This is a 3:2 program, which means students in this course of study spend three years at Assumption College and two years at the University of Notre Dame.
The Assumption College degree will usually be Chemistry (for Chemical Engineering), Environmental Science (for Environmental Engineering), Mathematics or Computer Science (for Computer Engineering), and Mathematics (for Aerospace, Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering).
Assumption students can complete their general education requirements during their three years at Assumption. Depending on the student’s major at Assumption and the engineering discipline they intend to study at Notre Dame, the student can also finish most, or in some cases all, of the requirements for their Assumption College major during their first three years.
In the instances where the student does not finish all of the required coursework for the B.A. at Assumption, the student will work with the Program or the Mathematics and Computer Science Chairperson to determine which courses they will take at Notre Dame and apply toward their Assumption B.A.
Upon the successful completion of their first year of study at Notre Dame, and upon the successful completion of Assumption College’s graduation requirements, the student will earn the B.A. from Assumption. After successfully completing the second year at Notre Dame, and upon the completion of that University’s graduation requirements, the student will earn a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
This program is designed to provide the student with a strong liberal arts education in the sciences or mathematics from Assumption College. At Assumption you will be in small classes with faculty who emphasize high-quality teaching. Students who complete the program will also receive state-of-the-art engineering training at Notre Dame; one of the nation’s leading engineering universities.
This program is rigorous, and it requires intensive study in science, mathematics and engineering. To participate the student must be accepted into the program, complete a specified curriculum at Assumption, earn a G.P.A. of 3.3 or higher, earn a grade of C or higher in all of the courses at Assumption, and receive a letter of recommendation for matriculation at the University of Notre Dame from the Director of the Program, Dr. James Hauri.
Engineering majors are advised to register for MAT 131: Honors Calculus I during summer orientation for first-year students. Individuals who are not prepared to take MAT 131 can enroll in a summer course prior to the start of their first year so that they can begin their mathematics studies at Assumption with MAT 131. Students who do not start with MAT 131 will need four years at Assumption to complete the pre-engineering curriculum.
Each student entering the program will be assigned an academic advisor and additional information will be available from this individual. The academic advisors for the program are Dr. James Hauri, Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of California at Berkley, Dr. Joseph Alfano, Ph.D., Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Dr. Steven Theroux, Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Assumption College students who successfully complete the requirements of the program are automatically accepted into the Notre Dame Engineering Program. Accepted students are eligible for financial aid from Assumption College during their first three years of study, and they are eligible for financial assistance from the University of Notre Dame during their last two years in the program. To be considered for this assistance, the student must complete the appropriate applications for financial aid.
The well-rounded education acquired in the 3:2 dual degree program in engineering and science or mathematics will make the student very competitive in the job market or for admission to graduate school.