Dual-Degree Engineering

Why study dual-degree engineering?

This partnership program builds on math and science with a liberal arts education that better prepares future engineers to deal with cultural, economic, psychological and environmental constraints on modern design.

  • Students receive a Bachelor of Arts from Augustana and bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering from the partner institution — Columbia University, in New York City, New York; Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; or South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota.
  • Students benefit from Augustana’s small but rigorous courses, nationally recognized physics instruction and undergraduate research opportunities. Through the engineering partner schools, students gain access to the resources,  specialized expertise and networking available at larger institutions.
  • The program has historically produced outstanding career outcomes.
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The university is excited to announce that the Augustana Physics Department has secured more than $595,000 in grant renewals from the Mathematics and Physical Science Division of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) for undergraduate research. The funding will help sustain excellence, facilitate growth and cultivate innovative and impactful teaching, learning and research.

Augustana University is excited to announce a new STEM Scholars Program made possible through a more than $30,000 Project Innovation Grant (PIG) from the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC).


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The dual-degree program has provided exceptionally strong career outcomes.

The demand for engineers that combine outstanding technical abilities with some of the “softer” skills inherent in a liberal arts education is always strong. Students gain a liberal arts understanding of the relationships of their technology to economic, social and political forces — leaving them prepared to meet the challenges of ever-changing modern engineering research and development.


Augustana physics and dual-degree alumni have gone on to find employment at many exciting and influential organizations, both large and small.

Graduates can secure careers in aerospace, chemical, civil, electrical, geological, industrial, mechanical, nuclear and safety engineering.

Hands-On Learning

Augustana excels at providing undergraduate research experience for its physics and dual-degree engineering students through Augustana-based research and finding internship and research experiences off-campus.

Courses & Organizations

There are three main parts to the dual-degree program, which include:

  • SOPHIA general requirements
  • Augustana major requirements
  • Prerequisites and GPA requirements specified by the particular school and engineering program

Some departments may allow one or more courses to be transferred back from the engineering school to complete major requirements. Preparatory courses at Augustana depend upon the engineering school selected and which specific program students wish to enter. Students should speak with their academic advisor or the physics department if interested in this program.

Dual-degree students often participate in these campus groups:

    Degree Options

    Program Area Affiliated Schools
    Washington University
    (St. Louis)
    South Dakota State University
    Aerospace Engineering   M.S.  
    Applied Mathematics B.S.    
    Applied Physics B.S.    
    Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering      
    Biomedical Engineering B.S. (a) B.S., M.S.  
    Chemical Engineering B.S. B.S.  
    Civil Engineering B.S.    
    Civil and Environmental Engineering     B.S.
    Computer Engineering B.S. B.S., M.E., M.S.  (c)  
    Computer Science B.S. B.S., M.S., M.E. (c)  
    Construction Management   M.E.  
    Control Engineering   M.E.     
    Cybersecurity Engineering   M.S.  
    Data Analytics & Statistics   M.S.  
    Earth and Environmental Engineering B.S.    
    Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering   M.E.  
    Electrical Engineering B.S. B.S., M.S.  
    Engineering Management B.S. M.S.  
    Engineering Mechanics B.S.    
    Imaging Systems   M.S.  
    Industrial Engineering and Operations Research B.S.  (b)    
    Information Systems Management   M.I.S.  
    Materials Science and Engineering B.S. M.S.  
    Mechanical Engineering B.S. B.S., M.E. B.S.
    Operations Research B.S.    
    Systems Science and Engineering   B.S., M.S.