The engineering and applied science program at Millsaps College offers numerous opportunities if you are interested in engineering, applied science, and management. With this cooperative program, you can combine the advantages of a liberal arts education at Millsaps with the specialized programs of a major university. Millsaps has articulation agreements with Auburn University, Columbia University, and Vanderbilt University. You may complete the science, mathematics, and humanities requirement for an engineering degree, and then continue at Auburn, Columbia, or Vanderbilt. Many programs offered by the three participating universities include financial aid for qualified students. To be admitted to the programs, you must fulfill certain minimum course requirements at Millsaps. For many programs, particularly those in engineering and applied science, the mathematics requirements are strict. For detailed descriptions of the programs, you are encouraged to consult the pre-engineering advisor at Millsaps.

Dual Degree B.S. Programs

A student may attend Millsaps, complete the science, mathematics, and humanities requirements for the engineering degree, and then continue work at one of the three participating schools listed above. The student then transfers a maximum of 32 semester hours back for a bachelor’s degree from Millsaps while also receiving the bachelor’s degree in engineering from the dual-degree university. (Note: The meeting of certain coursework and GPA requirements will guarantee admission into the dual degree B.S. program.)

Dual Degree M.S. Programs

The Columbia University Combined Plan also has a program in which a student attends Millsaps, completes all degree requirements, and then spends two more years at Columbia to obtain a M.S. degree from the Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science. (Note: Admission to the M.S. program is on a competitive basis.)

The Dual Degree Program at Auburn University includes bachelor of engineering degrees in aerospace, biosystems, chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, materials, mechanical, software, textile, and wireless engineering. It is also possible to obtain a B.S. in agricultural engineering.

The Combined Plan Program at Columbia University offers B.S. and M.S. degrees in biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, earth and environmental, electrical, industrial, mechanical, and engineering. Other programs include computer science, engineering mechanics, applied mathematics, applied physics, material science, engineering and management systems, and operations research.

Vanderbilt University offers bachelor of engineering degrees in biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering, as well as a program in engineering science.

Students interested in a particular program should also consult the catalog of the appropriate university and the Millsaps pre-engineering advisor.

  • Shadow J. Q. Robinson—Millsaps College

    Shadow J. Q. Robinson

    Associate Professor of Physics
    Pre-Engineering Advisor



    B.S., University of Kentucky; Ph.D., Rutgers University, New Brunswick

    "Since coming to Millsaps in 2008, I have taught courses in physics, astronomy, and mathematics. I am currently the chair of the Physics Department and director of the pre-engineering program at Millsaps.

    "Ever since I was 12 years old, I have been drawn to science and the quest to understand the "why" and "how" the universe works the way it does. These questions pulled me to study physics, where we learn the how and why of the universe and to study mathematics, the language in which that story is written. I have undergraduate degrees in physics and mathematics. My PhD is in theoretical nuclear physics.

    "Now as a faculty member at Millsaps I get to not only pursue that quest through my own work as a scientist, but to share the excitement and challenges inherent in that quest with my students in my classes. In those classes I hope my students will gain an understanding of what we know about how the Universe works. We also discuss some of the things we do not understand yet, and how modern day physicists are attempting to find out how those secrets of our Universe."