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  • Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing 

    The Mathematics/Engineering Program

    • We have contracts with the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University, and Catholic University of America (however, note that not all Engineering degrees are available to transfer students at Penn State). 
    • Students who satisfy all of the requirements (i.e., they complete all of the required courses and maintain the required GPA) are guaranteed acceptance into an undergraduate Engineering program at one of the above schools. 
    • When taking all of the required courses in the 3/2 Math/Engineering program, you are only 1 credit shy from a minor in Physics. Pretty much all of our 3/2 students receive a minor in Physics by taking one more Physics course. 
    • Students who go on to Engineering school tell us that they felt well-prepared for their engineering studies. 
    • If after 3 years a student decides to stay at Saint Vincent, they could switch to a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and finish in 4 years without having fallen behind.
    • We now offer a 4 year degree in Engineering Science, which is another option for those students interested in Engineering who do not want to leave Saint Vincent.
    • The Math Department recently moved into the West Wing of the Dupré Science Pavilion. We now have a lot of room and brand new furniture!
    • To provide a well-rounded scientific and liberal arts education that prepares students for entry into one of our partner institutions for successful completion of an engineering degree and for a rewarding career as an engineer.
    • To enable qualified students to receive both a liberal and technical education and, in so doing, to provide the Nation with more broadly educated engineers.
    • To provide a student who has not yet decided between engineering and other disciplines additional time to make that decision while the student studies both arts and sciences during the first three years at Saint Vincent College.

    Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Engineering/Liberal Arts 

    Core Requirements (50 credits)
    History - 6 credits
    Philosophy I - 3 credits
    Philosophy - 3 credits
    Language and Rhetoric - 3 credits
    English + - 3 credits
    First Theology - 3 credits
    Religious Studies - 3 credits
    Foreign Language - 6 credits
    Social Studies - 3 credits
    Economics - 3 credits
    Natural Sciences* - 8 credits
    Fine Arts - 3 credits
    Mathematics*++ - 3 credits

    *Major requirements will fulfill the Natural Sciences and Mathematics requirement.
    +Students transferring to Pennsylvania State University must take Technical Writing (EL 108). Such students must also take a three credit course in Speech. Students transferring to the University of Pittsburgh must take American Literature I or II (EL 131 or EL 132).
    ++Students transferring to the University of Pittsburgh should also take Probability and Statistics: MA 208.

    Major Requirements (57 credits or more)
    ENGR 100 Introduction to Engineering - 2 credits
    MA 111 Calculus I** - 4 credits
    MA 112 Calculus II - 4 credits
    MA 113 Calculus III - 4 credits
    MA 114 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations - 4 credits
    MA 115 Linear Algebra - 3 credits
    MA 203 Complex Variables - 3 credits
    MA 213 Seminar for Engineers - 1 credit
    MA 221 Engineering Graphics and Design - 3 credits
    MA 223 Mechanics: Statics - 3 credits
    MA 224 Mechanics: Dynamics - 3 credits
    PH 111-112* General Physics I, II - 6 credits
    PH 113-114 General Physics Laboratory I, II - 2 credits
    PH 211 Modern Physics - 3 credits
    PH 213 Modern Physics Laboratory - 1 credit
    CH 101, 103# General Chemistry I and Laboratory - 4 credits
    CH 102, 104 General Chemistry II and Laboratory - 4 credits
    CS 270+ Introduction to Numerical Computation - 3 credits

    *General Physics I with Laboratory fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement.
    #General Chemistry I with laboratory also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement.
    ** Calculus I is a 4 credit course with 3 credits fulfilling the mathematics core.
    +Students who are planning to transfer to the University of Pittsburgh may take CS 110 instead of CS 270.


    Our 3-2 Engineering program lets you earn two degrees in five years - a bachelor of arts in Mathematics from Saint Vincent College and a bachelor of science in the engineering discipline of your choice from one of our partner schools:

    • Pennsylvania State University*
    • University of Pittsburgh
    • The Catholic University of America

    *As of Fall of 2013, Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Industrial, Mechanical, and Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering are not available at Penn State.

    Here's how it works:

    • Enroll at Saint Vincent as a freshman.
    • Meet the course requirements for the bachelor of arts in Engineering/Liberal Arts, which are similar to the requirements for a Mathematics degree.
    • Transfer after your junior year.
    • Spend two years at the partner school.