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Name: Dr. Kaye Smith (Mathematics and Physics)

St. Catherine University offers students a choice of pre-engineering programs including aerospace, bioproducts and biosystems, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical and biomedical engineering. Other programs are possible depending on a student's preparation and qualifications.

There are several advantages for students who begin preparation for an engineering career at St. Catherine University. The liberal arts perspective provides a broadly based educational experience to complement the deeply technical engineering curriculum. Several courses introduce students to engineering problem solving and project management methods, which give them a taste of how engineering intersects with math, science, business and the arts. The size of classes and the atmosphere at St. Catherine University contribute to the development of career and educational objectives beneficial to each student. Students are able to fulfill their engineering prerequisites while exploring other areas of interest in the event that they decide to pursue a non-engineering career.

Students start planning their program with a pre-engineering advisor when they arrive on campus. After three years at St. Catherine's, students may transfer to our partner engineering institution through our dual-degree program. The dual-degree program exists between St. Catherine University and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. In this cooperative program, students typically spend three years at St. Catherine's and then transfer to the engineering school for their last two years. Upon satisfying the graduation requirements of both schools, students receive two degrees: a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science from St. Catherine University and the engineering degree from Washington University. In summary, the dual-degree plan is designed to educate engineers who are more broadly prepared to meet the increasing concern and involvement of engineering with the social, economic and environmental problems of today's world. Students may also transfer into an engineering program of their choice by meeting the specific requirements of the program. 

In addition to the traditional dual-degree program leading to the bachelor's degree in engineering, it may be possible to enter directly into a master degree program after completing pre-engineering preparation. Requirements vary and the masters degree is not necessarily the one that leads to professional licensure. Details should be discussed with the engineering advisor.

Students in a pre-engineering program typically take the following courses at St. Catherine's:

CHEM 1110
CHEM 1120
General Chemistry I with Lab
and General Chemistry II with Lab 1
ENGL 2305WWriting for Life: Developing Skill and Confidence4
CSCI 1110Algorithms and Computer Programming I (or approved substitute)4
MATH 1130Calculus I4
MATH 1140Calculus II4
MATH 2050Linear Algebra4
MATH 2060Calculus III4
MATH 2600Differential Equations4
PHYS 1110
PHYS 1120
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics II
Total Credits44

Chemical engineers may also require CHEM 2010 Organic Chemistry I with Lab, CHEM 2020 Organic Chemistry II with Lab, CHEM 3000 Quantitative Analysis with Lab and CHEM 3310 Physical Chemistry I with Lab.

Exact course requirements vary at different engineering institutions and should be closely monitored by the student's advisor.

Specific requirements for engineering programs vary considerably with the dual degree in mind and the engineering college. Since this is an intensive program and the sequencing of courses is critical, it is advisable that students become engaged in it as early as possible.