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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.

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News and Blogs

Molly Wolk resenting in front of a class

College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs are excited to share new episodes of the video blog series, Science is a Verb. CWI faculty share some of their favorite experiments, as well as tips and tricks for bringing science to life. In this...

Landscape of trees,river and sky

College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Biology 2 (Biodiversity & Evolution) class is going native! Join other adventurous students for a three week immersion experience studying the biodiversity and evolution of living organisms at the University of Idaho Field Campus (UIFC) in the beautiful...

Karen Strickler, a Parma resident and CWI biology instructor

On Oct. 1, CWI students and faculty joined a group of citizen scientists gathered at the confluence of the Snake and Boise Rivers to monitor water quality.

Tagging Monarch butterfly

The seasons have changed and it is time for the annual migration of monarch butterflies. After traveling hundreds of miles from their natal grounds, most of the monarchs living in the Western United States will spend the winter nestled in eucalyptus trees along the California coast. Those in the...

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Who would have thought that science really had so much to do with aging?  Not me, until I read this article from They explain that while there is still a hearty debate regarding what the true cause of aging is, scientist do have some good theories to follow up on.  One...

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Are you looking for something fun and different to do this summer? If so, working on a citizen science project may be your ticket for summer fun. Here’s one excellent opportunity:

Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge and the College of Western Idaho are seeking volunteer citizen...