Liberal Arts and Engineering 3-2 Program

The School of Engineering at the University of St.Thomas is home to two fully accredited engineering programs in electrical and mechanical engineering which are built on a Liberal Arts core curriculum. The degrees offer students career paths into most fields of engineering and opportunities to specialize in graduate school.

For those students wishing to specialize in other fields of engineering at the undergraduate level, the University of St. Thomas offers a Liberal Arts-Engineering (3-2) program.

The Liberal Arts-Engineering (3-2) program is offered formally in cooperation with the University of Notre Dame and the University of Minnesota.

Students typically spend three years at St. Thomas and, upon approval of St. Thomas and acceptance by the engineering school, two additional years at the engineering school in an engineering field. Upon satisfying the requirements for graduation of both institutions, the student will receive a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree from the University of St. Thomas and a bachelor of science degree in the selected field of engineering from the engineering school.

Courses prerequisite to an engineering school program are available in areas of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer programming, and engineering. There are few significant differences in courses taken in the first two years of undergraduate study toward any type of engineering field. All pre-engineering students take mathematics, physics, and chemistry courses, along with a seminar introducing them to the various fields of engineering and to the work of engineers.

The 3-2 program is directed by an advisory committee consisting of members of the Departments of Physics and Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences and members of the School of Engineering.

Contact the 3-2 advisor (Dr. Jeffrey Jalkio, jajalkio@stthomas.edu)  in the Department of Physics for program specifics.


3-2 Liberal Arts – Engineering Program (Pre-Engineering)


CHEM 297 Chemistry for Engineers (4 credits)

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CHEM 111 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
CISC 130 Intro to Programming and Problem Solving in the Sciences (4 credits)
ENGR 150 Introduction to Engineering (1 credit)
MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits)
MATH 114 Calculus II (4 credits)
MATH 200 Multi-Variable Calculus (4 credits)
MATH 210 Introduction to Differential Equations and Systems (4 credits)
PHYS 111 Introduction to Classical Physics I (4 credits)
PHYS 112 Introduction to Classical Physics II (4 credits)


At least three additional courses are required, which will depend upon the field of engineering. Students must discuss their program with the 3-2 advisor. Each student, field, and school has different needs and requirements.