Thiel offers a 3-2 binary engineering program in cooperation with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland and with the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) in Pittsburgh, which combines the sciences and engineering with a broad liberal arts education.
Two degrees are awarded upon successful completion of the five-year program: a B.S. or B.A. from Thiel in binary engineering and a B.S. from CWRU or Pitt in engineering.
The program is designed to meet the needs of students who desire a high-quality liberal arts education in addition to engineering possibilities before committing themselves to a particular major. The student must have an adequate math background to begin the calculus sequence during the first semester of the freshman year and at least one year of high school chemistry. A high school course in physics is also recommended. The three-year binary engineering phase of the program is spent at Thiel completing course work in the humanities and social sciences to meet college integrative requirements, and courses in math, chemistry, physics and computer science to fulfill major requirements and prepare for the engineering phase at CWRU and Pitt.
CWRU offers the B.S. degree in several areas such as aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, computing and information science, electrical, engineering physics, fluid and thermal science, mechanical, materials science, polymer science, systems, control and industrial engineering as well as a bachelor of science in engineering without designation. These programs may be modified from year to year; students need to contact their adviser for updates. CWRU requires a minimum GPA for transfer, depending on the specific program.
Pitt offers the B.S. degree in several areas such as bioengineering, chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering and engineering physics. These programs may be modified from year to year; students need to contact their adviser for updates. Pitt requires a minimum GPA of 2.8 to transfer for most programs. Pitt requires a minimum GPA for transfer, depending on the specific program.