Engineering Program

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Engineering at Macalester

An arrangement between Macalester and Washington University in St. Louis and one between Macalester and the University of Minnesota make it possible for students to receive a B.A. degree from Macalester and a B.S. degree in engineering from Washington or Minnesota in only five years, with the first three spent at Macalester.

For details, contact the Macalester 3-2 engineering liaison, Chad Higdon-Topaz, professor of mathematics and computer science.

The engineering program provides a means for Macalester students to gain the benefits of a liberal arts education while preparing themselves for a professional career in any of several areas of engineering. Washington University and the University of Minnesota participate in this program as a means of attracting strong students with diverse interests and backgrounds to engineering disciplines. The universities recognize that Macalester students receive an excellent background in science and mathematics that prepares them well for technical studies in engineering while at the same time developing a broad background in the humanities and social sciences.

Students who participate in the program are well prepared to advance in technical management and to play major roles in solving increasingly complex societal problems. Other advantages of the dual degree program include the following:

  • The ability to study in diverse disciplines and still earn a professional engineering degree after only five years of study
  • The opportunity to pursue other academic, athletic, or extracurricular interests
  • The chance to study at a small liberal arts college in order to develop the skills and confidence needed for success in engineering
  • The opportunity to explore different areas of science and engineering before committing to a narrowly focused course of professional study