Combined-Degree Program in Engineering and Applied Science

Drew University has a combined-degree program with Columbia University. This program leads to an undergraduate liberal arts (B.A.) degree from Drew and an undergraduate engineering (B.S.) degree from Columbia University. Participants commonly follow a “3-2″ or “4-2″ scheduling, entering the engineering school after their junior or senior year at Drew respectively. Possibilities also exist for earning a graduate engineering degree (M.S.) in six total years.

The combined-degree program is an attractive alternative to traditional engineering curricula which are often highly structured and can require longer than four years to complete. Program graduates are “liberally educated engineers,” possessing strong communications and problem-solving skills. They have a broad background in the humanities and social sciences as well as a high-quality technical education. Being well prepared to advance in technical management, they often play major roles in solving increasingly complex societal problems.

Other advantages of a combined-degree program include the possibility of postponing irreversible career decisions while exploring and confirming long-term goals; the ability to complete degrees in two diverse areas under predictable conditions; gaining time for the pursuit of other academic, athletic, or extra-curricular interests; and the opportunity to use the supportive, personal environment of Drew to develop the skills and confidence for success in engineering.

The combined-degree liaison officer is Dr. Robert Murawski.


Combined Degree Program Admission Requirements

It is expected that any student intending to pursue a combined-degree program will normally satisfy virtually all requirements for a Drew degree including those of a particular major while at Drew. Depending on the major, some unfinished course requirements at Drew may be completed at the engineering school. It is therefore important for any student considering such a program to begin to plan his or her curriculum carefully and early. Students participating in combined-degree programs usually major in one of the sciences or mathematics while at Drew, although this is not a requirement for acceptance into the program.

The agreement between Columbia University and Drew University provides for guaranteed admission to the engineering school assuming certain course and grade requirements have been met. In addition to other factors considered for acceptance to the program, a minimum GPA of 3.3, both overall and in science and mathematics courses, is required. A liaison officer at Drew is available to advise combined-degree candidates and oversee completion of the required courses while at Drew. At the successful completion of three or four years at Drew, depending on the plan chosen, the liaison officer will recommend the student to the program, sign the application form certifying his or her aptitude for engineering study, and assure that the student has met or will meet the appropriate requirements for graduation from Drew. Two additional letters of recommendation are required from a science and mathematics instructor.

The required preparation courses for the combined-degree programs vary slightly depending on the program but all include the following:

  1. Mathematics: (4 semesters) Calculus with a separate course in Differential Equations
    MATH-150, MATH-151, MATH-250, MATH-315
  2. Physics: (2 semesters with lab) Calculus-based physics
    PHYS-150, PHYS-160, PHYS-113, PHYS-114.
  3. Chemistry: (1 semester with lab) (Some programs require an additional semester of general chemistry.)
  4. Computer Science (C++, JAVA, or MATLAB): (1 semester)
  5. Usual English and humanities courses normal for Drew graduation (must include writing and economics)
    ENGL-1, ECON-101 or ECON-102.

You are advised to read the pre-combined plan curriculum guide for the most up-to-date information about the requirements for all programs.


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