Pre-engineering Curriculum

Specific engineering programs have specific course requirements that must be met before transferring.

In general, engineering students at CSB/SJU will take a course load that focuses on physics and math and includes courses complimentary to specific engineering fields (biology, geology, computer science, etc.).

Students interested in chemical engineering will focus on chemistry and those interested in computer engineering focus on computer science.

Engineering Options

There are three main options for students interested in engineering at CSB/SJU:

The 2/2 Option

Students pursuing the 2/2 option take two years of pre-engineering courses at CSB/SJU and then transfer to an engineering school following the normal transfer procedures. At the end of four years students can receive a bachelor's degree from the engineering school.

The 3/2 Option

In the 3/2 program students take three years of courses at CSB/SJU, followed by two years at an engineering school. At CSB/SJU, the students complete the Common Curriculum, courses for a major, and required pre-engineering courses. For our formal 3/2 programs (notably with the University of Minnesota), students apply to transfer to the engineering schools through an expedited process. At the end of five years, students can receive a bachelor of arts degree from CSB/SJU and a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the engineering school. (Note that due to recent changes in the curriculum at the Chemical Engineering curriculum at the University Minnesota, it will take dual degree students three years to get a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering.)

The 4/2 Option

In the 4/2 option, students pursue a full, four year bachelor's degree at CSB/SJU, while being sure to take required prerequisites for their engineering field of interest. Then the students apply for admissions to a graduate engineering program. After roughly six years students who choose the 4/2 option can earn a bachelor of arts degree from CSB/SJU and a masters in engineering degree from the engineering school.


No one program is right for all students. Consider your options being sure to weigh your career goals, preparation level, and outside interests.

Course Plans

The CSB/SJU Physics and Engineering Options file shows paths for getting physics and engineering majors.  It includes recommendations for when to take physics and math classes. The courses in this plan are less relevenat for major that rely more on sciences other than physics, such as Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.

Further Information

For more detailed information on the curriculum, please contact the Pre-Engineering Advisors.