Engineering - 2+2


Bachelor of Science | Engineering - 2+2

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

If you are interested in an undergraduate engineering degree but reside not in the Raleigh area but in another location in North Carolina, then one of these 2+2 engineering programs may be for you. 

In the 2+2 program, the student completes the first two years of pre-engineering courses at the home institution. After meeting the engineering transfer requirements, the student can apply to transfer to NC State in an engineering discipline. Each of these programs has an NC State program director on site who oversees the program, works with students and coordinates with NC State Academic Affairs.

This program may lead to Professional Licensure.

These programs can be completed on a  2+2 schedule (two years at the other institution, two years at NC State):

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

These programs 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

Policy on Transfer 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. 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. Many departments require a GPA significantly higher than 3.0.

In order to transfer into an engineering curriculum at NC State University, 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 cr)

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.

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.


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.

Good Reasons to Go the Two-Plus-Two (2+2) Route

Approximately half-way through the engineering curriculum, the 2+2 student transfers to the NC State College of Engineering. The student matriculates into a specific engineering department at this point.

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.

The only disadvantage one might find in the 2+2 Program is that it requires a transfer and change of location half-way through the curriculum. However, it is typical that many students transfer, and this provides a few friendly faces on the new campus.

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallAugust 14, 2020
SpringJanuary 2, 2020
SummerMay 11, 2020

Dr. Linda Krute

Director of Distance Education Programs, College of Engineering

College of Engineering