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- Course of Study
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Dartmouth Engineering's Partner School Dual-Degree Program is for undergraduate students enrolled at other liberal arts colleges who are interested in expanding their education with engineering studies at Dartmouth. Dual-Degree Program students have the opportunity to attend two liberal arts institutions and earn two degrees in five years: a Bachelor of Arts from their home institution and a professionally-accredited Bachelor of Engineering (BE) from Dartmouth.
Dartmouth Engineering has established Dual-Degree Program partnerships with the following schools. If you attend an institution that is not on this list, please reach out to us about considering applications from your school.
Enrollment patterns vary for the five years that Dual-Degree students spend—three at their home college and two at Dartmouth—fulfilling requirements for the BE degree. Ask your dean or academic advisor whether your school follows Option 1 or Option 2:
Option 1 (2-1-1-1)
|Year 1 (first-year)||Home college|
|Year 2 (sophomore)||Home college|
|Year 3 (junior)||Dartmouth|
|Year 4 (senior)||Home college|
|Year 5 (BE)||Dartmouth|
Option 2 (3-2)
|Year 1 (first-year)||Home college|
|Year 2 (sophomore)||Home college|
|Year 3 (junior)||Home college|
|Year 4 (senior)||Dartmouth|
|Year 5 (BE)||Dartmouth|
Dual-Degree students enjoy the best of both worlds: the opportunity to earn a professional, nationally-accredited BE while also gaining a broad liberal arts experience from Dartmouth and their home institutions. In signature engineering courses, students design and develop solutions for real-life challenges that improve lives and better our world.
Photo: A Dual-Degree student from Colby puts his Mars rover to the test at the ENGS 76: Machine Engineering competition, as future engineers look on.
Students have full access to our fabrication labs, machine shop, and makerspaces, and dive into project-based learning with guidance from peers, faculty, and staff to gain the technical skills and human-centered engineering perspectives necessary for professional or research careers.
Photo: In collaboration with the local fire department, Dual-Degree students Javier Esteban de Celis from Wheaton, Stjepan Vrbic from Colby, and Garth Verdeflor from Vassar (pictured) developed an extraction device for safer ice rescues.
Photo: Career fairs are held throughout the year for employers from around the country to recruit engineering students.
Admission to the Dual-Degree Program is limited and competitive, and we encourage students interested in pursuing engineering studies at Dartmouth to plan ahead. Talk to your academic advisor about the courses you need to best position yourself for admission to the program, including math and science coursework.
Dual-Degree students, upon arrival, should be prepared to take the core courses in Dartmouth's undergraduate engineering sciences major. During their first two years, they must demonstrate their ability to learn mathematics, natural science, and computer science, including:
The courses must all be at a level appropriate to majors in those subjects. They must be taken for letter grades unless Pass/Fail or Credit/No credit is the only option. We honor credits awarded for advanced placement, A-level, and international baccalaureate courses, but we strongly recommend, and consider in our admissions decision, additional STEM courses that students have pursued beyond the required minimum.
Because Dartmouth's BE degree requires at least nine courses in math and science, preparing for your fifth year requires planning ahead. We strongly encourage you to include upper-level courses that support your engineering interests in your studies at your home college. Examples include:
In addition, Dartmouth's BE degree requires a full year's-worth of courses in the liberal arts (eg. arts, languages, humanities, and social sciences), which may be drawn from courses taken here or at your home college.
Dartmouth holds classes year-round over four 10-week terms (summer, fall, winter, spring). A full academic year course load consists of approximately nine courses taken over three terms.
The Dual-Degree program requires planning ahead and coordination with the partner school to ensure students are able to meet requirements for both degrees. A course planning guide is available here:
Your first year at Dartmouth includes six undergraduate engineering sciences courses, as well as two or three electives—typically non-engineering courses in the arts, humanities, or social sciences—to fulfill requirements for both the bachelor of arts degree at your home college and the BE at Dartmouth.
|NUMBER OF REQUIRED COURSES||COURSES|
|3 courses||ENGS 21: Introduction to Engineering|
ENGS 22: Systems
ENGS 23: Distributed Systems and Fields (Requires ENGS 22. Students who have taken or will take an intermediate course in electromagnetism may take another engineering course instead of ENGS 23.)
