Students interested in the engineering program have three options: 3-2 engineering program major, 3-2 engineering program major and a second Beloit major, or 4-2 engineering program major with a second Beloit major.
The engineering program major (3-2) requires only 23 units of Beloit credit, but it also requires completion of an engineering degree from an ABET accredited institution. All other Beloit College degree requirements except for the 31-unit requirement must be met, and students do not receive their Beloit degree until the engineering school certifies the engineering degree. Students must complete the engineering core, even if they opt for a second major at Beloit. It is sometimes possible to count some of the courses completed during the two years of engineering school toward the requirements of a second Beloit major; for example, an engineering course in fluid dynamics might count towards a Beloit physics major, and an engineering course in petroleum chemistry might count towards a Beloit chemistry major. Students must consult with the department of the second major in determining what will transfer back and count toward the requirements of the second major.
Most students are expected to complete the Liberal Arts in Practice requirement while at Beloit. With prior consultation with the Beloit engineering advisor, it is occasionally possible to complete the LAP requirement at the engineering school; planning for this must be done in advance.
Students will receive a bachelor’s degree with an “engineering program” major from Beloit College upon successful completion of the dual-degree program. Students who also complete an additional Beloit major will have both the “engineering program” major and the second major listed in their transcripts.
Students opting for the 4-2 program must complete a non-engineering Beloit major (such as chemistry, math, or physics, but the degree can be in any major), including the minimum 31 units of Beloit credit; students will receive their Beloit degree before matriculating at the engineering school. Students must complete the engineering core in order to be certified by the Beloit liaison to an affiliate school. Students then follow a two-year program of study at an ABET accredited engineering institution, leading to either a B.S. or an M.S. degree in engineering.
Students will receive a bachelor’s degree from Beloit with the Beloit major listed on their transcripts. The “engineering program” major will not be listed on the transcripts.
Ordinarily a student will need to choose between 3-2 and 4-2 by the end of their sophomore year, since the requirements of a Beloit major must be met for the 4-2 program.
Note: Financial aid criteria and award packages do not “transfer “from Beloit to an engineering college. Astudent must apply and qualify separately at the engineering college. Applying for financial assistance is generally a separate process concurrent with application for admission. A student who has graduated from Beloit before or while attending an engineering college (e.g., a student on the 4-2 program) is no longer an undergraduate, and undergraduate need-based financial aid will usually not be available subsequently at the engineering college. Graduate study is normally funded with assistantships or fellowships.
- Required courses (10 units), completed with at least a “C” average:
- Recommended courses:
- Chemistry 230 and 235 (for chemical engineering).
- Economics 199 (required by some engineering schools).
- Geology 100 or 110 (for civil engineering).
- Mathematics 175, 190, and/or 205 (required by some engineering schools).
- Physics 210 (required by some engineering programs).
- Physics 330 (for civil and mechanical engineering).
- Twenty-three units of Beloit credit (for 3-2 program), at least 16 of which are in residence.
- Completion of all remaining Beloit College degree requirements.
- Any additional courses required for admission to the engineering institution.
- Attainment of an engineering degree from an ABET-accredited institution, with at least a “C” average in the engineering college. Courses and grades from the engineering institution are transferred to Beloit and are counted into the student’s Beloit College grade point average, for purposes of requirements and and honors.