2001-2003 Academic Catalog
2003-2005 Academic Catalog
The College of St. Catherine offers students a choice of pre-engineering programs including chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical and biomedical engineering, as well as computer and systems science. Some other programs may be possible to arrange depending on a student's preparation and qualifications.
There are several advantages for students if they begin preparation for an engineering career at the College of St. Catherine. Students are introduced to a broadly-based educational experience from the perspective of the liberal arts. The size of classes and the atmosphere at the College of St. Catherine contribute to the development of career and educational objectives beneficial to each student. Students are able to fulfill their engineering prerequisites while at the same time exploring other areas of interest in the event that they decide to pursue a non-engineering career. Students plan their program in conjunction with a pre-engineering advisor. After two or three years at the College of St. Catherine, students may transfer to an institution with a program in engineering to complete requirements for this career choice or enter a dual degree program. The traditional dual degree program allows a student to transfer engineering courses from the engineering college to the College of St. Catherine to complete a special major.
Dual degree programs exist between the College of St. Catherine and Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn., and the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn. In these cooperative programs, students typically spend three years at the College of St. Catherine and then transfer to the engineering school for their last two years. Upon satisfying the graduation requirements of both schools, students receive two degrees: a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science from the College of St. Catherine and the engineering degree from Washington University, the University of Minnesota or the University of St. Thomas. In summary, the dual degree plan is designed to educate engineers who are more broadly prepared to meet the increasing concern and involvement of engineering with the social, economic and environmental problems of today's world.
In addition to the traditional dual degree program leading to the bachelor degree in engineering, it may be possible to enter directly into a master degree program after completing the pre-engineering preparation. Requirements vary and the masters degree is not necessarily the one that leads to professional licensure. Details should be discussed with the engineering advisor.
Students in a pre-engineering program typically take the following courses at the College of St. Catherine:
CHEM 111, 112 General Chemistry I & II (chemical engineers may also require CHEM 201, 202 and 420)
ENGL 200W Writing
CSCI 111 Algorithms and Computer Programming I (or approved substitute)
MATH 113 Calculus I, 114 Calculus II, 205 Linear Algebra, 206 Calculus III, 260 Differential Equations
PHYS 111, 112 Introductory Physics I & II
Humanities and social science courses (see individual program requirements)
Liberal arts requirements vary at different engineering schools and should be closely monitored by the student's advisor.
Specific requirements for engineering programs vary considerably with the dual degree in mind and the engineering college. Since this is an intensive program and the sequencing of courses is critical, it is advisable that the student become engaged in it as early as possible.
For further information, contact Dr. Terrence Flower of the Physics Department or Yvonne Ng of the Mathematical Sciences Department.
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