Cooperative engineering programs begin with a three or four year program at Franklin & Marshall. Engineering schools require a specific background in physics, mathematics, and chemistry, coupled with a varying number of courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, F&M stipulates that students attain an acceptable level of progress toward fulfilling graduation requirements before leaving the college.
After attending Franklin & Marshall and with the recommendation of the engineering committee, and the approval of the students major department, the student transfers to one of the five affiliated engineering schools for two years of concentrated study in the chosen engineering field. After successfully completing this five or six year program, two degrees are conferred: a bachelor of arts with a major in the student's chosen field from F&M and a bachelor of science in engineering from the cooperating institution.
Franklin & Marshall is affiliated with the following schools:
Students in the cooperative-degree program are treated as transfer students to the affiliated engineering schools. Therefore, Franklin & Marshall College financial aid packages DO NOT transfer. Students must apply for aid with their engineering school of choice.
Some of the affiliate schools offer special scholarships for cooperative-degree students, but availability changes from year-to-year. Please talk to the F&M Engineering Liaison or the websites below for current scholarship information.
The courses required of students during their time at F&M vary slightly by choice of engineering school and field of engineering, but in general include the following:
In addition to the above coursework, to receive the recommendation of the engineering committee, students must complete the following:
For the most current information on cooperative-degree plans from our affiliate schools please use the links below.
Often students who are considering the cooperative-degree program as a 3-2 option decide to complete their four-year B.A. programs at F&M, while retaining an interest in engineering. Such students may transfer to one of the cooperating schools under the 4-2 plan. While the 4-2 plan requires an extra year it makes options like double majoring and study abroad much easier to schedule.
Of course, students who complete their B.A. at F&M may apply for graduate schools in engineering without the cooperative-degree program. In recent years, these students have a 100% success rate at being admitted to various engineering schools.