Physics and Astronomy

3-2 Engineering Program

Three-two engineering is an academic program for three years of study at a liberals arts school followed by two years of study in an engineering program which results in bachelor’s degrees from the liberal arts college and from the engineering college – two bachelor’s degrees. Each college has its own set of graduation requirements for a 3-2 program (and a 4-2 program).

3 (or 4) years at Sewanee
• Humanities course requirements
• Engineering school requirements
• Major requirements

2 years at engineering school
• Washington University in St. Louis, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Columbia University
• Financial aid may be awarded for 3-2 and 4-2 students by the engineering school

Upon graduation from engineering school with a B.S. in engineering, you will receive a B.A. or a B.S. in your major from the University of the South.

University of the South general 3-2 requirements
• One course in a 300-level foreign language, English 101, History 100, social science, fine arts, religion/philosophy
• Calculus I,II, Multidimensional calculus, differential equations
• Computer science course - intro to C, C++, Java, or Fortran
• Physics I,II
• Chemistry I,II
• 4-2 engineering students must complete all departmental requirements for Sewanee graduation in their major and must pass their departmental comprehensive exam.  4-2 students graduate with their class.
• Other courses in economics, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, or mathematics may be required as a pre-requisite for a particular field of engineering
• GPA in all math and science courses must be greater than 3.20, and overall GPA > 3.25.


Abbreviated Physics Major only for 3-2 Students

• Advanced Mechanics (one course)
• Electricity and Magnetism, intermediate or advanced (one course)
• Modern Physics I & II or Optics & Thermodynamics (two courses)
• Advanced Laboratory I & II (one course)
• Junior Seminar (half course)

Comprehensive exams are not required for the 3-2 engineering program, but are required for the 4-2 engineering program.

Some of the Art or Theater courses can have a significant science and technology component and may be taken by the permission of the instructor.
• Theater 111, 342, 348 courses teach the use of hand tools and CADD programs and use them to design, build, and illuminate structures called stages.
• Art 281, 287 courses have introduction to welding and serious use of electronics and micro-controllers.
• Music is developing a course using electronics and micro-controllers.