Chapter V: Special Degrees and Pre-Professional
Several special degree programs are offered by
the joint cooperation of LS&A and other colleges or schools
within the University. Admission to some of these programs is
highly competitive. Because many of these programs require specific
courses for admission, it is important for students to identify
program interests early in their undergraduate careers. Although
the basic requirements are summarized in this chapter, students
should consult academic advisors associated with the various
Many LS&A students are interested in applying
for admission to a professional school either after some liberal
arts studies or after completing an LS&A degree. The second
half of this chapter describes several pre-professional courses
of study. Pre-professional advising is available at both the
Academic Advising Center and the Office of Career Planning and
Special Joint Degree Programs
Engineering (Joint Program in Liberal
Arts and Engineering)
This program is designed to enable students to
develop a course of study that offers broader academic opportunities
than those offered by either college. The program is intended
for students who wish to develop a depth of understanding in
the technical studies associated with the College of Engineering
and in the physical and natural sciences, humanities, and social
sciences in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
This integration of technical studies with the liberal arts is
the primary strength of the program. It is open to students enrolled
in Engineering or LS&A and leads to concurrent bachelor's
degrees from both colleges. It is intended primarily for students
who enroll as first-year students in one of the two colleges.
The variety of courses that students may elect
in the joint program makes it impractical to list specific requirements.
Instead, each student should consult faculty members and academic
advisors in each college to develop the best plan of study. Primary
responsibility for planning the academic program and continuing
contact with academic advisors in the two fields is assumed by
the student, who also is responsible for becoming familiar with
the academic policies and procedures of both colleges and the
academic requirements and courses in both fields of concentration
as described in the Bulletins of the two colleges.
It is usually possible for students carrying 16
credits a term to meet all requirements in 10 or 11 terms.
- Students may initially enroll
either in the College of Engineering or the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
- To be qualified for admission to the joint degree
program, students are usually expected to have completed 30 credits
of courses with an overall grade point average of at least 2.7.
Entry of LS&A students to some programs in Engineering may
require a substantially higher grade point average.
- Students considering this program should discuss
their plans with the program advisor associated with the college
in which they are enrolled. Usually this contact should be made
early in the sophomore year.
- Students must complete an application form indicating
their program in each college. Applications are available from
or John Stratman (Academic Advising Center, 1255 Angell Hall, 764-0332), or Professor
Gary Herrin, Assistant Dean, College of Engineering (Engineering
Advising Center, 1009 Lurie Engineering Center, 647-7106).
- Once admitted to the program, each student continues
to register in the college of initial enrollment. That college
maintains the primary academic record.
- Students should consult the academic advisor for
each concentration and secure approval for their class schedule
according to the academic policies and procedures of each college.
- Students must maintain good academic standing
in both colleges to continue in the joint degree program.
- Students in good academic standing who wish to
withdraw from the program may complete a degree in the college
in which they are enrolled. Students not in good academic standing
are subject to the academic discipline policies of that college.
- Upon completion of the requirements of both colleges, students are granted concurrent degrees. By the beginning of
the term in which graduation is anticipated, a Diploma Application
must be filed with each college, and the academic advisor for
each concentration (specialization) must provide appropriate
notification that departmental requirements
Joint Degree Program Structure
Candidates for the combined Bachelor of Science
in Engineering (B.S.E.) and liberal arts degree (A.B., B.S.,
or B.G.S.) must:
- complete one of the degree programs in the College
- complete a minimum of 90 credits of LS&A
- have a cumulative grade point average of at least
In addition, candidates for the joint Bachelor
of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
or Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree must complete the LS&A
degree requirements (Introductory Composition, the Upper-Level
Writing requirement, the Race & Ethnicity requirement, the
Quantitative Reasoning requirement, the language requirement,
an approved area distribution plan), and an approved LS&A
concentration plan. Candidates for the joint Bachelor of Science
in Engineering (B.S.E.) and Bachelor in General Studies (B.G.S.)
degree must complete the LS&A Introductory Composition, the
Upper-Level Writing requirement, the Race & Ethnicity requirement,
the Quantitative Reasoning requirement, and a minimum 40 credits
of LS&A courses 300-level or above with a GPA of at least
2.0. No more than 15 of these credits may be elected from any
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