Dominican offers a joint engineering program with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). The five-year program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree from Dominican (mathematics, mathematics and computer science or chemistry) and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from IIT in specific paired combinations.

Students get the best of both worlds by completing coursework in Dominican’s liberal arts environment while also enjoying IIT’s renowned engineering expertise. Students apply to IIT during their freshmen or sophomore year, and starting with their junior year, qualifying participants take engineering courses at IIT while continuing to take science, mathematics, computer science, and liberal arts courses at Dominican.

During the first four semesters candidates take courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer programming in addition to liberal arts courses at Dominican University. Students not prepared to take calculus and university physics in their freshman year likely need to take additional summer courses. Starting with the junior year, qualifying participants take engineering courses at IIT while continuing to take science, mathematics, computer science, and liberal arts courses at Dominican. Students must apply to IIT for joint program participation with part-time student status. Tuition is paid at Dominican University only.

Seven engineering majors are offered through this program each of which is paired up with a major at Dominican:

  • Aerospace Engineering: Mathematics
  • Architectural Engineering: Mathematics
  • Chemical Engineering: Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering: Mathematics
  • Computer Engineering: Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering: Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering: Mathematics 

Students need to earn a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher in their first two years at DU and earn at a B or higher in all mathematics, science, and computer science courses taken at Dominican University.

Once students begin taking courses at both institutions, they are considered full-time students at Dominican University and part-time students at Illinois Institute of Technology, and may continue to live on Dominican’s campus. While enrolled in the joint program, students are subject to the academic regulations and policies of both Dominican University and Illinois Institute of Technology.

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