"An R-MC liberal arts education prepares you to meet any challenge in your future"
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an internship; R-MC students have participated in internships with the Army
Corps of Engineers,local government agencies, engineering consulting firms, and
energy companies, among other businesses and organizations.
What are the advantages of choosing pre-engineering at R-MC? You'll find a strong,
well-rounded, liberal arts academic curriculum that promotes critical thinking,
innovative problem-solving and effective communication. You'll find a supportive,
teaching-focused faculty and unique opportunities for research and independent study.
And you'll find a friendly campus community where you can balance your academic
pursuits with interests beyond the classroom.
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Academic options: A science or mathematics major (physics for students interested in pursuing the
cooperative agreement with Columbia University) or a double-major
of science and mathematics, is recommended for all pre-engineering students. However,
at R-MC you’ll also enjoy the opportunity to explore your interests across the range
of the liberal arts curriculum. Many students at R-MC choose to pursue a double-major
or to add one or more minors to their studies; recent graduates of R-MC’s physics
program have chosen majors or minors in fields including math, computer science
and astrophysics, as well as French, economics/business and even philosophy.
At R-MC, you're never just another face in the crowd, and you'll never find yourself
in large lecture courses taught by graduate students here. Instead, you'll find
an all-teaching faculty, average class sizes of fewer than 25 students, and upper-level
science and math courses with typically fewer than 10 students, where majors build
strong, enduring bonds with their professors and fellow students. Faculty also provide
advice and guidance to help students choose appropriate graduate programs or career
Independent research is strongly encouraged at R-MC, and supported through programs
such as the Schapiro Undergraduate Research
Fellowship. Students learn how to discuss and present their work through
Research Day as well as at regional and national professional conferences.
Recent student research and independent study projects have focused on topics including
solar energy, ballistics, photoelasticity, the physics of basketball, and shoreline
Qualified students who meet certain academic criteria can take advantage of R-MC's
3/2 cooperative pre-engineering agreements with Columbia
University and the University of Virginia,
completing the first three years at R-MC and the senior year at the cooperating
university. With the Columbia agreement, students earn a bachelor's degree from
R-MC and then either a second bachelor's degree or a master's from Columbia. The
University of Virginia program leads to a bachelor’s degree from R-MC and preferential
enrollment in UVA's graduate engineering program.
As the world relies ever more on complex technologies to meet complex challenges,
engineering skills and expertise
will continue to be in demand across a range of disciplines, from aerospace
and alternative energy to biomedical, mechanical, environmental, structural and
software engineering, among others.