Richard Longworth, senior fellow of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an expert on globalization's impact on the Midwest, spoke with WMUK in Kalamazoo leading up to his participation on the September 11 "Albion Tomorrow" panel discussion.
The dual-degree program in engineering (DDPE) provides students foundational skills in science, mathematics, and computer science, as well as substantial experience in applying these skills to solving contemporary problems.
Engineering is a dynamic profession that is constantly striving to stay on the frontier of technological development. Albion DDPE graduates successfully adapt to this need for change; they are able to educate themselves and learn new techniques to stay abreast of their field.
Application examples include the design and realization of water purification systems, automotive/aerospace/marine vehicles, computer circuits/hardware, supply chain networks, and power grids, to name only a few. As such, DDPE graduates have substantial professional opportunities in both the public and private sector, ranging from design engineer to project manager to entrepreneur. Graduates are also well equipped to pursue graduate degrees in engineering, dentistry, medicine, or law.
After successfully completing three years of approved study at Albion College (see Course Requirements), students in the dual degree program are required to gain admission to an engineering degree program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). As the admissions requirements of these programs vary substantially, students are required to have their school of transfer approved by the Engineering Advisory Committee (EAC). Students who transfer to engineering schools that have not been approved by the EAC will not receive an Albion degree.
The two engineering programs currently affiliated with Albion College are
University of Michigan – College of Engineering
Columbia University (NY) – Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Albion has a formal transfer agreement with Columbia University that guarantees admission to Albion College students who successfully complete all required courses in the first attempt with a grade of 3.0, maintain a 3.3 GPA in all required courses and in overall coursework, and satisfy other academic requirements as specified by Columbia. The University of Michigan requires all students to earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 both overall and in science prior to transfer, with higher GPA requirements for more competitive engineering majors such as mechanical, chemical, or electrical engineering. Although meeting these minimum GPA requirements is generally sufficient for admission to Michigan, it is not a guarantee. Students are strongly recommended to earn GPAs above these minimum admission requirements.
Students unable to meet the GPA requirements of the above two schools, or who would prefer to transfer to an engineering school not listed above, may still participate in the dual degree program in engineering through transfer to an alternate engineering institution. They will still need to meet all or parts of the Program Requirements. See the DDPE director for additional information about this option.
"After I transferred to the University of Michigan to complete the engineering classes, it was apparent that I had had much more rigorous courses in chemistry, math and physics than my classmates and was well prepared to survive the challenging chemical engineering curriculum." —Erin Knight, '05
"At Albion, I got one-on-one attention with the professor, knew most of the people in my class, and felt I was in a comfortable learning environment. Here at U of M, I see first-year students struggling in the introductory math and science classes because the classes are too big or they do not know anyone..." —Adam Hashimoto, '09