York College to offer Dual Degree in Engineering
York College will partner with several universities to offer students a Dual Degree (3/2 degree) in Engineering, beginning in the fall 2013 academic year.
In this program, a student completes three years at York College, obtaining requisite credits in science, math, computer science, and general electives. The student then transfers to a partnering school to complete the final two years of the program with focused courses in engineering.
The student graduates with two bachelor’s degrees: a liberal arts degree from York College and an engineering degree from the second college.
York College has initiated a partnership with Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering for this program. Partnerships with additional universities are being explored.
Dr. Terence Kite
Professor of Physics
After completing the course work at YC, the application process to the engineering department at the partner school is streamlined. A liaison advisor at YC and at partner colleges will assist Dual Degree students to assure that they complete proper prerequisites for the various types of engineering programs.
The partner schools will offer a variety of engineering specializations including electrical, computer, mechanical, chemical, civil, environmental, and biomedical engineering.
According to Washington University in St. Louis, graduates of the Dual Degree program are highly sought after, as they are "liberally educated engineers." Unlike some traditional engineering graduates, Dual Degree students possess strong communication and problem-solving skills, and a broad background in the humanities and social sciences, as well as high-quality technical education.
In addition to the benefit of the program being offered by a Christian college, the cost to obtain an engineering degree through this track is much less than through most traditional routes, says Dr. Tracey Wyatt, York College academic dean.
Dr. Terence Kite is heading up the program at York College. Kite, a professor of physics, worked on such a program at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. for many years. He is excited about implementing the program at YC using the same model that worked successfully at Pepperdine.