Dual-Degree Engineering 

Dual Degree Engineering at Westminster College

For requirements, please visit the course catalog.

Why Participate in the Dual Degree Engineering Program at Westminster?

The Dual Degree Engineering Program at Westminster College combines the best of a liberal arts education at a small intimate college with the facilities and recognition of a large well-known university. By pursuing a dual-degree program of study, you optimize your investment in your education by earning two degrees in as few as five years.

Graduates of this program develop strong written and oral communication, problem solving, and teamwork skills. A strong liberal arts background better prepares engineers to anticipate and adapt to the ever-changing multidisciplinary world of technology.

Our dual-degree program opens up more career opportunities for students than a standard engineering curriculum. Students can build careers in either field or use their interdisciplinary knowledge to create a tailored career path.

How The Dual-Degree Engineering Program Works

  • Spend three to four years at Westminster building a strong foundation in the humanities and social sciences while completing a Pre-Engineering minor and the major of your choice (typically Math or Physics). 
  • Complete your engineering studies at one of Westminster’s partner institutions (Washington University in St. Louis or Missouri S&T) or at another engineering institution of your choosing.

After approximately five years, you will have earned two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts from Westminster College AND a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

Dual degrees – plus enhanced written and verbal communication skills earned through the liberal arts experience – give grads a competitive advantage in their careers.

Westminster College Advantages

  • Small classes taught by dedicated faculty
  • Excellent teachers who will help you thrive in demanding math and science courses
  • The opportunity to use Westminster’s supportive environment to develop skills and confidence for success in engineering 
  • The opportunity to explore engineering early in your academic career via our Introduction to Engineering and Design course
  • A strong record of acceptance into Washington University’s Dual Degree Engineering program, with 100% of previous Westminster dual-degree students being admitted
  • Optimizing the time spent pursuing your education by earning two degrees in as few as five years

Cool Classes/Experiences

During your time at Westminster, you will have a myriad of opportunities to learn what engineering is all about.  Get your first taste freshman year by enrolling in Westminster’s Introduction to Engineering and Design course.  Not only will this 3-hour course introduce you to the engineering profession, it will lay the foundation for your future studies by immersing you in the engineering design process from investigation to manufacture, assembly, and product evaluation. Through this course, you’ll be able to better determine if engineering is the right career path for you.
 
Westminster offers personalized attention in introductory math and science courses – no 300-person lecture classes here!  The result is a stronger foundation and ultimately greater success in future coursework.
 
As you progress in your studies, you’ll also have opportunities to visit our dual-degree partner institutions to tour facilities and meet with transfer admissions staff, faculty in your field(s) of interest, and current engineering students.

Career Opportunities

  • Engineers do more than just design the world around you. Their work links scientific knowledge with the commercial applications that meet societal and consumer needs.  
  • According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “overall engineering employment is expected to grow by 11 percent over the 2008-2018 decade.” 
  • Engineers are ranked fourth on the list of the most difficult positions to fill worldwide according to a survey conducted by the staffing research firm Manpower.
  • A dual-degree from Westminster and one of its partner schools offers degree candidates greater marketability and more flexibility in career paths.

Quotes

“Westminster’s Dual Degree Engineering program not only produces students with technical expertise but also with the advanced and refined communication and interpersonal skills that a liberal arts education excels in providing.” – Dr. Erin Martin, Program Coordinator

“If you want to pursue engineering but do not want to sacrifice the communication and writing skills needed to be truly successful in the industry today, you should consider Westminster’s dual-degree program. This program gives you the best of both worlds.  You will receive two world-class education experiences both centered in Missouri. This program will make you a more confident engineer, as well as a more capable leader later in your career.” – Austin Fiegel ’14, recipient of a Brown Fellowship through Washington University

Beyond Westminster

100% of our students who have applied to the Dual Degree Program with Washington University in St. Louis have been accepted.  Several have been awarded prestigious Harold P. Brown Fellowship.

Marina DeCastro

  • Westminster major: Mathematics  
  • Continuing her engineering studies in her home country of Brazil in Fall 2014

Austin Fiegel

  • Westminster major: Spanish   
  • Engineering major: Mechanical
  • Continued to Washington University in St. Louis in Fall 2014
  • Recipient of a 50% tuition prestigious Brown Fellowship through Washington University

Zhengtao "Peter" Ji

  • Westminster major: Biochemistry
  • BS Electrical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (May 2014)
  • Currently in the MS Electrical Engineering program at Wash U

Utsav Malla

  • Westminster major: Biochemistry  
  • Engineering major: Biomedical
  • Continued to Washington University in St. Louis in Fall 2014
  • Recipient of a 50% tuition prestigious Brown Fellowship plus another 50% tuition scholarship

Jennifer Sanders

  • BS Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis (May 2010)
  • Recipient of a 100% tuition prestigious Brown Fellowship through Washington University

Jonathon “Jack” Walsh

  • Westminster majors: Mathematics and Physics
  • Engineering major: Mechanical (BS) and Aerospace (MS)
  • Continued to Washington University in St. Louis through their new
    MS + BS program in Fall 2014 

Contact Information

Name:  Dr. Erin Martin
Position:  Dual Degree Engineering Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Room Number:  Coulter Science Center 314
E-mail:  erin.martin@westminster-mo.edu
Phone Number:  573-592-5306