Pre-Engineering Courses

Since the choice of pre-engineering courses varies with the specific engineering field and the engineering school, it is important for students to meet as early as possible with the Combined Plan advisor to plan a schedule for the first three years. The following general remarks, however, can be taken as a guide.

All schedules include five semesters of mathematics, from Calculus through Differential Equations. All include three to five physics courses, a semester of college chemistry, and one course in computer programming. Engineering fields related to the chemical and biological sciences require additional courses in chemistry, while fields related to physics require additional courses.

To assure completion of these requirements in three years, it is important that students begin course work in at least two of the three basic departments (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry) in the first year. Elective courses outside science and math should include an economics course and an English composition course or First-Year Seminar.