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3-2 Engineering Program

This five-year dual-degree program, in cooperation with engineering schools at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Watson School of Engineering at Binghamton University, Clarkson University, RPI, and Syracuse University, offers students the opportunity to become professionally-qualified in a specific engineering field, while at the same time achieving capability in a chosen Liberal Arts major. This combination can provide engineers, as well as professionals in other fields, a unique background for contributing to solutions of the many critical, complex, and interdisciplinary problems of modern society.

Students in the 3-2 Engineering Program attend SUNY Oneonta for the first three years, pursuing one of the following Liberal Arts majors: Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Meteorology, Physics, or Statistics. At the beginning of the fourth year, students transfer to an engineering school for the completion of the five-year program. (Majors in some disciplines may need to spend more than three years at Oneonta to complete the major and the engineering courses for transferring to engineering school.) The B.S. degree in the chosen Liberal Arts major is awarded by SUNY Oneonta and the B.S. in Engineering is awarded by the engineering school.

Students may be accepted into the 3-2 Engineering Program during their first semester freshman year. Students are expected to meet the following criteria: a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and completion of General Chemistry I (CHEM 111), General Physics I (PHYS 203), and Calculus I (MATH 173) with grades in each course not less than "C." Students above the level of freshman who apply for admission into the program will be considered individually, but admission criteria will not be less rigorous than those criteria stated for freshmen. Students in the program must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and a 2.5 GPA in those courses required for entrance into the junior year at engineering school. In general these are courses in chemistry, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and physics. If the student has three initial grades of "D" or "E" in those courses required for entrance into the junior year at engineering school, or if the student fails to maintain satisfactory academic progress in meeting the requirements, he or she may be dropped from the program.

Engineering-designated courses are listed in this catalog under the offerings of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department and the Physics and Astronomy Department.

In order for this dual major program to be completed successfully in the scheduled five years, it is necessary for students to complete certain courses during specific semesters. For this reason, students in the program should establish contact with the Engineering Program Director (436-3192) as early as possible, preferably before classes start during their freshman year. Students who do not take the recommended courses during their freshman year will probably take longer than five years to finish their degrees. Students who transfer to Oneonta during their sophomore or junior year may still need to attend Oneonta for three years in order to complete the requirements. The required courses for the 3-2 Engineering Program are as follows:

3-2 Engineering Program Major Requirements

All students in this program take:

CHEM 111, 112

8 s.h.

ENGR 110, 313

3 s.h.

MATH 173, 174, 276, 277

15 s.h.

PHYS 203, 204, 205, 287

12 s.h.

CSCI 109 or CSCI 110 or CSCI 114 or CSCI 116

3 s.h.


Total 41 s.h.

Study within the primary major as required.

Additional courses required in the program depend on the student’s choice of Liberal Arts major and Engineering major; they are indicated on the appropriate engineering program sheets available from the Engineering Program Director.

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