Academic Calendar

Upcoming Dates

Saturday, August 8, 2015

First-Year Students Arrive

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Check-in and Financial Clearance

Saturday, August 8, 2015

First-Year Student Orientation

Monday, August 10, 2015 – Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Language and Thinking Program

3+2 Program

Combined-Plan/Dual-Degree Engineering Programs

In affiliation with the schools of engineering at Columbia University and Dartmouth College, Bard offers programs of study leading to a BA from Bard and a second degree in engineering (and certain other fields) from Columbia or Dartmouth.  Three configurations are available In conjunction with Columbia: 3-2 BA/BS, 4-2 BA/BS and 4-2 BA/MS.  Two configurations are available in conjunction with Dartmouth: 2-1-1-1 BA/BE and 3-2 BA/BE. 

Interested students should contact Simeen Sattar, the pre-engineering adviser (contacts below), for further information and planning early in their Bard career.

Hegeman 202
845 758 7226

Petitioning to Apply

Students wishing to apply to the dual degree 3-2 BA/BS program with Columbia or the 3-2 and 2-1-1-1 BA/BE programs with Dartmouth must petition the Dean of Studies, David Shein, explaining their interest in the program along with supporting letters from their academic adviser and the pre-engineering adviser.  The form is available below.  Students should submit the petition after their first year at Bard but before they apply to Columbia or Dartmouth, ideally at or soon after moderation.  Approval of the petition requires:
  • A plan for completing 96 undergraduate credits, of which 64 must be earned at the undergraduate college in Annandale, within three years at Bard.
  • A plan for completing all but one of the distribution requirements within three years at Bard.
  • A plan for completing 40 credits outside the division of your major within three years at Bard.
  • Successful moderation into a program of study and a plan for completion of all that program’s requirements except Senior Project within three years at Bard or approval from your academic adviser and the director of the program of your major to substitute requirements with coursework at Columbia or Dartmouth.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.3.  
Awarding of the BA and BS or BE degrees is contingent on fulfillment of the plan submitted with the petition. 

Requirements and Program Details

Dartmouth:  In addition to meeting Bard's requirements during their three years at Bard, students must complete the set of foundational courses in science and mathematics prior to their first year at Dartmouth.  Admission to Dartmouth is competitive and not guaranteed.  While there is no minimum GPA requirement, students admitted to Dartmouth have had at least a B+ average in their science and mathematics courses.  Financial aid is not available to students in their first year at Dartmouth.  See Dartmouth's Dual Degree Program  for more about the program.
Columbia:  For the 3-2 and 4-2 BA/BS programs,  students must complete the set of foundational courses required by Columbia plus courses specific to their intended major at Columbia.   These are detailed in Columbia’s Pre-Combined Plan Curriculum Guide.  Equivalences between Bard and Columbia courses are listed in the two tables below.  Admission to Columbia's BA/BS programs is guaranteed provided students fulfill all the requirements and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.3 overall and in the pre-engineering courses with no grade below a B in these courses.  See Columbia's Combined Plan Program for details.

Students applying for the 3-2 program must meet Bard's requirements.  Students in the 4-2 program must complete all of Bard's graduation requirements in their four years at Bard and can apply up to 1 year after graduating.  Because students will have a BA prior to entering Columbia, they will not be eligible for federal financial aid; they remain eligible for financial assistance from Columbia.

Columbia also offers a separately-administered 4-2 BA/MS program for certain undergraduate majors.  See Columbia's 4-2 Master of Science Program for requirements and details.  Admission is competitive.

Bard Courses Corresponding with Columbia Pre-Combined Plan Courses

Foundation Courses

Subject Columbia Course Corresponding Bard Course
Mathematics Calculus I, II, III, IV (V1101,V1102,V1201,V1202) Calculus I, II (MATH 141, 142), Vector Calculus (MATH 241)
Physics Mechanics and Thermodynamics (C1401) Introduction to Physics I (PHYS 141)
Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics (C1402) Introduction to Physics II (PHYS 142)
Chemistry General Chemistry I (C1403) Basic Principles of Chemistry (CHEM 141)
Lab requirement One-semester physics lab or Laboratory component of PHYS 141 or 142
One-semester chemistry lab Laboratory component of CHEM 141 or 142
Computer Science Introduction to computer science and programming in C++, JAVA , Python or MATLAB (W1003, W1004, W1005, W1007 or W1009) Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming with Robots  (CMSC 143) [Python]
Humanities & Social Sciences Twenty-seven-point nontechnical requirement Filled by Bard's distribution requirements
Principles of Economics (ECON W1105) Principles of Economics (ECON 100)
English Composition (ENGL C1010 University Writing).   First-Year Seminar (one semester)

Courses Required for Specific Fields

(see Curriculum Guide to find out which courses you need to take)

Subject Columbia Course Corresponding Bard Course
Mathematics Introduction to Applied Mathematics – ODE’s and Linear Algebra (APMA E2101) Linear Algebra with Ordinary Differential Equations (MATH 213)
Linear Algebra (MATH V2010 or APAM E3101) MATH 213 + 2-credit tutorial in linear algebra (available at faculty discretion)
Ordinary Differential Equations (E1210) Ordinary & Partial Differential Equations (MATH 311)
or MATH 213 + 2-credit tutorial in ODEs (available at faculty discretion)
Physics Classical and Quantum Waves (C1403) Modern Physics (PHYS 321)
Physics Lab (C1493/4) Included in PHYS 141/142
Chemistry General Chemistry I (C1403) Basic Principles of Chemistry I (CHEM 141)
General Chemistry II (C1404) Basic Principles of Chemistry II (CHEM 142)
General Chemistry Lab (C1500) Included in CHEM 141/142
Organic Chemistry I (C3443) Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 201)
Organic Chemistry Lab (C3543) Included in CHEM 201
Biology Environmental Biology: Molecules to Cells (EEEB W2001) Please see pre-engineering adviser for equivalents (must be BIO 141 or higher)
Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology (C2005) From Genes to Traits (BIO 151)
Computer Science  Introduction to Computer Science and Programming in MATLAB (COMS W1005)
Computer Programming in Java (W1007)
Computer Programming in C (W1003)  
Object-Oriented Programming (CMSC 141 or 143) [Python]
Discrete Mathematics (COMS W3203)   Discrete Mathematics (CMSC 145)  
or Proofs and Fundamentals (MATH 261) + Combinatorics (MATH 316)
Data Structures and Algorithms (COMS W3137), Data Structures in C (W3133), Data Structures in Java (W3134)   Data Structures (CMSC 201) [Java]    
Scientific Computation (COMS W3210) Not available
Economics Introduction to Accounting and Finance (E2261) Introduction to Accounting (ECON 190)
Probability and Statistics   Probability and Statistics (W3600)   Not available
Probability (IEOR E3658)   Probability (MATH 328)
Statistical Inference (W3659) Mathematical Statistics (MATH 329)
Electrical Engineering Introduction to Electrical Engineering (ELEN E1201) Not available
Engineering Mechanics Mechanics (ENME E3105) Mechanics (PHYS 303)
Earth and Environmental Sciences   Advanced General Geology (EESC W4001) The Climate System (EESC V2100)
The Solid Earth System (EESC V2200)
Not regularly available
Earth and Environmental Engineering Alternative Energy Resources (EAEE E2002) Tutorial available at faculty discretion