Engineering at F&M
A liberal arts education from Franklin & Marshall College (F&M) provides students with exceptional problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills while they pursue coursework across the humanities, social, and natural sciences. This broad acumen uniquely equips F&M students to excel in the engineering field, which requires multidisciplinary approaches to complex technological and humanistic problems.
Recognizing the strong foundation that a liberal arts education provides for the engineering field, top-ranked engineering institutions have partnered with F&M to recruit junior and senior student talent for their institutions via dual degree programs, which allow students to receive both a Bachelor of Arts in their major of choice from F&M, as well as a Bachelor of Science and (in the case of Washington University at St. Louis) a Masters Degree from the engineering institution in a specific engineering discipline, which include:
- Aerospace Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Engineering in Robotics
- Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
A bachelor’s degree in engineering, along with a strong background in mathematics and science, will prepare students for most entry-level engineering opportunities while a master’s or more advanced degree is often preferred or required for research and development opportunities.
F&M's Affiliation with Top-Ranked Engineering Institutions
Click on the below-linked institutions, which have entered into affiliation agreements with F&M, for detailed information about dual degree program options, including course and application requirements and timelines:
- Washington University at St. Louis’s School of Engineering & Applied Science
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Case Western Reserve University’s Case School of Engineering
Dual Degree Requirements
Admission into a dual degree program with the four above-listed institutions is guaranteed provided that the F&M student:
- Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.30/4.0, both overall and inclusive of the science and mathematics coursework required for the intended engineering major. (Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.30 are not guaranteed admission and may will considered on a case-by-case basis, with the appropriate recommendation letters and supporting documentation.)
- Completion of Franklin & Marshall’s General Education requirements (i.e. distribution, writing and language studies requirements) along with the requirements for the student's F&M major.
- Completion of the engineering institution's foundational and engineering major-specific prerequisite coursework by the end of the spring semester of application.
- Full-time enrollment at Franklin & Marshall for the two years prior to application.
Students may apply for admission to a dual degree program in the spring of their junior (for the 3/2 bachelor's option or 3/3 master's option) or senior year (for the 4/2 bachelor's option or 4/3 master's option) provided that they have complied with the above-listed admission requirements and completed the requisite F&M coursework for their engineering major of interest, which coursework will include:
- Mathematics Sequence: Calculus I (MAT109), Calculus II (MAT110), Calculus III (MAT111). Some engineering majors required more advanced mathematics courses, including Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (MAT229);
- Physics Sequence: Physics I (PHY111) and Physics II (PHY112);
- Chemistry: General Chemistry (CHM 111).
- Computer Science: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming (CPS111). Please note that some engineering majors require a specific programming language and additional computer sciences courses beyond the introductory class.
Specific engineering majors may require additional or advanced coursework in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or other disciplines.
As long as F&M students complete the pre-engineering coursework required for admission to their dual degree program of choice, they are not constrained in their choice of major while at F&M. Past applicants for the dual degree programs have majored in Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, English-Creative Writing, Art History, Physics, and Business, Organizations & Society.
Students contemplating the dual degree option should meet with F&M's Engineering Professions Adviser, Beth Throne, J.D. '95, to learn more about and begin the pre-requisite F&M coursework for their engineering major of interest no later than their first year if they are considering applying in their junior year, or no later than the first semester of their sophomore year if they are considering applying in their senior year.
Financial Aid Considerations
The engineering institutions affiliated with F&M cannot guarantee the same or similar financial aid packages as F&M awards its students. Students must apply for financial aid with the engineering institutions at the time of application to the dual degree program. Limited financial aid may be available for international students.
More detailed information about the category and availability of financial aid for dual degree students may be found via the dual degree program links set forth above for each of the four affiliated institutions.
Dual Degree Programs versus Post-Baccalaureate or Graduate Studies
While many F&M students interested in engineering often opt to pursue a dual-degree with one of our four partner institutions, students may also pursue graduate education in engineering at these or other institutions by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) directly after graduating from F&M. Students unsure of which option may be the best for them, given their interests and needs, should meet with F&M's Engineering Professions Adviser, Beth Throne, J.D. '95.