Program Overview

Engineering, 3-2

Students in Oberlin’s 3-2 Engineering major will develop not just the requisite grounding in science and mathematics, but also the creativity, communication skills, problem solving mindset, and sensitivity to real problems that are hallmarks of successful engineers. Majors pursue studies in the liberal arts, including mathematics and sciences, during three years at Oberlin. They later complete an accredited schedule of engineering courses during two years at an affiliated engineering school. Oberlin’s partner schools are California Institute of Technology (Caltech; Pasadena), Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland), Columbia University (New York), and Washington University (St. Louis).

A student works with a small, wheeled robot.
Kate Hull '18 spent Winter Term with professor Patrick Simen building a Lego robot and teaching aid.
Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Program Facts

  • Program Type: Major
    • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Program Director

Taylor Allen,
Associate Professor of Biology


Affiliated Faculty

Taylor Allen

Associate Professor of Biology

Science & Engineering Projects

At Oberlin, we believe the best liberal arts education has a strong science component and that the best science education happens in a liberal arts setting. Here you will find a rigorous science program that offer small class sizes, close partnerships with professors, interdisciplinary seminars, and opportunities for lab and field research, internships and more.

The Sciences at Oberlin

Three students at a workbench make adjustments to a device that includes a bicycle seat and an enclosed vessel
Oberlin 3-2 Engineering students construct a steam-powered scooter aimed at reaching speeds of 15 to 20 miles per hour.
Photo credit: Janine Bentivegna

Engineering, 3-2 News

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May 22, 2014

At the final event for Oberlin's entrepreneurial initiative, LaunchU, participants gave presentations on why their projects deserved funding.
Hershkowitz presenting at the Pitch Competition

Engineering Internships

Want to get more from your education? You may arrange engineering internships with companies during January. In addition, Washington University offers intensive courses in several engineering fields during January, and you can take one of these toward your Oberlin winter term credit.

landscape view of oberlin science center