Connecticut College students have several options for pursuing the study of engineering while also earning a traditional liberal arts degree. Through the following programs, students have the opportunity to develop the critical problem-solving and technical experience needed to enter a wide range of engineering fields. Many students also complete our standard major in physics, often supplemented with additional course(s) in engineering from one of our partner institutions, before attending graduate school in engineering.

Connecticut College students have gone on to attend top engineering graduate programs, including Princeton, Brown, Duke and Stanford, and are currently working as civil engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, nuclear engineers, optical metrology engineers, software engineers, engineering physicists and more.

Environmental Engineering Dual Degree Program

We offer an innovative five-year program, in partnership with Worcester Polytechnic Institute, that provides specialized training for students interested in environmental engineering. Science courses in chemistry, geosciences, physics and biology at Connecticut College are combined with engineering and design courses at WPI to provide students with the skills they need to enter the vital field of environmental engineering. Students participating in the program will complete three years of study at Connecticut College and one year of study away coursework at WPI during the junior year to earn a bachelor of arts degree in environmental engineering studies from Connecticut College. Students may then transfer to WPI for one additional year of study to pursue a bachelor of science in environmental engineering.

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U.S. Coast Guard Academy Single Course Exchange Program

Connecticut College students enrolled fulltime in an undergraduate degree-seeking program and in residence on the Connecticut College campus may, with appropriate approval, enroll in one course per semester at the United States Coast Guard Academy, which is adjacent to the Connecticut College campus. Enrollment in the single course exchange program is subject to enrollment policies, including instructor permission, course restrictions and space availability. 

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Washington University in St. Louis Dual Degree Program

Connecticut College is part of a select group of colleges affiliated with Washington University in St. Louis's Dual Degree Engineering Program, which offers students the opportunity to earn a bachelor of arts degree from the College and a bachelor of science in biomedical, computer, electrical, chemical or mechanical engineering from Washington University. The program requires three years of study at Connecticut College followed by two years of study at Washington University, or four years of study at Connecticut College followed by two years of study at Washington University. 

Dual Degree Program graduates are "liberally educated engineers" with strong communication and problem-solving skills, a broad background in the humanities and social sciences, and a high-quality technical education. To learn more, visit engineering.wustl.edu/dualdegree.

Other Opportunities

In addition to the programs above, students majoring in physics have the opportunity to study abroad or away at an engineering institution, take courses through Trinity College's engineering department, and complete funded internships in the field of engineering. Students can also apply for Washington University in St. Louis's January Intensive Term, an 11-day intensive introduction to engineering courses for current liberal arts students who want to test their interests in engineering. Columbia University also offers a Combined Plan Program (with a highly competitive admission process) for liberal arts students interested in a dual bachelor of arts and bachelor of science in an enginnering discipline.