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.

Required foundation courses for all 3+2 physics-engineering  majors are:

  • PHY 125
  • PHY 126
  • PHY 220
  • PHY 230
  • PHY 280
  • PHY 310
  • CHE 111
  • CS 224
  • EC 101
  • EC 102
  • MA 222
  • three additional courses within the department of which at least two must be at 300 level


Additional courses are required for each of the engineering fields.

Physics-Biomedical Engineering

  • MA 221
  • CHE 151/152
  • CHE 230

Physics-Chemical Engineering

  • CHE 151/152
  • CHE 230

Physics-Civil Engineering

  • MA 221

Physics-Computer Engineering

  • MA 190

Physics-Earth and Environmental Engineering

  • BIO 210
  • BIO 220
  • CHE 151/152
  • CHE 230
  • MA 221

Physics-Electrical Engineering

  • MA 221

Physics-Engineering Management Systems

  • MA 221
  • MA 240
  • MA 241
  • MGT 110

Physics-Industrial Engineering

  • MA 221
  • MA 240
  • MA 241
  • MGT 110

Physics-Materials Science & Engineering

  • CHE 151/152

Physics-Mechanical Engineering

  • BIO 210
  • BIO 220
  • MA 221