Dual Degree (3-2) Engineering Programs

Dr. Richard Grant, Coordinator

For students interested in entering engineering and allied professions, Roanoke College offers combined plan programs with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and University of Tennessee Knoxville. Through these programs students are given the opportunity to broaden their academic background at a liberal arts college before beginning professional studies. The programs offer an attractive alternative to the highly structured, traditional engineering curricula.

In each of the 3-2 dual degree programs, students will complete all general education requirements of Roanoke College, and the majority of the requirements for a degree in Physics or Mathematics in the first three years of their program. Students should contact the Program Coordinator upon enrollment to discuss a recommended course of study. Some of the specifically required courses vary with the engineering college to which the student will transfer, and also the engineering specialty within a given college. In general, the following courses are required at Roanoke College in addition to the courses listed under the specific engineering programs listed below:


PHYS 201, 202, 203, 370,


one physics course 300-level or above,


and one 400 level physics course.


MATH 121, 122, 201, and 331


CHEM 111 and 112


PHYS 201 and 202


MATH 121, 122, 131, 201, and 331,


STAT 202, CPSC 120, and three additional courses chosen from (MATH 306, 321, 361, 388, 402, 431, 482; STAT 301, 401, 403, 404)


CHEM 111 and 112

After completion of coursework at Roanoke College, the student transfers to one of the colleges of engineering described on pages 41-42. Admission requirements vary. In two additional years, students can generally complete the requirements for an engineering degree. Selected coursework from the engineering college is transferred back to Roanoke College to complete major requirement and the 33 3/4 total units needed for graduation.


The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech and Roanoke College have joined to provide a dual degree program in engineering and the liberal arts. Students pursue a joint program of study beginning at Roanoke College and then transfer to Virginia Tech, earning a B.S. degree in engineering from Virginia Tech and the B.A. or B.S. degree with a major in Physics or Mathematics from Roanoke College. This program allows the student at Roanoke College to begin his or her education at a small, high-quality, liberal arts institution, to sample basic engineering courses at a nearby internationally recognized engineering college before committing to the full study of engineering, and then, if desired, to pursue degrees at both institutions.

In addition to the courses described above, the student should also take the introductory engineering courses required of engineering students at Virginia Tech: EF 1015, EF 1016 (Introduction to Engineering I and II; professionalism, problem presentation and solution, engineering calculations, computer applications, algorithmic development, ethics, 2-D sketching, and engineering design principles), and ESM 2104 (Statistics). These courses are also offered at Virginia Western Community College and should be taken during the Summer between the student’s first and second year or second and third year at Roanoke College.

Admission to Virginia Tech as a transfer student may occur at any time after two years of study at Roanoke College. While admission may be approved for the Spring semester, Summer or Fall transfer is encouraged. Transfer applicants must meet all normal transfer admission requirements of Virginia Tech.


Upon successful completion of this program, students will receive a B.S. with a major in Physics from Roanoke College and a degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Students who are sufficiently prepared and plan their course selections carefully should be able to complete the program in a total of five years, three at Roanoke College and two at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville.

In addition to the courses described above for the major in Physics, the student should also take, PHYS 453, MATH 482, and STAT 202.

Admission to the University of Tennessee as a transfer student may occur at any time after two years of study at Roanoke College. Applications are available from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Office of Admissions, and the applicants should specifically note in a cover letter their desire to be admitted under the dual degree program with Roanoke College. Participants in this program who have completed the requirements listed above and have a grade point average of 3.0 or above are guaranteed admission to the College of Engineering’s nuclear engineering major at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he or she meets all degree requirements at University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Completion of degree requirements at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville does not constitute completion of Roanoke College degree requirements or vice versa.


Under this 3-2 program, students who complete the prescribed three-year program at Roanoke College are recommended to Washington University for admission. The final admission decision rests with Washington University. To be recommended to Washington University, the student must have completed at least 27 units and have a 3.0 or higher grade point average both overall and in science and mathematics courses taken at Roanoke College. Upon completion of the five-year program the student is awarded a degree from Roanoke College in mathematics or physics and an engineering degree from Washington University.