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Dual Degree Engineering

Thiel College offers a 3-2 dual-degree 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 dual-degree engineering phase of the program is spent at Thiel College 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.

A student who graduates from Thiel College with a major in dual-degree engineering will:

  • understand the fundamental concepts of the physical world as they extend to mechanics, thermodynamics, optics, electromagnetism, relativity, atoms, the solid state and elementary particles.
  • be able to understand and analyze common technical applications of fundamental concepts in their respective engineering specialty.
  • understand the scientific method, in particular as it is applies to the physical sciences.
  • possess laboratory skills including the handling of instruments and apparatus, measuring techniques and data processing/analysis.
  • be proficient in word processing and at least one spreadsheet application for graphing and data analysis.
  • be aware of the human, ethical and environmental implications of the applications of technology.
  • possess logical and computational skills at an advanced calculus-based level.
  • possess additional skills and knowledge, acquired at CWRU or Pitt, in the respective engineering disciplines.

3-2 Program with Case Western Reserve University

Thiel College offers a 3-2 dual-degree engineering program in cooperation with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland that 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. from Thiel and a B.S. from CWRU. 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, and no grade less than C in any science or math course.

3-2 Program with University of Pittsburgh

Thiel offers a 3-2 dual-degree engineering program in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) in Pittsburgh that 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. from Thiel and a B.S. from Pitt. 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 for transfer, depending on the specific program, and no grade less than C in any science or math course.

Math, Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science Requirements

  • MATH 181 Calculus I
  • MATH 182 Calculus II
  • MATH 281 Calculus III
  • MATH 302 Differential Equations
  • PHYS 174 Introductory Physics I (Calc)
  • PHYS 184 Introductory Physics II (Calc)
  • PHYS 263 Modern Physics
  • PHYS 353 Intermediate Lab
  • PHYS 363 Mathematical Physics
  • CHEM 140 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 160 General Chemistry II
  • CSCI 159 Introduction to Programming

In addition, students must complete the following courses depending on the area of specialization:

Chemical Engineering:

  • At least two courses from:
    • CHEM 200 Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 240 Quantitative Analysis
    • CHEM 310 Physical Chemistry—Dynamics
    • CHEM 320 Physical Chemistry—Structure

Computer Engineering:

  • CSCI 169 Data Structures
  • PHYS 243 Digital Electronics
  • CSCI 139 Web Design and Development or CSCI 179 Programming in Visual Basic

All other fields:

  • At least two courses from:
    • PHYS 213 Analog Electronics
    • PHYS 243 Digital Electronics
    • PHYS 223 Thermophysics
    • PHYS 253 Statics and Dynamics
    • PHYS 343 Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
    • MATH 211 Elementary Statistics
    • MATH 291 Linear Algebra
  • Physics

Patrick C. Hecking, Ph.D.

Department Chair

phecking@thiel.edu
📱 724-589-2104