What is Pre-Engineering?

For students interested in applying their scientific abilities and creativity to solving real world problems as engineers, The College of Wooster offers 3-2 engineering programs in cooperation with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio, Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), Missouri, and the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.

Under these cooperative programs, the student is eligible to apply for admission to the engineering school upon satisfactory completion of a specific set of courses taken in the first three years at Wooster. If admitted to the program, the student transfers to the engineering school after the junior year to complete the engineering program in two years.

Typically after completion of the first year of the program, the student receives the B.A. degree from Wooster in their selected major; after the second year, the engineering school awards the engineering degree. The programs at CWRU and WUSTL award students a B.S. in engineering, while the program in Polymer Engineering at UAkron is accelerated and results in a Masters of Science degree.

The bachelor degree programs in engineering available at CWRU and WUSTL include aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer science; electrical, environmental, materials science, mechanical, polymer, and systems engineering. The 3-2 B.A./M.S. program at UAkron is specifically for polymer engineering.

Depending on their area of interest, students who are considering this program should consult with the chairpersons of the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, or Physics before arranging their schedules.

Students interested in engineering may also simply complete their entire B.A. degree at Wooster and then apply to any engineering school to earn a M.S. in engineering. The advantage of the dual-degree 3-2 programs discussed here is that a student can earn two degrees (either a Wooster B.A./Engineering B.S. or a Wooster B.A./Polymer Engineering M.S.) in just five years.

For more information, please contact the pre-engineering program adviser:

Susan Lehman
Associate Prof of Physics
Taylor 105