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 are the Employment Opportunities?

After completing the WSU Pre-Engineering program, you can transfer your credits to another university that offers the engineering degree, where you will complete the junior and senior years, with courses 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 various capacities such as design, analysis, research, development, manufacturing and testing. Companies that hire engineers include: ATK, Boeing, Dow Chemical, Evans & Sutherland, IM Flash, L-3 Communications, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Microsoft, National Instruments, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, TRW and the United States Government

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

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)

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What Will I Learn in the Program?

Engineering study prepares people 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, mathematics or law.

What Degrees/Certificates are Available?

Associate's of Pre-Engineering (APE)
(click the link for "degree requirements")

Pre-Engineering students who take Pre-Engineering courses but decide not to receive the APE degree will still be able to transfer their WSU credits.  For course requirements at Engineering schools in Utah, click the    "U of U Suggested Schedule" or the "USU Suggested Schedule" links on our website or contact the Pre-Engineering advisor.  


What Courses are Offered Through Online/Distance Learning?

For a complete listing of WSU online and independent study courses, click here.  

Is There An Application Deadline?

No, there is no application deadline. However, we encourage you to meet with the advisor prior to enrolling in Pre-Engineering courses.  

Contact the Pre-Engineering advisor for specific information or to schedule an advisement time.