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College of Letters and Science Pre-Engineering Curriculum Degree

This is a two year program in which students take core math, physics and chemistry classes in preparation for acceptance into an engineering program other than in Paper Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering.

For all pre-engineering areas except pre-chemical engineering, you should take the following physics and mathematics courses in your freshman and sophomore years: Math 225, 226, 227, 230 and Physics 240, 250, 300. Chemistry 105, 106 (or 117) is also recommended.

Pre-Engineering students also have the option of completing a Pre-Engineering Associate Degree or taking some introductory engineering courses as electives at our Wausau campus (online or hybrid option may be available). These courses include:

  • ENGR 105 – Engineering fundamentals
  • ENGR 107 – Engineering Graphics with Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
  • ENGR 111 – Solid Modeling and Design
  • ENGR/PHYS 220 – Statics
  • ENGR 221 – Dynamics
  • ENGR 222 – Mechanics of Materials
  • ENGR 263 – Engineering Thermodynamics
  • ENGR 294 – Internship in Engineering
  • ENGR 299 – Independent Study in Engineering

Please contact your adviser or Dr. Mark Holdhusen ( to discuss the electives that are right for you.

Specific engineering curricula and universities have individual requirements. See a physics advisor for additional information and suggested electives. For pre-chemical engineering and/or ABET accredited engineering, see Paper Science and Engineering in the catalog.