Pre-Engineering, APE


Program Description

The pre-engineering degrees prepares students to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in an engineering field of their choice by requiring foundational courses common among engineering disciplines. Students interested in pursuing Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science can earn the Associates of Pre-Engineering as a milestone to their chosen degree. 

Program Curriculum

68 credit hours

DSU General Education Requirements

Complete at least 9 credits from the following:
General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions0-6
Life Sciences0-3
Fine Arts0-3
Social & Behavioral Sciences0-3

Math and Science Requirements 

MATH 1210Calculus I (MA)4
MATH 1220Calculus II (MA)4
PHYS 2210
PHYS 2215
Physics/Scientists Engineers I (PS)
and Physics/Scientists Engineers I Lab (LAB)
PHYS 2220
PHYS 2225
Physics/Scientists EngineersII
and Physics/Scientists Engineers II Lab

 Programming Requirements

Complete one of the following sets of courses:
MECH 1200
MECH 1205
and Coding Lab
CS 1400
ECE 1200
Fundamentals of Programming
and MATLAB and Arduino

Pre-Engineering Elective Requirements

Complete at least 28 credits from the following:
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB)
CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
CS 1410Object Oriented Programming3
CS 2420Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures3
CS 2450Software Engineering3
CS 2810Computer Organization and Architecture3
ECE 2100Semiconductor Devices3
ECE 2280
ECE 2285
and Microelectronics Lab
ECE 2700
ECE 2705
Digital Circuits
and Digital Circuits Lab
MATH 2200Discrete Mathematics3
MATH 2210Multivariable Calculus (MA)4
MATH 2250Differential Equations and Linear Algebra4
MATH 2270Linear Algebra3
MATH 2280Ordinary Differential Equations3
MECH 1000
MECH 1005
Introduction to Design & Rapid Prototyping
and Introduction to Design & Rapid Prototyping Lab
MECH 1100Manufacturing Processes3
MECH 1150Prototyping Techniques2.5
MECH 2010Statics3
MECH 2160Materials Science3
MECH 2030Dynamics3
MECH 2210
MECH 2215
and Circuits Lab
MECH 2250
MECH 2255
Sensors & Actuators
and Sensors & Actuators Lab

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 68 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 20 lower-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  3. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  4. Grade C- or higher in all Math and Science Requirements, Programming Requirements, and Pre-Engineering Elective Requirements.

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
MATH 1210 Calculus I (MA) 4
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
Pre-Engineering Elective Credit 10
Spring Semester
PHYS 2210
PHYS 2215
Physics/Scientists Engineers I (PS)
and Physics/Scientists Engineers I Lab (LAB)
MATH 1220 Calculus II (MA) 4
Programming Requirement 4
Pre-Engineering Elective Credit 4
2nd Year
Fall Semester
PHYS 2220
PHYS 2225
Physics/Scientists EngineersII
and Physics/Scientists Engineers II Lab
Pre-Engineering Elective Credit 12
Spring Semester
Pre-Engineering Elective Credit 2
General Elective 9
General Education (AI, FA, LH, or SB) 3
General Education (AI, FA, LH, or SB) 3
 Total Hours68

Pre-Engineering Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. Design solutions that use the engineering design process to meet specified customer needs.
  3. Perform experiments on physical systems or processes, analyze experimental data, and make informed conclusions from the data.
  4. Communicate effectively with others both orally and in writing to establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and articulate results.
  5. Model, evaluate and prototype physical systems, components or processes.