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LA ROCHE COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SIGN NEW ENGINEERING ARTICULATION AGREEMENT


4/1/2014

PITTSBURGH, April 1, 2014 – A new articulation agreement between La Roche College and the University of Pittsburgh will allow students to earn a degree from both institutions.

Under the new agreement, students who attend La Roche for three years will complete pre-engineering requirements and at least 75 percent of a La Roche major. The most popular La Roche majors are expected to be math, computer science, chemistry or an interdisciplinary major combining two science areas with pre-engineering. Effective immediately, the agreement is available to both current and prospective students.

After fulfilling all requirements at La Roche, students are automatically accepted to the University of Pittsburgh. Students will earn an engineering degree in one of the following concentrations: bioengineering, chemical, computer, electrical, industrial, and engineering science with an emphasis in nanotechnology. This portion of the program generally takes two years to complete but varies depending on course rotations.

Jane Arnold, chair of La Roche’s Computer Science Department and Natural & Behavioral Sciences Division, said, “Having an agreement with an outstanding institution like the University of Pittsburgh makes a statement about the strength of the science program at a smaller college like La Roche. In our previous agreement, we had many outstanding students complete the program and move on to very successful careers.”

Students will transfer University of Pittsburgh coursework to complete their degree at La Roche. According to Ms. Arnold, earning two degrees enables students to showcase an additional talent, providing them with a competitive edge in the workforce.

“For example, combining a computer science degree with industrial engineering is significantly stronger than either one separately,” Ms. Arnold explained.

The agreement also offers students the opportunity to thrive in a smaller setting. “Our freshman science and math classes at La Roche are much smaller and more personal than a larger institution,” Ms. Arnold said. “Many students struggle with the transition from high school to engineering school, so a program like ours gives them the best chance at success.”

In addition to the new engineering agreement, La Roche holds health science agreements with Duquesne University, which allow students to complete pre-professional science courses at La Roche and finish the professional phase of athletic training, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and physician assistant studies at Duquesne.

The College also finalized a recent agreement with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for students to pursue a science degree at La Roche for three or four years, which guarantees entrance into dental, pharmacy or osteopathic medical school. 

To learn more, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at admissions@laroche.edu or 412-536-1272. Interested students also are encouraged to attend La Roche’s undergraduate open house on Saturday, April 5 from 9 to 2 p.m. to learn more about the College and its academic offerings.

 

About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.

 

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