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Pre-Engineering (APE)

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  • Grade Requirements: A minimum overall GPA of 2.00 is required.
  • Credit Hour Requirements: A minimum of 57 credit hours is required. A minimum of 20 hours in residence (for transfer students).
  • Program Code: 8042APE
  • CIPC: 140101

The Associate of Pre-Engineering (APE) degree at Weber State University offers the first two years of a professional engineering curriculum. The degree is designed to prepare students for transfer into an engineering program at other universities in Utah, or throughout the United States, that offer four-year engineering degrees. Because many pre-engineering graduates will transfer to the University of Utah or Utah State University, the WSU Pre-Engineering program has official transfer agreements with these two schools.

In planning a program of study, students should be aware that most pre-engineering courses have mathematics and science prerequisites and that improper scheduling of courses can lengthen the time required to complete the degree. Students should also be aware that requirements may vary according to the university to which the student wishes to transfer. Students are therefore strongly encouraged to meet with the Pre-Engineering coordinator prior to beginning their program.

The Associate of Pre-Engineering degree has fewer general education credit hours than the Associate of Science (AS) degree. Therefore, in order for a student to obtain a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in engineering, he or she will have to take additional general education courses at WSU and/or the receiving university. Alternatively, a student may earn the AS degree, but this degree may take longer than the APE degree because it contains not only pre-engineering courses but also a full complement of general education courses. The AS degree has the potential benefit, however, of satisfying all the general education requirements at either the University of Utah or Utah State University.


All Pre-Engineering students are strongly encouraged to meet with the Pre-Engineering coordinator at the beginning of the program and at least once annually for course and program advisement. Pre-Engineering students are also encouraged to obtain advisement from the applicable engineering department at the receiving university.

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Admission Requirements

Declare your program of study (see Enrollment Services and Information ). No special admission or application requirements are needed for this program. However, students entering the Pre-Engineering program are expected to have taken college preparatory mathematics and physical science courses in high school. The standard entry level mathematics course for pre-engineering majors is MATH 1210 - Calculus I . The prerequisite for MATH 1210  is MATH 1080 QL - Pre-calculus , or MATH 1050 QL - College Algebra  plus MATH 1060 - Trigonometry , or placement through examination. Students who are not ready to take MATH 1210  upon entering the Pre-Engineering program should consult with the Pre-Engineering coordinator, who will recommend remedial courses that will prepare the student for calculus, physics and engineering courses.

Major Course Requirements for APE Degree

General Education Core Requirements (15 credit hours)

1. Composition (3 credit hours)

3. Information Literacy (.5 to 1 credit hours)

Refer to the Information Literacy  requirements listed under the General Requirements section of this catalog. The credit hours for this requirement do not count toward the 57 credit hour total for this degree.

4. General Education Breadth Requirements (9 credit hours)

Select 9 credit hours – 3 credit hours from Humanities (HU), 3 credit hours from Creative Arts (CA) and 3 credit hours from Social Sciences (SS) (a list of courses for each area appears under the General Education  section of this catalog).

Engineering Specialty Courses (22 credit hours minimum)

Engineering specialty courses are those that are required for specific engineering disciplines at the receiving universities. With the assistance of the Pre-Engineering coordinator, students should take courses that apply to their particular engineering major at the university to which they plan to transfer. The specialty courses listed below apply generally, but do not constitute a list of specific course requirements for any particular receiving university.  Engineering specialty course requirements for the University of Utah and Utah State University may be obtained from the Pre-Engineering coordinator or the applicable engineering department at these institutions.

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