2021-22 Catalog

Special Undergraduate Academic Opportunities

The academic programs in the colleges are supplemented by five-year, two-degree programs as well as opportunities for advanced, foreign, and experiential study.

Arts-Engineering Option

The curriculum in arts-engineering is designed for students wanting a professional education in a field of engineering and also the opportunity to study a second field.

Arts-engineers fulfill all requirements for the professional engineering degree for which they are working. However, the first three years of science and engineering courses are scheduled over four years for the arts-engineer. During this period the arts-engineer is a student in the College of Arts and Science pursuing a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science major program.

In many instances it may be advisable to take the two degrees at the end of the fifth year. Arts-engineers working towards the bachelor of science in biology, computer science, environmental science, geological sciences, geophysics, molecular biology, and statistics are advised to pay special attention to the engineering humanities and social science requirements, which must be met in time for the student to qualify for the B.S. in engineering.

Arts-engineers have the same opportunities for multiple majors and special interdisciplinary majors as are available to students working for the baccalaureate (B.S. or B.A. degree only) in the College of Arts and Sciences. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Professor Jenna Lay, Director of Special Programs.

Bachelor/Master Degree Programs

Of increasing interest to undergraduates are the two-degree programs that may lead to both a bachelor and a master’s degree in five years. The five-year program in the College of Education enables those receiving a B.A. or B.S. degree to accomplish professional teacher training and serve as salaried interns in public schools. After the completion of one year of full-time teaching, secondary teachers can receive the master of arts and elementary teachers can receive master of education degrees.

Many other five-year, graduate-level combination programs exist, and students are advised to consult with their adviser in planning such programs. All students receiving masters degrees must be registered as full time degree graduate students for at least one full term.

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