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There are many different fields of engineering, including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and civil engineering. Programs in these engineering disciplines require a relatively standard set of mathematics, physics, computer programming, and writing courses during the first two years of study. The pre-engineering program is a one- or two-year, non-degree program specifically designed to prepare students to transfer into another university offering their desired field of study, or to remain here at The University of Scranton if they choose to major in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

Students enrolled in the Pre-Engineering program at The University of Scranton receive a solid technical foundation in math and science, yet also receive the benefits of a liberal arts curriculum which emphasizes critical thinking and communication skills. Additionally, students also have the advantage of taking important math and science courses in small classes taught by dedicated faculty.

Since the Pre-Engineering curriculum does not lead to a baccalaureate degree it is not rigid. It is a suggested program of study in which students work with their pre-engineering advisor to tailor the curriculum to specific interests and goals. Students should consult the course catalog and curriculum of the engineering school to which they intend to transfer. This is not an automatic transfer program; students must apply for admission. The university to which one transfers makes all final decisions on which courses will count toward a degree.

Most colleges of engineering would recommend the following sequence of courses: 

Pre-Engineering Transfer Program Curriculum

  Department and Number - Descriptive Title of Course Fall Cr. Spr. Cr.

First Year

COGNATE (GE NSCI) PHYS 140/PHYS 140L - (E) Elements of Physics I  – PHYS 141/PHYS 141L - (E) Elements of Physics II   4 4
COGNATE (GE QUAN) MATH 114 - (Q) Calculus I  – MATH 221 Calculus II   4 4
COGNATE CHEM 112-113 - (E) General and Analytical Chemistry /CHEM 112L-113L   4.5 4.5
GE FSEM First Year Seminar 1                  
GE PHIL PHIL 120 - Introduction to Philosophy     3
GE T/RS T/RS 121 - (P) Theology I: Introduction to the Bible     3
GE WRTG WRTG 107 - (FYW) Composition   3  
     15.5 18.5

Second Year

COGNATE MATH 222 - Calculus III  – MATH 341 - Differential Equations   4 4
COGNATE CMPS 134 - Computer Science I / CMPS 134L - Computer Science I Lab   4  
MAJOR ENGR 253L - An Introduction to Computer-Aided Design  – ENGR 254L - 3D Computer-aided Design   1 1
    18-19 17-18
  Total: 70 - 71 Credits 

1The selection of a First Year Seminar is likely to fulfill requirements both for the First Year Seminar and a General Education Requirement.  Thus, the First Year Seminar will not add to the total credits for the semester.  Talk with your advisor if you have any questions.

2 Selected in consultation with pre-engineering advisor.  Suggested courses include PHYS 270/PHYS 270L - (EPW: Lab only) Elements of Modern Physics , ENGR 250 - Engineering Mechanics-Statics , ENGR 252 - Solid State Devices & Power Electronics , EE 241/EE 241L - (EPW) Circuit Analysis , E/CE 240 - Introduction to Computer Engineering , ENGR 352 - Statistical and Engineering Thermodynamics , CHEM 232 - (E) Organic Chemistry /CHEM 232L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory , CHEM 233 - (E) Organic Chemistry /CHEM 233L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory , CMPS 144 - Computer Science II , MATH 351 - Linear Algebra .

 For more information about the Physics and Engineering departments, visit its website.

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