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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
Sample Plan of Study
The below scenario is an example of the classes an engineering student at Albion College would take to successfully complete the program in three years. Exact courses vary with engineering discipline and must be selected in consultation with an adviser. This schedule assumes no advanced placement transfer credit. If such AP credit exists, the below schedule would be more flexible.
Math 141: Calculus I
Physics 167: Analytical Physics I
Liberal Arts 101: First-Year Experience
Computer Science 171: Intro to Computer Science I
Math 143: Calculus II
Physics 168: Analytical Physics II
English 101: English Composition
Textual Analysis Course (e.g., Intro to Philosophy)
Math 245: Multivariable Calculus
Chemistry 121: Structure & Equilibrium
Physics 243: Methods of Mathematical Physics I
Global Category Course (e.g., International
Non-science Elective (e.g., economics or music)
Math 247: Differential Equations & Linear Algebra
Chemistry 123: Inorganic Chemistry, Intro
Physics 244: Methods of Mathematical Physics II
Economics & Management 101: Microeconomics
Non-science Elective (e.g., foreign language study)
Physics 245: Electronics
Ethnicity Category Course (e.g., Social
Elective (e.g., anthropology, ethics, or English)
Elective (e.g., more computer science, math, or physics)
Physics 191: Physics & Astronomy Seminar
Physics 250: Modern Physics
Math/Physics 375: Introduction to Solid Mechanics
Elective (e.g., more courses to pick up a minor)
Elective (e.g., music, history, art, or communication)
U. S. History
Office: Robinson Hall 213
- Whitman College, B.A., history (1961)
- University of Washington, M.A., history (1965)
- University of Washington, Ph.D., history 1973
- University of Washington, 1961-1968
- Albion College, 1968-Present
COURSES TAUGHT IN RECENT PAST
- American Dreams & Realities
- A Sense of Place: Albion & the American Dream
- U.S. History Since 1877
- America in Crisis: Great Depression, World War II, & Cold War
- Environmental History
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Summa Cum Laude
- Phi Alpha Theta
- Ford Foundation Cooperative Teaching Fellowship (1960-2)
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Fellowships
- (1973) (1977) (1984) (1988)
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship (1998)
- Council on International Educational Exchange Environmental Program, China (1999)
- U.S. Department of Energy Summer Seminar Fellowships (1978) (1979) (1980)
- American Historical Association/American Political Science Association Fellowship (1983)
- Albion College Students’ Choice Award (1997)
- Albion College Arthur Anderson Teacher of the Year Award (1997)
- Albion College Richard Baird Excellence in Teaching Award (2000)
- Designer of National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Grant for Interdisciplinary
- study of the community of Albion, Michigan—awarded for 2003-2004; renewed for 2004-2005.
- Director, (NCUR)/Lancy Initiative Grant (2003-2005)
COMMUNITY & SERVICE AWARDS
- Albion College Black Student Alliance Kwanzaa Committee Community Contribution Award (2011)
- Inductee, Albion Multicultural Hall of Fame (2009)
- NAACP Community Service Award for contributions to the goal of “equality and justice for all by
- precept and example” (1988)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award for “commitment to making Dr. King’s Dream a reality”
- (Albion Kwanzaa Youth Group) (1997)
- Recognition “for commitment to the youth of Albion” by Albion Minority Program Services (1997)
- Faculty Award: Michigan Campus Compact “in recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Community
- Service Learning at Albion College” (2003)
- NAACP President’s Award in recognition of “outstanding service and commitment to Human and Civil
- Rights” (2004)
- 2013: “America in Search of its Conscience: History & Hope,” presentation for the Albion
- community sponsored by the Albion Historical Society on participation in the 50th Anniversary
- Commemoration of the March on Washington.
- 2013: Participant at August 24th Commemorative March for the 50th Anniversary of the March on
- Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream Speech.”
- 2013: Participant as representative of Albion Branch, NAACP at 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther
- King, Jr.’s march and speech in Detroit—commemorative march and symposium.
- 2013: Participant at Newseum, Washington, D.C. symposium commemorating 50th anniversary of the
- assassination of Medgar Evers, featuring Myrlie Evers-Williams, Julian Bond, & Gwen Ifill (PBS).
- 2013: Participant at Kent State symposium, march, and vigil, commemorating May 4, 1970.
- 2013: Coordinated visit of MLK Convocation keynote speaker and Coy James Memorial lecturer, Dr.
- Cleveland Sellers.
- 2013: Coordinator and discussion leader for Black History Month film, “Scarred Justice: The
- Orangeburg Massacre, 1968.”
- 2013: Participant, “Civil Rights South: In the Footsteps,” tour directed by Julian Bond.
- 2013: Faculty Mentor for Center for Sustainability and Environment trip to New Mexico (May).
- 2012: Invited as liaison for Judge Damon Keith, fall convocation speaker.
