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. 

Why Should I Enroll in this Program?
  • Our 3-2 Engineering program lets you earn two degrees in five years - a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics/Engineering 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 the spring of 2015, Biological Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Engineering Science (Honors Program), Environmental Systems Engineering, General Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering and Mining Engineering are the majors available at Penn State. 
  • Students who go on to Engineering School tell us that they felt well-prepared with the combination of liberal arts and technical education.
  • B.S. degree programs offered through partner schools include civil, mechanical, chemical, electrical, industrial, mining, petroleum, aerospace, bioengineering, metallurgical and computer engineering.
  • Curriculum focused on applied mathematics prepares students for immediate employment.
Mathematics/Engineering Results
  • 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.
Major Requirements for a Bachelor of Science 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.

Typical Freshman Schedulebiochemistry-freshman-schedule

CH 101 General Chemistry I - 3 credits
CH 103 General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 credit
MA 111 Calculus I - 4 credits
BL 150 General Biology I - 3 credits
BL 151 General Biology I Laboratory - 1 credit
EL 102 Language & Rhetoric - 3 credits
Total Fall 15 credits

CH 102 General Chemistry II - 3 credits
CH 104 General Chemistry II Laboratory - 1 credit
MA 112 Calculus II - 4 credits
BL 152 General Biology II - 3 credits
BL 153 General Biology II Laboratory - 1 credit
TH 119 First Theology - 3 credits
Social Sciences - 3 credits
Total Spring 18 credits

Total Freshman Year 33 credits 

All students will take one three (3) credit course designated as a Freshman Seminar which will satisfy a core curriculum requirement.

Accreditations and Affiliations

Saint Vincent College is affiliated with the following Schools of Engineering:

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


Internships and Careers in Mathematics/Engineering
  • B.S. degree programs offered through partner schools include civil, mechanical, chemical, electrical, industrial, mining, petroleum, aerospace, bioengineering, metallurgical and computer engineering.
  • Curriculum focused on Applied Mathematics prepares students for immediate employment.
  • Jump-starts your career through a dual degree, five-year program.
  • Learning Objectives

    • 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.