1 or 2 courses*
|Choose one or two from the following:|
ENGS 24: Science of Materials
ENGS 25: Introduction to Thermodynamics
ENGS 26: Control Theory (Requires ENGS 22)
ENGS 27: Discrete and Probabilistic Systems
ENGS 28: Embedded Systems
|Gateway||1 or 2 courses*||Choose one or two from the following:
|Electives||2 or 3 courses*|
Students typically take additional coursework to fulfill degree requirements for both Dartmouth and home colleges, and they should consult with academic advisors about the suitability of Dartmouth courses in fulfilling requirements at their home institutions.
*The BE degree requires two distributive core courses from ENGS 24–28 and two gateway courses from ENGS 30–37. Depending on your schedule, you may be able to complete only one of the two required courses from each area during the first year and complete the remaining course requirement during the BE year.
During the BE year, students take up to nine courses to fulfill the requirements for the BE degree, including an applied math course and elective courses to build proficiency within an engineering concentration. Depending on prior preparation, students may need to take additional math or science courses during the BE year.
|COURSE TYPE||NUMBER OF REQUIRED COURSES||COURSES|
|Engineering Design Capstone||2 courses||ENGS 89: Engineering Design Methodology & Project Initiation|
ENGS 90: Engineering Design Methodology & Project Completion
|Applied Mathematics||1 course*|
|Engineering and Computer Science Electives||6 courses|
Three to four of the six courses must form a coherent disciplinary concentration, with one course having significant design content. The remaining courses may be chosen from:
*Statistics courses equivalent to ENGS 93 are available at some colleges and can be used to fulfilled this requirement.
Depending on your undergraduate preparation, you may have to take additional mathematics and natural science courses to meet BE degree requirements. The BE degree also requires coursework in the arts, languages, humanities, and social sciences.
Dual-Degree students may count up to 11 STEM courses from their home institutions in partial fulfillment of the BE degree requirements. These courses must be suitable for inclusion in a technical and applied science program. Courses in question may first be assessed by the Dual-Degree program director, the BE program committee, or appropriate math and science instructors at Dartmouth, and additional supporting material may be required, including course catalog descriptions, textbook information, syllabi, or other.
Dartmouth operates on a year-round schedule, and a majority of students start their first year as Dual-Degree students in the summer with Dartmouth's rising juniors who remain on campus for "Sophomore Summer."
The recommended enrollment patterns for Dual-Degree students are: summer-fall-winter and summer-winter-spring, as well as fall-winter-spring (fall-winter-summer or winter-spring summer is recommended only if the student cannot schedule one of the other three).
Following your first year, you may pursue an industrial internship. Contact Engineering Career Services for more information about internship opportunities.
Dual-Degree students returning to Dartmouth for the BE year typically start in the fall term and follow a fall-winter-spring enrollment pattern, culminating with investiture and commencement ceremonies in June.
Students applying for the first year of the Dual-Degree program should consult with their home institution's registrar regarding tuition. See expenses at Dartmouth for a projected break-down (including meals or other costs not billed by Dartmouth) for the current year.
During the first year, eligible Dual-Degree students receive financial aid through their home institutions. At many of our partner schools, the student's financial aid will transfer to Dartmouth for the exchange year. Before applying, we encourage students to who receive financial aid from their home institutions to check with their school's administrator to see if aid will follow them to Dartmouth.
Dual-Degree students live on campus for their first year in Dartmouth's undergraduate housing. Housing options vary across campus and more information is provided upon admission.
Dual-Degree students returning for the BE year are considered Dartmouth students and pay tuition and fees to Thayer School of Engineering. Expenses vary greatly depending on the student's choice of living arrangements. Financial aid can considerably lower these costs.
During the BE year, Dual-Degree students are eligible for need-based financial aid from Thayer School of Engineering in the form of partial-tuition scholarships, employment as teaching assistants, fellowships, or loans. No aid is available for room and board, books, etc., in the second year. Loans may be available, depending on financial status and citizenship.
During the BE year, Dual-Degree students are responsible for making their own off-campus housing arrangements. The Dartmouth Real Estate Office maintains a list of both college- and privately-owned rentals, and can assist in identifying potential housing options.