Dual Degree Program with the UMass College of Engineering

Mount Holyoke’s collaboration with the University of Massachusetts College of Engineering allows you to earn a first-rate liberal arts degree and a world-class professional degree in five years.

This five-year program allows you to work toward a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics or one of the sciences at Mount Holyoke and to also earn a bachelor of science degree in chemical, industrial, mechanical, civil and environmental, electrical, or computer systems engineering from the University of Massachusetts. Through this program you will experience both the intimacy of a liberal arts college and the resources of a world-class research university. Because Mount Holyoke and UMass are only a few miles apart and connected by the Five College bus, you will find it easy to maintain friendships at both schools.

Advising is key

Advising is essential in the first year. You will work with two advisors, one at Mount Holyoke and one at UMass, each a member of the program advisory committee at their institution.  If you are interested in applying to the MHC/UMass engineering program you will be put in touch with UMass, where you will be assigned a UMass advisor.

Residence schedule

Typically you will commit to residence at UMass in your junior year and register in the appropriate engineering courses through Five College cross-registration. You would then return to Mount Holyoke for your senior year and graduate with you class with an MHC major, provided you have completed all MHC graduation requirements. You will then spends a fifth year at UMass completing the requirements for her B.S. in one of several engineering majors.

Additional steps for applying to UMass

  1. Complete the MHC/UMass Engineering Dual Degree Program form.
    This form outlines a proposed five year course of study.  It is used for advising purposes in the first two years, and formalizes your commitment in the third or fourth year.  Ideally, the form should be completed in the first year; it must be completed by December 1 of the sophomore year.
  2. Have the form signed. The form needs to be signed by your MHC engineering advisor, your MHC major advisor, your UMass engineering advisor, and the UMass Engineering Program Coordinator.
  3. Attached the form to the MHC Application for a Dual Degree in Engineering.

Choosing courses

Course requirements vary with the engineering major; careful planning from the first semester is essential. Please see the sample programs below and then consult with your MHC and UMass advisors. Some engineering majors require taking a UMass course in the first year at MHC. All engineering majors require taking mathematics and physical science (physics or chemistry) each semester of the first year. If you satisfy the MHC distribution requirements you will be deemed by UMass to have satisfied the UMass general education requirements. A minimum of 45 UMass engineering credits in residence is required for the engineering degree from UMass. You should meet with your UMass adviser during the April advising period before each of the years in which you take a full program of courses at UMass.

Housing

Contact Julia Hoke (jhoke@umass.edu), Academic Advisor, College of Engineering at UMass, no later than March of your sophomore year to arrange on-campus housing at UMass for your junior year (your first UMass year). Mount Holyoke covers the cost of a double room and the unlimited meal plan for 9 months. (You are eligible for MHC housing during the break between the fall and spring terms or you can select 9-month housing at UMass which permits you to stay in housing during all academic year breaks.) On-campus housing is not guaranteed in year five, although it may be available on a case-by-case basis.

In addition, Ms. Hoke will serve as your primary contact at the UMass College of Engineering. Feel free to contact her with any questions or problems.

General MHC-UMass Engineering Program Information

The student will be enrolled at Mount Holyoke for the first four years and will pay regular MHC tuition, room, board and other fees, less any financial aid.

During year three (or four on the 3-2 plan), the student must be in residence at UMass. For this first year at UMass, she registers for all her courses through Mount Holyoke (not directly through UMass), using the usual registration procedures for Five-College Course Registration.

MHC financial aid is not automatic for dual degree engineering students at UMass; MHC Engineering Scholarships are available to highly qualified students on a competitive basis, using the MHC Application for a Dual Degree in Engineering, available in the Dean of the College’s office (see above).

