The Dual-Degree Engineering Program at Berry College


Berry College maintains dual-degree programs with the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the School of Engineering at Southern Polytechnic State University. As its name suggests, the dual-degree program leads to two baccalaureate degrees – one from Berry and one from the engineering school. 

The dual-degree program

With the dual-degree program you can have the best of both worlds. You will gain the advantages and depth of a liberal arts education and acquire a world-class technical education.

As a dual-degree engineering student, you will begin your college career at Berry and complete six semesters (approximately three years). Then you will continue at the engineering school for approximately two years (four to five additional terms).

You will have the option of choosing a major or not choosing a major at Berry. If you don’t select a major, your Berry degree will be in dual-degree engineering. Students who do elect to complete a major at Berry often choose physics, mathematics, or creative technology as these majors mesh well with the requirements of the dual-degree program.  Other majors are possible and may be particularly appropriate for specific engineering specialties, such as chemical or computer engineering. These majors may require additional time at Berry.

Requirements

At Berry your education will include at least 93 semester hours in courses that include communication, health and physical education, behavioral and social sciences, humanities and fine arts, and mathematics and natural sciences.

You also need specific courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry and computer science as well as some courses that are specific to each engineering school.  Students who complete the required coursework and meet the minimum GPA requirement are guaranteed transfer admission to the engineering school.  Detailed information about program requirements is available on the Web at http://www.berry.edu/academics/mathsci/physics/engineering/

Interaction with engaged faculty

Faculty members at Berry are focused on exceptional teaching and are interested in getting to know their students. Our smaller class sizes provide a personalized, often firsthand, learning experience, and many students have the opportunity to work with faculty members on research projects.

At the same time, Berry’s faculty members are active, published researchers with varied interests. Physics faculty members, for example, conduct research in theoretical, computational, and experimental physics.

Great facilities

Berry’s science and mathematics programs are housed in a state-of-the-art science center that was specifically designed to maximize opportunities for hands-on learning. The laboratories are ultramodern and designed to stimulate interactive learning. The classrooms are spacious and encourage direct faculty/student interaction. 

A tradition of success

Berry has maintained a dual-degree engineering program with Georgia Tech for many years (the program with SPSU just started in 2014).  Our dual-degree engineering students have been very successful when they make the transition from Berry to the Georgia Tech engineering program. We hear from both our students themselves and from officials at Georgia Tech that Berry students are well prepared to succeed. In fact, the program coordinator consistently rates them the best of Georgia Tech’s dual-degree students. 

For More Information

If you need more information concerning Berry’s dual-degree engineering program, contact Dr. Todd Timberlake at ttimberlake@berry.edu.