- 2012: Invited speaker as part of Albion Branch, NAACP, for Black History Month at Coldwater State
- 2012: Coordinator and Discussion leader for Black History Month film, “Freedom Riders.”
- 2012: Faculty Mentor, Center for Sustainability and the Environment trip to South Carolina.
- 2012: Coordinator for Albion College CSE students and faculty seminar with President Cleveland
- Sellers at Voorhees College, Denmark, South Carolina.
- 2012: Participant, “Civil Rights South: In the Footsteps of the Movement,” with Julian Bond.
- 2012: Participant at “Malcolm X” forum at the Charles Wright African American History Museum.
- 2012: Delegate to Michigan State NAACP Convention, Detroit.
- 2011: Invited to give the Coy James Memorial Lecture, “Albion & the American Dream.”
- 2011: Keynote co-speaker with Robert Wall for MLK Convocation: “In the Footsteps of Dr. Martin
- Luther King, Jr.”
- 2011: Invited to introduce Daoud Lecture, Steven Solomon, author of Water, The Epic Struggle for
- Wealth, Power, and Civilization.
- 2011: Coordinated Coy James Lecture with Phillip Mason, “Rum Running and the Roaring Twenties:
- Michigan and Prohibition.”
- 2011: Albion College Faculty Lecture: “Albion & the American Dream.”
- 2011: “Civil Rights South: In the Footsteps of the Movement,” Civil Rights tour with Julian
- 2011: Faculty Mentor for the Center for Sustainability and the Environment trip to Louisiana.
- 2011: Albion Branch representative to NAACP conference on “Environmental Justice,” Detroit.
- 2010: Participant, “Race to the South: From the Klan to Katrina,” Civil Rights tour with Julian
- 2010: Faculty Mentor for Environmental Institute to Oregon and Washington.
- 2010: MLK Convocation Committee, featured speaker: Dr. Clayborne Carson, editor of the MLK
- 2009: Witness to History: Participant, Inauguration of President Barack Obama.
- 2009: Faculty Mentor, Environmental Institute trip: “California: Imperial Valley, Salto Sea,
- Imperial Valley, Joshua Tree.”
- 2009: “Following in the Footsteps: Civil Rights Tour with Julian Bond.”
- 2009: Participant: NAACP Centennial Convention, New York City.
- 2009: Invited by the Elkin Isaac Honors Symposium to introduce James Gignac (Sierra Club), as
- the Alumni Speaker.
- 2009: Coordinated Washington, D.C. First-Year Seminar trip with World War II theme—World War II
- Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Museum of American History, U.S. Holocaust Museum,
- Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial.
- 2009: Wrote columns for the Albion Branch NAACP Newsletter: “Making History: Campaigning for
- Barack Obama in Albion, Michigan”; “New York City: The NAACP & Dorothy Height—Long Distance
- 2009: Wrote “Brief History of Albion NAACP” for annual Freedom Fund Banquet.
- 2009: Sabbatical, spring semester: “Albion, Michigan Goes to War.”
- 2008: Appointed by Albion College President to committee for designing and implementing Albion
- College Sustainability Initiative
- 2008: “Civil Rights South: In the Footsteps of the Movement.” (Civil Rights tour of Georgia and
- Alabama with Julian Bond, Professor History, U. of Virginia, civil rights pioneer, NAACP
- 2008: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Florida Everglades
- (Albion College Environmental Institute)
- 2007: Participant, conference on “Environmental Justice and Diversity,” University of Michigan
- 2007: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Chesapeake Bay
- 2006: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Appalachia (Smoky
- Mountain National Park, TVA, Oakridge National Laboratory, and mountain-top removal site.
- 2005: Published with co-author Jennifer Cook, “A Window on America: Bringing Home
- Interdisciplinary Research” in CUR QUARTERLY (cover article)
- 2005: Presentation with Leslie Dick, “A Sense of Place: Albion & the American Dream” to Michigan
- Archivists Association Conference for session entitled “History in the Classroom: Fostering
- Relationships Between Students and Archives.”
- 2005: Faculty mentor for environment trip with students and faculty to California (Yosemite
- National Park, Hetch Hetchy, Mono Lake, Central Valley, Steinbeck Museum, Monterrey Bay, and Big
- 2005: Directed NCUR/Lancy student scholars who presented at National Conference for
- Undergraduate Research in Lexington, Virginia
- 2004: Directed 10-Week Summer (NCUR/Lancy) Interdisciplinary Seminar: “Boom, Bust, Recovery:
- Explorations of Albion, Michigan—the Last Fifty Years.”
- 2004: Coordinated & mentored NCUR/Lancy scholars who presented at National Conference for
- Undergraduate Research in Indianapolis.
- 2004: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Louisiana (New Orleans
- and the Gulf)
- 2003: Directed 10-Week Summer (NCUR/Lancy) Interdisciplinary Seminar: “Boom, Bust, Recovery:
- Explorations of Albion, Michigan—the Last Fifty Years.”
