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Physics and Astronomy

Engineering Dual-Degree Options

Bowdoin College arranges shared studies programs with the University of Maine at Orono, the School of Engineering and Applied Science of Columbia University, the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

Columbia and the University of Maine allow qualified Bowdoin students to  transfer into the third year of their engineering programs after three years at Bowdoin. Columbia also offers a 4-2 option, which may be of interest to some students.

Caltech invites students of superior academic achievement from a select group of liberal arts colleges to apply to their 3-2 Program. Determination of acceptance is decided by the Caltech Upperclass Admissions Committee for students to transfer upon completion of their junior year.

Dartmouth offers a number of options, including taking the junior year at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering, senior year at Bowdoin, and a fifth year of engineering at Dartmouth.The student successfully completing the Columbia, Maine or Caltech program earns bachelor degrees of science from the engineering school and of arts from Bowdoin, at the end of their fifth year.  For the Dartmouth program, the engineering courses are used as transfer credits to complete the Bowdoin degree, conferred after the senior (fourth) year. The Dartmouth engineering degree is conferred upon successful completion of a fifth year in engineering at Dartmouth.

Finally, students may also apply as regular transfer students into any nationally recognized engineering program, earning only a degree from that engineering institution.

These programs are coordinated by Associate Dean Barry Logan, with assistance from representatives from each natural science department and Mathematics, including Professor Dale Syphers and Gary Miers in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Curricular requirements for engineering dual degree options vary by program. It is important for students to get advising about the program early in their career at Bowdoin. Students interested in these programs should contact Barry Logan or seek out the representative in the department/program of their intended major.