Dual-Degree Engineering Minor

Engineering gives students the opportunity to be simultaneously creative and practical. They can combine the principles learned in science and mathematics with the methods and techniques of engineering to develop theory, models and applications. The Dual-Degree Engineering Minor is meant to develop a foundation preparing the student for further study and a career in engineering.

Engineering schools require that many general science and mathematics courses be completed at The College of Idaho before a student transfers under the dual-degree engineering program. Therefore it is recommended that students complete a mathematics or mathematics-physics major if interested in the dual-degree engineering minor. (Note: Choosing a major other than mathematics or mathematics-physics will likely result in the student spending four years at the College of Idaho to complete their major. Upper-level coursework from the engineering institution will transfer back to The College of Idaho to fulfill the mathematics or mathematics-physics major requirements. Please see the dual-degree Engineering requirements for affiliated institutions.) Students can fulfill two PEAKS upon completion of this minor: Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Professional Studies.

Minor Requirements:

  • Completion of at least 9 upper-level (above 300) credits in mathematics or physics.
  • Acceptance to an approved engineering program. 

The required courses specific to the dual-degree engineering minor depend upon the engineering field and the engineering institution. Every student completing this minor should closely consult with a dual-degree engineering advisor to choose appropriate College of Idaho courses. 

The following courses are required for most fields of engineering and most computer science programs:

Suggested courses for different engineering fields are included below.

Biological Systems Engineering

Chemical Engineering


Civil Engineering

Computer Engineering


Computer Science

Electrical Engineering


Environmental Engineering

Mechanical Engineering


Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will gain skills and concepts necessary to understand the principles and practice of engineering.
  • Students will develop problem solving and analysis skills appropriate for the field.
  • Students will communicate science and engineering ideas both orally and in writing.