3-2 Engineering

3-2 Engineering

Pure scientists seek to understand phenomena and to gain new insights; practicing engineers devise solutions to real-world problems within an array of limitations, ranging from laws and ethics to costs and environmental impacts. As indicated by the etymology of the word, engineers must be ingenious in their design of solutions.

Our 3-2 Engineering Program will develop within students not just the requisite grounding in science and mathematics, but also the creativity, effectiveness in communication and problem solving, and sensitivity to real problems that are hallmarks of successful engineers.

Majors pursue studies in the liberal arts, including mathematics and sciences, during three years at Oberlin and then complete an accredited schedule of engineering courses during two years at an affiliated engineering school. Oberlin's partners for the 3-2 Engineering Program are Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio), the California Institute of Technology (Caltech in Pasadena, California), Washington University in Saint Louis, and Columbia University (New York).

At the end of five years, students receive two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the affiliate engineering school. The engineering degree prepares graduates to take the professional licensing examination for engineers.


Curriculum Overview

To ensure fulfillment of entry requirements at partner engineering schools, we encourage students to discuss their interests as soon as possible with Oberlin’s engineering advisor.

You may declare 3-2 Engineering as a major and take coursework in such subjects as chemistry, mathematics, physics and astronomy, and computer science, including the courses listed below. In general, you must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better to be accepted by the engineering school. If you choose not proceed to an engineering school, you must satisfy the requirements for another major at Oberlin.

Course Sampling

  • CHEM 101 - Structure and Reactivity
  • PHYS 110 - Mechanics and Relativity
  • PHYS 111 - Electricity, Magnetism, and Thermodynamics
  • MATH 231 - Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 234 – Differential Equations


Taylor Allen
Associate Professor of Biology, Advisor
(440) 775-8324/
Teaching Area: Physiology (study of how molecules, cells, organs, and organisms function)
Research Interests: Contraction of muscle and its regulation