Luther offers preprofessional training in engineering consisting of courses in the liberal arts, mathematics, and sciences. The probability of success in the engineering field is closely related to an aptitude for mathematics and the physical sciences.
Three options are available to those who want to combine majors in physics, chemistry, mathematics, or computer science at Luther with degree programs in professional engineering:
- Complete the bachelor's degree at Luther and continue for a master's degree or doctorate in engineering
- Participate in a three-two dual-degree plan with Washington University or the University of Minnesota
- Pursue two or three years of preengineering at Luther and transfer into a university engineering program. Students who plan to transfer after two years at Luther should consult with the preengineering adviser since programs differ in their requirements.
The Three-Two Engineering Program
Luther is affiliated with the Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science in St. Louis, Mo., and the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.
Students who participate in the dual-degree plan attend Luther for three years and complete all the requirements for the bachelor's degree. Upon recommendation by the preengineering adviser, they may then transfer to either university and complete the requirements to become professional engineers.
This plan enables students to earn a bachelor of arts degree from Luther and a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the university. The dual-degree plan allows the individual increased flexibility in that the choice of a specific field may be postponed for a year. This allows students more time to consider which area of specialization fits their career goals.
Some of the more common professional bachelor of science degrees include chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Another option is a six-semester combined bachelor of science/master of science degree program.
Graduate Degree Option
Completing an undergraduate degree at Luther with a major in physics or chemistry is excellent preparation for graduate study in engineering.
Recent graduates have completed advanced degrees in chemical engineering, nuclear engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer engineering, environmental engineering, and biomedical engineering. Another closely related program is a master's or doctoral degree in engineering physics.
Most students entering these graduate programs receive assistantships or fellowships.