Pre-Engineering Studies


If you have an analytical mind with a penchant for problem solving, you’re well on your way to becoming a great engineer.

Engineers are responsible for some of the greatest inventions and technology the world depends on. Industries as diverse as banking, manufacturing, medicine, aerospace, and defense rely on not only the technical understanding but the analytical skills engineers possess.

Why Pursue a Dual Degree Program?

By combining a highly-respected liberal arts and sciences education with the technical aptitude gained by attending Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) prestigious engineering program, you will develop an expanded range of skills sought after by prospective employers as well as graduate schools.

Along with earning two baccalaureate degrees: one from Florida Southern College and one from WUSTL’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, you will graduate with:

  • strong communication and problem-solving skills,
  • a broad background in the humanities and social sciences, and
  • a high-quality technical education.

Degree Options

At Florida Southern:

When you participate in the pre-engineering program at Florida Southern, you can combine a prescribed set of courses in math and science with any major you choose. Pre-engineering students will most often choose to pursue a degree in:

At Washington University in St. Louis:

After completing your major requirements along with the pre-engineering courses*, you will move to WUSTL (depending whether you do a 3-2 or a 4-2 schedule) to complete your engineering degree. You can choose the following engineering programs at WUSTL:

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Dr. Jason Montgomery
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Advantages of a dual degree program:

  • Earn two degrees
  • Enjoy two experiences on two distinctly different campuses
  • Combine a liberal arts degree with an engineering curriculum to create a unique curriculum
  • Gain a competitive advantage over other engineering graduates

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Special Features

Instructor being supportive and personalized

Benefit from Florida Southern’s supportive, personalized environment and develop the skills and confidence needed for success in engineering.

Gain hands-on research experience

Gain hands-on research experience in a wide range of disciplines including robotics, genetics, physics, chemistry that is often reserved for grad students’ at large universities.

Acquire the problem solving skills

Acquire the problem solving skills needed to be effective in today's technological oriented society.

Complete degrees in two diverse areas

The flexibility to complete degrees in two diverse areas allows you create a truly unique curriculum.

Professional Opportunities

With an emphasis on developing strong oral and written communications, problem-solving and teamwork skills, this program will prepare you for a wide range of opportunities within government, private consulting companies, and other major industries. WUSTL dual-program graduates have gone on to invent life-saving medical devices and technologies, develop new products from plant-based plastics to solar cell technology, and create and lead multi-million-dollar companies and start ups.


Program Requirements

Participating students will fulfill all major and general education requirements at FSC; in addition, all Dual Degree students at FSC, regardless of major, must satisfy all the engineering pre-requisites before entering WUSTL. A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required, both overall and in all science and mathematics pre-requisites.

Engineering Pre-Requisites*

CHE 1111 Principles of Chemistry I
CSC 2231 Programming and Data Structures I
MAT 2311 Calculus I with Plane Analytic Geometry
MAT 2312 Calculus II with Plane Analytic Geometry
MAT 3313 Calculus III with Solid Analytic Geometry
MAT 3350 Differential Equations
PHY 2110 General Physics I  (Calculus Based)
PHY 2120 General Physics II  (Calculus Based)

* Additional pre-requisites may apply for select engineering programs, such as Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering.

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Course Descriptions

Four hours. Prerequisites: CHE 1000 or one year of high school chemistry. Quantitative treatment of the principles of chemistry including stoichiometry, states of matter, energy, atomic structure, periodicity, ionic compounds, and molecular structure. Gen Ed: NW

Four hours. Concepts, terminology, and methods of object-oriented programming, algorithms and problem-solving, fundamental data structures. Java Programming.

Four hours. The study of differentiation and integration of algebraic and transcendental functions. Applications of differentiation, Mean Value Theorem, maximum/minimum, problems and The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Topics in plane analytic geometry. Use of computer algebra system (CAS) required. Gen Ed: Qn

Four hours. Prerequisite: MAT 2311. Continuation of MAT 2311. Techniques and applications of integration, Simpson's and Trapezoidal Rules, improper integrals, infinite series, and Taylor expansions of functions. Use of a computer algebra system required. Gen Ed: Qn

Four hours. Prerequisite: MAT 2312. Solid analytic geometry, vector calculus, partial differentiation, and multiple integrals. Use of computer algebra system (CAS) required. Gen Ed: Qn

Four hours. Prerequisite: MAT 2312. Students use qualitative, numerical, and analytical techniques to study solutions of ordinary differential equations and systems of ordinary differential equations. Topics include analytic methods for solving separable and linear differential equations, numeric methods, existence and uniqueness theorems, systems of linear differential equations, stability of autonomous systems, discrete dynamical systems, and chaos. Use of a computer algebra system is required.

PHY 2110 GENERAL PHYSICS I (Calculus Based)
Four hours. Prerequisite or corequisite: MAT 2505 or MAT 2311. Calculus-based physics. Topics include introduction to Newtonian mechanics, fluids, harmonic oscillators, vibrations and sound. Gen Ed: NW

PHY 2120 GENERAL PHYSICS II (Calculus Based)
Four hours. Prerequisite or corequisite: PHY 2110. Calculus-based physics. Topics include temperature and heat, kinetic theory of gases, electro-magnetism, AC-DC circuits, Maxwell’s equations and optics. Gen Ed: NW