3/2 Program With CalTech

Study for three years at Haverford, then two years at CalTech, and receive a Bachelor's of Science from Haverford and a Bachelor's in Engineering from CalTech.

During your three years at Haverford, you will typically take two courses in engineering through our course exchange agreements with Penn and Swarthmore. These help you to prepare for the last two years at CalTech, and also help you to confirm that you're really interested in engineering. Ordinarily, you will start taking these courses during your sophomore year, but it is essential to begin taking appropriate science and math courses at Haverford in the first semester of your freshman year. For all areas of engineering, you must complete at least one year of physics (two recommended), one year of math (two recommended), and one year of chemistry. It is essential to begin taking appropriate science and math courses at Haverford in the first semester of your freshman year. Please consult with the Haverford 3/2 coordinator, Prof. Walter Smith, for details.

You will complete all the Haverford graduation requirements during your first three years, except the major, and you must be on track to complete a major. If you are not accepted to the CalTech part of the program, you will complete the four years at Haverford, and (if you wish) apply to a Master’s program in engineering at another institution.

You will apply to the CalTech part of the program in the spring semester of your junior year; a GPA of 3.5 is the suggested standard for admission, but the admissions decision is based on a combination of your transcript and letters from faculty.

You may apply for financial from CalTech for the last two years of the program; this is negotiated separately from your Haverford financial aid, at the time you apply to the CalTech part of the program.


Degrees & Majors

The degrees available through the 3/2 program are listed below. Each link leads to the associated webpage at CalTech, which gives information about the careers that are accessible with that degree.

Degree Required Haverford Major
Applied and Computational Mathematics Math
Applied Physics Physics
Bioengineering Biology
Chemical Engineering
(must choose one of four tracks: Biomolecular, Environmental, Process Systems, or Materials)
Chemistry
Engineering and Applied Science / Computational and Neural Systems Computer Science
Engineering and Applied Science/ Environmental Science & Engineering Chemistry
Engineering and Applied Science/ Materials
Science
Chemistry
Mechanical Engineering Physics