Are you interested in engineering but also want all the benefits of a small, liberal-arts environment?  "3+2" or "dual-degree" engineering programs are a great way to get the best of both worlds.  You complete a shortened 3-year program at Goucher College, and then transfer to a major research university to complete an intensive 2-year program in the engineering field of your choice.  At the end of five years, you have earned two bachelors degrees – one from Goucher (in Physics, Math, Computer Science, or Chemistry), and one from the university in engineering.  Graduates from these programs are almost always quickly recruited into lucrative and rewarding careers.  

Here at Goucher, admission to the college means you can pursue a 3+2 program – there is no need to apply or request permission.  It is best if you tell us you are interested in this program when you arrive, so we can ensure you complete all the requirements in time, but you are never locked into or out of doing it.  In other words, you have plenty of time to choose whether the program is right for you.  

Goucher College has established a 3+2 program with the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science of Columbia University in the City of New York in the following fields:

  • biomedical engineering
  • chemical engineering
  • civil engineering
  • computer engineering
  • Earth and environmental engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • engineering management systems
  • industrial engineering
  • engineering mechanics
  • materials science and engineering
  • mechanical engineering.

During your three years at Goucher, you must take all the required foundation courses (listed below) as well as the specific courses for the particular field on engineering in which you are interested.  If you maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA, earn at least a B in all the required classes, demonstrate proficiency in English, and have three positive letters of recommendation from Goucher faculty, you are guaranteed admission to Columbia.  It's that easy!  For more information, please contact the Chair of Physics and Astronomy, or visit this link at Columbia University and find the document entitled "Pre-Combined Plan Curriculum Guide".

Please note: these requirements for students in the 3+2 program with Columbia University only apply if a student completes both the degree at Goucher and at Columbia University.  These requirements alone will not earn a student a Physics degree at Goucher.  In the event a student does not go through with the 3+2 program and chooses to have the physics major only, then the student must satisfy the specific requirements for the elected concentration before graduation.

The required courses for all 3+2 engineering majors with Columbia University are:

  • PHY 125 - General Physics I
  • PHY 126 - General Physics II
  • CHE 111 - Principles of Chemistry I
  • CS 224 - Principles of Programming Languaes
  • EC 101 - Principles of Economics: Micro
  • EC 102 - Principles of Economics: Macro
  • MA 222 - Calculus III

Students wishing to complete a physics major at Goucher must also take:

  • PHY 220 - Modern Physics
  • PHY 230 - Intermediate Physics Lab
  • PHY 280 - Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences
  • PHY 310 - Electronics/Instrumentation
  • Three additional courses within the department, of which at least two must be at the 300 level.


Additional courses are required for each of the engineering fields.

Biomedical Engineering

  • CHE 151/152
  • CHE 230
  • MA 221
  • PHY 220
  • Python programming language experience preferred.

Chemical Engineering

  • CHE 151/152
  • CHE 230
  • MA 221
  • MA 231

Civil Engineering

  • MA 221
  • MA 231
  • MATLAB programming experience preferred

Computer Engineering

  • MA 190
  • MA 221
  • MA 231
  • JAVA programming language required

Earth and Environmental Engineering

  • CHE 151/152
  • CHE 230 or BIO 210 or PHY 220
  • MA 221
  • MA 231

Electrical Engineering

  • MA 231

Industrial Engineering or Engineering Management Systems

  • CS 224
  • MA 221
  • MA 240
  • MA 241
  • MGT 110
  • The department strongly recommends experience in JAVA over C.

Materials Science & Engineering

  • MA 231
  • PHY 220
  • CHE 151/152

Mechanical Engineering

  • BIO 210 or PHY 220
  • MA 221
  • MA 231