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Pre-Engineering Program

The Pre-Engineering Program is the first half of the engineering program that is common to all three of our degree programs: Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. These course provide the key skills needed to succeed in the engineering courses in the second half of the program.

Students are admitted to the upper-division program after they have completed an acceptable pre-engineering program. The pre-engineering program can be taken at University of Missouri-St. Louis or at community colleges in the area. Normally, admission is granted to persons who have completed the pre-engineering program with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 over all their mathematics, chemistry, physics, and introductory (statics and dynamics) engineering courses. Students with less than a 2.75 grade point average, but at least a C, in all their science, engineering and mathematics courses may be admitted on a conditional basis.

For more information, please contact Mary McManus (, or call us at (314) 516-7018.

Pre-Engineering Core:

Students seeking to major in engineering are first designated as ‘Undeclared with an interest in Engineering majors’ until they have completed Math 1800 Analytical Geometry & Calculus I. Upon successful completion of Math 1800 with a grade of C or better, students will be allowed to declare pre-engineering as their major. Math 1800 must be completed successfully within two attempts.

General Education Requirements

Humanities and social sciences electives must meet both the University of Missouri-St. Louis General Education Requirements and the Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements of the Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program. Check with your advisor for details.

Sample Pre-Engineering Schedule

1st Year, Fall Semester

1st Year, Spring Semester

2nd Year, Fall Semester

2nd Year, Spring Semester

2nd Year, Summer Semester

*We recommend that students who are undecided about which engineering program to choose postpone taking Geology 1001A until they decide. This course is not required in order to enter the second half of the program, so it can be taken during the second half of the program.