Engineering - 2+2


Bachelor of Science | Engineering - 2+2

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

This is a joint program offered by North Carolina State University and The University of North Carolina at Asheville. The Two-Plus-Two 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 North Carolina State University College of Engineering (COE) in Raleigh.

If you are an undergraduate interested in an engineering degree, but are physically attending another university or community college in North Carolina, then the site-based 2+2 program may be for you. In association with other universities in North Carolina, this degree program has been designed for those undergraduates who are able to attend their first two years of study at another location, such as Craven Community College, UNC-Wilmington, or UNC-Asheville. After finishing the first two years of matriculation requirements for the engineering degree, students then finish their studies at NC State University, NC A&T University, or UNC-Charlotte.

The 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 Two-Plus-Two 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.


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. With the guidance of the NC State University Engineering Programs at UNC Asheville, 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: 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.

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 Two-Plus-Two 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.

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

2+2 students begin at UNC Asheville with normal UNC Asheville student status. There is no special admission process to the 2+2 Program at UNC Asheville. Simply apply to UNC Asheville. However, it is important that the student state their interest in engineering as early as possible. The ideal place to state this interest is on the UNC Asheville admission application, but the 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. It will 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 30+ credits of college credit applies to UNC Asheville as a transfer student rather than as a freshman. The student should submit a Transfer Application to UNC Asheville. 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. For prospective students, the Engineering Advisor at UNC Asheville is available (and eager) to advise you prior to transfer or provide a preliminary transfer evaluation.
  • 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. See Engineering Advisor for details.


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.

OTHER 2+2 Engineering PROGRAMS

NC State University supports two other 2+2 engineering programs within North Carolina. Both are in the eastern part of the state.


After completing the first two years of matriculation requirements at your initial site, you may then tranfer to complete your engineering degree. To finish your degree, you may attend NC State, NC A&T University, or UNC-Charlotte. Alternatively, you may choose to complete the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) in Mechatronics at UNC-Asheville or the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) in Mechanical Engineering Systems at Craven Community College in Havelock, NC. See your site advisor for the transfer application form and procedures.

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

Two-Plus-Two (2+2) means a student enrolls at UNC Asheville for 2 years, then transfers to NC State and completes the engineering degree with 2 additional years at NC STATE.

Advantages of the UNC Asheville "2+2"

The 2+2 Program allows a student to begin his or her 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. All resources are directed at undergraduates. Graduate Teaching Assistants are not available, so instructors provide all instruction personally.

Numerous support mechanisms exist and are readily accessible to students. These include academic advising, the Math Lab, Writing Center, Counseling Center and various tutorial situations. This fosters a nurturing environment for students, especially in the freshman year when it is most needed.

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.

UNC Asheville provides strong preparation in math, science, english composition, humanities and social science. These subjects make up the majority of the freshman and sophomore curriculum. The student is in the proper location at the proper time in the curriculum to exploit these strengths of UNC Asheville.

The "track record" of the 2+2 Program is very strong. 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.

Advantages of the NC State "2+2"

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.

Disadvantages of the "2+2"

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 a group of students transfer, and this provides a few friendly faces on the new campus.

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallAugust 17, 2018
SpringJanuary 2, 2019
SummerMay 11, 2018

Dr. Linda Krute

Director of Distance Education Programs, College of Engineering

College of Engineering