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The Dual-Degree Program is for students at other liberal arts colleges who want to study engineering at Dartmouth. You'll spend your junior or senior year at Dartmouth, receive your bachelor's degree from your home school, and then return to Dartmouth to complete a fifth year of engineering studies in the Bachelor of Engineering (BE) program.
Thayer School considers applications from students at the following schools. You should consult with your dean or academic advisor regarding the acceptability of Dartmouth courses toward degree requirements at your home school.
Scott Mitchell '15, a Dual-Degree engineering student at Bowdoin and Dartmouth, far right, and his team designed a stander for cerebral palsy patients that not only works, but is also adjustable, comfortable, and inexpensive.
Dual Degree students Javier Esteban de Celis from Wheaton College, Stjepan Vrbic from Colby College, and Garth Verdeflor from Vassar College took advantage of nearby Occom Pond to conduct testing for their ENGS 21: Intro to Engineering ice safety extraction device being developed in consultation with the local fire dept.
Dozens of Vassar College students have completed the Thayer Dual-Degree Program, combining their liberal arts education at Vassar with an engineering curriculum at Dartmouth.
Vassar students in the Machine Shop. Top, from left: Robert Nikolai and Ross Guju. Bottom, from left: Stephanie Jump, Wanjiru Gachuhi, Evangelia Stoikou, Carolyn Savich, Rachel Josef, and James Gibson.
Ask your dean or advisor which program option your school follows.
You should arrive at Dartmouth with solid preparation in mathematics and science, including:
Courses beyond the minimum, e.g., in your science major or supportive of your engineering interest, are strongly recommended and are considered in admissions.
As part of your BA program at your home school, you should complete upper-level courses in math and science that support your engineering interests. Examples include:
The Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree also requires a full year of courses in the arts, languages, humanities, and social sciences.
Common Core Courses (3 courses)
Distributive Core Courses (choose 1 or 2 courses)
Gateway Courses (choose 1 or 2 courses)
See the Undergraduate Course List for other undergraduate electives.
After receiving the BA degree from your home school, you'll return to Dartmouth to pursue the BE degree.
Depending on your undergraduate preparation, you may have to take additional mathematics and natural science courses to meet BE degree requirements.
With approval of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, students admitted to the BE program from other institutions, e.g., Dual Degree Program students, may transfer up to 11 STEM courses in partial fulfillment of the degree requirements. Course credit transfers approved by the Dartmouth Registrar in partial satisfaction of AB degree requirements, with approval of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, may be included in partial fulfillment of BE degree requirements.
Courses transferred for course equivalency, or for engineering credit with no course equivalency, must be suitable for inclusion in a technical and applied science program and should be evaluated according to the process outlined by the Thayer Registrar for course transfers. Courses transferred in fulfillment of the math and natural science requirements for the BE program will first be assessed by the Dual Degree Program Director, the BE Program Committee, or appropriate math/science instructors at Dartmouth. Prior to approval for transfer, additional supporting material may be required, including course catalog descriptions, textbook information, syllabi, etc.
See BE Degree Requirements for more details.
Students applying for the first year in the Dartmouth dual-degree program should consult with their home school's registrar regarding tuition. Expenses at Dartmouth shows a break-down of expenses for the current year at Dartmouth.
Students in the second year of the dual-degree program are Bachelor of Engineering candidates and pay BE tuition to Thayer School of Engineering. Expenses vary greatly depending on the student's choice of housing and eating arrangements. Financial aid can considerably lower these costs.
First-year dual-degree students live on campus in Dartmouth undergraduate housing.
First-year students are not eligible for financial aid from Dartmouth since they are on exchange from their home college. Students who have financial aid from their home college should check with their registrar to see whether that financial aid can follow them to Dartmouth.
Second-year dual-degree students are BE candidates and are eligible for financial aid from Thayer School.
Admission to the Dual-Degree Program is through Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth admissions office.