2+2 Engineering Program

The 2+2 Engineering Program allows students to complete the first one to two years of an engineering curriculum at UNC Asheville, qualify for transfer to NC State University and finish their education in two to three more years at NC State's College of Engineering in Raleigh, NC.

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NC State Academic Degree Programs

The 2+2 Engineering Program includes the following degree programs:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Civil Engineering (Construction Option)
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

The following curricula are also supported, but must be completed on a 1+3 year schedule:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biological Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Paper Science and Engineering
  • Textile Engineering

Regardless of curriculum preference, all students in the 2+2 Program take the same courses during their freshman year, with the exception of one course. The sophomore year has some differences, but they are relatively minor. Many of the requirements for NC State University engineering degrees parallel the requirements for UNC Asheville science majors but vary when it comes to humanities and physical education standards. The universities also have different transfer credit policies. It is important to coordinate academic planning with an engineering advisor at UNC Asheville.

(For curricula, see Plans of Work and Related Information.)

Why go the 2+2 route?

The 2+2 Program allows students to begin their engineering education in the small, public liberal arts environment of UNC Asheville. Class size is small and direct interaction with instructors is routine. Freshman can easily become “lost” at a large university, but that is not likely at UNC Asheville. UNC Asheville is an institution dedicated solely to the education of undergraduates, unlike most large schools.

Many students at UNC Asheville are from Western North Carolina. Attending UNC Asheville allows the student to remain at home or close to home while going to college. Ties to familiar support systems of family, friends, etc. are easy to maintain and tap into.

Since 1983, approximately 350 students have transferred from UNC Asheville to NC State College of Engineering. UNC Asheville has been the largest and strongest source of engineering transfer students for many years. Students are well received in Raleigh in their home departments; faculty generally recognize the thorough preparation provided by UNC Asheville.

NC State is a large university bustling with undergraduate and graduate education as well as research. Campus activities, student engineering societies, career development assistance and interaction with more advanced students provide upper class engineering students with valuable experiences and access to information and opportunities.

The 2+2 student enters this environment as a more mature and advanced student. The presence of laboratories, equipment, research, a large and diverse faculty and an expansive course offering are more meaningful at this stage of the curriculum.

How to Enter the 2+2 Engineering Program at UNC Asheville

Two-Plus-Two students begin at UNC Asheville with UNC Asheville student status. There is no special admission process to the 2+2 Program at UNC Asheville. However, it is important that students state their interest in engineering as early as possible. The ideal place to state this interest is on the UNC Asheville admission application, but a student can indicate the interest during orientation or initial advising sessions as well. This will result in the appropriate assignment of academic advisor.

  • Freshmen
    • Engineering students follow the curriculum requirements of a generalized NC State University engineering curriculum beginning in the first semester, freshman year. As career decisions solidify, the course of study is tailored to the curriculum of choice. Two-Plus-Two students DO NOT follow the degree requirements for UNC Asheville, such as the Liberal Arts Core (LA) or the Humanities (HUM) sequence. However, the LA or DEPT 178 First-Year Colloquium focuses on success in college and is a very useful course for any student. Some DEPT 178 classes do not transfer to NC State University, but is worth consideration, especially if the student may change their plan of study to the Joint Mechatronics degree which does require the LA or DEPT 178 course.
  • Transfers
    • A student with 24+ college credits applies to UNC Asheville as a transfer student rather than as a freshman. The student will meet with the Engineering advisor to determine transfer credit and appropriate scheduling. Students should be aware that UNC Asheville and NC State University may evaluate transfer courses differently. For an engineering student, the NC State University evaluation takes precedence. Many courses at other institutions are equivalent to those in the engineering curricula of NC State, but students are advised to contact the engineering advisor before enrolling at another institution to determine transferability of specific courses. In addition, once a student has degree-seeking status at UNC Asheville, the student must file the UNC Asheville form, visiting permission form, with the UNC Asheville Registrar.
  • Non-Degree Seeking Status
    • Under certain circumstances, it may be in the best interest of a student to apply to UNC Asheville as a non-degree seeking student. A non-degree seeking application form is submitted to UNC Asheville and the admission process is reduced and quicker than for degree seeking status. Non-degree seeking students are limited to 9 credits per semester under ordinary circumstances. Contact Engineering Advisor for details.
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Transferring to NC State University College of Engineering

Ideally, students working toward an engineering degree should transfer when they have completed approximately the first half of the curriculum. However, a student is eligible to transfer at any time after the CODA requirements, listed below, are satisfied. As a result, some plans of work are 2+2 and others are 1+3. With the guidance of the NC State University Engineering Programs at UNC Asheville office, students submit an application through the Common Application to NC State University. Transfer admission standards vary with each degree program according to the space available and the number of applicants, but a minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required to ensure consideration for admission into an NC State engineering program. Note: Biomedical, mechanical, aerospace, civil, environmental, industrial, electrical, nuclear and chemical engineering require a GPA significantly higher than 3.0.

In order to transfer into an engineering curriculum at NC State, students must have completed at least 30 credits, including the CODA requirements, all with a grade of C or better:

  • Chemistry with Lab – 1 semester
  • Calculus – 2 semesters
  • Calculus-based Physics with Lab – 1 semester
  • English Composition – 1 semester (4 credit hours)

In addition to the requirements on the cumulative GPA, the GPA between the last two math classes at the calculus I level or higher must be at least 2.5. If NC State University courses are taken, the overall NC State University GPA must be at least 2.0. Note:  AP credits do not count toward the 30-credit total.

NC State College of Engineering accepts transfer applications once per year.  The deadline to apply for transfer to a fall semester in a given year is February 15 of that same year.  See the engineering advisor at UNC Asheville for further details.

Engineering Courses at UNC Asheville

The required freshman- and sophomore-level engineering courses are available at UNC Asheville via local instruction from NC State engineering faculty at UNC Asheville or through distance education technology from NC State.

Cooperative Education

NC State University’s College of Engineering has an active co-op program, making it possible for 2+2 students to alternate on-the-job experience with classroom learning and graduate with a co-op certificate after 12 months of work in a structured situation. Students are not eligible for the co-op program until they are admissible to one of NC State University’s engineering degree programs.