Partnerships with Other Institutions

Some Wells programs enable students to earn two degrees in five years. Known as 3/2 or 4+1 programs, these plans usually require three years of study at Wells followed by two years of study at an affiliated institution.

General Requirements

  1. Application for acceptance into an articulation program must be made to the appropriate major program, and a Major Declaration must be filed no later than the end of the first year at Wells College.
  2. Major requirements and Comprehensive Evaluation commitments should be arranged through the major program faculty at the time of declaration.
  3. The approval of the Academic Standing and Advising Committee is required for participation in the program. A major GPA of 3.0 or better is generally required.
  4. Graduation arrangements should be completed during the fourth year; students in articulation programs may march in Commencement at the end of their fourth year.
  5. Although the Wells degree includes the work of the fourth year, no Wells financial aid is available the fourth year. It is the student's responsibility to see that all official transcripts are sent to the Registrar's Office prior to receipt of the Wells degree.


B.A. from Wells (major in Economics and Management) + M.B.A. or M.S. from Clarkson University

Advisor: Professor Uddin
Wells has a formal articulation agreement with Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, under which Wells students graduating with a B.A. and who have taken the required business foundation courses specified in the agreement may apply for a one-year M.B.A./M.S.M.S. program at Clarkson University. If accepted, students can complete the program within one academic year.

The Clarkson M.B.A. program is intensive and rigorous with an integrated curriculum that focuses on the global environment, technology in the work place, teamwork, leadership, and integrity. Tracks within the M.B.A. program other than the general M.B.A. are global supply chain management, environmental management, and innovation and new venture management.


B.A./B.S. from Wells + D.C. from Northeast College of Health Sciences

Students wishing to pursue a career as a chiropractor can obtain a B.S. in health sciences (or other appropriate degree) from Wells in either three or four years. This is followed by an additional three years at the Northeast College of Health Sciences — formerly known as the New York Chiropractic College — in nearby Seneca Falls, N.Y., where they will complete a doctor of chiropractic degree.

Students must earn a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average at Wells and earn a minimum of 'C' in all specified courses. Those entering Northeast with a GPA of 3.0 to 3.499 automatically receive an NYCC merit scholarship of $1,500, and those with a GPA of 3.5 or higher receive a $2,500 scholarship.

Students must apply to the Northeast College of Health Sciences at least one year in advance of their desired entrance date and complete all NYCC application requirements. Up to 20 semester hours of a candidate's pre-professional requirements can be earned through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and certain other college proficiency exams. Credits must be granted by an accredited, degree-bearing institution; please note, however, that science prerequisites cannot be satisfied through examination programs. For more details, please visit Northeast College's website.


B.A. from Wells + M.A.T. or M.S. from the University of Rochester

Director: Susan Wansor
Wells College has a formal agreement with the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education at the University of Rochester. We have developed a 4+1 program (4 years at Wells and 1 year at the Warner School) for Wells College undergraduates that would result in a B.A. from Wells College and a Master's degree from the Warner School. This program would also meet all the academic requirements for obtaining Professional Teaching Certification from New York State. It is appropriate for two types of Wells students:

  • those who will have completed their initial certification within their bachelor's degree program, but who need a master's degree for professional certification, and
  • those students who decided to pursue a teaching career at Wells but it is too late to obtain their initial teaching certification as part of their bachelor's degree. The Warner program offers these students the option of completing both their certification and their master's degree at the same time.

Wells students can apply either during their junior or senior year. One advantage of the program is that Wells students may apply for early admission during their junior year, an opportunity not afforded to students from other undergraduate colleges. Wells students admitted to the program may begin taking classes at the Warner School during the summers after both their junior and senior years.


B.A. in Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Environmental Science, or Biological and Chemical Sciences from Wells + B.S. in Engineering from either Clarkson University or Columbia University

Advisor: Professor Heinekamp
Wells students interested in engineering may combine technical courses with the more broadening experience of study at a liberal arts college by undertaking the 3/2 program in engineering.

The arrangements with Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York and Columbia University in New York City lead to the B.A. from Wells College, as well as a B.S. in engineering from these universities. A student may easily arrange, with the approval of the Engineering Committee, a program with engineering colleges other than those with formal 3/2 arrangements with Wells.

The major at Wells is ordinarily physics, followed by study in the area of interest within the engineering field at the coordinate institution (in some cases, an alternative Wells science major would be more appropriate). After three years at Wells, a student transfers to the coordinate institution. There, in the fourth year, any remaining Wells B.A. requirements are completed as part of the engineering curriculum. At the end of the fifth year, the Bachelor of Science in engineering from the university will be awarded, along with a degree from Wells. Exceptionally talented students may earn the master's degree in engineering at Columbia University by completing additional courses during summer sessions.

Students will complete all major and distribution requirements of Wells College before entering Columbia. They may seek an exception to this requirement by writing to the SEAS Dean (School of Engineering and Applied Science). The request must be accompanied by a letter of support from the dual-degree engineering director at the participating institution. Exceptions will be made at the sole discretion of the SEAS's dean.

NURSING (4+1+2)

B.A. or B.S. from Wells + B.S. in Nursing and a Nurse Practitioner Master's from University of Rochester

Advisor: Pre-health Advising Group
Wells has an early acceptance program with University of Rochester School of Nursing program. Students will complete a B.A./B.S. at Wells, including prerequisites for nursing courses. After graduation, students will spend one year earning a B.S. in nursing and then move on to enter the Nurse Practitioner master's program at U of R, which can be completed in two years.

Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and can choose to end the program after earning the B.S. in Nursing.


B.S. from Wells + Pharm.D from Binghamton University

AdvisorProfessor Burwell
Based on mutual respect for the integrity of parallel programs and an in effort to better serve students intending to pursue a doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D) degree from Binghamton University's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Wells College and Binghamton have developed an articulation agreement. This arrangement creates the opportunity for the successful completion of both the entry into Binghamton University's doctor of pharmacy program and the requirements to confer the bachelor of science degree in biological sciences: health sciences from Wells College. The agreement is based on a mutual commitment by Wells College and Binghamton University to support the preparation of outstanding pharmacy professionals. Students should consult the Binghamton University Bulletin for specific information about program requirements and admissions requirements for the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Information regarding degree requirements and degree conferral for Wells College may be found elsewhere within this course catalog.

Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences agrees to grant admission to the Pharm.D program at Binghamton University, provided that specific criteria are met. At the completion of the first professional year at Binghamton University, select courses from the Pharm.D curriculum will transfer back to Wells College, fulfilling the remaining degree requirements for a B.S. in biological sciences: health sciences. Please contact the Wells College registrar's office at 315.364.3215 or for more information.