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Dual Degree: Engineering, B.S.

Why pursue a Dual-Degree in Engineering at North Central College?

Engineers design, develop, test, modify, install and maintain a variety of products and systems. They work on computer circuits and architecture, FPGA design, sensors, actuators, embedded processors, power electronics and motors. In dual degree engineering, you’ll spend 3 years at North Central completing the engineering core and earn a Bachelor of Science in chemistry or engineering physics. Then complete a second bachelor of science degree in two years in a specialty such as civil, aerospace, nuclear, or chemical at a partnering university. At North Central, our focus is on automation and robotics, with emphasis on sustainability, access and enhancing quality of life. A career in engineering is rooted in hands-on learning and excellent communication skills. By practicing problem-solving, team projects and reporting your findings, you’ll be ready to take on the technology industry.


  • Solving electrical and computer hardware problems
  • Mastering a specialty like aerospace or nuclear engineering
  • Influencing how new technology is created and applied

then a DUAL DEGREE (3-2) ENGINEERING program might be for you.

Why study in a Dual-Degree in Engineering program at North Central College?

In the Classroom

Coursework topics:

  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Classical physics
  • Computer science
  • Differential equations
  • Electronics
  • Engineering statics
  • Intermediate mechanics
  • Linear algebra
  • Quantum physics

Beyond the Classroom

As an engineering major, you can:

  • Complete internships at nearby research labs such as Argonne National Laboratory or Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
  • Study in state-of-the-art facilities equipped to accommodate the most sophisticated hardware, software and other sustainable technology.
  • Pursue your research interests by applying for a Richter Grant.
  • Present your original research findings at local, regional and national conferences such as the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research or North Central’s Rall Symposium.

Coursework in this area includes:

  • Calculus
  • Linear algebra
  • Differential equations
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Classical physics
  • Quantum physics
  • Electronics
  • Engineering statics
  • Intermediate mechanics

Engineering Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Partnering Universities

Recent students have completed the dual-degree program at:

  • University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign
  • University of Minnesota
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Bradley University


Employers of recent dual-degree engineering students include:

  • CH2M Hill, Boston
  • Fermilab
  • Inno-Flex
  • Commonwealth Edison
  • Mortenson Construction
  • Caterpillar
  • SAI Advanced Power Solutions
  • Jacobs Engineering
  • American Airlines
  • Provisur Technologies
  • Great Lakes Dredge and Dock

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Merit scholarships, grants, loans, campus employment - these are just some of the resources available to you. Over 95 percent of students and 100 percent of all eligible students receive aid. Let our team partner with you in finding the best value for your education.

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