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