- 2003: Faculty Mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Chesapeake Bay
- Watershed (Amish farms, Three Mile Island, Susquehanna River, and Eastern Shore)
- 2003: Individual travel to Japan to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki Peace Memorials & Museums
- 2002: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Southwest: Nevada, Utah,
- Arizona (Yucca Mountain nuclear burial site, Zion, Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon, Hoover Dam)
- 2001: Member of Albion College team participating in: “The Greening of the Campus” conference,
- Ball State U., Muncie, Indiana
- 2001: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Pacific Northwest
- (Olympic National Park, Mt. Rainier, Grand Coulee Dam, Columbia River, Hanford Atomic
- 2000: Coordinator for Albion College Symposium: “Environmental Activism for the New Millennium”
- in honor of the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. (Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. keynote speaker)
- 2000: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Florida (Florida Keys,
- Everglades, Florida Coast)
- 1999: Member of Albion College team participating in: “The Greening of the Campus” conference at
- Ball State University
- 1999: Participant, Orion Society National Conference on Community Based Environmental Action,
- National Conservation Training Center at Shepardstown, West Virginia.
- 1999: Delegate to Chinese Environmental Conference with focus on the Three Gorges Dam Project on
- the Yangtze River arranged through the Council for International Education Exchange in
- cooperation with the Chinese Environmental Protection Agency
- 1998: Fellow, NEH Summer Institute: “Environmental History and World History, 1500-2000,” U. of
- California, Santa Cruz
- 1998: Participant, “Green & Gold: California History Conference,” U. of California, Santa Cruz
- 1996: Participant, “Watershed: Writers, Nature, and Community,” Washington, D.C. (sponsored by
- the Orion Society, the Library of Congress, and Poet Laureate Robert Hass.)
- 1994: Presented paper, “Dammed Salmon: Economy, Equity, Ecology, and Columbia River Dams in the
- 1930s,” to conference on Power and Place in the North American West, Third Annual Symposium of
- the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, University of Washington, Seattle.
- 1994: Presented Commentator’s paper, “Resource Utilization Through History,” to “The Environment
- Through World History” program for the World History Association Annual Meeting, Aspen Insitute,
- Aspen, Colorado
- 1990: Published “When Dams Weren’t Damned: The Public Power Crusade and Visions of the Good
- Life in the Pacific Northwest in the 1930s” in Environmental Review
- 1990: “Declaration of Interdependence,” Earth Week Symposium featuring David Brower
- 1990: Hosted Cesar Chavez on campus for program on Farm Workers, Pesticides, and Social Justice,
- including a viewing of the film, “The Wrath of Grapes.”
- 1989: Chaired Workshop on “The Columbia and the Music of Woody Guthrie,” the classic documentary
- film, American Society for Environmental History meeting, Evergreen State College
- 1988: Delegate, “North American Bio-regional Congress,” British Columbia, Canada
- 1988: Fellow, NEH Seminar, “The American West: Environment & History,” directed by Donald
- Worster at the Mountain West Center for Historical Studies at Utah State University
- 1986: Delegate to “Fate of the Earth Conference,” coordinated by David Brower (Ottawa, Canada)
- 1986: Coordinated “A Declaration of Interdependence: Society, Environment, and the Land Ethic,”
- A Symposium in honor of the Aldo Leopold Centennial (Gaylord Nelson, keynote speaker)
- 1984: Delegate to “Fate of the Earth Conference,” Washington, D.C.
- 1984: Fellow, NEH Seminar, “The Frontier & the Environment,” Indiana University
- 1983: Participant, “Appalachian Life & Culture,” featuring Harry Caudill, author of Night Comes
- to the Cumberlands and My Land Is Dying, Hindman Settlement School, Kentucky
- 1982: Participant, “Energy Futures, Energy Implications,” National Science Foundation Chautauqua
- Short Course with Amory and Hunter Lovins at the University of Iowa
- 1982: Delegate, “Fate of the Earth Conference,” inspired by David Brower, linking environmental,
- peace, and social justice groups at Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City
- 1980: Participant, “Energy Policy in the Southwest and the Native American,” USDOE Institute,
- University of San Diego
- 1978: Participant, “Indians and Ecology, “NSF Chautauqua Short Course with Clara Sue Kidwell,
- 1978: Participant, “Energy, Conservation, & Public Health,” USDOE Seminar at Harvard School of
- Public Health, Boston
- 1977: Fellow, “American West: New Trends in Historical Interpretation,” NEH Summer Seminar, U. of
- California, Davis.
- 1973: Fellow, “Literature and the American West,” NEH Summer Seminar, U. of Oregon
- 1973: “Visions of Abundance: The Public Power Crusade in the Pacific Northwest in the Era of
- J.D. Ross and the New Deal,” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Washington