Spring Hill College and the University of South Alabama team up for engineering dual-degree program

Wed, 08/03/2011 - 4:15pm

MOBILE, Ala. – Spring Hill College will offer a dual-degree program in engineering with the University of South Alabama beginning in fall 2011. A new agreement between the two neighboring Mobile schools will allow students to start at Spring Hill College, and then seamlessly transfer into the University of South Alabama College of Engineering.

After spending three years at Spring Hill College taking general courses and mastering engineering fundamentals, students are eligible to enroll in USA’s engineering program. Following completion of the engineering course requirements, students will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of South Alabama.

“Before initiating this dual-degree program, there were 20 Spring Hill College students enrolled in USA’s College of Engineering,” said Dr. John Steadman, dean of the USA College of Engineering. “I believe this cooperative effort between our two schools will simplify the process and open the door to many more students who are interested in pursuing an engineering degree.”

Spring Hill also has dual-degree engineering program agreements with Auburn University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Florida, Marquette University, and Texas A & M University.

“Spring Hill College is delighted to expand our dual-degree program to include the University of South Alabama,” said Dr. George Sims, Spring Hill College provost. “Together, our institutions will prepare students to be excellent engineers who are formed to be leaders engaged in learning, faith, justice and service for life.”

In the engineering dual-degree program, Spring Hill College will emphasize courses in general physics, general chemistry, analytical geometry and calculus, engineering graphics and computer programming. The essential engineering classes are rounded out with courses in English, history, philosophy, theology, social science and fine arts. At the University of South Alabama students can choose courses of study in chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering.

The program allows flexibility to accommodate students if they decide to stay at Spring Hill College and major in one of the sciences or a non-scientific field. Academic counselors work with the students throughout the process.

The proximity of the campuses also allows students to enroll in key engineering courses as they complete the pre-engineering courses at Spring Hill College.

For more information about the dual degree program in engineering, call the Spring Hill College Office of Admissions at (251) 380-3030 or visit www.shc.edu.