Pre-Engineering, A.S.

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Program Information

If you enjoy math and science and you are looking for an interesting career in the engineering field, Iowa Western’s Pre-Engineering program is a great place to get started. After completing the Associate of Science degree program, you’ll have the foundation needed to transfer to a four-year institution and complete a bachelor’s degree in the engineering field of your choice. In this program, you will also complete a 1 credit hour Engineering Orientation course designed to introduce you to various career options in engineering, and develop an academic plan that will help prepare you for transferring on to complete your bachelor’s degree.  

Job Outlook

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

What will you do

The Pre-Engineering program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion of this two-year Associate of Science degree. There is a large variety of specialties within the field of engineering that students can choose to focus on, such as aerospace, chemical, construction, electrical, mechanical, nuclear, civil, and computer engineering, just to name a few. Engineering has become increasingly diverse. It’s not just about building and designing things—it’s about building and designing environments where people can work, live, and thrive. A bachelor’s degree in engineering is required for almost all entry-level engineering jobs.


  •  This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

Career Examples

  • Truck Drivers
  • Registered Nurses
  • Sales Representatives
  • Commercial Driver’s License Drivers
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Retail Sales Associates
  • Flatbed Drivers
  • Software Engineers

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First Semester

MAT 211 - Calculus I

ENG 105 - Composition I

CHM 166 - General Chemistry I

EGR 100 - Engineering Orientation

EGR 160 - Engineering I

Second Semester

MAT 217 - Calculus II

ENG 106 - Composition II

PHY 210 - Classical Physics I

PHY 211 - Classical Physics I Lab

EGR 165 - Engineering II

Third Semester

MAT 220 - Calculus III

PHY 220 - Classical Physics II

PHY 221 - Classical Physics II Lab

Fourth Semester

MAT 227 - Elementary Differential Equations with Laplace

SPC 112 - Public Speaking

CHM 176 - General Chemistry II

Total Semester Hours Required: 64.0

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Calculate and apply derivatives.
  • Calculate and apply integrals.
  • Analyze and compute infinite series and sequences.
  • Work in team setting.
  • Solve engineering problems.
  • Solve physics problems.

Program Disclaimers

  • A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree is necessary for employment in this area.
  • Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa