Pre-Engineering (Dual Degree) Program
Students in this program study for three years at Covenant College before transferring to an approved engineering school. The pre-engineering program allows students to gain the benefits of the Christ-centered education offered by Covenant and the excellent scientific training available from a variety of universities and technical institutes. The program prepares students for study in the areas of aerospace, biomedical, nuclear, civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical, and industrial engineering, along with their associated sub-disciplines. Please note that architecture is not an area of engineering and as such is not part of the pre-engineering program. While we have articulation agreements as a Dual Degree Program partner institution with the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, recent participants in the program have also attended a number of other universities such as Auburn University, North Carolina State University, Purdue University, Virginia Tech, Florida Tech, the University of Washington, and the University of Alabama - Huntsville. Choosing a target engineering institution and engineering major is not necessary until the third year of the pre-engineering program. If a target institution or major program is known, please communicate this preference to your advisor as it will help in selecting program specific curriculum requirements.
Because of the rigorous nature of this program, students are normally required to have an SAT score of at least 1170 (reading and writing plus math) and a minimum SAT math score of 625, or ACT math score of 25, or CLT Quantitative score of 22 prior to enrollment at Covenant. Admittance to or completion of the pre-engineering program at Covenant College does not automatically guarantee admission to an institution accredited to grant engineering degrees. Each student must meet the transfer student admission requirements of the accredited institution.
The engineering courses in the pre-engineering program are dictated by both the engineering field and the target engineering school chosen by the student. Students are responsible for communicating their interests to their advisor so appropriate choices can be made. For example, Chemical Engineering majors would choose Organic Chemistry I and II as their engineering electives, while Mechanical Engineering majors would choose Statics and Dynamics. Also, students targeting Electrical, Computer, or Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech will want to take COS 130 rather than COS 131 to meet the computing requirement at Tech (since COS 131 uses MATLAB).
Students must fulfill the core and major course requirements with a grade point average of 2.00 or higher. Upon completing all of Covenant’s degree requirements, the student must transfer a minimum of 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours in their major science or engineering program from an approved engineering school to reach a minimum of 126 semester hours for the BA degree to be awarded from Covenant.