Bachelor of Science
The combined-plan offers multiple degree opportunities for students desiring to enter the engineering profession. The most popular program is the 3+2 plan in which a student spends three years in a pre-engineering curriculum at Providence College where humanities, science, and mathematics courses are integrated to produce the kind of fundamental background needed for future problem solvers. The final two years of study are spent in an engineering concentration of the student’s choice at one of our affiliate universities, Columbia University and Washington University in St. Louis. Students successfully completing the combined-plan program receive two bachelor of science degrees, one from Providence College and one in engineering from the affiliate school which they attend. The diploma from Providence College is awarded at the end of the fifth year of study, when the student has completed their studies at the affiliate school. The engineering concentrations available include: biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, earth and environmental, industrial or operations research, mechanical, computer engineering, computer science, engineering mechanics, materials science, and applied mathematics or applied physics.
We recognize that our students form many valuable and important friendships during their years at Providence College. To honor these relationships, combined-plan students are invited to participate in the numerous pre-graduation activities with their entering year classmates and to participate in their graduation ceremony. Students interested in engineering may also complete the program on a 4+2 schedule, spending four years at Providence College and 2 years at the affiliate school. Washington University in St. Louis also offers 3+3 and 4+3 options leading to a master’s degree in engineering.
Engineering students follow the pre-engineering curriculum outlined below. Students planning to continue in some specialized areas of engineering such as biomedical, chemical or industrial must complete additional or, in some cases, alternative coursework as prescribed by the affiliated university. For guaranteed admission, Washington University requires a minimum a GPA of 3.25 both overall and within the math and science courses Columbia University evaluates applicants using a holistic competitive review process that considers curriculum and grades, character, fit and other factors. Columbia strongly recommends a GPA of 3.30 or higher, both overall and within the pre-engineering courses along with a minimum grade of B in all math and science courses.