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Are you interested in pursuing a career in engineering but also desire to receive a Christian education? SBU's unique pre-engineering program is a great fit for you.

Pre-Engineering tracks

Regardless of the type of engineering you wish to pursue, we will work with you to develop an academic plan to help you achieve your goals.

3+2 Option

Spend three years at SBU studying physics and completing most of your general education and pre-engineering required courses. You will then continue on at an engineering school of your choice to complete an engineering degree in subjects such as aerospace, chemical, civil, electrical, geological, mechanical, nuclear or petroleum engineering.

With this unique arrangement you will graduate from both SBU with a physics degree and  graduate from an engineering school with an engineering degree.

Sample Course Plan

2+2 option

Spend two years as a pre-engineering student at SBU and be equipped to then complete your engineering degree at the engineering school of your choice. Study within our Department of Computer and Information Sciences to prepare for a degree in computer, electrical or industrial engineering.

4+2 Option

Complete a bachelor's degree at SBU (typically done in four years) and then proceed to an engineering school to complete a master's degree (typically done in two years) in a specialized engineering area. You can complete your bachelor's degree at SBU as a double major in physics and in subjects such as computer science, chemistry, and mathematics while working with an academic advisor one-on-one to ensure you satisfy all prerequisites for graduate school. Taking this path will allow you to receive your bachelor's degree from an institution of Christian higher education while also being equipped to quickly complete a graduate level program, which will increase your career opportunities.

3-2 pre-engineering/physics sample Plan


Fall Semester

CHE 1115 General Chemistry I 5
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
MAT 1195 Calculus I 5
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

CHE 1125 General Chemistry II or  
CIS 1144 Computer Science I 5
ECO 2033 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MAT 2255 Calculus II 5
UNI 1121 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
ENG 1121 English Composition II 3
Total hours 17


Fall Semester

HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
MAT 2263 Calculus III 3
PHY 2215 University Physics I 5
SPF 2012 Introduction of Spiritual Formation 2
BIO 1104 Principles of Biology 4
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

MAT 3363 Differential Equations 3
PHY 2225 University Physics II 5
PHY 3233 Mechanics (Statics) 3
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
Total hours 16


Fall Semester

PHY 3363 Modern Physics 3
CIS 1033 Foundations of Computer Science 3
CHE 3323 Physical Chemistry 3
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
ICS 2901 Same Culture Service Project 1
PSY 1013 General Psychology or  
SOC 1003 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

PHY 4413 Advanced Electricity and Magnetism 3
SCF 3432 Physics Through the Eyes of Faith 2
  Humanities/Social Sciences Electives 3
CHE 3323 Physical Chemistry 3
CIS 1144 Computer Science I 4
ICS 2901 Same Culture Service Project 1
Total hours 16

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

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