May 29, 2023  
Course Catalog 2022-2023 
Course Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

3-2 Engineering Major

The major comprises the math and science courses specified by the student’s desired engineering program as entry requirements for 3-2 program participants.

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Only a student participating in the 3-2 Engineering program may declare 3-2 Engineering as her or his major at Oberlin. The recommendations of the partner engineering schools differ slightly; however, it is generally required that a 3-2 engineering student take the schedule of courses listed below at Oberlin.

To be accepted by the engineering school, a student normally must maintain a grade point average of 3.25 or greater. Thus, Engineering students should take for letter grade (not P/NP) math and science courses specified by the desired engineering programs. If a student does not proceed to an engineering school, she or he must satisfy the requirements for some other major at Oberlin.

Summary of Requirements Typical of Affiliated Engineering Schools

Graduation Requirements

Because students in this program spend only three years at Oberlin, they must satisfy modified general requirements for the Oberlin degree:

  1. A minimum of 24 full courses or the equivalent, of which at least 22 must be full academic courses (two half academic courses* will count as the equivalent of one full course). Up to 2 of the required 24 courses may be fulfilled by a combination of co-curricular credits. 
  2. Two Winter Term credits.
  3. At least four semesters in residence at Oberlin or on Oberlin College programs, completing not less than 16 full courses or equivalent at Oberlin College. Ordinarily, the last 4 full courses or equivalent must be taken while in residence.
  4. The following general requirements are more completely specified in the section “Requirements for Graduation” in this catalog:
  • Curriculum Exploration;
  • Writing;
  • Quantitative and Formal Reasoning;
  • Cultural Diversity.

*Some labs, mini courses and modules, and some private readings will be half courses.

Co-curricular courses are courses such as ExCo, Athletics, Creativity & Leadership, and some others as appropriate.


There is no Honors Program in engineering.

3-2 Engineering Major Course Lists