Pre-Engineering Program

The pre-engineering program is designed to prepare students for careers in engineering and applied science. Depending on the option selected, students spend two or three years at St. John Fisher College followed by two years at one of the affiliated schools. St. John Fisher College has an engineering program in cooperation with the schools of engineering at:

  • Columbia University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • University of Rochester

Engineering Programs

The affiliated schools offer many different engineering programs. Further details are available from the directors of admissions of the affiliated schools and the Pre-Engineering advisor.

Pre-Engineering Options

Several programs of study are possible at St. John Fisher College. Some lead to a single degree from the engineering school, while others lead to two degrees — one from the engineering school and one from St. John Fisher College.

3+2 Program

The most popular option is the 3+2 Program. A student in this program selects a non-engineering major at St. John Fisher College and completes a minimum of 90 credit hours in the liberal arts, mathematics, science, and pre-engineering. The student then transfers to any affiliated engineering school and completes a minimum of 60 credit hours. Upon successful completion of the five-year program, the student is awarded baccalaureate degrees from the engineering institution and from St. John Fisher College. See the Curriculum Guide for the 3+2 Pre-Engineering Program with Columbia University as an example.

By combining a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences with a degree in engineering, graduates maximize employment opportunities and flexibility within their chosen field. The major area of study at St. John Fisher College provides yet another option for graduate study and career opportunities.

Co-Op Program (2+2)

The University of Detroit provides a unique opportunity for the engineering student to participate in a work-study program while working toward the baccalaureate degree. The student spends seven trimesters, including summers, alternating between school and engineering-related employment with a sponsoring corporation. The program requires two years at St. John Fisher College (non-Co-Op) and two years at the University of Detroit. It enables students to gain work-related experience and to earn a major portion of their college expenses. This option leads to a degree only from the University of Detroit. Further details may be obtained from the Pre-Engineering advisor.

2+2 Program

Students may spend two years at St. John Fisher College before transferring to Manhattan College for two additional years of study. This program leads only to a degree in engineering from Manhattan College.

4+2 Program

Offered by Columbia University, the 4+2 program is for students who have completed the work for a bachelor’s degree and have the proper background in science and mathematics. Those who exhibit superior academic achievement may be admitted for the Master of Science degree in engineering.


In most schools, acceptance by the college or university does not guarantee acceptance into its school of engineering. Separate application is sometimes necessary after satisfactory completion of a certain core of courses. A similar relationship exists between St. John Fisher College and its affiliated engineering schools. In the academic year prior to transferring, students must apply to the engineering school(s) of their choice. Admission to an affiliated engineering school is not automatic but depends on the completion of certain courses and the student’s academic achievement. Favorable recommendations from the Pre-Engineering advisor will be forwarded for highly motivated students with satisfactory academic achievement.

Pre-Engineering Core Requirements

The following courses constitute a core that must be completed by all pre-engineering students.

CHEM 103C, 103L, 104C, and 104L; MATH 120C, 122C, 221C, and 222; PHYS 131C, 132C, and 211

Additional courses are required for specific engineering programs. Certain affiliated institutions may also require additional courses.

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