2. Letters of recommendation are also required. Case Western requires a recommendation from a college instructor, and Columbia requires three favorable letters of recommendation: one from a science professor, one from a mathematics professor and one from the liaison of the 3-2 program.
  3. Completion of required pre-requisite courses by the end of the third (or fourth) year at Wittenberg University. These pre-requisite courses include courses required for a major at Wittenberg, completion of Wittenberg's general education program, and a selection of courses that form the core of the engineering curriculum. For a complete listing of the courses that form the core of the engineering curriculum and the equivalent course at Wittenberg, please see curriculum guides for Case Western Reserve University and Columbia University.

Information about the application process for the Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University is available on their website. Information about the application process for the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Columbia University is available on their website

The 4-2 Program

The 4-2 program is an option for students who are interested in pursuing a masters degree in engineering. In this program, the student completes a degree at Wittenberg and applies for admission to the graduate school at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Columbia University. Unlike the 3-2 program, admission is not guaranteed, but applicants from Wittenberg do receive some level of preference in the application process.

Other Options

In addition to the two options above, there have been several students in recent years who have pursued a 3-2 program in engineering at schools with whom Wittenberg does not have a formal arrangement. In recent years, students have successfully pursued a 3-2 program at the Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, Wright State University, University of Michigan and SUNY-Buffalo.

Wittenberg students have also pursued graduate study (M.S. and Ph.D.) in engineering. In recent years, students have successfully pursued graduate study at the University of California, Riverside (bioengineering), Cornell University (mechanical engineering), University of Virginia (materials science and engineering), the Ohio State University (electrical engineering), and the Air Force Institute of Technology (nuclear engineering).


[1] For a candidate whose native language is not English and whose primary language of instruction has not been English for at least five years must demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the following ways: a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based) on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), a minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or a minimum score of 650 on the Critical Reasoning or Writing sections of the SAT. Test must be taken by February 28, 2015, for consideration for the fall of 2015. If the test scores have expired, Columbia will accept a copy of the official score report from a test taken within the last five years that has been submitted by the student and certified by an official at Wittenberg. It may also be possible to satisfy this requirement by obtaining a grade of B or higher in English 101 at Wittenberg.

 

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