Pre-Engineering (Special Program)

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Earth and Physical Sciences

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Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

York has developed a program of pre-engineering study, focusing on fundamental coursework in mathematics, physics, and chemistry to prepare students to smoothly transfer from York to engineering departments at other institutions, including the Grove School of Engineering at City College, the SUNY system, and private engineering colleges. There are many disciplines of engineering education at the Baccalaureate level, including for instance biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, and mechanical. Entering students may not be sure which area of engineering is most appealing to them. This is not a problem since there are few differences in the courses taken during the first two years. The sample two-year program below provides a proper sequence of courses for all engineering specialties. Our experience has been that students who apply themselves diligently to these courses will succeed in later engineering courses. Students desiring to transfer from York to an engineering program elsewhere should familiarize themselves with the transfer and curricular requirements of the other college as early as possible, and discuss those requirements with their pre-engineering advisor.




Suggested Two-Year Program Sequence

ENG125Composition I: Introduction to College Writing+ 
MATH121Analytic Geometry and Calculus I** 
PHYS113Physics I Laboratory* 
PHYS117University Physics I* 
U.S. Experience in its Diversity
ENG126Composition II: Writing About Literature+ 
MATH122Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 
PHYS114University Physics II Laboratory* 
PHYS118University Physics II* 
World Culture and Global Issues
CHEM108Principles of Chemistry I 3.5 
CHEM109Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1.5 
MATH221Analytic Geometry and Calculus III 
Creative Expression+
Elective Course***
MATH223Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems 
MATH333Linear Algebra 
CS172Computer Science I 
Individual and Society+
Writing Intensive Course++

*PHYS 117+113 and PHYS 118+114 satisfy the Life and Physical Sciences and Scientific World areas of Pathways, respectively.

**MATH 121 requires MATH 119+120 or placement by the Math department after testing. MATH 121 satisfies the Math and Quantitative Reasoning area of Pathways.

***Optional courses and Electives should be chosen from available courses in Physics, Geology, Mathematics, Chemistry, or Biology in consultation with the Pre-Engineering Advisor so as to satisfy requirements of the desired engineering program at the transfer College (e.g., PHYS 241, 211; GEOl 140; BIO202).

+The noted Pathways area courses are not required to be taken in the order shown here. ENG 125 and ENG 126 together satisfy the English Composition area of Pathways.

++Any writing intensive course, in addition to one taken in an upper level major course (e.g., PHYS 383), satisfies this requirement.

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