During the three years at Bates, pre-engineering students must complete the General Education distribution requirements, the physical education requirement, and pre-engineering courses depending on the specific engineering field to be studied. The normal course load of 24 courses and 2 Short Term units is taken during this period.
Although optional, it is not necessary to complete major requirements for any department or program while at Bates. However, it is prudent for entering students to begin a major while preparing for 3-2 transfer, so that a normal four-year Bates degree can be obtained if for any reason the student later decides not to continue the Combined Plan.
Early in the third year, application is made to an affiliated engineering school through the Combined Plan advisor. Admission is contingent upon completion of the required pre-engineering courses, an overall grade average of “B” or higher, and evidence of particular strength in the sciences.