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 natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.  This broad acumen uniquely equips F&M students to excel in the engineering field, which requires multidisciplinary approaches to complex technological and humanistic problems.

F&M students interested in pursuing a degree in engineering have multiple options for doing so.  First, recognizing the strong foundation that a liberal arts education provides for the engineering field, four top-ranked engineering institutions have partnered with F&M to recruit junior and senior students via dual degree programs.  These programs allow students to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in the major of their choice from F&M as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in an engineering discipline of their choice from one of those four institutions. 

In addition to the dual degree programs, many F&M students will decide to pursue graduate studies in engineering at institutions across the country.  These students leverage the strong technical skills acquired during their undergraduate studies at F&M to gain admission to top Masters or Ph.D. programs in various engineering disciplines.

 

Dual Degree Programs

F&M students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree through the dual degree engineering program have four school options to choose from:

Students pursuing the dual degree engineering program should strive to maintain a GPA of 3.30 or higher while taking a curriculum including coursework which provides a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer science.  In addition to maintaining a strong cumulative GPA, students pursuing the dual degree program should also strive to show a high level of aptitude in their science and math coursework, as evidenced by maintaining a science and math GPA at or above 3.30, as well.

Three of our four partner institutions offer guaranteed admission to F&M students who complete all required courses while maintaining high GPA standards.  Those GPA requirements are listed below:

  • Washington University:  3.25 cumulative GPA & 3.25 science and math GPA
  • Case Western Reserve University:  3.0 cumulative GPA & 3.0 science and math GPA
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute:  3.0 cumulative GPA & 3.0 science and math GPA

Students applying to Columbia University will apply through a competitive review process.  Students applying to Columbia should have a cumulative and pre-engineering GPA of 3.30 or higher.  Preference is given to students achieving a cumulative and pre-engineering GPA of 3.50 or higher.  Additionally, students should attain a grade of B or higher on the first attempt in all pre-engineering coursework. 

Students pursuing the dual degree program have the choice to spend either three or four years at F&M, during which time they will complete all requirements for their chosen F&M major, all F&M general education requirements, and all pre-engineering coursework for their chosen engineering school and engineering major.  They will then transfer to the engineering partner school for two years, completing a curriculum focused on their chosen engineering major.  During those years spent at the engineering partner school, students will remain on a leave of absence from F&M.  At the conclusion of the program, students will then receive a bachelor’s degree from both institutions. 

While studying at one of our engineering partner schools, engineering students will be fully enrolled at that school.  They will have access to all of the same student services as other students at that school.  They will pay tuition directly to that school, and their financial aid will be determined by that school.  At the conclusion of their second year of engineering studies, students will then submit an official transcript from the engineering school to F&M, confirming their completion of the program.  At that point, students receive both their F&M and engineering degrees. 

For those students who are interested in pursuing a Master’s in Engineering, as well, Washington University’s McKelvey School of Engineering also offers F&M students the option to earn both a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in engineering after spending one additional year on campus.  Students pursuing this “+3” option do not have any additional requirements to complete while at F&M, and they receive a scholarship from Washington University that discounts the cost of completing the “+3” option to be the same as completion of the traditional “+2” option. 

Students interested in pursuing the dual degree engineering program at F&M should meet with Michael Vitlip, Director of STEM Professions Advising in the Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development during their first year in order to ensure they have sufficient time to complete all required coursework during their first three years at F&M.

F&M students in the second portion of the dual degree engineering program are currently studying the follow engineering disciplines:

Major

Institution

Biomedical Engineering

Columbia University

Materials Science & Engineering

Columbia University

Computer Engineering

Columbia University

Aerospace Engineering

Washington University

Computer Science & Engineering

Washington University

Mechanical Engineering

Washington University

Robotics

Washington University

 

Direct Admission to Graduate School

Undergraduate studies at F&M provides students strong preparation for graduate studies in various engineering disciplines.  Students at F&M develop a wide array of technical skills, all while developing the problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills that are hallmarks of a liberal arts education.  F&M’s small class sizes, easily accessible faculty, and abundant undergraduate research opportunities provide students a solid foundation for both graduate studies in engineering and job prospects within the industry. 

Each year, F&M sends students to graduate school in a variety of engineering disciplines at schools across the country.  Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in engineering should take coursework inclusive of calculus, linear algebra & differential equations, physics, chemistry, and computer science.  Those interested in learning how to best prepare for graduate studies in engineering should meet with Michael Vitlip, Director of STEM Professions Advising in the Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development

F&M alumni are currently pursuing graduate studies in the follow engineering disciplines:

Field of Study

Institution

Operations Research & Industrial Engineering

Cornell University

Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering

Duke University

Cybersecurity & Compliance

George Washington University

Mechanical Engineering

Lehigh University

Financial Engineering

New York University

Data Science

North Carolina State University

Mechanical Engineering

Penn State University

Civil Engineering

Purdue University

Civil Engineering

Texas A&M University

Biomedical Engineering

Tufts University

Biomedical Engineering

University of Pennsylvania

Mechanical Engineering

University of Pennsylvania

Bioengineering

University of Pennsylvania

Data Science

University of Southern California

Data Science

University of Washington

 

For more information about studying engineering at Franklin & Marshall College, visit F&M’s STEM Professions Advising page to set up an appointment with the Director of STEM Professions Advising.