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3-2 Engineering Binary Program

The 3-2 Engineering Binary Program (also known as a "Dual-Degree" program or a "Combined Plan") offers participating students the best of two worlds: liberal arts and engineering.

Graduates of this program possess a desirable and marketable combination of breadth and depth in both the liberal arts and engineering. Marietta students who have participated in the 3-2 program through the years have been highly successful, with several graduating at the top of their engineering school class.

In the standard version of the 3-2 program, after finishing their junior year at Marietta, 3-2 students transfer into the junior year of an undergraduate engineering program at a participating university. Thus, in five years, graduates of this program can earn two undergraduate degrees: a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Marietta, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) degree from the engineering school. Marietta awards its degree after the student has successfully completed the graduation requirements of the engineering program.

One of the main benefits of the 3-2 program compared with an ordinary transfer from Marietta to an engineering school is that 3-2 students receive both degrees, whereas students who merely transfer receive only the B.S.E. degree.

A second benefit is that students can spend three years establishing a strong science and math foundation at a small school featuring excellent teaching and plenty of personal attention before transferring into the competitive engineering environment at a large university. In other words, students who might not be ready to enter a strong engineering program right out of high school can come to Marietta and, at a somewhat more manageable pace, develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be accepted into the final two years of a first-rate engineering program.

There are four basic requirements for participation in the 3-2 program: (1) completion of Marietta's general education and major requirements, (2) completion of a core of technical courses specified by the engineering school, (3) maintenance of specified grade point averages, both overall and in the technical courses, and (4) a recommendation from the Marietta College Engineering Binary Advisor.

All of the core technical courses required for the 3-2 program are included in the Applied Physics Major. We believe it provides the best preparation for the 3-2 program of any major currently available at Marietta College.

Marietta has 3-2 arrangements with the engineering schools at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland), Columbia University (New York), and Ohio University (Athens, Ohio).

Interested students should contact Dr. Dennis Kuhl, the Physics Department Chair, and Dr. Robert Chase, the Marietta Engineering Binary Advisor, as soon as feasible - preferably before registration in the fall of the freshman year.

For more information, see the Undergratuate Catalog.