Students interested in engineering as a career may pursue this interest at Hamilton in a number of ways. The cooperative program leads to the B.S. degree in an engineering field in either a 3-2 or 4-2 plan. Liberal arts-engineering (3-2) plans are in effect with Columbia University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After completing three years of study at Hamilton and then two years at the cooperating engineering school, the student earns a B.A. from Hamilton and a B.S. from the engineering school. Students in a 3-2 program who wish to major in physics at Hamilton are expected to complete the first three years of the major, a minimum of 8 courses in physics.
Since the 2003-2004 academic year we have been able to offer access to a combined plan at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. This program is on a 2-1-1-1 schedule. The student completes 2 years at Hamilton and then spends his or her junior year at Dartmouth, returning to Hamilton to complete the senior year and to earn the B.A. from Hamilton. The student then returns to Dartmouth to finish the second year of engineering studies and receive a degree in engineering. Admission to all of these programs is based on performance in coursework, recommendation by science and mathematics faculty, and the positive recommendation of the engineering advisor.
Web sites related to the combined plans for the various schools are (click on these addresses or copy and paste them into your browser):
Columbia University:The Columbia Combined Plan Program
Dartmouth College: Dartmouth Dual Degree Program
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: R.P.I. 3-2 Engineering Program
See here for advice on how to begin your Hamilton studies.
There are many possible options in pre-engineering programs, and because of their complexity beyond the first year, interested students should consult the engineering advisor, Professor Gordon Jones.
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- Maxwell Coleman (Hamilton '17, Dartmouth '18)
- Tom Soldi (Hamilton '17, Dartmouth '18)
- Louis Croce (Hamilton '12, Columbia '14)
- Erin Bessette-Kirton (Hamilton '12, Columbia '14)
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updated July 2015