ENGINEERING AT LOCK HAVEN UNIVERISITY
Many Routes To An Engineering Career
Lock Haven University offers a pre-engineering program which can be a
solid foundation leading to a career in engineering. Several options are
available for the student to complete an engineering degree:
The Five-Year (3-2) BSBA Dual-Degree Option
The five year dual-degree programs require three years of
pre-engineering work at LHU followed by two years work in an engineering
program at another school. LHU awards the "second degree", either a B.A. in
Natural and Mathematical Sciences/Physics or a B.S. in Physics. This second
degree is awarded upon completion of the
engineering degree at the second school. Though this option may be
completed at any accredited engineering school, Lock Haven has formal
agreements with two schools, listed below.
The cooperative five-year dual degree program with The Pennsylvania
State University is like option (1), but with the advantage of guaranteed
admission to PSU if the requirements of the first three years have been
The co-op program with the Penn State-Erie (Behrend) campus, is
like option two, but includes just two fields: Electrical or Mechanical
Students who intend eventually to pursue a graduate degree in
engineering may take a four-year physics major at LHU first, then (at
another school) do graduate work in engineering. Many graduate engineering
schools eagerly recruit students with this background.
Some students spend two years at LHU taking pre-engineering courses,
then transfer to an engineering school for two years to complete an
engineering degree. This option is appropriate for
students who do not want a "second degree" and who have sufficiently
strong academic records to meet the admissions requirements of the other
The dual degree program where one obtains a BS in engineering and a BA in Natural Science/Physics,
combines a specialized engineering educations with the extra dimension of a "liberal arts" education.
The general education curriculum includes foreign language and a liberal arts seminar.
The Five-Year (3-2) BSBS Dual-Degree Option
The dual degree program where one obtains a BS in engineering and a BS in Physics,
is a more technical curriculum at LHU. With this option the foreign language and liberal
arts seminar are replaced with additional physics courses.
The first three years at LHU are spent taking pre-engineering work in math
and sciences, as well as a broad spectrum of liberal arts courses. The
last two academic years, at another school, are spent in intensive
concentration in engineering course work.
Why Lock Haven?
There are good reasons why a student might choose to begin pre-engineering
work at Lock Haven University:
- Costs are lower; only 3/4 as much as some of the large schools in PA.
- A smaller school can provide a more relaxed environment, smaller
classes, and opportunity for closer interaction with faculty.
- Flexibility: The pre-engineering curriculum is similar to that of
programs in physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, and
other science pre-professional programs. The student who changes
career goals may make relatively easy transfers to and from these
Not For Everyone
Engineering programs are very demanding of time and talent. The required
courses are intensive and course loads are heavy. Since engineering
schools' admissions requirements are very high, the engineering student
must maintain a high quality grade point average.
Students with the best chance of success in engineering are those with
very strong records in high school mathematics supported by good
grades in other courses. Students with inadequate preparation in
trigonometry and/or analytic geometry may not be ready to begin calculus
immediately and may be advised to take pre-calculus mathematics courses.
In such a case, the prospective student might consider taking a
course in elementary functions in the summer prior to the freshman
year, at Lock Haven University or some other college or university.
ADVISORS FOR THE 3-2 ENGINEERING PROGRAM
Dr. Anura Goonewardene,
Assistant Professor of Physics,
Dr. John D. Reid,
Assistant Professor of Physics,
Dr. James Wheeler,
Associate Professor of Physics,