CES Advising Center

Dual Education Programs

Engineering Dual Education with partner schools:

Clemson University offers Dual-Education degrees in cooperation with several liberal arts schools in and around South Carolina. These programs allow students to begin their academic career by pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at a partner institution while preparing for an Engineering degree from Clemson University. Students enroll in a prearranged three-year liberal-arts or science program consisting of at least 90 hours of course credit prior to transferring to Clemson. During this time, they supplement their program with courses required for the BS degree in Engineering. After three years, successful students may transfer to Clemson to complete the degree requirements for one of Clemson’s 10 Engineering Bachelor’s degrees. Upon completion of the Engineering degree at Clemson, students are awarded a BS degree in their Engineering major from Clemson, and a BA or BS degree from their original partner school.

Participating Colleges:

* These schools have not renewed their agreement with Clemson in 2012.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Engineering Dual Education Program at Clemson?
It is an academic partnership between two colleges that allows students to complete degree requirements at both. Students enroll initially at one of the 17 participating colleges, follow a prescribed course of study (generally in a science or math related field), then transfer to Clemson to complete the remaining courses to earn a bachelor’s degree in an engineering field.

What do I have to do?
Enroll in one of the participating schools, and work closely with the dual degree advisor at that school to complete the required Intent Form that is forwarded to CU. Then, follow your program requirements closely. You should work very closely with your home institution advisor as well as the designated Clemson advisor to ensure that you are taking the correct courses in the proper sequence and time frame.

How do I know what classes to take?
Familiarize yourself with the curriculum as it is laid out in your school’s catalog. Follow the courses carefully making sure you meet all prerequisites and co-requisites. You will also need to become familiar with your intended CU engineering curriculum and work with your advisors at both schools to take the courses in the right order. CONSULT YOUR ADVISORS FREQUENTLY as courses and/or requirements may change. You should definitely take all courses that are required in our freshman “General Engineering” curriculum before transferring, and attempt to complete as many of the additional recommended courses as possible.

How long will it take to graduate in engineering?
It depends on you. To make this program a “3 + 2” requires very careful planning. The three years at a partner school must include a minimum of 90 semester credit hours. All basic requirements for the BA or BS at the partner school must be completed before transfer to Clemson. You must attend summer school at Clemson after your freshman and sophomore years to take courses not available at your school. You should plan to enroll full time at Clemson when you are ready to take junior-level engineering courses. Also, if you start in a lower math than calculus I, it may take longer to complete the program. Math is the foundation of engineering and must be mastered in order to progress in a timely manner.

Can I choose any engineering major?
Yes, but there are certain challenges you may face. Each engineering major has varied course requirements in the curriculum; some are more commonly transferred than others. Depending on which engineering degree you are interested in and what partner college you are enrolled in there will be varying challenges to keep on track. You must meet all course prerequisites just like any CU student. Some of our smaller departments offer key courses on an alternating fall/spring schedule. These courses may or may not be offered in summer due to demand or budget considerations, so it may be required for you to take courses at both CU and your current school simultaneously to stay on track.

Anything else I should know?
Yes, advisors will do their best to offer you current and accurate information to make timely progress toward your degree. However, courses and curriculum requirements are subject to change at any time. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor progress. Many resources such as the CU University Announcements (catalog), schedule of classes, or transfer equivalency information are accessible on line. Department web pages are also a good source of information as is the CU homepage.