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3-2 Cooperative Program in Engineering

John Murray in Applied Optics Lab

The Cooperative Program in Engineering is five-year dual-degree program between Fordham University and the School of Engineering and Applied Science of Columbia University or Case Western Reserve University. Students in this program prepare for careers in applied science or engineering. The Cooperative Program asks students to meet a number of admissions requirements. Students earn a BA or BS degree from Fordham University and a BS degree from Columbia University in one of several fields.

All Fordham core curriculum and major requirements must be satisfied before the student begins courses at Columbia University. In addition, students must take prerequisite courses required by the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University.

See below for more information.

How does this program work?

Students in this program:

  • Spend their first three academic years at Fordham College at Rose Hill or Fordham College at Lincoln Center pursuing a BS or BA degree.

  • At the end of this period, they transfer to Columbia University or Case Western Reserve University (after a successful transfer application).

  • After completing the second year at one of these other two schools, they receive their BA or BS degree from Fordham and their BS engineering degree from there.

What can one major in?

While at Fordham, students must pursue a major in one of the following:

Sample schedules can be viewed by clicking on the major above.

After transferring, students will pursue a degree in one of the following (this list shows those majors from Columbia):

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Earth and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Operations Research: Engineering Management Systems
  • Operations Research: Financial Engineering

Requirements for the program

For the Combined Plan with Columbia, you can find specific requirements at this link (PDF), which lists specific requirements that must be fulfilled as a Fordham student. Please note that starting with the incoming class of the Fall of 2019, acceptance to Columbia with this program is not guaranteed, even if all requirements are met. Learn more about the Combined Plan with Case Western Reserve University.

Generally, for both programs, all students are required to take the following courses while at Fordham:

MATH 1206 (Calculus I)
MATH 1207 (Calculus II)
MATH 2004 (Multivariable Calculus I)
PHYS 1601 & 1603 or 1701 & 1703 (Intro Physics I or Physics I)
PHYS 1602 & 1604 or 1702 & 1704 (Intro Physics II or Physics II)
PHYS 1511 (Physics I Lab)
PHYS 1512 (Physics II Lab)
CHEM 1311, 1321, & 1331 (General Chemistry I + Lab)
CISC 1600 & 1610 (Computer Science I + Lab)
ECON 1100 or ECON 1200 (Basic Macroeconomics or Basic Microeconomics) – this should be the course taken for the Social Science Core

The other requirements are automatically satisfied by the Fordham Core Curriculum. Columbia does not accept transfer credits from online courses, so no courses may be taken online (core, major, or 3-2 requirements) for students in this program.

Note that some of the specific majors at the other school will have slightly different requirements, so while this is a good list to work from, be sure to check the specific requirements above.

View the details about the course equivalents between Fordham and Columbia. If you have any questions about the specific requirements, contact the program director, Christopher Aubin, at [email protected].

Contact the Program Director

Program Director

Dr. Christopher Aubin
Associate Professor of Physics
Email: [email protected]
Office: Freeman Hall 111-B
Phone: 718-817-5620

Advisor at Lincoln Center

Dr. Kei Kobayashi
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Email: [email protected]
Office: LL 815-F