Pre-Engineering

All Majors & Minors

Advising Guidelines

Combined Plan Program at Columbia University

  1. Interested students should carefully read the Pre-Combined Plan Curriculum Guide, which can be downloaded from the Combined Plan web site, and contact one of the Pre-Engineering Advisers at the earliest opportunity in order to plan a program of study.
  2. The following core pre-engineering courses are required for all Combined Plan candidates: PHYS-121Q/121L,122/122L, 201; MATH-111,112, 211; CHEM-105/105L; CS-173; ECON-101 or ECON-102.  Additional prerequisites are required for each major (see the Pre-Combined Plan Curriculum Guide).
  3. Candidates should be aware that admission to the engineering program at Columbia is not guaranteed. In order to be competitive in the admissions process, participants must meet all requirements outlined in the Combined Plan Curriculum Guide. Requirements include:
    • A minimum 3.0 (B) on the first attempt in all pre-engineering courses
    • A minimum 3.30 GPA, both overall and in pre-engineering courses, is required
    • Favorable letters of recommendation from the Combined Plan Liaison, a science instructor, and a mathematics instructor
    • All pre-engineering courses must appear on the Ursinus transcript.
  4. Candidates typically complete Physics 121-122 and Mathematics 111-112 in the first year. In order to complete the pre-engineering requirements for transfer after three years, candidates must complete Physics 121-122 in their second year.
  5. The Combined Plan requires either ECON101: Microeconomics or ECON102: Macroeconomics, and recommends taking both.

Dual Degree Program at Case Western Reserve University

  1. Interested students should consult the Dual Degree program web site for courses recommended for specific majors and contact one of the Pre-Engineering Advisers (below) at the earliest opportunity in order to plan a program of study.
  2. The following core pre-engineering courses are required for all Dual Degree Program candidates: PHYS-121Q/121L,122/122L, 201; MATH-111,112, 211, 310; CHEM-105/105L, 206/206L; CS-173.
  3. Candidates should be aware that admission to the engineering program at CWRU is not guaranteed. In order to be competitive in the admissions process, participants must meet the following requirements:
    • Completion of the then current Dual Degree Entrance Course Requirements established by CWRU
    • Completion of the equivalent of 90 semester hours at Ursinus with a grade point average of 3.0 or greater on a scale of 0.0-4.0
    • A 3.0 cumulative grade point average in Math and Science courses at Ursinus
  4. Candidates typically complete Physics 121-122 and Mathematics 111-112 in the first year. In order to complete the pre-engineering requirements for transfer after three years, candidates must complete Physics 121-122 in their second year.

Other Programs

Students may apply for admission to engineering programs other than our formal partner institutions.  In this case, their program of study should be approved by the Academic Standards and Discipline Committee in order to   insure that they will be eligible for a degree from Ursinus. It is important to be aware that admissions to these programs can be competitive and that candidates from schools with formal partnerships have a significant advantage.