Dual Degree Engineering

Technical know-how only goes so far in an engineering career unless it's backed by the broader skills necessary to create user-friendly design and communicate your ideas. Roanoke's innovative program allows you to combine the intellectual foundation of a liberal arts education with the focused professional training of an engineering degree, giving you a distinct career advantage. Our dual-degree approach is especially advantageous if you want to advance your career into engineering management.

At Roanoke, dual-degree engineering students have access to advanced instruments for research as well as the opportunity to work one-on-one with professors to explore critical questions in their fields.

Students gain practical experience with potential employers through internships and participate in the Engineering Expo, where they meet employers in an informal setting to discuss job opportunities.

Students attend two different campuses and earn two distinct degrees. At Roanoke College, students work toward a B.A. or B.S. degree in physics or a B.S. degree in mathematics. After three years, students transfer to Virginia Tech, where they complete a B.S. degree in an area of engineering of their choice.

Most pre-engineering students pursue majors in physics or mathematics.

Roanoke's dual-degree program is an excellent way to get into Virginia Tech, one of the country's leading engineering schools. 

Roanoke physics majors Cam Cassady '14 and Chris Valentine '15 spent the summer engaged in research at Oak Ridge National Laboratories near Knoxville, Tenn. Under the direction of ORNL scientist Mathew Blackston and Roanoke physics professor Matt Fleenor, their summer research focused on coded-aperture imaging, an indirect technique used in astronomy, medicine and nuclear security to observe materials that emit high energy particles.

“My experience at Roanoke College was one of a kind. All of the professors were very supportive and helped me get a head start on critical thinking skills, which I've noticed that many others transferring into Tech don't have.”

Peyton Lambert ’12, construction engineering and management

Professor Matthew Fleenor | Coordinator, Dual Degree Program

"Our dual-degree students receive a broader, full-scope education that ultimately will help them become better scientists, better colleagues and better engineers," said Dr. Matthew Fleenor. "Today's engineers need creativity, innovation and critical thinking, and there is no substitute for the liberal arts environment in these arenas. We fully believe that the time spent on liberal arts education at the front end is well worth it. Our students who have completed the program say the same."