3+2 Engineering Program

Engineers design, develop, and produce the devices and products necessary for our modern technological society-from microchips to power plants, from automobiles to spacecraft. Successful engineers use expertise in science and mathematics as well as technological and social skills to turn ideas into practical realities serving the needs of society.

3+2 Engineering at Lebanon Valley College
The 3+2 Engineering Program at Lebanon Valley College enables students to study both science and engineering within the context of a liberal arts education. The program, which has been offered for more than 40 years, takes advantage of two of LVC's greatest strengths: close personal interaction between students and faculty, and the College's strong science and mathematics programs. These, in combination with strong engineering programs at cooperating universities, provide for an ideal foundation for a career in engineering.

In the cooperative 3+2 Engineering Program, the student earns two bachelor's degrees. The student completes three years of work to earn a bachelor of science degree (usually in physics, chemistry, or computer science) from Lebanon Valley College, then typically two additional years at another institution to receive an engineering degree. The other institution can be any accredited engineering school. To assist students, LVC has cooperative agreements with two universities: The Pennsylvania State University at University Park, and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.  Note:  LVC is currently negotiating a new 3+2 agreement with Penn State.

Students at Lebanon Valley College follow one of three tracks, depending on their chosen field of engineering. For most engineering fields (civil, electrical, mechanical, and nuclear for example), the student takes the physics track. For chemical engineering, the student takes the chemistry track. For computer engineering, the student takes the computer science track.  Students should be prepared to start with Calculus I during their first semester.  In order to begin Calculus I, a student must attain a passing score on the LVC calculus-readiness exam.  If a student does not attain a passing score, the student will need to take a summer math course in order to complete the program at LVC.

Graduates of the LVC 3+2 Engineering Program are successful engineers and administrators throughout the country. Recent graduates are working as engineers at such places as Hershey Foods, Procter & Gamble, the Department of Defense, General Motors, and United Space Alliance.

Cooperating Universities
Lebanon Valley College has cooperative agreements with Pennsylvania State University and Case Western Reserve University. These agreements require students to complete a technical core of science and mathematics courses at LVC with a GPA of at least 2.75 to 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) depending on the school and field of engineering.

Majors Available at Case Western Reserve University

College of Engineering (3.00 GPA Requirement)

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Macromolecular Science and Engineering
  • Systems and Control Engineering
For more information, visit the Case Western Reserve University Dual Degree (3+2 Engineering) Program website.

Majors Available at Penn State-University Park

College of Engineering (3.00 GPA requirement)

  • Biological Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • General Engineering

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (2.75 GPA requirement)

  • Energy Engineering
  • Environmental Systems Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mining Engineering

For more information, visit the Penn State University Dual Degree (3+2 Engineering) Program website.

Some engineering majors at Penn State University are under enrollment control and not available to Lebanon Valley College students at this time. Further, with a two-year advanced notice, Penn State can place any major under enrollment control, and hence a major which is currently available may not be available to students even after they complete their first year at LVC. Note that all engineering majors at Case Western are available to Lebanon Valley College students.

With close personal advising beginning when students first enter LVC as well as course equivalencies between LVC and the cooperating universities, students have typically completed their engineering degrees in two years. However, LVC cannot guarantee that this can always be done due to the variability of course offerings at the engineering schools and the diversity of requirements among the fields of engineering. Since the 3+2 Engineering Program requires three years at LVC, students transferring to LVC may not participate in the program. For more information, contact Dr. Michael Day, director of the 3+2 Engineering Program at Lebanon Valley College.