The Engineering programs at Jacksonville University are dual degree in nature and are aimed at earning two college degrees (usually in five years, as long as the student enters JU at or above a Calculus I level and makes satisfactory progress through the program each semester). To implement these programs, JU has established affiliations with seven of the most prestigious engineering institutions in the nation: Columbia University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Florida, University of Miami, Mercer University, Washington University in St. Louis and Stevens Institute of Technology.  Students may also transfer to engineering programs at other regionally accredited colleges and universities, so long as they make appropriate arrangements with officials at JU and the selected school. It is strongly recommended that students pursue completing their engineering degrees at ABET-accredited programs to allow them to pursue PE licensure.

Some of the most popular engineering majors possible through the dual degree programs include aerospace, architectural, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial, materials, mechanical, manufacturing, nuclear, ocean and petroleum engineering.

The dual degree programs provide a much stronger and broader foundation (not only in natural sciences and mathematics, but also in the liberal arts and fine arts) than is available in traditional engineering curricula. This broad background is particularly advantageous in assisting students to see more clearly how their selected engineering specialties meet the present and future societal needs and how to effectively communicate their views to peers, clients, and the public at large. Furthermore, such a diverse background gives the graduates of these programs a flexibility to change careers as needed. In addition to the diversity of majors, the possession of two college degrees will help the graduates of these programs to compete and win better opportunities and higher salaries in the job market. For more detailed information on these programs, you may refer to the departmental engineering Website:

The Jacksonville University dual degree program offers the following four degree options:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering mathematics
  • Engineering physics

Students participating in the dual degree engineering programs usually study for three years at JU (or four, if they enter JU below a Calculus I level or do not make satisfactory progress through the program each semester) and then transfer to the affiliated institution (AI) of their choice in an engineering discipline of interest, usually for two additional years. Upon the completion of the requirements listed for any of the four options and completion of the engineering program at the AI, the participants will receive both their engineering degree and JU degree at the end of the program. Students must apply to graduate from JU in order to receive their JU degree. The majority of AIs require an overall GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 for transfer into their engineering programs and some require a GPA of 3.0 in science and mathematics courses. The affiliated institutions offer a wide spectrum of engineering degree options. Details regarding transfer requirements and programs are available at the departmental engineering Website ( and the AIs' Websites.

The engineering physics and engineering mathematics options can be coupled with any engineering major of choice. The chemistry option can be coupled with biomedical, chemical, petroleum or any other engineering major sharing a considerable overlap in curricula. The biology option can be coupled with biomedical, bioengineering, or any other relevant engineering discipline sharing a common academic background.

Students who decide to stay at JU and defer their engineering studies to a future date can finish the four-year curriculum of their chosen options offered by the respective departments. Students who transfer to Jacksonville University with approved college credits may shorten their time of residency at JU, depending on the set of courses for which they receive credit.



Outlines of the generic curricula for the four options of the dual degree programs are shown in the following section; however, participants must follow the detailed course-by-course listings in which the proper order of the courses are indicated for each semester. These detailed lists are available in the Engineering Programs office and on the engineering website.

Core Requirements

Code Course Credit
CS 170 Introduction to Scientific & Engineering Programming 3
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENGL 103 Introductory Writing 3
ENGL 203 World Literature 3
HIST 150 Modern World History1 3
HUM xxx Any Interdisciplinary Humanities course 3
IS xxx International Studies 3
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
XX xxx Fine Arts (Any ARH, ART, DANC, MUS, FVA or THEA course) 3
XX xxx​ Social Science (Choose one course from: GEOG 200, ​ 3​
POL 205 or 208, PSYC 201 or SOC 203)
                                                                                             Subtotal:​ 30​

1. Georgia Tech-bound students take HIST 206 or 207 instead of HIST 150 and take ENGL 101, MATH 320, and MATH 351 in addition to the above courses.

Science and Mathematics Requirements

Code Course Credit
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II 4
MATH 140 Calculus I 4
MATH 141 Calculus II 4
MATH 300 Calculus III 4
MATH 331 Differential Equations 3
PHYS 151 General Physics: Mechanics 4
PHYS 152 General Physics: Electricity & Magnetism 4
                                                                                           Subtotal:​ 31​

Engineering Requirements

Code Course Credit
EE 340 Instrumentation Lab 1
EE 370 Circuit Analysis 3
ME 100 Engineering Orientation 2
ME 170​ Engineering Graphics​ 2-4​
  and/or 270​ Computer-Aided​ Drafting & Design
ME 201 Mechanics, Statics 3
ME 300WS Technical Communication 3
ME 301 Mechanics, Dynamics 3
ME 322 Thermodynamics 3
                                                                                         Subtotal:​ 20-22​

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Biology + Biomedical Engineering Major
The Biology option is designed to provide a strong foundation for Biomedical Engineering or Bioengineering and in certain cases for students to enter medical schools after the completion of the dual degree requirements. The biology major can be coupled with other selected engineering fields that have considerable overlap of courses and interests. In such cases, permission from the biology department should be obtained through the Director of the Engineering Programs. The following additional courses are required to qualify participants for the Jacksonville University BS degree in this option. However, the JU degree will be awarded after the requirements for the engineering portion are completed at the affiliated institutions.

Code Course Credit
BIOL 208 Introduction to Cellular, Genetic and Molecular Biology 4
CHEM 301/L Organic Chemistry I/Lab 4
CHEM 302/L Organic Chemistry II/Lab 4
BIOL 309 Animal Physiology 4
BIOL 305
or 402WR
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
or Cell Biology
Subtotal:​ 20-21​
Total:​ 101-104​
Chemistry + Any Engineering Major
Although no restriction is imposed, the Chemistry option will best match chemical engineering, petroleum engineering, materials engineering, biomedical engineering, and bioengineering. The following additional courses are required to qualify participants for the Jacksonville University BS degree in this option. However, the JU degree will be awarded after the requirements for the engineering portion are completed at the affiliated institution.


