Associate of Pre-Engineering (APE) Degree Requirements

For a detailed description of the classes, please visit the WSU Catalog

Grade Requirements: A minimum overall GPA of 2.00 is required.
Credit Hour Requirements: A minimum of 57 credit hours is required. A minimum of 20 hours in residence (for transfer students).

The Associate of Pre-Engineering (APE) degree at Weber State University offers the first two years of a professional engineering curriculum. The degree is designed to prepare students for transfer into an engineering program at other universities in Utah, or throughout the United States, that offer four-year engineering degrees. Because many pre-engineering graduates will transfer to the University of Utah or Utah State University, the WSU Pre-Engineering program has official transfer agreements with these two schools.

In planning a program of study, students should be aware that most pre-engineering courses have mathematics and science prerequisites and that improper scheduling of courses can lengthen the time required to complete the degree. Students should also be aware that requirements may vary according to the university to which the student wishes to transfer. Students are therefore strongly encouraged to meet with the Pre-Engineering coordinator prior to beginning their program.

The Associate of Pre-Engineering degree has fewer general education credit hours than the Associate of Science (AS) degree. Therefore, in order for a student to obtain a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in engineering, he or she will have to take additional general education courses at WSU and/or the receiving university. Alternatively, a student may earn the AS degree, but this degree may take longer than the APE degree because it contains not only pre-engineering courses but also a full complement of general education courses. The AS degree has the potential benefit, however, of satisfying all the general education requirements at either the University of Utah or Utah State University.


All Pre-Engineering students are strongly encouraged to meet with the Pre-Engineering coordinator at the beginning of the program and at least once annually for course and program advisement. Pre-Engineering students are also encouraged to obtain advisement from the applicable engineering department at the receiving university.

Admission Requirements

Declare your program of study (see Enrollment Services and Information). No special admission or application requirements are needed for this program. However, students entering the Pre-Engineering program are expected to have taken college preparatory mathematics and physical science courses in high school. The standard entry level mathematics course for pre-engineering majors is MATH 1210 - Calculus I. The prerequisite for MATH 1210 is MATH 1080 QL - Pre-calculus, or MATH 1050 QL - College Algebra plus MATH 1060 - Trigonometry, or placement through examination. Students who are not ready to take MATH 1210 upon entering the Pre-Engineering program should consult with the Pre-Engineering coordinator, who will recommend remedial courses that will prepare the student for calculus, physics and engineering courses.

General Education Core Requirements (15 credit hours)

  1. Composition (6 credit hours)
    • ENGL 2010 (EN) - Intermediate College Writing (3)
  2. American Institutions (3 credit hours)
    • POLS 1110 (AI) - American National Government or
    • HIST 1700 (AI) - American Civilization or
    • ECON 1740 (AI) - Economic History of the United States
  3. Computer and Information Literacy (2 to 5 credit hours)
Refer to the Computer and Information Literacy requirements listed under the General Requirements section of this catalog. The credit hours for this requirement do not count toward the 57 credit hour total for this degree.
  1. General Education Breadth Requirements (9 credit hours)
    • 3 credit hours from Social Sciences (SS)
    • 3 credit hours from Creative Arts (CA)
    • 3 credit hours from Humanities (HU)

Engineering Core Requirements (20 credit hours)

  • ENGR 1000 - Introduction to Engineering (2) ENGR 1000 Video
  • MATH 1210 - Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 1220 - Calculus II (4)
  • PHYS 2210 - PS Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (5) (w lab)
  • PHYS 2220 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (5) (w lab)

Engineering Specialty Courses (22 credit hours minimum)

Engineering specialty courses are those that are required for specific engineering disciplines at the receiving universities. With the assistance of the Pre-Engineering coordinator, students should take courses that apply to their particular engineering major at the university to which they plan to transfer. The specialty courses listed below apply generally, but do not constitute a list of specific course requirements for any particular receiving university. Engineering specialty course requirements for the University of Utah and Utah State University may be obtained from the Pre-Engineering coordinator or the applicable engineering department at these institutions.

  • CHEM 1210 (PS) - Principles of Chemistry I (5)
  • CHEM 1220 - Principles of Chemistry II (5)
  • CHEM 2310 - Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM 2320 - Organic Chemistry II (4)
  • CHEM 3070 - Biochemistry I (4)
  • CS 1023 - Selected Programming Language (4)
  • CS 1030 (TE) - Foundations of Computer Science (4)
  • CS 1400 - Fundamentals of Programming (4)
  • CS 1410 - Object-Oriented Programming (4)
  • CS 2250 - Structured Computing in a Selected Language (4)
  • DET 1010 - Introduction to Engineering & Technical Design (Solidworks) (3)
  • ENGR 2010 - Statics (3) ENGR 2010 Video
  • ENGR 2080 - Dynamics (4) ENGR 2080 Video
  • ENGR 2140 - Mechanics of Materials (3) ENGR 2140 Video
  • ENGR 2160 - Materials Science and Engineering (3) ENGR 2160 Video
  • ENGR 2210 - Electrical Engineering for Non-majors (4) ENGR 2210 Video
  • ENGR 2300 - Thermodynamics I (3) ENGR 2300 Video
  • ECE 1270 - Introduction to Electrical Circuits (4) EE 1270 Video
  • ECE 2260 - Fundamentals of Electrical Circuits (4) EE2260 Video
  • ECE 2700 - Digital Circuits (4) EE 2700 Video
  • GEO 1110 (PS) - Dynamic Earth: Physical Geology (3) and
  • GEO 1115 - Physical Geology Lab (1)
  • MATH 2210 - Calculus III (4)
  • MATH 2250 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (4)
  • MATH 2270 - Elementary Linear Algebra (3)
  • MATH 2280 - Ordinary Differential Equations (3)
  • MATH 3410 - Probability and Statistics I (3)
  • MICR 2054 (LS) - Principles of Microbiology (4)