LHU expands 3+2 engineering program

LOCK HAVEN — Engineers use knowledge of the principles of science and mathematics to develop solutions to technical problems. They help to meet society’s needs by connecting scientific discoveries and commercial applications. As it turns out, there are numerous pathways to a career in engineering available at Lock Haven University.

The pre-engineering program has been available at the university since the early 1990s. In this program, students complete the first three years of coursework focusing on physics, chemistry, mathematics and general education courses as well as learning engineering graphics. The students then transfer to an engineering school to complete two years of engineering coursework. When all of the required coursework is complete, students will earn a degree in engineering from the chosen engineering school and a bachelor’s degree in physics.

Through this program, students have gone to universities such as the University of Maryland, Temple University, Georgia Tech and Drexel University and completed engineering degrees in fields such as mechanical, civil, electrical, aerospace, petroleum, nuclear engineering and others.

Reuben McClelland graduated from Lock Haven University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in physics. Through the engineering 3+2 program, he then went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University. He is now employed by HF Lenz, Johnstown, as a mechanical engineer (HVAC design).

“I chose Lock Haven for the small town feel and small class sizes. There were always opportunities for one-on-one interaction with professors,” McClelland said. “The transition to Penn State was seamless and I was able to complete the program in the prescribed time.”

Mathew Bechdel, a 2011 graduate, said he enjoyed physics classes in high school, and learned about the 3+2 program while attending an open house. Bechdel is now employed by First Quality, McElhattan, as a process engineer in manufacturing.

In recent years, the university developed new agreements with several engineering programs that provide guaranteed spots for students who meet certain qualifications. Lock Haven University has official articulation agreements with Penn State University’s main campus and the Behrend campus, that cover a wide array of engineering fields.

In addition, Lock Haven University recently established articulation agreements with West Virginia University and University of Pittsburgh allowing our students who fulfill relevant GPA requirements to formally be admitted to complete the last two years of their engineering degree.