The Johns Hopkins University has entered into a
partnership that will enable Tulane University
undergraduates to obtain engineering degrees in four study
areas that were eliminated from Tulane's
curriculum when that university restructured after
Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Vanderbilt University
will also be a partner, offering engineering degrees in
three of the four disciplines.
The program, effective this fall, will enable
undergraduates enrolled in Tulane's School of
Science and Engineering in New Orleans to earn dual degrees
in physics and engineering. Participants
will complete three years of study at Tulane, followed by
two years at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore or
Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn.
Upon completion, a successful student would receive a
bachelor's degree in physics from Tulane
and a bachelor's degree in civil,
electrical, mechanical or
environmental engineering from the partner
institution. These four engineering degree programs were
eliminated during Tulane's post-Katrina
Whiting School of Engineering will offer the four
degree programs to Tulane
students who have completed their first three years as
physics majors at the New Orleans campus.
"After Katrina, the Whiting School took in some engineering
students from Tulane," said Edward R.
Scheinerman, vice dean for education in the Whiting School.
"We think very highly of Tulane students
and are excited about this partnership, as we know the
Tulane students will be an asset to our
Vanderbilt will offer participating Tulane students
degrees in three of the engineering
disciplines: civil, mechanical and electrical.
Tulane administrators say they are pleased that the
new partnership will allow Tulane students
to continue to earn degrees in these engineering
disciplines. "This attractive combination of study on
two different campuses will provide our undergraduates
something that is otherwise unavailable at
Tulane," said Nick Altiero, dean of the School of Science
and Engineering at Tulane. "They will be
Tulane graduates but will also be able to receive an
engineering degree that we no longer offer."
Currently, Tulane offers undergraduate engineering
degree programs in biomedical engineering,
chemical engineering and engineering physics. In addition,
a minor in engineering science is offered for
Under the new partnership, once a Tulane student
declares his or her intention to participate in
the dual-degree program, faculty members from each of the
universities will serve as joint advisers to
assist students in preparing their academic programs.
Students will graduate from their two
respective universities in the same year.