Pre-engineering students at CSB and SJU find that the program offers a solid preparation for engineering, along with many advantages (liberal arts setting, small class size, close relationship with faculty, etc.) few engineering schools can offer. The dual-degree program in physics and engineering allows students to take the first three years of the physics major at CSB and SJU and then transfer to an engineering school. After a total of about five or six years, the student receives a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from CSB and SJU and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the engineering school.
The colleges have formal dual-degree programs with both the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., and Saint Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn. Students can also transfer to an engineering school after two years and receive a degree only from the engineering school. Some students stay here for four years, earn a physics degree, and then go off to engineering school, usually to graduate school.
"Our graduates have found that a solid grounding in physics provides excellent preparation for engineering school, and have easily made the shift from physics to engineering," said Dean Langley, professor of physics.