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

    The Mathematics/Engineering Program

    This program, a B.A. degree program in Engineering/Liberal Arts, followed by a B.S. degree program in an engineering discipline from a partner school, is a dual degree, five-year program that will empower you for many career opportunities. Our curriculum provides a broad foundation in engineering and mathematics, including course work in chaos and fractals, cryptography, data compression algorithms, tomography and turbulence and engineering drawing that will prepare you to excel in engineering school. In addition, the unique combination of the sciences and the liberal arts that this program provides will expose you to a broad range of disciplines that employ engineers. 

    • We have contracts with the University of Pittsburgh and Catholic University of America. 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. 
    • Once completing this program, you will need one credit for a minor in physics, making yourself more marketable. 
    • 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.
    • 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 Mathematics/Engineering 

    Core Requirements (39 credits*)
    History (one 100 level and one 200 level) - 6 credits
    PL 101 First Philosophy - 3 credits
    PL 215 Ethics (Pitt) or another philosophy course - 3 credits
    EL 102 Language and Rhetoric - 3 credits
    EL 108 Technical Writing (Penn State) 
         or EL 131 or 132 American Literature I or II (Pitt) - 3 credits
    Foreign Language (intermediate level) - 6 credits
    EC 101 Microeconomics - 3 credits
    Social Science course - 3 credits
    TH 119 First Theology - 3 credits
    Theology course - 3 credits
    Music or Fine Arts (e.g., AR 100) - 3 credits

    * There are actually 50 core curriculum requirements, but 11 of them are satisfied by math and science courses listed below. 

    Major Requirements (at least 58 credits)
    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 208 Probability and Statistics - 3 credits
    ENGR 222   Engineering Graphics and Design - 3 credits
    ENGR 223   Statics - 3 credits
    ENGR 224   Dynamics - 3 credits
    CS 110   Computing and Information Science I (Pitt)
         or CS 270  Introduction to Numerical Computation (Penn State) - 3 credits
    CH 101, 103 General Chemistry I and Laboratory** - 4 credits
    CH 102, 104 General Chemistry II and Laboratory** - 4 credits
    PH 111-112 General Physics I, II - 6 credits
    PH 113-114 General Physics Laboratory I, II - 2 credits

    * Calculus I is a four-credit course with three credits fulfilling the mathematics core curriculum requirement.
    ** General Chemistry I and II, with the respective labs, satisfy the science core curriculum requirement.

    Depending on the kind of engineering degree sought, additional classes may be required before transferring. Students will select two courses from the following list:

    ENGR 226, 228 Materials Engineering and Laboratory - 4 credits
    ENGR 261, 263 Electric Circuits and Laboratory - 4 credits
    ENGR 240 Engineering Design and Laboratory - 3 credits
    ENGR 266 Control Theory - 3 credits
    ENGR 320 Mechanics of Materials - 3 credits
    ENGR 340 Heat and mass Transport - 3 credits
    PH 215 Thermodynamics - 3 credits
    CH 221, 223 Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory - 4 credits
    CA 120 Public Presentation (required for Penn State) - 3 credits

    Students should work with the program director and advisor regarding these selections.