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Fall 2019 Issue

Engineering Grads Garner Two Degrees in Five Years

Students are now able to earn a bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University in addition to a bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering from one of three top-50 universities in the U.S.

Susquehanna has launched two new dual-degree programs with Washington University in St. Louis and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The university already offers a cooperative engineering program with Columbia University in New York.

“Our cooperative programs with Columbia, WashU and Case Western give our students a range of opportunities in multiple areas of engineering,” says Samya Zain, associate professor and chair of the Department of Physics at Susquehanna.

“Students taking advantage of these opportunities will receive the unique combination of a liberal arts and sciences education and an engineering degree from one of three of the leading universities in the country. It’s a coupling that will ensure they stand out in a highly competitive workplace.”

Through Susquehanna’s 3+2 dual-degree programs, in just five years students can earn a Bachelor of Science from Susquehanna and a Bachelor of Science in engineering from WashU, Case Western Reserve or Columbia. Degrees are conferred upon completion of the program, and students can choose to pursue a master’s degree.

Columbia One of Three Program Options

Hareem Zain (son of Dr. Zain) is one of the first students to study engineering at Columbia through Susquehanna’s 3+2 cooperative agreement. Hareem will earn a physics degree from SU and a mechanical engineering degree through Columbia’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

“SU’s accelerated program is a good training for the intensity of Columbia’s engineering curriculum,” Zain says.

“You really need to want to do engineering and be fully dedicated to the program for all five years. The high difficulty of the program also yields fantastic results and rewards, and the resources that you gain from both schools are immense,” he adds.

Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is one of the top engineering schools in the United States and the world. It is ranked 14th among the best engineering graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report, and second within the Ivy League.

Anne Loeliger of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, is currently pursuing a civil engineering degree at Columbia, and Julia Hutsko of Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania, also was accepted into Columbia. A physics major, Hutsko plans to major in biomedical engineering.

“Getting a science degree at a liberal arts university allowed me to learn about important concepts that I otherwise wouldn’t have,” Hutsko says. “I’m getting a well-rounded education at Susquehanna because I’ve been able to explore multiple fields of study in addition to my major.”

“This is an incredibly challenging program and requires complete commitment from the students enrolled,” says Dr. Zain. “These students should be extremely proud of all they’ve accomplished thus far and know that the academic and personal development they’ve gained at Susquehanna will position them well to be successful at Columbia University and beyond.”

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