Engineering Dual Degree Program
Meet the challenges of engineering in the 21st century.
The Engineering Dual Degree Program at Meredith allows you to combine a well-rounded liberal arts education at a women's college with a degree from one of the most respected engineering programs in the country.
This program represents a significant commitment of time, energy and resources, requiring you to adhere to a carefully-coordinated and rigorous academic schedule. And yet, this relatively new program is experiencing significant growth. Students who choose this program know that the world is changing rapidly, and they understand the need to prepare themselves to meet the challenges of engineering in the 21st century. And, Meredith has a deep commitment to educating, supporting and promoting women as leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
At Meredith, students benefit from small class sizes, enjoy increased opportunities to study abroad, develop their leadership skills and deepen their knowledge through internships. Graduates emerge from the program uniquely qualified to take on the distinctive challenges engineers face in today's global society.
The program is an agreement between Meredith College and North Carolina State University whereby students simultaneously complete the academic requirements of both institutions. Through carefully coordinated scheduling, the program is designed to allow academically qualified students to graduate in five years. Students successfully completing the admission, transfer and academic requirements of both institutions will be awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Meredith College in chemistry or mathematics and a Bachelor of Science degree from NCSU in chemical or environmental engineering, or civil, computer, electrical, industrial, or mechanical engineering. Degree pairings are as follows:
Bachelor of Arts - Meredith College
Bachelor of Science - NC State University
- Chemical Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
Bachelor of Arts - Meredith
Bachelor of Science - NC State University
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
To graduate from both schools in five years, students must declare their intentions to participate in the program upon their acceptance to Meredith College and must select their majors by the end of their first semester at Meredith College. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better while at Meredith to continue enrollment in the program. Admission to NCSU College of Engineering is dependent on GPA and the successful completion of a set of required courses.
Many students in the Engineering Dual Degree Program participate in summer study abroad (semester-long program cannot be done within the structure of this program) and internships.
Examples of recent study abroad experiences:
- Australia, Summer 2010. This was an NCSU Engineering program, which allowed the student to take engineering courses in Australia.
- Hong Kong, Summer 2010
- England, Summer 2010
- Prague, Summer 2011
- Meredith UK Program, Summer 2011
Many students also complete internships:
- NASA Kennedy Space Center, Summer 2010 and Summer 2011
- NC Department of Transportation (DOT)-Congestion Management Section through the Entrepreneurial Training Women and Girls Program with U.S DOT, Fall 2010
- Progress Energy, Summer 2010 and Summer 2011
- Center for Transportation and the Environment at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education, Summer 2011
- Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at North Carolina State University, Summer 2011
- Novartis, Summer 2011
- Duke Energy, Summer 2011
Students in the Engineering Dual Degree Program get the best of a liberal arts education at Meredith College coupled with a technical engineering education at North Carolina State University. Meredith provides co-curricular activities such as career panels and field trips for the Engineering Dual Degree students, and the program has a strong working relationship with the office of Academic and Career Planning.
Meredith’s student/faculty ratio of 11:1 and average class size of 17 ensure that students get to know their professors. In turn, our faculty know students by name and, just as important, are familiar with each student’s unique strengths and interests. This allows faculty to identify interesting research and internship opportunities for students, to write meaningful letters of recommendation, and to support students as they conduct in-depth undergraduate research. In fact, students and faculty frequently work together on such projects—more than 140 were conducted by student/faculty teams across campus last year.
Kassy Mies, Ph.D., is a faculty member in the Chemistry, Pyschics, and Geosciences Department and serves as the engineering program coordinator.
In pursuing their Bachelor of Arts degrees in either mathematics or chemistry, engineering students study under Meredith faculty from said areas of study, while also studying with engineering faculty from North Carolina State University for their Bachelor of Science degree.
For more detailed information about the Engineering Dual Degree Program, please go to the program website.
For information about other majors at Meredith, return to the Admissions majors page.