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Pre-engineering

The exceptional training you'll receive as a Northwestern College math or science major will prepare you for a wealth of career options, including entrance into the engineering program of Washington University in St. Louis (WashU). Students typically transfer to WashU after their third year, but some opt to stay at NWC for four years.

3+2 and 3+3 dual-degrees from Northwestern and Washington University

Northwestern students can take advantage of a partnership with Washington University that enables you to earn 2 undergraduate degrees in 5 years: a non-engineering B.A. from Northwestern and an engineering bachelor's degree from WashU. You'll remain eligible for federal financial aid during all five years, provided you earn both undergraduate degrees at the same time. Or, add one more year and earn your engineering master's degree from WashU as well. (If you pursue the master's degree option, your financial aid eligibility will be subject to guidelines for graduate students.)

Perfect partners

Check out the engineering degrees at WashU that would pair well with these Northwestern College majors:

Bachelor of Science degree engineering options (Washington University)

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Systems Science & Engineering

Master's degree engineering options (Washington University)*

  • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering Management
  • Master of Science in Materials Science & Engineering
  • Master of Science in Systems Science & Mathematics

* This list of master's degree programs is not exhaustive. There are additional options to mix and match with your undergraduate degree.

Bachelor of Science degree engineering options (Washington University)

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Systems Science & Engineering

Master's degree engineering options (Washington University)*

  • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering Management
  • Master of Engineering in Robotics
  • Master of Science in Systems Science & Mathematics

* This list of master's degree programs is not exhaustive. There are additional options to mix and match with your undergraduate degree.

Bachelor of Science degree engineering options (Washington University)

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems Science & Engineering

Master's degree engineering options (Washington University)*

  • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering Management
  • Master of Science in Materials Science & Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Robotics
  • Master of Science in Systems Science & Mathematics

* This list of master's degree programs is not exhaustive. There are additional options to mix and match with your undergraduate degree.

Bachelor of Science degree engineering options (Washington University)

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Systems Science & Engineering

Master's degree engineering options (Washington University)*

  • Master of Engineering in Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering Management
  • Master of Science in Materials Science & Engineering
  • Master of Science in Systems Science & Mathematics

* This list of master's degree programs is not exhaustive. There are additional options to mix and match with your undergraduate degree.

Bachelor of Science degree engineering options (Washington University)

  • Computer Engineering
  • Systems Science & Engineering

Master's degree engineering options (Washington University)*

  • Master of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Master of Engineering in Computer Science & Engineering
  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering
  • Master of Science in Data Analytics & Statistics
  • Master of Engineering in Robotics
  • Master of Science in Systems Science & Mathematics

* This list of master's degree programs is not exhaustive. There are additional options to mix and match with your undergraduate degree.

Bachelor of Science degree engineering options (Washington University)

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems Science & Engineering

Master's degree engineering options (Washington University)*

  • Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Master of Engineering in Computer Science & Engineering
  • Master of Control Engineering
  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering
  • Master of Science in Data Analytics & Statistics
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering Management
  • Master of Information Systems Management
  • Master of Science in Materials Science & Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Robotics
  • Master of Science in Systems Science & Mathematics

* This list of master's degree programs is not exhaustive. There are additional options to mix and match with your undergraduate degree.

Bachelor of Science degree engineering options (Washington University)

  • Computer Engineering
  • Systems Science and Engineering

Master of Science degree engineering options (Washington University)*

  • Master of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Master of Engineering in Computer Science & Engineering
  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering
  • Master of Science in Data Analytics & Statistics
  • Master of Information Systems Management
  • Master of Science in Systems Science & Mathematics

* This list of M.Sc. programs is not exhaustive. There are additional options to mix and match with your undergraduate degrees.


Engineer your own transfer plan

Northwestern has a pre-engineering program that is carefully coordinated for ease of transfer to Iowa State University. If you're interested in transferring elsewhere, you will need to meet with Northwestern's pre-engineering adviser upon your arrival at NWC in order to map out a school-specific plan of study. 

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