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Engineering Dual-Degree Program

An engineering degree plus a degree in a supportive science or math

As the world’s problem solvers, engineers are called upon regularly to apply their knowledge in science and mathematics to address vital global issues such as maintaining a fresh water supply, building safe roads and bridges, and tackling challenges concerning energy, space travel and air pollution. Elon’s engineering dual-degree program offers students an outstanding opportunity to earn two undergraduate degrees and launch a career in this lucrative and dynamic field. Students typically can complete both degrees within five years.

The strength of Elon’s engineering dual-degree program lies in its unique curriculum, which combines courses in the liberal arts and sciences with those focusing on engineering. After completing their studies, engineering majors will earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering from an affiliated engineering school and a bachelor’s degree in one of six supportive Elon liberal arts concentrations.

“It is uncommon to find an engineering program with such small class sizes and dedicated professors who become lifelong friends and mentors. The courses provided me with a taste of each major engineering discipline, which proved helpful when choosing my concentration at an affiliated university. My experience at Elon has made me a more well-rounded engineer.”

Ashley Davis ’08
Ph.D. Candidate, Northwestern University 

Engineering majors attend Elon for three years to focus on a concentration chosen from the following:

  • Engineering Physics           
  • Computer Sciences/Engineering
  • Chemistry/Chemical Engineering
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Environmental Science/Environmental Engineering
  • Biophysics/Biomedical Engineering

Students then transfer to an affiliated school in the engineering discipline of their choice. Currently, Elon has affiliations with the following engineering schools:

  • North Carolina State University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Penn State
  • Virginia Tech
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Columbia University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • University of South Carolina.

A quality program

As an engineering major at Elon, you will benefit from small classes, a low student-to-faculty ratio and faculty who are focused on teaching, mentoring and advising.

You will also have ready access to excellent electronic equipment, computers loaded with the most current software and a 1,000-square-foot engineering workshop for projects. During your studies, you will be exposed to many types of engineering before you focus on a particular field of study. And because Elon’s dual-degree program is more comprehensive than others, students take engineering courses rarely offered at other non-engineering schools — all of which are taught by experienced engineering faculty.

Dr. Richard D’Amato, associate professor emeritus, has degrees in aerospace engineering, ocean engineering, and civil/environmental and water resources engineering. He has worked in NASA’s space program, conducted estuarine and coastal research along the East Coast and examined groundwater contamination in North and South Carolina.

Dr. Sirena Hargrove-Leak, assistant professor of engineering and co-director of Elon's dual-degree engineering program, holds degrees from North Carolina A&T and the University of South Carolina in chemical engineering.  She has conducted research and published in the areas of engineering education and heterogeneous catalytic synthesis. She also holds a patent for a flow reversal technique in a membrane separation system.

Dr. Scott Wolter, associate professor of engineering and co-director of Elon's dual-degree engineering program, holds degrees from The Pennsylvania State University and North Carolina State University in materials science and engineering, and Elon University in business administration.  His scholarly work has centered on the development of novel materials including carbon nanotubes, graphene, diamond, and compound semiconductors with applications concerning energy technologies, biomedical instrumentation and devices, and environmental sensors.

Engineering students at Elon take a variety of science and math courses. Students take courses in physics (2), chemistry (2), mathematics (4), computer science (1) and engineering fundamentals (6). General engineering courses are offered every fall and spring semester. Along with these courses, you will concentrate in one of the six liberal arts majors mentioned above. For example: A student concentrating in engineering physics will have the opportunity to take an additional four courses in physics.

Because Elon is a liberal arts and sciences institution, you will also be able to select a variety of courses that interest you to satisfy your liberal arts and general studies requirements. The net result is a challenging and highly rewarding curriculum that prepares you to be a mature and well-rounded engineer.

A unique approach

Elon’s engineering dual-degree program stands out among peer institutions with similar programs in its challenge and breadth. Elon’s program is distinguished by the following:

  • On-campus engineering faculty teach all engineering courses
  • Engineering scholarships are offered every year
  • Advising and mentoring are conducted by engineering faculty
  • Six liberal arts options augment a core curriculum (concentrations)
  • Broad offerings prepare students for various engineering disciplines, and with few exceptions, students usually need not commit to a particular engineering discipline while at Elon.

Engineering scholarships 

Academically talented students who plan to major in engineering are encouraged to apply for one of Elon’s engineering scholarships. Two scholarships of $7,000 each are awarded annually to incoming freshmen based on academic performance, an essay, an interview and the student’s potential. These scholarships are in addition to any Presidential Scholarship a student might receive and are renewable each year during the student’s years at Elon based on acceptable academic performance. Visit the engineering program Website to view the separate application for these scholarships.

Learning outside of class

Elon engineering majors gain valuable professional experience by completing internships. A special Internship in Engineering course gives students keen insight into the profession. All engineering students also may participate in Elon’s nationally recognized study abroad program.

Students can join Elon’s Engineering Club (E2 Club) and tour engineering firms, attend conferences and hear visiting speakers from a variety of engineering disciplines. The E2 Club recently visited the BMW assembly plant in Greer, S.C., the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and the G.E. Aircraft Engine assembly facility in Durham, N.C. The club invites stimulating speakers to make presentations on topics such as biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering (solar sails), among other topics. 

After graduation

Elon’s engineering dual-degree graduates have an outstanding postgraduate employment or graduate school placement record. Two recent graduates have received full scholarships to work toward doctoral degrees in engineering, and others have been accepted to master's programs with substantial financial stipends. Several other graduates have found employment with a nuclear power facility in South Carolina, engineering firms in Wilmington and Raleigh, N.C., and the Michelin Tire facility in South Carolina.

Visit the engineering program Website.

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