Do you want a firm foundation for an engineering major at The University of Scranton or elsewhere? This program will give you just the focus you need.


The one or two-year pre-engineering program prepares students to pursue majors in any area of engineering.

Students may wish to continue at The University of Scranton for electrical engineering or computer engineering, or they may apply to transfer to another university’s undergraduate engineering program. 

Why Pre-Engineering is in Demand:

  • Engineering is one of the top three college majors most in demand today. (Source:
  • The median annual wage for engineers with bachelor’s degrees was $91,010, depending on the type of engineering. (Source: United States Department of Labor Statistics, 2021)
  • Today’s engineering specialties range from aerospace to biomedical to environmental and more.  (Source: United States Department of Labor Statistics, 2021)

Is it for me?

Do You:

  • Enjoy creative problem solving?
  • Have an aptitude for math and technology?
  • Find it rewarding to “figure things out?”

Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Pre-Engineering

Dedicated faculty.   Experts in teaching vital courses in math, physics, and computer programming will make sure you are ready to continue your engineering study with confidence. Professors in liberal arts disciplines make meaningful connections of classic skills to contemporary, professional and personal interactions.
Small classes.   Students cannot get lost in their pre-engineering programs. Faculty members get to know students in each course personally and are invested in helping them reach their goals. Their commitment extends outside of the classroom as mentors and advisers.
Jesuit education.   The academic excellence inherent in the Jesuit approach to education is evident in the pre-engineering program. In addition, an emphasis on service to others and a broad-based educational focus makes this program distinctive and valuable.
Liberal arts.   While engineering programs are highly specialized and technical, courses in humanities and other areas broaden students’ perspectives and inspire them to be lifelong learners.
Strong sense of community.   Although pre-engineering students may not be on campus as long as other students, they are immediately and forever part of the close-knit and welcoming community of The University of Scranton.
  • Preparing You For Personal & Professional Successplus or minus

    Completion of this program should result in the following student outcomes:

    • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
    • An ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data.
    • An ability to work effectively in a group to accomplish an objective and make a significant contribution to its outcome.
    • An ability to communicate effectively.
    • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
    • An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • What You'll Learnplus or minus


    Pre-engineering students have expert advisers who suggest their two-year course of study. Most engineering degree programs require the same basic foundation that, at The University of Scranton, includes solid math and science courses.  In addition, students take courses that enhance critical thinking and communication skills.

    To ensure the best preparation, students should consult with the institution that they plan to transfer into to identify specific requirements. 

    Click here to see the curriculum.

  • Pursue Your Passion and Make a Differenceplus or minus

    Engineering plays a significant role in solving societal problems. Engineers develop new processes and products, always focusing on safety and responsible use of resources.  From basic infrastructure of roads and bridges to evolving areas of technology, engineering is at the forefront of innovation.

    With the foundation of a Jesuit education, pre-engineering students connect their educational experiences with service to others and to mankind.   

    As students move on to degree programs in specific areas of engineering, they have a strong sense of their responsibility to improve the lives of others.  They are motivated and energized to make a difference through their professional careers.  


Where will pre-engineering take me?

Pre-engineering students at The University of Scranton have the flexibility to continue their studies at Scranton or transfer to other undergraduate institutions throughout the country. 

Some of the specific majors include:

  • aerospace engineering
  • biomedical engineering
  • chemical engineering
  • civil engineering
  • computer engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • environmental engineering
  • industrial engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • nuclear engineering
  • petroleum engineering

Program Goals

 The pre-engineering program at The University of Scranton will be personally focused on the needs of each student, centered on core liberal studies consistent with Jesuit principles of higher education, and grounded in the intellectual and faith traditions of the Catholic Church.

This two-year, non-degree program provides students with a broad experience in general education courses and a solid technical foundation in engineering, mathematics, computing and the physical sciences.

It prepares students to transfer to another university to complete their desired field of study, or to remain here at The University of Scranton if they chose to major in electrical engineering or computer engineering.

Educational Objectives

Building on knowledge and skills developed throughout the pre-engineering program, and advanced by experience and life-long learning, students who have completed this program are expected within a few years to have:

  1. Pursued an engineering bachelor degree program if desired.
  2. Established themselves as professionals who meet the expectations of their employers

How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge

Competitive Edge

Everyone at The University of Scranton is dedicated to helping you realize your full potential. Each student’s undergraduate experience is rewarding, but there is always on eye on what is next in your life’s journey. 

For pre-engineering students, that can mean preparation for programs at other campuses. Faculty members actively help students achieve their educational and career goals. They prepare you to move on to your specific area of study with all the skills necessary, along with the confidence and motivation for success.

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Office of Admissions
The Estate
Scranton, PA 18510
1-888-SCRANTON or (570) 941-7540

Department of Physics/Engineering
Andrew Berger, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Physics/Engineering
(570) 941-4056