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Univ. of St. Thomas and Catholic Univ. of America Form Engineering Partnership

A new agreement formed by two institutions recommended in The Newman Guide will have engineering students spending three years at University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston, Tex., and two years at the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C.

UST has formed its fourth cooperative engineering program agreement with CUA, according to the University’s website.  Students in the program graduate with two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in applied mathematics from UST and a Bachelor of Science degree in the chosen engineering discipline at CUA.

“The shared values of our two institutions should make transition to the undergraduate engineering program at CUA easier for our cooperative engineering students,” Father Pilsner, dean of arts and sciences at UST, stated.

Dr. Sheila Waggoner, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Cooperative Engineering at UST, said that small class sizes help women succeed in engineering at UST.  She also highlighted the value of UST’s liberal arts approach.  She stated:

We offer more than you’d get if you go directly to an engineering school, because we have this liberal arts curriculum. We’re teaching students how to write and communicate, which employers are looking for. They’re getting that in combination with the technical background.

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