Dual-Degree Engineering


Berry College maintains dual-degree programs with the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Kennesaw State University.  In both of these programs, the student is scheduled to attend Berry for approximately three years (six semesters). Then the student will transfer to the engineering school and take courses there for approximately two years (four, possibly five additional semesters). At the end of that period, the student will have earned two baccalaureate degrees, one from Berry and one from the engineering school.

Under these programs, students have the option of choosing a major or not choosing a major at Berry.   The Applied Physics major is designed specifically for DDE students and can usually be completed without additional time at Berry.  Other majors may also be appropriate but may require additional time at Berry.  If the student does not choose a major, the Berry degree will be in dual-degree engineering. The student is not limited in a choice of engineering specialty, although some specialties require certain additional courses at Berry and some may require an extra semester at the engineering school.

For more information, please contact the dual-degree engineering coordinator: Dr. Todd Timberlake, Campus Box 5004 Mount Berry, GA 30149-5004, 706-368-5622, ttimberlake@berry.edu, McAllister Hall 338A. A general description of the requirements for the programs with both Georgia Tech and KSU is given below, followed by requirements that are specific for each school.

General Dual-degree Engineering Requirements

Students must complete all of the requirements for a B.S. degree listed in the Berry College Catalog with the following exceptions:

  1. The student must complete an engineering major at the engineering school before receiving a degree from Berry College.  The requirements for the engineering major may be completed at the engineering school.  Students who intend to complete a major at Berry must satisfy all requirements for that major, including at least 15 hours of 300/400 level courses taken at Berry.
  2. Students must complete 93 semester hours of credit at Berry College before transferring to the engineering school and must complete a total of 124 semester hours before receiving their Berry degree.
  3. Students need not complete their last two semesters in residence at Berry College (since they will be enrolled at the engineering school during those semesters). 

Dual-degree engineering students must complete all other Berry College B.S. degree requirements, including Foundations requirements, writing-intensive coursework, and an appropriate number of cultural events.

Dual-degree engineering students must complete all required coursework and meet the minimum GPA requirements for transfer to the engineering school in the desired engineering field.  Detailed requirements for each school are given below, but the following courses are required for all dual-degree engineering students. 

Required Dual-degree Engineering Courses 44 hours
PHY 211 General Physics I with Calculus 3-2-4
PHY 212 General Physics II with Calculus 3-2-4
PHY 321I
Computational Methods of Physics
4-0-4
CHM 108 General Chemistry I 3-3-4
CHM 109 General Chemistry II 3-3-4
MAT 201 Calculus I 4-0-4
MAT 202 Calculus II 4-0-4
MAT 203 Multivariable Calculus 4-0-4
MAT 304 Differential Equations 3-0-3
MAT 303 Linear Algebra 3-0-3
CSC 120 Designing Programs: Problem-solving and Abstraction 3-2-4
2nd WI course Another 300-level or higher WI course

3-0-3

or greater

 

By taking these courses students will complete Berry’s Foundations 2a and 4d requirements.  Dual-degree engineering students must also complete a second writing composition course, in addition to the RHW 102 course that is part of Berry’s Foundations requirements.  This composition requirement may be fulfilled by taking RHW 101, by submitting an appropriate writing sample (from PHY 321I or another writing-intensive course), by completing an online writing course through eCore, or by completing an advanced composition course at Berry.

Requirements for the Dual-degree Engineering Program with Georgia Tech

Additional requirements for the DDE program with Georgia Tech are given below.  Students should consider these requirements as they plan their courses at Berry.  In some cases students can use a single course to fulfill a Berry requirement (for example, a Foundations requirement) and one of these Georgia Tech requirements.

  1. The student must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher when applying to transfer to Georgia Tech as a DDE student.  The student also must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the required math and lab science courses.  Some engineering fields require 3.3 or higher GPAs.  Note that Georgia Tech does not use plus/minus grading, so all grades should be converted to A, B, C, etc. before computing GPA.  Only required courses that transfer to Georgia Tech should be used in computing GPA.  Transfer equivalencies can be found using Georgia Tech's Online Transfer Equivalency Database.  Mathematics courses below Calculus (MAT 105 or 120) do not transfer.  MAT 111 transfers as a business course, not a math course.  Computer science courses are not considered in the math/science GPA, although they do count toward the overall GPA.
  2. Georgia Tech requires a course in Economics.  This requirement can be fulfilled by Berry's ECO 110 course.
  3. Georgia Tech requires a course in American history or government.  This requirement can be fulfilled by either Berry's HIS 120 or GOV 211 courses.
  4. Students interested in industrial and systems engineering should consider taking MAT 219 (Discrete Math) and an additional science elective, to prepare for the Linear and Discrete Math course required for this major at Georgia Tech.
  5. Students must apply for transfer admission to Georgia Tech before the application deadline.  The application for Fall admission is available from January 15 until March 1.  The application for Spring admission is available August 1 to October 1.  See Georgia Tech's Transfer Admission page for more details.

For more information, please consult the Georgia Tech Dual Degree Admissions page and Georgia Tech's Dual-degree Engineering page.

Requirements for the Dual-degree Engineering Program with kennesaw State University

Additional requirements for the DDE program with KSU are given below.  Students should consider these requirements as they plan their courses at Berry.  In some cases students can use a single course to fulfill a Berry requirement (for example, a General Education requirement) and one of these KSU requirements.

  1. The student must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher to be admitted to KSU as a transfer student.  However, the student must have a GPA of 2.7 or higher in required courses to be admitted to engineering candidacy (which allows you to take engineering courses) in their chosen engineering field.  Required courses vary depending on the field, so students should discuss requirements with their advisor or the DDE coordinator.  Note that KSU does not use plus/minus grading, so all grades should be converted to A, B, C, etc. before computing GPA.  Only courses that transfer to KSU should be used in computing GPAs.  Transfer equivalencies can be found using KSU's Online Transfer Equivalency Database.
  2. KSU requires a course in Probability and Statistics.  This requirement can be fulfilled by Berry's MAT 111 course.
  3. Students must take the following courses in order to fulfill General Education requirements at KSU.  Note that many of these courses will satisfy Foundations requirements at Berry.
    1. RHW 102 (satisfies KSU A1 requirement)
    2. COM 203, PHI 150, or PHI 152 (satisfies KSU B2 requirement)
    3. ENG literature: 201, 210, 211, 214, 220, or 221 (satisfies KSU C1 requirement)
    4. MUS 215 or THE 201 (satisfies KSU C2 requirement)
    5. GOV 211 (satisfies KSU E1 requirement)
    6. HIS 120 (satisfies KSU E2 requirement)
    7. HIS 154 or 155 (satisfies KSU E3 requirement)
    8. PSY 101 or SOC 200 (satisfies KSU E4 requirement)
  4. Some engineering fields (computer, electrical, mechanical, and industrial & systems engineering) require a probability and statistics course.  This requirement can be fulfilled by Berry's MAT 311 course.
  5. Students interested in environmental engineering should take BIO 111. Students interested in industrial & systems engineering should take ACC 201. 
  6. Students must apply for transfer admission to KSU before the application deadline.  The deadline to apply for Fall admission is June 17.  The deadline to apply for Spring admission is November 6.  See KSU's Transfer Admission page for more details.

For more information, please consult KSU's Engineering page.