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.
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.
Unique features of the 3-2 Math/Engineering Degree:
  • Curriculum – Saint Vincent College, in conjunction with several University Schools of Engineering, offers a five-­year cooperative liberal arts and engineering program. The student normally spends three years at Saint Vincent College, during which time a student’s stud­ies concentrate on liberal arts subjects and the general science prerequisites for an engineering major. In addition, SVC’s program gives students the opportunity to take several engineering courses during the first three years to provide an introduction to the discipline and to ease the transition to the partner institutions. The students spend the fourth and fifth years at the engineering college, which fulfills the remaining engineering require­ments.   
  • Facilities – James F. Will Engineering and Biomedical Sciences Hall – In April 2016, ground was broken on the $4.5 million hall with an anticipated completion date of fall 2017. The 2nd floor will provide space for Saint Vincent’s engineering programs including a state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory in addition to faculty offices.  This is the fifth building in the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion.  The Pavilion also includes a Machine Shop used by Engineering and Physics students in their laboratory and project courses.
  • Success – The 3-2 Math/Engineering program prepares students for employment immediately after completing their degree or for entry into graduate school.  Graduates of the 3/2 Math/Engineering program have been successful in finding employment and attending graduate school.  Recent graduates of that program have entered the PhD program at MIT and pursued Master’s programs at the University of Pittsburgh.  Graduates of both engineering programs (Engineering and 3-2 Math/Engineering) find employment in the engineering field before or shortly after graduation.  Recent graduates have been employed by Schlumberger, Bettis Laboratories, Westinghouse, the Naval Surface Warfare Center and Westmoreland Mechanical Testing & Research and they are working as project engineers, assistant project managers and transportation construction engineers.
Student Learning Outcomesmath-eng-slo

The program has the following student outcomes, that are adopted from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) accreditation criteria, and that prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Major 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 (BA, EC, PS, PY, SO) - 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 General Chemistry I** - 3 credits
CH 102 General Chemistry I Lab** - 1 credit
CH 103 General Chemistry II ** - 4 credits
CH 104 General Chemistry II Lab** - 1 credit
PH 111 General Physics I - 3 credits
PH 112 General Physics II - 3 credits
PH 113 General Physics I Lab - 1 credit
PH 114 General Physics II Lab - 1 credit

* Calculus I is a 4 credit course with 3 credits fulfilling the Mathematics Core Curriculum requirement.
** General Chemistry I & II, with the respective labs, satisfy the Science Core Curriculum requirements.

Depending on the kind of engineering degree sought, additional classes may be required before transferring. Students will select two (2) courses from the following list***:

ENGR 226 Materials Engineering + ENGR 228 Lab - 4 credits
ENGR 261 Introduction to Electrical Circuits + ENGR 263 Lab - 4 credits
ENGR 240 Engineering Design + Lab - 4 credits
ENGR 266 Control Theory - 3 credits
ENGR 310 Engineering Thermodynamics - 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 + Lab - 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

ENGR 100 Introduction to Engineering - 2 credits
MA 111 Calculus I - 4 credits
CH 101 General Chemistry I - 3 credits
CH 103 General Chemistry I Lab - 1 credit
EL 102 Language & Rhetoric (or TH 119) - 3 credits
One or two other Core Classes (e.g., history, philosophy or language) - 3 or 6 credits
First-Year Seminar - 1 credit

MA 112 Calculus II - 4 credits
CH 102 General Chemistry II - 3 credits
CH 104 General Chemistry II Lab - 1 credit
TH 119 First Theology (or EL 102) - 3 credits
One or two other Core Classes (e.g., history, philosophy or language) 3 or 6 credits


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

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