Courses to Take

We suggest that you talk to faculty about what it means to be an engineer. Taking one of the physics department courses designed for engineers is a great way to get a taste of engineering as well.

While there are no specific course requirements for pre-engineering at Luther, the following courses are recommended for students interested in pursuing careers in engineering:

For All Branches of Engineering

  • Physics 151/152 or 181/182 [HIGHLY RECOMMENDED]

Knowledge about the basics of physics is important for any career in engineering. Take at least a full year of introductory physics, either algebra-based (Physics 151/152) or calculus-based (Physics 181/182). Taking more physics will strengthen your understanding of how physical things work and will be invaluable in helping you develop designs that leverage real world principles.

  • Chemistry 151/152 or 201 [HIGHLY RECOMMENDED]

Understanding the basics of chemical reactions is essential for anyone going into a field that involves materials, which almost all engineering fields do. Take Chem 151/152 unless you have a strong experience in Chemistry during high school, in which case you should take the faster-paced Chem 201.

  • Math 151, 152 [HIGHLY RECOMMENDED]

In-depth knowledge of mathematics is key for any engineer. We recommend taking as many applied math courses as you can. To start off, it is essential to have a strong knowledge of calculus, since it will help you understand many scientific principles.