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In the science division at Illinois Wesleyan, 95 percent of the faculty hold an earned doctorate.


Students who plan to study engineering should be in our 3:2 program. You will study at Illinois Wesleyan for three years, then transfer to another school for two years of engineering courses — culminating with a B.A. degree from IWU and a B.S. in engineering from the cooperating institution.

We have special affiliations with

  • Case Western Reserve (Cleveland)
  • Washington University (St. Louis)
  • Columbia University (N.Y.)

which means you are virtually assured transfer admission if you meet all requirements for the engineering curriculum at the affiliated school.

Of course, you may choose to attend any engineering school. Recent students have pursued engineering programs at the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin and Purdue University.

Some students opt for a 3-3 program in order to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s. Students can also work toward a standard four-year degree at Illinois Wesleyan, followed either by two years at an engineering school or, in some cases, direct entry into M.S. or Ph.D. programs in engineering.

Gabe Spalding
Dr. Gabe Spalding, Institutional Liaison, Pre-Engineering Advisory Committee
(309) 556-3661


Pre-Engineering at Illinois Wesleyan — Our Advantages

  • Students begin at Illinois Wesleyan by taking the fundamentals needed for any engineering program: physics, mathematics, chemistry and computer science. Our students often find that the intellectual discipline and technical/research skills they develop while pursuing a science or mathematics major puts them at an advantage when they enter an engineering program.
  • A healthy exposure to liberal arts courses imparts engineering students with the vital skills they will need in making presentations, writing reports and putting their work into a larger social context.
  • Each of the science departments at Illinois Wesleyan offers an independent study option, covering topics not studied in the general curriculum. The flexibility of independent study allows students to explore areas within engineering that are of particular interest to them.
  • As an Illinois Wesleyan student, you have choices. If you decide to pursue a career other than engineering, you can change your field without losing credit. Because of this flexibility, you can explore career options freely and decide what is best for you.

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Suggested Curriculum for the First Three Years in Engineering

(Except Computer / Mathematics Engineering)

This is an example course plan based on the 2018-2019 University Catalog; your actual schedule may deviate from this example. Your faculty advisor will work with you to select appropriate courses.

As an IWU student, it is your responsibility to track your progress each semester toward completing graduation requirements using the MyIWU degree evaluation tool.


Year 1
Year 2
Year 3

Also see:

Suggested Curriculum for Computer Engineering 3-2 Program

Suggested Curriculum for Systems Science/Mathematics 3-2 Program (Washington University only)