Pre-Engineering

This curriculum at Northwest offers the basic two-year lower division of the four or five-year curriculum of the senior college or university.

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 Education
A bachelor’s degree in engineering is required for almost all entry-level engineering jobs.Most engineering programs involve a concentration of study in an engineering specialty, along with courses in both mathematics and the physical and life sciences. Many programs also include courses in general engineering. A design course, sometimes accompanied by a computer or laboratory class or both, is part of the curriculum of most programs. Often, general courses not directly related to engineering, such as those in the social sciences or humanities, also are required.

Admissions requirements for undergraduate engineering schools include a solid background in mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus) and science (biology, chemistry, and physics), in addition to courses in English, social studies, and humanities. Bachelor’s degree programs in engineering typically are designed to last 4 years, but many students find that it takes between 4 and 5 years to complete their studies. In a typical 4-year college curriculum, the first 2 years are spent studying mathematics, basic sciences, introductory engineering, humanities, and social sciences. In the last 2 years, most courses are in engineering, usually with a concentration in one specialty. Some programs offer a general engineering curriculum; students then specialize on the job or in graduate school.

What can I expect from a career in Engineering?
Engineers apply the principles of science and mathematics to develop economical solutions to technical problems. Their work is the link between scientific discoveries and the commercial applications that meet societal and consumer needs. They often specialize in the following areas in need of highly technical solutions for these technical problems: aerospace, agricultural, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer hardware, electrical, electronic, health and safety, industrial, marine, geological, nuclear and petroleum.

How much can I earn? What is the job outlook?