About The Program 

In our cooperative 3+2 Engineering Program, our students earn two bachelor’s degrees. Students complete three years of work to earn a bachelor of science degree from LVC, then two additional years at another accredited institution to receive an engineering degree. Students follow one of three tracks: chemical, civil/mechanical, or computer engineering.

Students will gain a strong foundation in mathematics and science by addressing real-world questions through challenging coursework and practical learning experiences. Recent graduates are working at such places as Procter & Gamble, the Department of Defense, and the United Space Alliance.

Why LVC? 

  • LVC’s 3+2 Engineering Program, which has been offered for more than 40 years, enables students to study science and engineering within the context of a liberal arts education.
  • Engineering majors benefit from close personal interaction with their faculty, and from the College’s strong Science and Mathematics programs. These advantages, in combination with strong engineering programs at cooperating universities (currently Case Western Reserve University and Pennsylvania State University), provide for an ideal foundation for an engineering career.
  • LVC engineering majors earn two bachelor’s degrees in five years. They complete three years at LVC to earn a bachelor of science (usually in physics, chemistry, or computer science), then typically two additional years at another institution to receive an engineering degree.
  • LVC has cooperative agreements with The Pennsylvania State University at University Park (with whom the College is currently negotiating a new 3+2 agreement) and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, though students can move on to any accredited engineering school.

LVC, its faculty, and the 3+2 Engineering program provided me with a well-rounded Physics and Engineering education. Having both a Liberal Arts degree and an Engineering degree is an advantage versus many other engineering graduates.

Engineering Business Leader, Procter and Gamble

Cale Newswanger ’00

Enrollment Control

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 that 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. Contact Dr. Michael Day, director of the Lebanon Valley College 3+2 Engineering Program, for additional information.