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Preparation Tips

Students who are interested in pursuing a degree in engineering can prepare for the application process as early as middle school. By selecting a variety of science, mathematics, and engineering-related course work and participating in programs and projects that expose students to engineering concepts, students will have advanced exposure to university level work.

Pre-University students should take as many math and science courses as possible, both during school and as part of after-school programs. Summer programs and internships are another great way for students at the pre-university level to explore engineering.

• Students aged 5-9 should do additional math, puzzles, and building or design projects.
• Students aged 9-12 should take extra math, and if inspired, explore pre-algebra and geometry.
•  Students aged 12-18 might consider taking advanced algebra, chemistry, calculus, geometry, trigonometry, physics, building, design, and engineering concept courses.

There are also several lessons and activities, and projects and competitions that can help provide students first hand exposure to electrical engineering principals. Students who participate in these activities and competitions have a better understanding of engineering and its impact on society. They'll be better able to determine if engineering is the career path for them by sharing their interest with other students, and experiencing hands-on applications of engineering.
 

Pre-university Course Selection

While in middle and high school, students interested in engineering should consider taking accelerated courses in several of the following subjects.

  • Algebra II
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering or Robotics Course (if available)
  • Language Arts
  • Precalculus
  • Physics
  • Programming (Java, Python)
  • Second Language
  • Trigonometry

 

Engineering Majors

More than 25 major specialties are recognized in the fields of engineering and engineering technology. Select a degree field from the list below to find out more:

 

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Accreditation

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Preparation Tips

Students who are interested in pursuing a degree in engineering can prepare for the application process as early as middle school.

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Admissions

A complete application is usually comprised of an online application, official transcript of grades, official scores from recognized admissions exams, and recommendations from counselors, teachers, other mentors.

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Financial Aid

Many organizations offer grants and scholarships to assist in offsetting the cost of attending a university.

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Coops & Internships

Co-ops and internships provide university students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge working in a real engineering environment.

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