Associate of Pre-Engineering

Prepares you to go on for your bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field like science or math.
We coordinate closely with area engineering programs so you’ll succeed in further studies.


Degree Information

Associate of Pre-Engineering (APE)

Course Requirements

Continuing Your Engineering Degree

Your WSU credits will transfer to engineering schools whether or not you choose to complete the APE degree.

Course requirements for
area engineering schools:

University of Utah
Utah State University


Pre-Engineering advisor:

Dr. Kirk Hagen,



Declare a Major in Electrical Engineering

Contact department secretary Susan Foss at 801-626-6898 or


Why Choose Pre-Engineering at WSU?

  • A 7.3 percent national job growth in engineering is projected through the year 2022. (Source: U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Starting salaries for engineering graduates with a bachelor’s degree are among the highest for college graduates.
  • WSU pre-engineering class sizes are small, offering more personalized instruction than at a large university.
  • The faculty who teach Pre-Engineering courses hold advanced degrees in the engineering specialties they teach.

What You’ll Learn

Engineering study prepares you to make significant contributions to society. Engineers are innovators, interweaving advanced mathematics, engineering sciences and engineering practices with considerations of economic, social, ethical and environmental issues to create new systems and products.

When you complete the Pre-Engineering program, you will have a solid base in the engineering fundamentals, which fully prepares you to study all the mainstream engineering disciplines such as biomedical, civil, chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering.

In the Pre-Engineering program, you will acquire a sound understanding of the physical sciences and mathematics that prepares you for the study of engineering, science or mathematics.

Starting Salaries

Average annual starting salaries for the Ogden metro area in 2014 were:

  • Electrical engineering: $73,100
  • Mechanical engineering: $67,400
  • Civil engineering: $60,300
  • Chemical engineering: $56,800
  • Biomedical engineering: $48,500

(Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers 2014)
For more information, visit Career Services.


Employment Opportunities

After completing the WSU Pre-Engineering program, you can transfer your credits to another university that offers the engineering degree of your choice. At that time, you will complete your junior and senior years in a specific engineering discipline.

Engineering graduates are eligible to become registered professional engineers by a process of examination and documentation of work experience. Engineering graduates are prepared for employment in areas such as:

  • Design
  • Analysis
  • Research
  • Development
  • Manufacturing
  • Testing

Some engineering graduates pursue graduate studies in business, medicine or law.

Companies That Hire Engineers