3/2 and 4+1 Programs

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

General Requirements for 3/2 Programs

  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.

Education (4 + 1)

B.A. Wells/M.A.T. or M.S. University of Rochester
Director: Susan Talbot
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 groups of Wells students:

  • a) those who will have completed their initial certification within their bachelor's degreeĀ program, but who need a master's degree for professional certification, and
  • b) those students who decided to pursue a teaching career too late in their program at Wells to enable them to get 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.

Engineering (3/2): B.A. in Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Environmental Science; or Biological and Chemical Sciences/B.S. in Engineering

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

The arrangements with Cornell University in Ithaca, Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, and Columbia University in New York City, lead to the Bachelor of Arts from Wells College, as well as the Bachelor of Science 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.

Business Administration (4+1)

B.A., Major in Economics and Management/M.B.A. or M.S.M.S.
Advisor: Professor Uddin
Wells has a formal articulation (transfer) 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 and, if accepted, 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.

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