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The pre-engineering concentration prepares students for the Simon’s Rock/Columbia University Engineering Program. Engineering and applied science fields include applied math, applied physics, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, industrial engineering, materials science, and mechanical engineering. The goal of the pre-engineering concentration is to allow students the opportunity to explore their interests in the liberal arts while gaining the necessary background in mathematics and science. Engineers with a background in the liberal arts can be better prepared to apply their technical expertise to the issues that impact society.

Simon’s Rock students apply for the Engineering Program in their junior year (the sophomore year for the Dartmouth program). Provided they have taken the courses required by the engineering school, maintained an overall 3.3 GPA and a B or better in each of the required pre-engineering courses, and have the recommendation of the Simon’s Rock combined BA/BS faculty contact, students are normally granted admission to the engineering school. If these conditions are not met, admission is still possible. Students need not complete the pre-engineering concentration in order to be eligible for the Engineering Program, but they do need to complete the required pre-engineering courses.

In their three years at Simon’s Rock, students must complete 90 credits, the requirements for the AA, the required pre-engineering courses, a BA Seminar, and the Senior Thesis. Sophomores interested in the program must moderate. However, interested students are strongly encouraged to meet with the faculty contact, Michael Bergman, in their first year in order to plan an appropriate course of study. The Senior Thesis can be done in the third year at Simon’s Rock, or at the engineering school while consulting with Simon’s Rock faculty. Students who choose to do the thesis at the engineering school choose a thesis advisor and committee at Simon’s Rock, turn in a thesis proposal and self-evaluation, and follow the timeline of the thesis. Although the student will not receive credit for the thesis, the committee will decide on a grade that will factor into whether the student can graduate with honors.


The pre-engineering concentration consists of the core courses required for participation in the Engineering Program, plus some additional advanced work in mathematics or the sciences to provide depth while here at Simon’s Rock. Although there are variations between engineering schools and engineering majors, for admission to an affiliated engineering school students should plan on taking the following courses in their three years at Simon’s Rock:
Chemistry 100 Chemistry I, with Lab
Chemistry 101 Chemistry II, with Lab
Mathematics 210 Calculus I
Mathematics 211 Calculus II
Mathematics 220 Linear Algebra
Mathematics 221 Vector Calculus
Mathematics 364 Ordinary Differential Equations
Physics 100 Physics I, with Lab
Physics 101 Physics II, with Lab
Physics 220 Introduction to Quantum Physics
Physics 230 Modern Physics Lab
Columbia University requires Econ 100 (Microeconomics).

The faculty contact may recommend course substitutions for students with an interest in specialized engineering fields (such as computer science). To complete the concentration, students must take at least six additional credits in the Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing at or above the 200-level. A student can moderate into the pre-engineering concentration without eventually completing the engineering degree. They must then finish a second concentration or complete advanced and complementing course work that has been approved by the faculty contact.

Recent Senior Theses

“Network Surveillance Systems: Models and Approaches”
“On the Integer Quantum Hall Effect”
“The Road for Sustainability:
An Examination of Asphalt Technologies”
“Fault Localization in In Vivo Software Testing”
“An Overview of Computational Fracture Mechanics, with Special Emphasis on Numerical Methods within the Finite Element Framework”
“The Efficiency of Combustion Engines: Theory and Applications”
“Package Manager: The Core of a GNU/Linux Distribution” (Industrial Engineering)
“CLIMB: An Engineering Approach to Improving Bicycle Access in Upper Manhattan” (Environmental Engineering)


Michael Bergman, Emmanuel Dongala, Patricia Dooley, William Dunbar, Eric Kramer, David Myers, Paul Shields, Brian Wynne
Faculty Contact: Michael Bergman