Physics - Pre-engineering Program

The pre-engineering curriculum at Adams State University provides students interested in engineering the opportunity to explore their interest in a small college environment while at the same time providing them the flexibility to study other fields. We offer foundational courses like chemistry, physics, and calculus as well as some traditional engineering courses such as engineering graphics, statics, and dynamics.

First, it is important for us to point out that we do not offer an engineering degree. Our students typically spend 3-6 semesters at Adams State University before transferring to an engineering school.

We have had good success placing students at Colorado State University, the University of Colorado (Boulder and Colorado Springs), and the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, as well as in engineering schools in other states.

Course requirements are very discipline and school specific, so it is helpful for students to choose their field of study and engineering school as soon as possible. In addition, it is imperative that students work closely with their academic advisor to ensure they receive maximal credit when transferring to another institution.

Typical Pre-Engineering Coursework for Students:

Engineering Related Courses

  • PHYS 102: Introduction to Engineering Design (2 credit hours)
  • PHYS 210: AutoCAD (3 credit hours)
  • PHYS 230/231: General Physics I (5 credit hours)
  • PHYS 232/233: General Physics II (5 credit hours)
  • PHYS 242: Statics (3 credit hours)
  • PHYS 243: Dynamics (3 credit hours)
  • PHYS 244: Electric Circuits (3 credit hours)
  • CHEM 131: General Chemistry I (5 credit hours)
  • CHEM 132: General Chemistry II (5 credit hours)
  • MATH 120: Calculus I
  • MATH 121: Calculus II
  • MATH 220: Calculus III
  • MATH 321: Linear Algebra
  • MATH 327: Differential Equations