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The 3-2 Program in Engineering

The successful engineer employs both art and science in solving problems. With a liberal arts education from Holy Cross and an engineering degree from Columbia University, graduates of the 3-2 Program in Engineering find themselves uniquely prepared to tackle the technical and creative challenges faced by today’s engineers.

Holy Cross offers a cooperative program for students who are interested in combining the study of the liberal arts and sciences with engineering. This approach, combining three or four years at Holy Cross with two years at Columbia University’s Fu School of Engineering, allows students to develop the creative interdisciplinary thinking, communication and research skills that are built through a liberal arts education at Holy Cross and then to focus their studies specifically in one of 16 different engineering majors at Columbia University. Students who successfully complete the program will receive two degrees: an A.B. from Holy Cross and a B.S. in a specific engineering major from Columbia.

Program Highlights

Students in the program typically major in physics, mathematics, computer science or chemistry at Holy Cross. The engineering disciplines available at Columbia University are as follows:
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Earth and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • IEOR: Engineering Management Systems
  • IEOR: Industrial Engineering
  • IEOR: Operations Research
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering