Current Pre-Engineering Students

Resources Available to PREP Students

Pre-Engineering Advisor: A designated Pre-Engineering academic advisor in the Division of General Studies will help students navigate their academic journey. To schedule an appointment with a PREP advisor, click here.

Engineering Coursework: In addition to introductory courses, students will also gain access to some advanced courses within the College of Engineering curriculum to explore majors of interest.

The College of Engineering Campus Resources: Many of the programs within the College of Engineering are also available for students in PREP, such as CARE, IPENG, and WIE.

Technical Core Coursework

PREP students should progress as much as possible in the core technical courses in order to show their aptitude and readiness to transfer. While individual Engineering majors have specific requirements, students in PREP will also need to show progress in the following coursework: 

  • Mathematics
    • Calculus I – MATH 220/221
    • Calculus II – MATH 231
    • Calculus III – MATH 241
    • Additional higher level Math coursework based on majors of interest
  • Chemistry
    • General Chemistry I – CHEM 102/CHEM 103
    • General Chemistry II – CHEM 104/CHEM 105 (if required by major)
  • Physics
    • Thinking about Physics – PHYS 100 (if recommended per placement test; credits do not apply toward graduation)
    • Mechanics – PHYS 211
    • Electricity & Magnetism – PHYS 212
    • Additional higher level Physics coursework (if required by major)
  • Biology
    • Molecular & Cellular Basis of Life – MCB 150 (for Bioengineering)

Engineering Coursework

PREP students will have access to introductory classes during their first year, such as:

  • Engineering Orientation – ENG 100
  • Engineering at Illinois – ENG 101
  • Introduction to Aerospace Engineering – AE 100
  • Agricultural & Biological Engineering – ABE 100
  • Introduction to Bioengineering – BIOE 120
  • About Civil Engineering – CEE 195
  • Freshman Orientation in CS – CS 100
  • Mechanics in the Modern World – TAM 195 (Engineering Mechanics)
  • Introduction to Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering – SE 100
  • Introduction to Materials Science & Engineering – MSE 182
  • Orientation to Nuclear, Plasma & Radiological Engineering – NPRE 100

PREP students will also have better access to more advanced courses as needed to make progress toward a given major, such as:

  • Computer Science – CS 101, CS 125, CS 173, CS 225
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering - ECE 110, ECE 120, ECE 210, ECE 220
  • General Engineering – SE 101
  • Mechanical Engineering – ME 170
  • Theoretical & Applied Mechanics – TAM 210/211, TAM 212, TAM 251

Students will work closely with PREP advisors to determine the most appropriate schedule based on placement test information and potential AP/IB/Dual Enrollment credit. They will also consult with an advisor each semester to ensure specific course requirements are being met for majors of interest. PREP students are expected to maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and 2.75 Pre-Engineering Core GPA (Technical core coursework + Engineering coursework) to remain in good standing in the Pre-Engineering program.

Add/Drop Policy

PREP students will have a hold placed on their account on the 11th day of the semester. In order to add or drop a course after the 11th day, a PREP student should meet with an advisor, who will complete the PREP Late Course Change Form.

Dropping a Course

When meeting with an advisor to drop a course, students will discuss which course they want to drop, why, and the potential implications of dropping that course (i.e. staying on track in the PREP curriculum, maintaining full-time academic status, satisfying financial aid requirements). Additionally, students cannot drop a course if it will place them below 12 credit hours unless they have been approved for an underload that semester.

Students considering dropping the following courses should know that doing so could jeopardize their ability to make satisfactory progress and remain in Pre-Engineering:

  • CHEM 102/103, 104/105, 202/203, 204/205
  • CS 101 or 125
  • MATH 220/221, 225, 231, 241, 285 or 286
  • PHYS 211, 212, 213, or 214
  • RHET 101, 102, or 105, CMN 111 or 112
  • ESL 111, 112, or 115

Adding a Course or Changing Sections

When meeting with an advisor to add or change sections of a course, students will receive a copy of the PREP Late Course Change Form to have signed by the course instructor and department (unless it is a 2nd 8 week course). They must return the form to the DGS office in order for the change to be processed and finalized. Students should be aware that even if a course is open when they complete the form, it does not guarantee that seats will be available when the form is processed.

If students are interested in adding a 2nd 8 week course, they should consider the following before submitting the PREP Late Course Change Form:

  • How would adding this course impact my ability to be successful in my other coursework?
  • Are there seats available in the course I am interested in?
  • Does the course conflict with my current schedule?
  • Will I need approval for a course overload (more than 18 credit hours) to add the course?
  • Are there any other courses I would consider adding if my first choice does not work?

Intercollegiate Transfer (ICT) Process to the College of Engineering

In order to transfer to the College of Engineering, students must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • at least a 3.0 overall and technical GPA (tGPA)
  • completion of specific course requirements
  • completion of the ICT application/portfolio

Students preparing to transfer to the College of Engineering can read about the ICT application process here.

Since demand and capacity for majors differs greatly amongst the Engineering departments, the guaranteed admission criteria vary accordingly. PREP students who have completed the prescribed coursework after their first year of college and at least one semester enrolled in PREP will be guaranteed admission to an open capacity major in the College of Engineering based on the capacities listed at the time of enrollment into PREP. Transfer into highly requested majors has more stringent requirements as detailed below and is subject to competitive review based on space available. Space availability is subject to change.

Major Capacities

 

Students Enrolled in PREP Starting Fall 2017

Students Enrolled in PREP Starting Fall 2018

Competitive Review

3.75 overall & tGPA + competitive review

Bioengineering

Computer Science

Mechanical Engineering

Bioengineering

Computer Science

Mechanical Engineering

Restricted Capacity

3.75 overall & tGPA

n/a

Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Limited Capacity

3.50 overall & tGPA

Aerospace Engineering

Civil Engineering

Computer Engineering

Aerospace Engineering

Civil Engineering

Moderate Capacity

3.25 overall & tGPA

Electrical Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Open Capacity

3.0 overall & tGPA

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Engineering Mechanics

Engineering Physics

Materials Science and Engineering

Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering

Systems Engineering and Design

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Engineering Mechanics

Engineering Physics

Materials Science and Engineering

Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering

Systems Engineering and Design

PDF version of GPA Requirements