The Combined Plan programs allow students to gain broad exposure to the liberal arts while preparing for a degree in engineering. Such exposure is especially important in an age when engineering decisions have increasing impact on our cultural and physical environments.
Under the programs, students spend three years at Bates pursuing liberal arts and certain pre-engineering courses, and then continue their studies at an engineering school for two years. Five schools, Case Western, Columbia, Dartmouth, RPI, and Washington University, are affiliated with Bates for combined plan study. By careful planning at registration time, similar combination curricula may sometimes be designed with other engineering institutions.
At the end of the five year program, two bachelors degrees are awarded, one by the engineering school and another by the College. Since a firm decision to concentrate in engineering is not required until the junior year, the plans are especially beneficial to students who are interested in, but not yet completely sure about, a career in engineering.
Bates College provides financial aid only for the three years of study at Bates. Aid for the remaining two years is subject to the policies of the particular engineering school.
- Engineering Degree Requirements
- Engineering Prerequisites
- Typical Class Scheduling for an Engineering Student
While the 3-2 (five year) program leading to two bachelors degrees is the normal Combined Plan program, there is also a 4-2 plan for dual bachelors degrees, and 4-2 and 3-3 plans leading to an M.S. in engineering. In addition, it is sometimes possible to arrange for exchange programs with engineering schools other than the five official Bates affiliates. Further information is available from the Combined Plan advisor.
For more information on the Combined Plan Program, contact the Combined Plan advisor:
Department of Physics and Astronomy
44 Campus Ave.
Lewiston, ME 04240