What are the Options?
General Program Requirements:
Each Affiliated Engineering School (AES) requires a similar set of required pre-engineering courses that must be taken during your three years at Willamette. Specific engineering majors can have additional required pre-engineering courses. 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 + either Electromagnetism, Quantum Mechanics, or Thermal Physics).
- List of majors that are compatible with the 3-2 engineering program: Physics (best match), Philosophy, Spanish, Politics, Math, Computer Science, English, American Ethnic Studies, Religious Studies. There are others that are possible options. Two majors that do not work are Chemistry and Anthropology.
- Students must complete Willamette's general education program (MOIs).
- Math requirements: Calculus through Differential equations.
- Physics requirements: Physics I (Phys 221) and Physics II (Phys 222)
- Chemistry requirements: Chemistry I (Chem 115)
- Computer Science requirements: one programming language course. Many engineering majors strongly prefer that this course be in a specific language, such as C++, Matlab, Python, or Java. See the curriculum guides below for more information.
- GPA requirements: Students must maintain both an overall and pre-engineering specific gpa of 3.0 for USC, 3.25 for Washington University, and 3.30 for Columbia. For guaranteed admission to Columbia you must pass all 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.
- Columbia requires a Principles of Economics course (e.g. Econ 132)
For more information and for additional engineering-major specific requirements see the following:
- Columbia University Curriculum Guide
- Washington University Dual Degree Brochure
- University of Southern California Curriculum Guide
Alternative Paths to an Engineering Career:
- 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).