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Are you passionate about science and math?
Still not sure what to study at Wes?
Why not consider engineering?
Yes, Wesleyan does not have an engineering department, but that does not mean that aspiring engineers must give up on their dreams! In fact, Wesleyan encourages all types of positive intellectual pursuits that students might have and the university has even produced its share of engineers who work all around the world (for starters, just check out this list on Wikipedia).
Some have chosen to study engineering after graduating from Wes. However if you want to get a head start, why not consider the 3-2 engineering program which would allow you to spend 3 years at Wes and then 2 years at a partner university (thus the name)? After finishing the program, students earn two bachelor degrees: a BA from Wes and a BS or BE from an affiliate engineering school.
Which engineering schools are affiliated with Wesleyan?
I am interested in the dual degree option! Sign me up!
You should communicate your plan as early as possible with at least two faculty members:
- Dual Degree Program Liaison (currently Professor Lutz Hüwel of the Physics Department)
- Your own faculty advisor
It is advisable to talk to different science and math faculty members as well. After all, you will need letters of recommendation from them when you submit a formal application early in the spring semester of your junior year.
If I choose to do the engineering program, what should I major at Wes?
Please keep in mind that completion of a Wesleyan major is required by some engineering schools. Even though many students who pursue the dual degree have chosen to declare math or science related major(s), you can technically major in anything you want while at Wes! That said, you need to plan early and actively seek advice from professors because the course requirements for engineering are quite stringent.
What courses should I take at Wes?
Different schools have different requirements and you are strongly advised to consult the respective engineering school webpages. Typically, two semesters of calculus-based physics, one semester of chemistry, and calculus (including multivariable) are part of the necessary preparation.
For your reference, Columbia has compiled a list of required courses and their Wesleyan equivalents in their curriculum guide.
How can I get engineering research experience at Wes?
There are a number of courses, research, and other engineering-related opportunities at Wes. You can find the list here.
Are there any other dual degree engineering programs available for Wes students?
- Dartmouth offers a “2-1-1-1” option allowing you to return to Wesleyan for senior year, before finishing the program at Dartmouth
- Columbia offers a “4-2” option allowing you to spend four years at Wesleyan before transferring to Columbia