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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

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


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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

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

May Term

Year 2

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

May Term

Year 3

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

May Term

Also see:

Suggested Curriculum for Computer Engineering 3-2 Program

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