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Explore pre-engineering at UW-Eau Claire

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers a rigorous curriculum and experiential learning opportunities that will prepare you well for a career in engineering. Pre-engineering is not a major at UW-Eau Claire, but rather a declaration of your intention to continue your education and become an engineer.

A specific major is not required to become an engineer, but many UWEC pre-engineering students choose to pursue the university's Geological Engineering Dual Degree or the Physics and Engineering Dual Degree. Students interested in chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering can also start their engineering journey at UWEC. 

Graduate school admission requirements and prerequisites may differ depending on what school you are considering, so it is important to check for specific requirements. In general, students interested in an engineering career will have heavy coursework in science and math.  

Known for its strong reputation and long history of producing skilled grads, UW-Eau Claire's physics department attracts some of the top students in the Midwest. This means you'll share the classroom with students like you — motivated, eager to learn and ready to become an engineer.

County Materials Complex

A look at engineering in action

Tim Wysocky knows what he wants to achieve as a pre-engineering student — a path to an engineering career focused on alternative power sources. And thanks to UWEC’s focus on experiential learning, he is already well on his way.

During his first year of classes, Tim already received some big opportunities to get close to engineering in action, like following the construction of the County Materials Complex, Eau Claire’s newest event center.

“Seeing a system of this size being implemented versus reading about it is really cool, especially as it’s being developed,” Tim said. “Seeing the drilling happening and all the different lines sticking up — you just don’t get to see things like that.”

Learn more about Tim and the progress of this major project.

Why be pre-engineering at UW-Eau Claire?

State-of-the-art software and equipment. At UW-Eau Claire, you'll have access to some of the same testing instruments, equipment and software found in the industry right now. Our innovative facilities include a Materials Science and Engineering Center, an observatory, research labs, electronics labs, a machine shop and so much more.

Collaborative research opportunities. As the top master's-level university for undergraduate research, opportunities to explore and discover are endless. Many of our students work directly with faculty and local professionals on groundbreaking research projects, driving innovation and making real improvements to the world around us. Students may also choose to take their research experience a step further by presenting their findings at both regional and national conferences. 

Individualized attention and support. Every pre-engineering student is assigned a faculty advisor who will provide individualized attention and is available to answer questions about engineering programs, courses and other concerns. They also have up-to-date information on the admission requirements of regional engineering schools and can help you plan your schedule accordingly.

Excellent preparation. UWEC graduates fare very well in seeking admission into regional engineering graduate programs. Previous students have gone on to study and pursue careers in a variety of disciplines, including aerospace, astronautics, biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, geological, industrial, metallurgical and nuclear engineering.

Required first and second-year courses may include:

Many fields of engineering also require coursework and knowledge related to chemistry, statics, dynamics, differential equations and computer programming.

Learn more about pre-engineering in the UWEC course catalog.

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Related programs at UW-Eau Claire

A few majors that would best support a career path in engineering include:

Department information

Multiple departments support this program. Learn more about them!

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Geology and Environmental Science

Phillips Science Hall 157
101 Roosevelt Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
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Physics and Astronomy

Phillips Science Hall 230
101 Roosevelt Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
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