UC's Physics Department provides detailed information for students who planning ultimately to pursue an engineering degree. These pre-engineering degree materials outline the requirements and expectations for those wishing to pursue a rigorous dual degree pre-engineering program, potentially earning an applied physical science degree from UC and an engineering degree from an engineering school over five years of study.
Pre-Engineering Major Curriculum
What Can I Do With This Pre-Engineering Degree?
In many ways, engineering is applied science, and physics is the foremost of the sciences in most fields of engineering. The language of physics is mathematics. At UC, our pre-engineering courses provide a strong background in both mathematics and physics so that students who transfer to an engineering school are well-prepared. Students who have transferred to engineering schools consistently report that they are better prepared for the challenges of engineering than their peers.
Students who complete their pre-engineering courses at engineering schools have many options. Civil engineers are employed by industry and the government to build structures for society’s use, including everything from skyscrapers to pipelines, from sanitation systems to dams, and from highways to aerospace transportation. Electrical engineers design, build, and operate electronic devices, computers, communication systems, and electric power systems. Materials engineers study the extraction, processing, refining, combination, manufacture, or use of metals, ceramics, and polymers. The mechanical engineer builds devices that convert energy to work or work to energy, specializing in dozens of areas from air pollution control to rubber and plastics to underwater technology. Mining engineers are involved throughout the mining process in planning and installing not only the mine itself, but roads, drainage, ventilation, pollution controls, safety systems, and land restoration.
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