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Begin your pathway to a career in the engineering field in College of Western Idaho's (CWI) Engineering program. This pre-engineering program will teach you the fundamentals of engineering with emphasis on mathematics, natural sciences, physics, engineering sciences, and English to prepare you to transfer on to earn a bachelor's degree at a four-year college or university.
Basic Engineering Principles for your future
Students who complete an associate degree in Engineering at CWI, may transfer on to complete a bachelor's degree in:
- Chemical Engineering: Chemical engineers design processes to change raw materials into economically viable products. Chemical engineers work in petroleum, plastics, food, pharmaceutical, and environmental industries.
- Civil Engineering: Civil engineers are involved in the planning, design, and oversight of the construction and maintenance of transportation infrastructure, water projects, and design and construction of structures.
- Computer Engineering: Computer engineers research, design, develop, and test computers for commercial, industrial, military, and scientific use. They may also design and develop solutions to complex application problems, system administration issues, or network concerns.
- Electrical Engineering: Electrical engineers design, develop, test, research, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for energy generation and transmission, communications, control systems, and circuit design industries.
- Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical engineers perform engineering duties in the planning and designing of tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Additional responsibilities can include overseeing installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment.
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Engineering - Associate of Science Degree
Explore the resources below for information, dates, and deadlines related to admissions, financial aid, registration, and next steps.
|Dates & Deadlines for Credit Programs||Summer 2023||Fall 2023||Spring 2024|
|Priority Registration Begins 1||N/A||Apr 10||Nov 13 (2023)|
|Open Registration Begins||Feb 27||Apr 17||Nov 20 (2023)|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||May 13||Jul 29||Dec 16 (2023)|
|Admission Deadline 2||May 27||Aug 12||Jan 6|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||Jun 2||Aug 18||Jan 12|
|Tuition and Fees Due||Jun 2||Aug 18||Jan 12|
|Classes Begin 3||Jun 5||Aug 21||Jan 16|
1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based on their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.
2 The Admission Deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines.
3 Classes in shorter sessions (including 4-, 5-, and 8-week sessions) may begin before or after this date. Please refer to the specific class session sections beneath the full Academic Calendar for more information.
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- Good computer and communication skills
- Curiosity and commitment
- Solid background in math, chemistry, and physics
- Ability to work well as a team and perform calculations well
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI offers advising assistance to help in deciding which courses you need to take to reach your education and career goals. Visit Advising or contact One Stop Student Services for more information.
- Please be sure to check the courses required for your final degree at the four-year institution you plan to attend after finishing at CWI. It is absolutely imperative that you know which classes are required to obtain a bachelor’s degree at that institution.
- CHEM 112 is not required for students going into Mechanical, Civil, Computer, or Electrical Engineering at U of I.
- It is possible to get vertical credit for ENGL 101 if the student successfully passes ENGL 102 and pays for the credits for ENGL 101.
- In order to successfully move into some engineering programs at U of I, the student will need to complete Computer Science 120 and maybe 121, depending on specific engineering program, during the summer between CWI and U of I. Those courses cover C++ programming and may be available online.
- If the student gets vertical credit for ENGL 101 and does not need CHEM 112, they may consider taking MATH 310 (Differential Equations) and ENGI 240 (Intro to Electrical Circuits), which are corequisites. There will not be room in a typical, two-year schedule for all four of these courses and the other degree requirements.
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWI 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWI 101 themes
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
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