5 Years (Westminster + Partner School)

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The Engineering Program at Westminster University

Westminster’s 3–2 Engineering program allows students to prepare for a career in the field of engineering while exploring broader interests in a liberal arts setting.

You’ll begin your education at Westminster in a supportive environment designed to help you get the most out of your 3 years here. Then, you’ll complete your studies at one of Westminster's partner schools, the University of Southern California or Washington University in St. Louis.

Students in this program are encouraged to meet with the 3+2 program advisor at Westminster University during their first year to ensure you meet of all the requirements for the engineering field you're interested in and to learn about the coursework that will be required during your 2 years at another institution.

Who the Engineering Program Is For

Westminster's Engineering program is designed for students who want to enhance and broaden their undergraduate education as a prelude to the focused work of engineering school, developing creative problem-solving and strong critical-thinking skills before taking on technical classes.

What You'll Learn in the Engineering Program 

Westminster's Engineering program offers "learning communities" that couple courses like math and biology and utilize group-based, hands-on learning. Moreover, students often develop close nurturing relationships with faculty and their peers at Westminster that might not happen at a larger school.

Sample courses

  • CHEM-111: Principles of Chemistry I
  • CMPT-201: Introduction to Computer Science

  • MATH-310: Probability and Statistics
  • PHYS-311: Analytical Mechanics


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Our Faculty

Jonas D'Andrea, PhD



potential careers

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Computer engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Industrial and systems engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Systems and science engineer

"When I first transferred out to USC, I wanted to see if my education at Westminster had prepared me properly for engineering. It turns out, my education at Westminster prepared me so well that I am now in the top 10th of my class in USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering. I was also recently accepted to USC’s Progressive Degree program, which allows accepted students to get a master's degree in one year."

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Gregory Dean
('13), physics, Astronautics and space technology engineering, USC


Plan of Study

You will attend Westminster for approximately 3 years and then transfer to one of the partner universities for an additional 2 years of study under the dual degree program. When you successfully complete the requirements for this program, you will earn 2 degrees:

  • A Bachelor of Science or Arts majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, or Mathematics. (You may pursue other majors, but it may take you longer than 5 years to complete the 2 degrees)
  • A Bachelor of Science in an engineering discipline from either the University of Southern California or Washington University in St. Louis.

In order to transfer, you must maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA, meet the specific requirements of the partner university, and earn the recommendation of your program advisor.

Key Benefits

  • Broadened undergraduate education through the liberal arts tradition of Westminster University and the focused work of an engineering school
  • Earn 2 bachelor degrees in 5 years
  • Personalized attention and discussion-based learning in intentionally small classes
  • Undergraduate research opportunities with faculty advisors who are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals


Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

Westminster University knows you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. Westminster will work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, Westminster helps you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

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You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.

In addition to general merit scholarships, other scholarship programs are available to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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Your tuition, fully paid

All students should have the ability to explore their passions. Westminster University is proud to cover the cost of tuition for qualifying students through the Westminster Commitment.

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