Health insurance and health services: There is a mandatory UMass Health Services fee, currently assessed at approximately $320 per semester. The UMass Health Services fee will be covered by Mount Holyoke for the first UMass year only. In addition, a student must have adequate supplemental health insurance. In year three, the student will be billed for Mount Holyoke student supplemental health insurance, which can be waived if she has comparable coverage. (Details about procedures and coverage for MHC students in residence at UMass by the Mount Holyoke student supplemental health insurance are in a separate document.) In year five, UMass will bill the student for both the UMass Health Services fee and supplemental health insurance (which can be waived if she has comparable coverage). MHC does not cover either the health fee or the health insurance cost in year five. Questions about health insurance coverage should be directed to Student Financial Services at MHC.

Preparation for the fifth year: There are three things to do during the fourth year in preparation for year five at UMass; note that the first of the deadlines below is in early December.

  1. You must complete a Post-Graduate application to the UMass College of Engineering (can be obtained from Greg Brown in Marston 126 or UMass University Admissions Office). This application is due April 1 for the following fall and the application fee is waived for Mount Holyoke students applying for this program. Note that, because of tightened visa requirements, international students will need to document their ability to cover their expenses in the fifth year that are not covered by MHC: room, board and health insurance to the International Programs Office (or IPO) at UMass.
  2. If you seek additional funding for year five, apply for a College of Engineering scholarship. The application is due in early February for the following fall. Please note that UMass funds for scholarships are limited.
  3. You can make your fifth year much more affordable by applying for a position in the UMass residence halls to cover the cost of housing in year five. The application is due in early December for the following academic year.

Sample programs for the UMass College of Engineering Dual-Degree

Year 1 at MHC

Fall

  • Math 101, Calculus I = Distribution 1
  • Physics 110 = Distribution 2
  • Chemistry 101
  • Distribution 3

Spring

  • Math 202, Calculus II
  • Physics 201
  • Distribution 4
  • Distribution 5

Year 2 at MHC

Fall

  • Physics 205
  • Physics 210
  • Computer Science 101
  • Distribution 6

Spring

  • Physics 324
  • Physics 315
  • Statistics 140 or 240
  • Distribution 7
  • Physics 231 (1 credit)

Year 3 at UMass

Fall

  • Engineering 113, Intro (communication)
  • MIE 230, Thermodynamics I (chemistry)  
  • MIE 201, Intro to Materials (applied science)
  • MIE 210, Statics (physics)  
  • MIE 397b, Dynamic Systems (physics/applied math)

Spring

  • MIE 213, Intro to Mechanical Design (project)
  • MIE 211, Strength of Materials (applied science)
  • MIE 302, Mechanical Eng. Lab I (project + report)
  • MIE 375, Manufacturing Process (technical)
  • MIE 340, Fluid Mechanics (physics/applied math)
  • MIE 395, Professional Seminar (1 credit)

Year 4 at MHC

Fall  

  • Physics 308  
  • Physics 325  
  • Language Requirement 1a

Spring

  • Physics 250
  • Physics 395
  • Language Requirement 1b
  • Elective  Elective

Year 5 at UMass

Fall  

  • MIE 313
  • MIE 354
  • MIE 402
  • MIE 444
  • MIE ESD elective (1/2)

Spring

  • MIE 413
  • MIE 497d
  • MIE SD restr. elective
  • MIE ESD elective (2/2) 

Note: Applied Mathematics is not a standard major at Mount Holyoke.  It would have to be declared as a special major requiring at least one 300 level course besides those courses in Mathematics and Statistics listed below.  See the catalog on Special Majors and discuss this with an advisor.

Year 1 at MHC

Fall

  • Math 101, Calculus I = Distribution 1
  • Chemistry 101 = Distribution 2
  • Economics 104, Macro = Distribution 3
  • Distribution 4

Spring

  • Math 202, Calculus II
  • Physics 110
  • Math 203, Calculus III
  • Distribution 5

Year 2 at MHC

Fall

  • Math 342, Probability
  • Math 211, Linear Algebra
  • Physics 201
  • Distribution 6

Spring

  • Math 333, Differential Equations
  • Physics 315
  • Statistics 343, Mathematical Statistics
  • Distribution 7

