Department of Physics

The Pre-Engineering Program at WIU

Pre-engineering Program Coordinator: Dr. P. K. Babu
Office: Currens Hall 426
Telephone: 309-298-2743
Fax: 309/298-2850
E-Mail: PK-Babu@wiu.edu

Why start with Pre-Engineering rather than Engineering at WIU?

The best background to have to enter any discipline-specific engineering degree is a strong background of math and science courses.   Currently, the WIU Engineering program only has a general engineering degree.   Therefore, if you are interested in becoming a civil, mechanical, electrical, computer, aeronautical, biomedical, or materials engineer, or any other discipline-specific engineer, you must begin with the Pre-Engineering Program at WIU.   Our program will strongly prepare you to succeed at the best discipline-specific engineering programs in the nation.  The vast majority of engineering jobs require a discipline-specific engineering degree in your chosen area.

Who are engineers and what do they do?

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Engineers are the designers and builders in our society.  They have high-level skills in math and science and a passion to create new designs based on the principles of math, science and engineering.  They act as the link between scientific discoveries and commercial realizations.  Without qualified engineers, our society would not be able to utilize our many wonderful scientific discoveries to their full potential.   

What is Pre-Engineering?

The Pre-Engineering program at WIU is an educational package designed to meet the foremost requirement for the education of a traditional engineer—a strong foundation of mathematics and science courses. This foundation is common to all types of engineering and our program will prepare you to be successful at what you do.

Why Pre-Engineering?

A smaller university like WIU can more efficiently provide the math and science background courses needed for an engineer than the larger institutions housing traditional engineering colleges.  At WIU, all physics and pre-engineering classes and laboratories are taught by well-qualified faculty and students receive personal attention in our small-sized class rooms. Additionally, the Pre-Engineering program provides flexibility to a student still considering which specific engineering program/field to enter. The well-coordinated Pre-Engineering program at the WIU-Macomb campus will qualify students with a satisfactory GPA to seamlessly transfer to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIU-C), to the University of Iowa (U-I), or to the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), with all of whom we have strong articulation agreements. This is a more versatile program as it provides students with access to engineering disciplines that are not offered at WIU. Pre-Engineering students who transfer from WIU are historically very successful in any engineering program around the country.

What is Engineering Physics?

This is a dual-degree program whereby students may obtain a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics within the College of Arts and Sciences at WIU, and a B.S. degree from a prestigious Engineering School in a chosen field of specialization.  Students spend their first three years of training within the WIU Physics Department for the Engineering Physics degree, and their final two years of training for the Engineering degree at UIU-C, at U-I, at IIT, or at the WIU-QC campus.  A student completing this option will be graduating with a very marketable combination of two degrees, one in Engineering Physics and the other in their chosen sub-field of Engineering.   This is especially attractive to many of today’s employers seeking individuals who have dual skills in both scientific research and development and in engineering design.

 

Course Requirements – Pre-Engineering Program at Western Illinois University

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Freshman Year

Fall

Sem. Hr

Spring

Sem. Hr

MATH 133 ( Calculus I)

4

MATH 134 ( Calculus II)

4

PHYS 211 ( University Physics I)

4

PHYS 212 ( University Physics II)

4

FYE Course

3

CS 225

3

ENG 180 College Writing I or GH 101 for Honors Students

3

ET 105

3

University 100

1

Possible Elective

 

Sophomore Year

Fall

Sem. Hr

Spring

Sem. Hr

CHEM 201(Inorganic Chemistry I)

4

CHEM 202( Inorganic Chemistry II)

4

MATH 231 (Calculus III)

4

MATH 333 (Ordinary Diff. Eq.)

3

PHYS 213(University Physics III)

4

PHYS 214(University Physics IV)

3

MATH 311 (Linear Algebra)

3

PHYS 310

3

Possible Elective

 

ENG280 (College Writing II)

3

 

Course Requirements – Engineering Physics

Freshman Year

Fall

Sem. Hr

Spring

Sem. Hr

MATH133 ( Calculus I)

4

MATH134 ( Calculus II)

4

PHYS 211 ( University Physics I)

4

PHYS 212 ( University Physics II)

4

Social Science FYE

3

CS225

3

ENG180 College Writing I

3

ET 105

3

University 100

1

Humanities

3

Sophomore Year

Fall

Sem. Hr

Spring

Sem. Hr

CHEM201(Inorganic Chemistry I)

4

CHEM202( Inorganic Chemistry II)

4

MATH231 (Calculus III)

4

MATH333 (Ordinary Diff. Eq.)

3

PHYS 213(University Physics III)

4

PHYS214(University Physics IV)

3

MATH311 (Linear Algebra)

3

PHYS 367

3

Human Well Being

2-3

ENG280 (College Writing II)

3

Junior Year

Fall

Sem. Hr

Spring

Sem. Hr

COMM 241

3

PHYS 310, 354 or 410

3

PHYS 311

3

PHYS 420

3

PHYS 430 or 468

3

PHYS 490

2

PHYS 427, 428 or 470

2-3

Multicultural Elective

3

Social Science Elective

3

Social Science Elective

3

Humanities Elective

3

Humanities Elective

3