Engineering - 2+2 - Online and Distance Education

Engineering - 2+2

Undergraduate Degrees | Engineering - 2+2

Engineering - 2+2

Entrance Exam: Not Required

If you are interested in an undergraduate engineering degree and reside in North Carolina, then the 2+2 Engineering Site-Based Program may be for you. The program is available at the following locations, serving students from western to eastern regions of the state:

Through the 2+2 Engineering Site-Based Program, the student completes the first two years of pre-engineering courses at the home institution. After meeting the engineering transfer requirements, students apply to transfer to NC State in the engineering discipline of their choice. Each of the 2+2 programs has an NC State on-site program director who oversees the program, works with students and coordinates with the College of Engineering Division of Academic Affairs.

These transfer programs can be completed on a  2+2 schedule (two years at a participating institution and two years at NC State):

  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

It is more optimal for students to follow a 1+3 timeline for the following academic programs:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biological Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical 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.

Career Prospects

Engineers have long been in demand. Job demand continues to grow as the field of engineering expands to encompass an even wider range of types of engineering. Using principles of science and mathematics, engineers solve problems, design products and develop solutions. These skills are highly desirable.

Engineering careers span a great number of industries and environments. Our graduates find opportunities in design, development, production, invention, building, manufacturing and packaging. Some go into specialized industries such as aerospace or biomedical engineering while others find employment in the broader fields of civil, mechanical or electrical engineering. Our 2+2 engineering programs provide a solid foundation that supports the pursuit of a number of engineering disciplines.

Additional Resources

For detailed information regarding engineering online programs and how to apply and enroll, please visit the Engineering Online website.