Physics/Pre-Engineering  
 

FAQs

 
What is the engineering program at Aquinas College?
Aquinas College has a two-year program for students interested in engineering that is called a pre-engineering program.
 
What is pre-engineering?
Pre-engineering is the label given to the first two years of the engineering curriculum that is common to all colleges and universities in the United States.
 
How long has Aquinas College offered such a program?
The pre-engineering program has existed at Aquinas College for nearly 40 years.
 
What happens after I have completed the two year program at Aquinas?
You will complete the final two years of your undergraduate education at the four-year college or university of your choice. You will be assisted in choosing the institution that you will transfer to as a junior, in selecting the area of engineering that you will begin specializing in, and in finalizing the arrangements necessary to complete the transfer process.
 
What are the advantages of a pre-engineering program?
All engineers begin their education by taking a series of courses in mathematics, the physical sciences, engineering, and the humanities which prepare them for the more specialized courses taken during the final two years of their undergraduate education.
Aquinas College is a small, friendly institution which is dedicated to teaching its students in a setting designed to help individuals develop their talent and potential.
At Aquinas College, you will be exposed to the same introductory courses that students majoring in the sciences, mathematics, and the humanities will be taking. These courses are taught by senior faculty who are committed to providing the best possible foundation of academic course work that a student can receive in their areas of expertise.
Engineers in large and small firms must be able to communicate with fellow workers who might not have a strong technical background. English composition and communications courses prepare engineers for this critical skill within corporations.
Engineering firms do a great deal of work for governmental units on the federal, state, county, and township levels. Courses in American history and political science are vital in developing some sophisticated insights into the manner in which such governmental units operate.
Whether you work for a large or small firm, being able to read and write engineering related contracts and bid specifications demands precision and intelligence. The elective courses listed are important in the development of the skills necessary to succeed at such tasks.
 
What happens if I change my mind about engineering?
Good things happen to a person who decides not to become an engineer! Such a student has taken a series of courses that allow him/her to become a math, science, or computer major with virtually no loss of time or program requirements.
If you decide to leave the field of science and mathematics completely, you still have taken a strong set of courses in these areas that satisfy your requirements for a degree in any other four-year program and make you a very special student in business, biology, geography, or the humanities.
You are that rare student who is knowledgeable about science and skilled in mathematics - the type of person that is in short supply in our technological culture.