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Pre-Engineering at Coe College

Engineering is an exciting career that can yield great intellectual and financial rewards. You may have had an interest in becoming an engineer since you were a young child, or perhaps you've only recently been inspired to look into it. In either case, Coe provides way in which you may become an engineer with further study while providing an intellectual base within the liberal arts.

One traditional pre-engineering route could involve studying at Coe for three years and then transferring to a larger university for two years. At the end of this path, you will have two baccalaurate degrees (one from Coe, one from the larger university), and you will be well prepared to become a licensed professional engineer (after further exams).

Or, rather than pursuing a traditional engineering degree, many of our students receive four-year bachelors' degrees with majors in physics, chemistry, math and/or computer science. By maintaining high grades and pursuing the amazing research opportunities at Coe, our students are commonly offered teaching and research fellowships at major universities, where they can study for a Masters or Ph.D. degree in any Engineering field. And for the great majority of our graduates who go through the program, there is absolutely no cost after Coe---they actually received salaried positions at their new institutions. In the class of 2011 in physics, from 15 majors, 9 applied to graduate school and (to date) 8 received full fellowships for advanced study in engineering, attending schools like Yale, Georgia Tech, NC State, Minnesota, UT Austin, Iowa State, and UC Davis.

A lot of the hard work will fall on your shoulders. You will have to maintain good grades. You will have to work hard when afforded the unique opportunities Coe offers. And you will have a few all-nighters. But at the end of your time here, you will be better prepared. Smarter. Confident with yourself and with equipment. Able to think and convey your thoughts on many topics, even outside science. You will be ready for the next step, and for the doors that graduate degrees open.

Why Coe?

Coe College maintains strong and active programs in the sciences within the context of a small, private, residential, liberal arts college. Our professors are recognized not only for their dedication to teaching, but also for their outstanding, nationally-recognized research with our undergraduates. At Coe, in our newly renovated science building, you may participate in exciting applications of scientific knowledge and gain a thorough preparation for future engineering work while retaining a broader disciplinary perspective. While here, you will also get thorough training in writing, social studies, humanities, and the arts. This kind of education will enable you to take on future global challenges in any shape they may come.

Program Outcomes

Coe graduates have an excellent record of admission to leading graduate and professional schools. In recent years Coe grads have been accepted at schools such as Stanford University, the University of Iowa, Harvard University, MIT, Northwestern University, and other premier engineering programs.

The Research Edge

While at Coe you will not only have access to a great variety of science courses. Our laboratories are designed to expose you to real-world research, done at Coe and at research labs worldwide, that leads to publications and conference presentations by our students. Over $2 million in modern, state of the art instrumentation awaits you. Coe is one of a handful of small colleges nationwide with research programs active enough that the National Science Foundation has designated it a Research Experiences for Undergraduates site.