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Dartmouth Thayer-Dual Degree

Dartmouth Thayer Applications are due by the first Monday in December.

Vassar College offers qualified Vassar students the possibility of studying engineering through the Dartmouth-Thayer Dual Degree Program in Engineering.  The Dartmouth School of Engineering offers science majors at other liberal arts colleges the possibility of obtaining a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in a specially designed program.  If accepted into the dual-degree program, you spend your junior (or senior) year at Dartmouth College taking engineering courses not available at Vassar.  You are also expected to take liberal arts courses during your year at Dartmouth, which can be applied toward requirements for your Vassar degree.  You may earn up to 9.0 units of transfer credit including the engineering courses.  You would then return to Vassar for your senior year to complete your Bachelor of Arts degree.  If you are interested in completing the Bachelor of Engineering degree, you would apply to Dartmouth-Thayer for the fifth year of study.  Successful completion of the B.E. degree would enable you to work in the field of engineering or apply to graduate school in engineering. 


The engineering degree is demanding, and taking six engineering courses in one year is extremely challenging.  Before beginning your year at Dartmouth you should plan to complete the following courses: Calculus - multi variable calculus and linear algebra, Physics (two courses through mechanics and electromagnetism), one course in general chemistry, and one course in computer science.  You should also take a biology course if you are interested in biotechnology or biochemical engineering.  You should plan to have completed all of these courses before you begin your year at Dartmouth.  Also, please be aware that applicants to the Dartmouth Thayer Dual-Degree Program should have a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Required Courses:

The following Vassar courses (or equivalent) are required for the program.  They must be completed prior to the end of the student’s sophmore year.

  • MATH 121, MATH 126 (0.5 credit), MATH 127 (0.5 credit), and MATH 220

  • PHYS 113 and PHYS 114

  • CHEM 121 (or CHEM 125 if interested in Chemical or Biomedical Engineering)

  • CMPU 101

Recommended Courses:

Depending on the engineering area of concentration, certain additional Vassar courses are also recommended, as indicated below:

  • MATH 221 and MATH 228

  • PHYS 200 and PHYS 210

  • PHYS 240 (If interested in Electrical Engineering)

  • BIOL 105 and BIOL 106 (If interested in Biotechnology or Biomedical Engineering)

  • CHEM 244 and CHEM 245 (If interested in Chemical or Biomedical Engineering)

  • CMPU 102 and CMPU 145 (If interested in Computer Engineering)

To satisfy Dartmouth's pre requisites please make an appointment with the Vassar College Dual-Degree Engineering Advisor, Professor Thomas Ellman

Application sequence

  1. Meet with the Vassar College Dual-Degree Engineering Advisor, Professor Thomas Ellman as soon as possible for prerequisite, advising.

  2. Declare your major, (a requirement for taking any academic leave).

  3. Meet with the Director of International Programs, Kerry Stamp to discuss the application process.  Kerry will send you a link to the first step of the application process (the Vassar College Eligibility Form for the Dartmouth Thayer Dual-Degree Program) after your appointment.

  4. Don’t forget to also consult with your departmental advisor about your plans.  This is important since your advisor will receive a request for approval once you submit your Eligibility Form to theCommittee on Leaves and Privileges.

  5. The Committee on Leaves and Privileges approves your proposal (the Eligibility Form) to study at the Dartmouth Thayer Dual-Degree Program, you will next complete an application directly to Darmouth Thayer.  Kerry Stamp will provide you with this link as well. In addition to providing your transcript, expect to need to write a statement about your wish to enroll in the program and provide letters of recommendation as aspects of the application.