Year 3 at UMass

Fall

  • Engineering 113, Intro (communication)
  • MIE 201, Intro to Materials (applied science)
  • MIE 210, Statics (physics)
  • MIE 460, Human Factors I (4 cr; applied psychology)
  • MIE 397b, Dynamic Systems (physics/applied math)
  • MIE Tech. Elective

Spring

  • MIE 123, Engin. Econ. (applied economics)
  • MIE 211, Strength of Materials (applied science)
  • MIE 213, Intro to Mechanical Design (project)
  • MIE 373, Simulation (statistics)
  • MIE 340, Fluid mechanics (physics/applied math)
  • MIE 379, Oper. Research (applied mathematics)

Year 4 at MHC

Fall

  • Math/Statistics 300 level or elective
  • Physics 308
  • Physics 325
  • Language Requirement 1a

Spring

  • Math/Statistics 300 level or elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Language Requirement 1b

Year 5 at UMass

Fall

  • MIE 313
  • MIE 375
  • MIE 422
  • MIE 477
  • MIE 577
  • MIE 492 (1 cr.)

Spring

  • MIE Tech. Elective
  • MIE Tech. Elective
  • MIE 478

MHC Major in Applied Mathematics

  • Math 101, 202, 203, 211, 333
  • Statistics 342, 343
  • Plus two additional Math/Statistics courses at the 300 level (or, could count MIE 373 and 379 toward the MHC major)

Courses to be taken at the University of Massachusetts are indicated in bold.

First Year

Fall

  • Chem 150 General Chemistry: Foundations of Structure and Reactivity
  • Math 101 Calculus I
  • First Year Seminar
  • PE
  • Engin 110 Intro to Chem. Eng.

Spring

  • Chem231 Inorganic Chemistry
  • Math 202 Calculus II
  • Phys 110 Force, Motion and Energy
  • PE
  • ChE 120 Chem. Eng. Fundamentals

Second Year

Fall

  • Chem 202 Organic Chemistry I
  • Math 203 Calculus III
  • Math 211 Linear Algebra (will be required for Math 333)
  • PE
  • ChE 220 or Bio 151 (or MHC Bio/Biochem course) a

Spring

  • Chem 302 Organic Chemistry II
  • Phys 201 Electromagnetism
  • Math 333 Differential Equations
  • PE
  • ChE 226 Thermo I

Third Year (at UMass)

Fall

  • Engin 351 Technical Writing
  • ChE 320 Kinetics and Reactor Design
  • ChE 325 Thermo II
  • ChE 330 Fluid Mechanics
  • ChE 291A/391A Professional Seminar

Spring

  • ChE 333 Heat and Mass Transfer
  • ChE 338 Separations
  • ChE 361 Math Modeling
  • Distribution/Multicultural Perspective/Language

Fourth Year

Fall

  • Chem elective
  • Chem 399 Comprehensive Seminar
  • Distribution/Multicultural Perspective/Language
  • Distribution/Multicultural Perspective/Language

Spring

  • Chem 325 Quantum Mechanics
  • Chem elective
  • Chem 399 Comprehensive Seminar
  • Distribution/Multicultural Perspective/Language

Fifth Year (at UMass)

Fall

  • ChE 401 Chem. Engineering Lab I
  • ChE 444 Chemical Process Design
  • ChE 446 Chemical Process Control
  • ChE 491A Professional Seminar

Spring

  • ChE 402 Chemical Engineering Lab II
  • Engineering technical electiveb
  • Engineering technical electiveb

Comments:
Freshman/Sophomore Math and Chem sequence parallels that at UMass.

a May be substituted with an appropriate biology or biochemistry course taken at Mt. Holyoke approved by the UMass ChE undergraduate program director.

b One semester of independent study, performed at either UMass or Mt. Holyoke, can substitute for one UMass ChE Engineering Science elective (ChE 496). Approved UMass engineering technical electives include SOM 593, SOM 597, any 3 or 4 credit course at the 200 level or above in ChE, ECE, MIE, CEE, or PSE with the EXCEPTION of CEE 357, MIE 230, MIE 340, and MIE 354. Courses other than those listed must be approved by the UMass ChE undergraduate program director.