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Lehigh University's Integrated Degree in Engineering, Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) provides students with a unique opportunity to combine the breadth and depth of two programs of study in a four-year college experience. Graduates of the program go on to work in a variety of fields and industries, tailored to their specific interests and strengths.
Jointly administered by the College of Arts and Sciences and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, IDEAS is a four-year honors program that allows students to earn a bachelor's degree with concentrations in both colleges. In close collaboration with IDEAS advisors and faculty directors, students admitted to this highly selective honors program develop an individualized academic plan tailored to their interests.
IDEAS allows students to study diverse interests such as bioengineering and religion, computer science and graphic design, industrial engineering and international relations, bioengineering and molecular biology, and music and computer science. Key features of the program include:
-Rigorous honors program: Each year, IDEAS accepts 30-40 highly qualified first-year student candidates who have indicated an interest in the program. Students must maintain a 3.25 grade point average to continue.
-Team-based and individual projects: Each student builds toward a capstone research project and thesis in their senior year, developed through a combination of team-based and individualized instruction.
-Communication as key to bridging disciplines: IDEAS courses are writing-intensive and presentation-oriented. Participation in the program substitutes for some first-year courses in both colleges.
IDEAS graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree, conferred by both colleges. Students interested in pursuing a professionally accredited degree in their selected engineering disciplines may choose to do so in an optional fifth year of study. Some programs of study in the College of Arts and Sciences, mainly in the sciences, may also require further study to complete certification.