Pre-engineering Overview

3-2 Pre-engineering Program

If you enter the 3-2 pre-engineering program at Hartwick, you will choose a major in some subject and fulfill all of the usual requirements for that major. You also must fulfill all of the general education requirements (with a couple of minor exceptions). There also are certain other courses that you must take to prepare for the engineering college. These include some basic math and physics courses and others depending on the particular kind of engineering that you want to pursue. If you should decide at any time during your college career that you do not want to continue on the pre-engineering track, it is a simple matter to continue with your choice of major at Hartwick and graduate in four years.

During your three years at Hartwick, there is a pre-engineering liaison who will be able to answer questions about the program. During your third year, you will meet with the liaison to evaluate your progress. You then apply to the engineering school. This will generate a request from the engineering college to the liaison to make a recommendation to the engineering college. If Hartwick recommends you, admission to the engineering school is guaranteed. The criteria for a positive recommendation from Hartwick is a solid GPA (generally As and Bs), as well as completion of the basic courses that are required by the engineering college. Those courses vary, depending on the particular type of engineering. If you are missing some of the required coursework, you might still gain admission, but it is not guaranteed.

There also is a 4-2 master’s degree program at Columbia University, but this is not part of the pre-engineering program. One could apply to this program as a graduate student after you have your Hartwick degree.

Hartwick Cooperative Agreements

Hartwick has cooperative agreements with both Clarkson University and Columbia University. Students in our pre-engineering program spend three years at Hartwick College taking math and science courses as well as a mixture of social sciences and humanities. In their fourth year, they transfer to either Clarkson or Columbia, where they spend the next two years studying engineering courses. At the end of five years, a student who completes the program earns a B.A. (or B.S., depending on the major) from Hartwick and an engineering degree from the other university.

Selecting a Hartwick Major

For more information about our majors in chemistry, computer science, or physics visit the departments’ webpages.


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