3-2 Engineering Program

Imagine designing the next generation of electric cars, developing lifesaving medical devices, or creating mind-blowing virtual reality experiences! Engineers are modern-day superheroes, tackling global challenges head-on. From creating sustainable energy solutions to developing smart cities, your ideas could change the world.

SUNY Oneonta’s 3-2 Engineering Program puts you on the fast track to these possibilities. Combining curiosity, cutting-edge technology and creativity, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge you need to shape the future in a seamless, affordable process.

Our five-year, dual-degree program gives you a solid beginning in your chosen liberal arts major at SUNY Oneonta and, then—thanks to degree program partnerships—lets you choose one of the following engineering schools to transfer to:

  • Clarkson University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Syracuse University
  • The University at Buffalo
  • The Watson School of Engineering at Binghamton University

Students in the 3-2 Engineering Program attend SUNY Oneonta for the first three years, majoring in either Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Meteorology, Physics, or Statistics. At the start of the fourth year, students transfer to an engineering school for the completion of the five-year program. A Bachelor of Science degree in the chosen liberal arts major is awarded by SUNY Oneonta and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering is awarded by the engineering school.

Students may be accepted into the 3-2 Engineering Program during their first semester freshman year and are expected to meet the following criteria: a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and completion of CHEM 1111, PHYS 2030, and MATH 2230 with grades in each course not less than "C." (Upperclassmen who apply for admission into the program will be considered individually.)

Students in the program must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and a 2.5 GPA in these courses, required for entrance into the junior year at engineering school. In general, these are courses in chemistry, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and physics. If the student has three initial grades of "D" or "E" in those courses required for entrance into the junior year at engineering school, or if the student fails to maintain satisfactory academic progress in meeting the requirements, they may be dropped from the program.

In order for this dual major program to be completed successfully in the scheduled five years, students need to complete certain courses during specific semesters. For this reason, students in the program should establish contact with the Engineering Program Director (607-436-3177) as early as possible, preferably before classes start during their freshman year. Students who do not take the recommended courses during their freshman year will probably take longer than five years to finish their degrees. Students who transfer to Oneonta during their sophomore or junior year may still need to attend Oneonta for three years in order to complete the requirements.



Dr. Hugh Gallagher
Physics & Astronomy Department Chair

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