3/2 Engineering Program
The 3/2 Engineering Program combines the best of two worlds, and results in two degrees—one from Oxy, the other from either Caltech or Columbia.
Alec Schramm, physics
Liaison and adviser for physical sequence
Tamas Lengyel, mathematics
Adviser for computer science sequence
The 3-2 engineering program allows qualified students the opportunity to study at Occidental for three years, completing their undergraduate experience with an additional two years at either the California Institute of Technology or Columbia University. At the end of the five years, the student receives two degrees: a bachelor of arts in the combined plan from Occidental and a bachelor of science in the selected field of engineering from the engineering school. In essence, it’s the best of both worlds: an undergraduate experience that covers the liberal arts and sciences as well as engineering.
In contrast to many engineering programs, students choosing the combined plan do not commit themselves in the freshman year exclusively to an engineering major. This flexibility is particularly advantageous for capable students whose abilities and interests span many fields. There are three course sequences to choose from, depending upon the student’s career goals. Most students follow the recommendations of the physical sequence, with its greater emphasis on physics. However, those students primarily interested in pursuing chemical engineering should follow the chemical sequence, while those who prefer computer science or operations research should follow the computer science sequence.
The program is rigorous, and students should start following the 3-2 science curriculum their first semester at Oxy. A minimum Occidental GPA of 3.5 is required to qualify. Aside from the sequence of courses, there are no formal actions required on the students’ part until the junior year.
For more information check out the 3-2 Engineering FAQ.
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Occidental College, Physics, Mail Stop M21, 1600 Campus Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90041
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Tracy A. Mikuriya
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