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Ripon College offers pre-professional advising in engineering.

A pre-engineering program will prepare students for further education in the field of engineering as they earn a bachelor’s degree in a similar field. Students intending to become engineers may follow one of three plans:

The first option is to complete a bachelor’s degree at Ripon College and then do advanced work leading to a master of science degree in engineering from a technical school.

The second option is to study three years at Ripon and three years at an engineering school; students following this plan receive a bachelor’s degree from Ripon and a master’s degree from a technical school.

The third option is to study three years at Ripon and two years at an engineering school; students following this plan receive bachelor’s degrees from both institutions.

Students in these programs need strong aptitudes in mathematics and science. They also should maintain a high scholastic average in courses taken at Ripon. Consult Brett Barwick for further information regarding this program.

Students interested in combining studies in the biological and physical sciences for graduate studies leading to degrees in bioengineering or medical physics should consult any member of the Health Professions Advisory Committee.

Program Spotlight


Brett Barwick

Brett Barwick

Associate Professor of Physics, Harrison E. Farnsworth 1918 Chair in Physics

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Christina Othon

Associate Professor of Physics

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Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

Advising at Ripon.

Off-Campus Study

Off-campus studies abroad or in the United States are available as semester programs. Students may study at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as part of the Oak Ridge Science Semester Program; or in Wales at Swansea University in the science, mathematics or engineering department. Students also can participate in summer research programs in research universities, national laboratories or industrial laboratories. These programs help students broaden their contact with eminent scientists from around the world.

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.

Unique Opportunities

 The 3-2 Program

The 3-2 engineering program combines three years of the liberal arts and sciences at Ripon with two years of engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute or Washington University in St. Louis. Three years of study at Ripon College followed by two years of engineering study at either school leads to an A.B. degree from Ripon and an engineering bachelor’s degree from the engineering school. Some students opt to complete the A.B. degree at Ripon in four years and study engineering at the graduate level.

The 3-2 Engineering program at Ripon College is designed to meet the needs of a variety of students, including:

Students who understand the value of a liberal arts and sciences education as excellent preparation for further study.

Students who want to take advantage of the many opportunities for participation generally found at a college of Ripon’s size.

Students who are not certain that they want an engineering degree.

Students who are not immediately admitted to the engineering school of their choice.

The faculty advising committee will assist students in their application process and make students aware of requirements and demands of engineering schools and prospective employers.

Independent study

Independent study in physical science, chemistry or mathematics offers students the chance to receive college credit for work on individual projects dealing with engineering problems. These projects may be research collaborations with faculty or problems designed by the student. Outside support is available for some areas of study. For example, Ripon College is a member of the NASA-supported Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. Ripon students can apply for scholarships and research grants to pursue specialized projects in aerospace studies.


Our computer facilities are first-rate. The department has two laboratories with current generation computers systems and computational resources, and they are connected to the campus computing facilities and the Internet by way of a DS3 connection. More computer systems are accessible in laboratories across campus.

Kemper Computer Center provides mainframe resources for faculty and students at all locations via the campus network. Software support includes several languages as well as tools for data analysis, database storage and text editing.