Do you aspire to design the next generation of computer and electrical technology? Work with government agencies to design sophisticated aircraft, satellites, and military systems? Create a revolution in medical technology that expands the frontiers of health? Or work to harness renewable energy from the wind and sun? If so, then follow your passion and start your career today with an engineering degree through one of Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Engineering Dual Degree Programs.
Engineering programs are in high demand, and an exciting future awaits you at Franciscan. We’ve partnered with top-ranked engineering schools to provide a dual degree program that prepares you to build the world of tomorrow. You’ll lay the foundation for future success in Franciscan University’s faith-filled Catholic learning community, and then finish your advanced technical training at one of our engineering partner schools: The University of Notre Dame, Gannon University, The Catholic University of America, The University of Pittsburgh, and St. Francis University.
Constructing a better world for tomorrow begins with a solid foundation in the faith. Franciscan University of Steubenville provides an exceptional education that will challenge you intellectually, form you professionally, and feed you spiritually. Our core curriculum is ordered toward the integration faith and reason in your classes, giving you the knowledge and practical skills you’ll need to excel as a leader in your future career. They’ll also mentor you in your search for truth, helping you discover and answer God’s call for your life. At Franciscan, you will encounter new ways to grow in your faith through our rich sacramental and devotional life, supportive faith households, and works of mercy, respect for life, and missionary outreaches. A Franciscan education prepares you to dedicate your talents to building up Christ’s kingdom on earth.
Franciscan’s Engineering Dual Degree Programs give you multiple paths toward earning your engineering degree from one of our four partner schools.
Our 2+2 programs with Gannon University, The Catholic University of America, the University of Notre Dame, and Saint Francis University give you the advantage of completing an associate degree from Franciscan in two years, and then transferring to earn your bachelor of science in engineering over the next two years. Our 3+2 program combines with the prestigious University of Notre Dame to give you a bachelor of science in math from Franciscan and a bachelor of science in engineering from Notre Dame.
The University of Notre Dame College of Engineering inspires students to become innovators for the “greater good.” Combining technical inquiry with a creative bent, Notre Dame challenges its students to view their role as future engineers in a manner “consistent with our Catholic mission.” Discover what sets Notre Dame apart as one of the United States’ premiere engineering schools when you choose your degree in aerospace, chemical, civil, or mechanical engineering. You will take courses only from professional faculty and get the chance for hands-on research alongside faculty and graduate students who are world renowned for their work. You will gain invaluable experience from Notre Dame’s engineers as they pioneer solutions in the fight against cancer, the quest for renewable energy, the next generation of communications technology, and many other fields. Nearly all students—98 percent—pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, and nearly 70 percent of students choose full-time employment upon graduation, while the rest opt for graduate school, military careers, or service programs.
Discover the difference you can make by entering Notre Dame with the advantage of a Franciscan education. You will complete Franciscan’s rigorous mathematics, science, pre-engineering, and liberal arts courses in three years, earning a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.6 and a cumulative technical grade-point average of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale, before transferring into Notre Dame’s civil, aerospace, or mechanical engineering program for the next two years. The technical GPA will be calculated from math, physics, science and engineering courses appearing on the student's transcript. Upon completing the 3+2 program, students earn a BS in math from Franciscan and then a BS in either aerospace, chemical, civil, or mechanical engineering from Notre Dame.
Should your interests take you in the direction of chemical engineering, you’ll have the opportunity to enroll in our 3+2 program, where, after the successful completion of three years of Franciscan’s core curriculum, including rigorous chemistry courses, you’ll transfer into Notre Dame’s Chemical Engineering Program. Students on this track earn a bachelor of science in math from Franciscan and then a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Notre Dame.
The Catholic University of America encourages its students to think creatively about engineering, putting a premium on equipping students to solve problems of national and social interest. The CUA School of Engineering is known nationally as a high-quality research institution, with annual funding of over $4 million and a constant flow of doctoral students. With a projected full-time faculty count of 45 by 2017, the School of Engineering offers personalized research and career training opportunities, With small class sizes, state-of-the-art facilities, and partnerships with several government agencies, such as the National Institutes for Health, the CUA School of Engineering will prepare you for an career in biomedical, civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering. You will complete Franciscan’s rigorous mathematics, science, pre-engineering, and liberal arts courses in two years, earning a 3.2 GPA or higher, before transferring into CUA’s biomedical, civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering program for the next two years. Upon completing the 2+2 program, students earn an associate degree from Franciscan and then a BS in either biomedical, civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering from CUA.
Named one of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs,” Gannon University prepares its engineering students to take the lead in developing tomorrow’s economy. You will master your skills, learning with an outstanding faculty, a cutting-edge curriculum, and advanced laboratories—all of which foster a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Graduates have landed careers at premiere companies such as General Electric and Bayer Corporation, or have pursued advanced degrees at prestigious institutions such as Caltech, Harvard, MIT, and more.
Discover the difference you can make by entering Gannon with the advantage of a Franciscan education. Once you complete Franciscan’s rigorous mathematics, science, pre-engineering, and liberal arts courses, earning a 3.0 GPA or higher, you can transfer to Gannon’s Engineering Program. Students earn an associate degree from Franciscan and then a BS in biomedical, electrical (electrical and electronics or computer options), environmental, mechanical, or software engineering from Gannon.
Real world experience through service is the hallmark of engineering at Saint Francis University, the sister school of Franciscan. After two years of formation at Franciscan, you’ll have the chance to pursue a degree in one of the most high-demand engineering fields, learning how to manage ecosystems, restore polluted lands, and protect soil, air, and water resources.
As an ABET-accredited Environmental Engineering Program, Saint Francis regularly places graduates in top organizations dedicated to protecting resources and managing the environment. In fact, 95 percent of Saint Francis University Environmental Engineering grads are either employed or enrolled in graduate school within a year of graduating. Among recent employers are the U.S. Army Core of Engineers, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and Brown and Caldwell Consultants.
The better news? As of 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor reported an average salary of $84,500 for environmental engineers, with the job market expected to grow by 12 percent through 2024.
Stay local with our 2+2 engineering dual degree option with the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, a top 50 engineering school according to U.S. News and World Reports. You’ll earn your AA in Natural Science from Franciscan before pursuing a Civil, Chemical, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering degree from Pitt. Internship, research, and professional opportunities abound, and you won’t have to sacrifice leaving our dynamic Catholic community behind.