Undergraduate Study / ProgramsHonors & Combined Degrees
McCormick has several opportunities to earn multiple degrees, achieve honors, or pursue additional areas of study.
LIberal arts & engineering
Qualified Northwestern undergraduates with strong interests in the liberal arts as well as engineering may elect to earn both a bachelor of arts degree in a liberal arts discipline from Weinberg College and a bachelor of science degree in an engineering field from McCormick (BA/BS). Students may pursue any combination of majors from the two schools. They must complete all requirements of both schools and both majors and are subject to all regulations of both schools and the URR. The one exception is that students may be exempted—by decision of the Assistant Dean for Academic Standing—from the rule that a maximum of 11 non-Weinberg College courses may be counted toward requirements for a Weinberg BA degree.
Interested students most often begin their studies in McCormick . To do the necessary planning, they should consult with a Weinberg College Adviser and McCormick's Assistant Director of Advising and Student Development. This should be done as soon as possible after enrolling at Northwestern. Students should meet regularly with advisers in both schools to discuss their progress toward completion of both sets of requirements.
Music & Engineering
If you have the ability and commitment to pursue both music and engineering, consider McCormick’s five-year engineering and music program. You can earn a bachelor of science (BS) in engineering from the McCormick School and a bachelor of arts (BA) in music or a bachelor of music (BM) from Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music.
Medicine & Engineering
The Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME) is an accelerated program that prepares students for a career in medical engineering or research. Participation in this program can reduce the amount of time necessary to complete the formal academic requirements for a BS and MD by a year.
The Northwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program (NUPSP) is an early MD acceptance program into the Feinberg School of Medicine for high-achieving Northwestern students.
Communication & Engineering
Technology and communication are the driving forces of change in today's global society. Students who are proficient in both these fields will possess a comparative advantage in pursuing careers that engage the public in any number of ways with science and technology. This program enables students to earn both a bachelor of science in engineering and either a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts in communications in five years.
For students who qualify through advanced placement credits, our combined BS / MS program enables you to take graduate-level courses during your undergraduate study, shortening the time required to earn a master’s degree. For some, it may even be possible to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the same time, in just four years.
The Murphy Institute enables a group of top undergraduates to engage in self-directed activities of interest to them, with support from faculty advisers. Murphy Scholars may follow an existing curriculum or design their own academic path through the Integrated Engineering Studies degree program.
The accelerated, intensive study through McCormick’s Honors Programs isn’t for everyone. However, if you’re up to the challenge, we encourage you to apply for honors in your area of study during your junior or pre-senior year, at least three full quarters before completing your degree requirements.