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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 courses 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 2.5 over all their mathematics, chemistry, physics, and introductory (statics and dynamics) engineering courses. Students with less than a 2.5 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 Brad Iftner at iftnerb@umsl.edu or (314) 516-6801.

Pre-Engineering Core:

  • MATH 1800, Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
  • MATH 1900, Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
  • MATH 2000, Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
  • MATH 2020, Differential Equations
  • CHEM 1111, Introduction to Chemistry I
  • GEOL 1001A, General Geology for Civil Engineers*
  • PHYSICS 2111, Physics I, Mechanics and Heat
  • PHYSICS 2111L, Physics I Lab
  • PHYSICS 2112, Physics II, Electricity, Magnetism and Optics
  • PHYSICS 2112L, Physics II Lab
  • ENGR 2310, Statics
  • ENGR 2320, Dynamics
  • ENGL 1100, First-Year Writing

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

  • PHIL 2259, Engineering Ethics
  • PHIL 3380, Philosophy of Science
  • HIST 1001 American Civilization to 1865 or
    HIST 1002 American Civilization 1865 to Present
  • Three Social Science courses1

1One Social Science course must meet the Cultural Diversity requirement. 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.

Sample Pre-Engineering Schedules

The majority of our students take advantage of internship opportunities in St. Louis. For these students, the length of the program varies.


Fall Spring
MATH 1800, Calculus I (5) MATH 1900, Calculus II (5)
CHEM 1111, Chemistry I (5) GEOL 1001A (3), General Geology for Civil Engineers*
ENGL 1100, First Year Writing (3) HIST 1001 or 1002, American History (3)
ENGR 1010, Intro to Engr (1) Social Science (Cultural Diversity) (3)


Fall Spring Summer
MATH 2000, Calculus III (5) MATH 2020, Differential Equations (3) ENGR 2320, Dynamics (3)
PHYSICS 2111, Physics I (4) PHYSICS 2112, Physics II (4)
PHYSICS 2111L, Physics I Lab (1) PHYSICS 2112L, Physics II Lab (1)
PHIL 2259, Engineering Ethics (Humanity) (3) PHIL 3380 Philosophy of Science (3)
Social Science (3) ENGR 2310, Statics (3)
Social Science (3)

*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.