Code Course Credit
CHEM 222 Analytical Chemistry 4
CHEM 301/L Organic Chemistry I/Lab 4
CHEM 302/L Organic Chemistry II/Lab 4
CHEM 323 Instrumental Analysis 4
MATH 351 Applied Mathematics 3
PHYS xxx Physics Elective 3
Subtotal:​ 22​
​ Total: 103-105​

Engineering Mathematics + Any Engineering Major                                                                                                                      Engineering Mathematics has become the second most popular option. Many students prefer this major because it provides a strong mathematical background essential for a good engineering program and relates well to many engineering subjects. The following additional courses are required to qualify participants for the Jacksonville University BS degree in this option. However, the JU degree will be awarded after the requirements for the engineering portion are completed at the affiliated institution.

Code Course Credit
MATH 220WI Mathematics & Reasoning 3
MATH 305 Mathematical Statistics 3
MATH 320 Linear Algebra 3
MATH 351 Applied Mathematics 3
MATH 354 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations and Modeling 3
MATH 430 Reading List 2
PHYS 203 Intermediate Modern Physics 4
                                                                                         Subtotal:​ 21​
​                                                                                               Total: 102-104​


Engineering Physics + Any Engineering Major
Engineering Physics is the most popular dual degree option because physics is the strongest foundation for the majority of the engineering disciplines. It also is the shortest route to obtaining an engineering degree because of the vast overlap of its coverage. The following additional courses are required to qualify participants for the Jacksonville University BS degree in this option. However, the JU degree will be awarded after the requirements for the engineering portion are completed at the affiliated institution.

Code Course Credit
PHYS 150 General Physics: Waves, Optics & Modern Physics 4
PHYS 203 Int​ermediate Modern Physics 4
PHYS 410SI/WI Physics Seminar 1
​PHYS xxx ​Physics Elective ​3
Subtotal: ​ 12​
Total: 93-95

To enter any of the above programs at JU, the applicant must declare engineering as his or her major. In order to transfer to the affiliated institutions, the student must complete the JU phase of the program and complete the appropriate paperwork including the proper application forms. The students must closely consult with and seek advice from the Director of the Engineering Programs.


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  • ​It is highly recommended that all the Engineering Dual Degree (EDD) students register every semester for the required courses suggested for that semester. Serious conflicts may result if the suggested sequence of courses is altered. Semester-by-semester course plans are available in the EDD office and on the departmental website. In case of conflicts among courses, the academic advisor or program director should be consulted.
  • Particularly, a freshman engineering student who does not take a mathematics course in each semester of the freshman year is generally not considered to be making satisfactory progress toward completion of the program.
  • Engineering students should not take MATH 112, as it does not serve as a prerequisite in the traditional calculus sequence.
  • It is highly recommended that each EDD freshman purchase a laptop with at least the following specifications: 2 GB RAM, Dual Processor, Windows 7, and 100GB HD. Students are reminded that they can purchase Microsoft Office Professional Plus (2010 or 2011) including MS Word, Excel, Power Point and more for a discounted price (contact IT for more information). They should consider this an investment that will immensely aid their undergraduate education in all fields specifically in engineering, mathematics and sciences.


Due to updates in the academic requirements of Jacksonville University and our affiliated institutions, some minor conflicts in the transfer requirements may appear at short notice. In order for the dual degree students to have a smoother transfer process they must review the following information and take appropriate actions at least one year before they transfer.

  • Students must regularly examine the most up-to-date transfer requirements of the affiliated institution of their choice versus the JU dual degree requirements and in case of conflict should discuss the issues with the Director of the Engineering Programs to resolve the discrepancies.
  • Students who transfer to Georgia Tech:
    • Must take HIST 206 or HIST 207 instead of HIST 150.
    • Must also take ENGL 101 in addition to ENGL 103 and ENGL 203.
    • Must take MATH 320 and MATH 351.
    • Should preferably take both ME 170 and ME 270.
    • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in mathematics. A grade of C signals weakness in mathematics.
  • Students who transfer to the University of Florida must complete the language requirement in addition to the other transfer requirements long before applying for admission. They must constantly check the transfer requirements of UF on their website.
  • Students who transfer to Columbia University must read the transfer requirements on the CU website, on the most recent institutional contract, the JU-to-Columbia Curriculum Guide (available on the program Website) and consult with the dual degree program director at least a year before transferring to Columbia University. It is important to understand that:
    • Different departments require slightly different pre-requisites than those listed for our dual degree curricula.
    • Some programs require students to take MATH 320 (Linear Algebra) and MATH 331 (Differential Equations).
    • Chemical Engineering major requires CHEM 301 in addition to CHEM 103 and CHEM 104. It is preferred to take CHEM 302 as well.
  • Students who pursue mechanical engineering, civil engineering, aerospace engineering, industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering and similar fields must take both ME 170 and ME 270.



Students seeking a combination of a BS in liberal arts, mathematics or natural sciences, and a Master of Science in engineering in five to six years should follow the four-year version of the dual degree options or other programs approved by the Director of the Engineering Programs. The acceptance of such students into graduate school depends on the initiative of the individual participant and is not based on any institutional contracts such as the dual degree programs. Several dual degree students have completed the four-year version of the dual degree options in less than four years and have been admitted to the graduate engineering programs at the affiliated institutions.

For further information or questions, please contact the Office of Admission.


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