“Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.” –James A Michener

Problem-solving has always been a place of great strength for you. Whenever something is amiss, you’re always the person to find a solution. Having skills in math and science has been helpful along the way, but you’re really searching for a program that will guide you toward a degree in engineering.

Program Overview

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Major

Engineering programs all over the country require students that are entering their program to take a standard set of mathematics and physics classes that are referred to as pre-engineering classes. Stetson University's pre-engineering program is housed within the physics department and prepares students to further their studies at the undergraduate or graduate level. The liberal arts curriculum only adds to the already diverse education students are receiving. Most courses within this program are based on critical thinking and communication. There is an individualized approach to each student's interests and their preferred program.

Students that utilize the pre-engineering program are given three different options that all contribute toward gaining a degree in the type of engineering of their choosing. Whichever path students choose, they will have hands-on experience in state-of-the-art laboratories, actually using equipment students might just look at or read about at a larger school.

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Program Benefits

As a pre-engineering student, you will build a solid liberal arts foundation at Stetson University, which prepares you for advanced engineering courses at a professional school. Class sizes are small, and the faculty is available for personal attention.

With Stetson University's pre-engineering program, you can choose among several options:

  • After completing your first two years of foundational courses at Stetson University, you can transfer to an engineering school to complete a course of study over the succeeding two or three years.
  • You can also choose to pursue the dual-degree program by spending the first three years at Stetson University taking fundamental pre-engineering courses and enhancing your liberal arts background. You can select the dual degree option major in physics and then transfer to an engineering school to complete your work for a degree. At the end, you will have a bachelor's degree from Stetson University in addition to a bachelor's degree in engineering.
  • You can also remain at Stetson University to earn a bachelor of science degree and then pursue your engineering interests in graduate school.

Whatever option you choose, you will have hands-on experience in state-of-the-art laboratories, actually using equipment you might just look at or read about at a larger school. A senior project is also required. An undergraduate student interested in research also has the opportunity to participate in faculty research projects or off-campus summer internships.

Course Information

During your first and second years as a pre-engineering student at Stetson University, you will take the same standard physics and mathematics courses as your counterparts at large engineering schools. The math courses cover differential, integral and multivariable calculus and differential equations. Physics courses include surveys of classical and modern physics, followed by an in-depth study of mechanics. Other courses are tailored to match a student's interest and preferred program.


Faculty members maintain open office hours and encourage students to drop by anytime to discuss physics, their coursework, career goals or any other concerns. The physics department has four physicists on the faculty. They are:

Career Significance

Specialized areas include aeronautical engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and structural engineering.

Beyond the Classroom

Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and organizations available to pre-engineering students include the Society of Physics Students, Sigma Pi Sigma and the astronomy club, which is open to all students regardless of major.

Internship Opportunities

You may apply for the Stetson Undergraduate Research Experience, which pays a stipend for you to do research during the summer. There are also many programs funded by federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy that can pay you a stipend and travel expenses to do summer research internships at a variety of universities and national laboratories around the country.