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Elmhurst College offers several options for students interested in engineering. No matter which option you choose, your Elmhurst coursework will provide a broad educational experience and a strong background in basic science.

Parallel Dual-Degree Program
This unique program, offered in cooperation with Illinois Institute of Technology, allows you to earn two degrees in just five years: a B.S. in physics from Elmhurst and a B.S. in mechanical, electrical, civil, computer or aerospace engineering from IIT.

Students in this program take classes at both institutions simultaneously and have full access to student activities and facilities at both institutions. Resident students may remain on campus at Elmhurst during the entire program.

“3-2” Dual-Degree Program
In this program, you’ll spend three years at Elmhurst taking basic science and general education courses, followed by two years taking engineering courses at a cooperating university. This leads to both a B.S. in physics and a B.S. in engineering.

Elmhurst currently has partnerships with the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and the University of Southern California, but other engineering schools accept transfers from Elmhurst as well.

Sequential Degree Alternative
Many students who are interested in electrical, mechanical, or nuclear engineering or materials science choose to complete a physics degree at Elmhurst and then go on to graduate school to earn a master’s degree in an engineering specialty. Students with strong qualifications can often obtain an assistantship or fellowship to cover tuition and expenses during the period of graduate study.

For more information, contact Dr. Brian Wilhite, department chair.
 

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