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3-2 Engineering Process


Student Responsibilities Calendar and Checklist

During Your Sophomore Year at Geneseo
  1. Ensure that your GPA will be adequate for the school(s) you are interested in.
  2. Ensure that you register for the appropriate courses to ensure not only that you can transfer, but that you will eventually obtain your Geneseo degree. See your department advisor or the Bulletin for more info.
  3. Consider visiting some of the cooperative engineering schools.
During Your Junior Year at Geneseo
  1. During the Fall semester, complete the 3-2 application form and return it to Dr. Pogo (due December 17). The information will be examined, and if it is acceptable, letters of recommendation will be mailed to the cooperative schools in early January.
  2. Depending on the engineering school, you may require letters of recommendation from other Geneseo faculty. It is your responsibility to locate suitable faculty and request letters from them.
  3. You must request any necessary application/transfer forms and any desired financial aid forms from the cooperative school(s). Prior to the end of the Fall semester, you should complete these and send them directly to the cooperative schools.
    You are not required to pay an application fee to these schools. Instead, write "3-2 Engineering Program" in large letters at the top of the application/transfer form.
    If the school requires a Geneseo transcript, then you are responsible for sending it.
  4. During the Spring semester, you must complete a Leave of Absence form. Forms are available from the Vice President for Student and Campus Life Office (Erwin 108). Be sure to indicate a 2-year leave of absence. This will allow you to return to Geneseo without reapplying if you change your mind after starting at the partner institution, and it will keep you on Geneseo's official list of students until you are awarded your Geneseo degree.

While at the Cooperative Institution

  1. You must make sure you continue to take the correct courses towards your Geneseo degree while at the engineering school. In the typical case, most students need to take at least two courses at the 300+ level with an "engineering" prefix in order to complete their Geneseo degree. Note that "math" prefix courses will not count towards your Geneseo science major! Also, classes in fields like "operations research", which might be offered by a department located within the school's School of Engineering, will not count towards your Geneseo science degree. The classes that can be counted towards your Geneseo degree must have a clear topical connection to your Geneseo major. So, you need to take engineering classes that are more like physics classes than like math or business classes. If you can't tell ahead of time whether a class at the engineering school will be able to transfer into your Geneseo major, you should check with me or your Geneseo department chair before assuming it will be OK.
  2. During your final semester, you must login to Geneseo's Knightweb system and complete a Geneseo Request for Bachelorís Degree Form. If you have issues accessing the online form while at the engineering school, you should contact both  Dr. Pogo and the SUNY Geneseo registrar for assistance ( (585-245-5566).
  3. After you have officially graduated from the engineering school, you must send an official copy of your final engineering transcript to Geneseo. It must clearly indicate that your engineering degree was awarded (as opposed to being "in progress"). You should send it to the Geneseo Registrar's office, and also send Dr. Pogo an email (or a copy) to tell him that it's on it's way.

Core Requirements at Geneseo

To obtain your Geneseo degree, you must meet all of the Geneseo core requirements, as specified in the Geneseo Bulletin for your freshman year. With prior approval of the Geneseo department offering the core course, or the Geneseo Deanís office, it may be possible to transfer credit for some core courses to Geneseo from the cooperative school. Your Geneseo transcript must show credit for INTD 105, HUMN 220, and HUMN 221 before leaving Geneseo.