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General Program Requirements
Note that every engineering major has slightly different requirements. Below are the typical requirements for all engineering majors.
- Students must make significant progress toward their major (typically all courses except senior year courses) and make arrangements with their major advisers to transfer credit back from the AES. In physics, minimum requirement is six physics courses (Intro Physics I & II, Modern Physics, Mechanics, ATEP + 1 more).
- Students must complete their general education program (MOIs).
- Math requirements: Calculus through Differential equations.
- Physics requirements: Physics I and II, sometimes Modern Physics
- Chemistry requirements: Chemistry I and II
- Computer Science requirements: one programming language course. Most engineering majors accept or even require Matlab, but some prefer Java.
- Typical GPA requirements: currently 3.0 for USC, 3.25 for Washington University, and 3.30 for Columbia (overall and for pre-engineering courses).
- Must pass the pre-engineering courses with at least a B on the first try. Never take pre-engineering courses pass/fail.
- Must take (almost) all required courses at WU.
- In addition, most engineering schools prefer if you take a course in Statics, Dynamics, and Materials before applying to their program. Willamette does not offer these course; you have to take them over the summer e.g. from a community college. Make sure to check with the engineering school to ensure that these courses satisfy their requirements and will transfer. USC requires all three courses prior to your arrival. The civil engineering major at all engineering schools generally also requires that you have taken all three courses prior to your arrival.
- Columbia University specific requirements: In addition, one course in Economics.
- Washington University specific requirements: In addition, at least 6 semester hours of social science courses and 6 semester hours of humanities courses. Two of these courses must be from the same department with one course at the upper level [300-400]. Note that one Willamette credit is equivalent to 4 semester hours.
- University of Southern California specific requirements: Note that you won’t find out whether or not you are accepted into the program until June 1st! While USC does not require a course in Econ, they like to see it on your transcript. Take it if you can!
- Physics Bachelors are very employable; see e.g. www.aps.org and click on Careers in Physics.
- The University of Oregon offers a great program (Master's Industrial Internship Program, http://internship.uoregon.edu/) that prepares students for a career in industry (1-year program resulting in a master's degree and 9-months industrial internship experience).