Major Admissions and Requirements
Admission to full major status is determined by academic performance as a pre-major, a portfolio and an essay. Admission to the major is competitive. Neither completion of the prerequisites nor attainment of any specific GPA guarantees admission. 12 majors are accepted per year.
Minimum Required Coursework:
- MATH 124 - Calculus I
- MATH 125 - Calculus II
- PHYS 161 - Physics w/ Calculus I
- ENGR 104 - Intro to Engineering & Design
- ENGR 170 - Intro to Materials Science & Engineering
- ENGR 214 - Statics
- VHCL 260 - Vehicle Systems I
Additional courses required to graduate that are recommended prior to admission to the major:
- CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I
- PHYS 162 - Physics w/ Calculus II
- PHYS 163 - Physics w/ Calculus III
- ENGR 225 - Mechanics of Materials
- CSCI 140 or 141 - Programming Fundamentals
- COMM 101 - Fundamentals of Speech
In addition to academic performance as described above, acceptance decisions will also be based on an essay (500 words or less) explaining why you want a degree in vehicle design.
Students are also required to submit a portfolio when applying to the major. The portfolio should show examples of projects or products/parts that you have designed, fabricated, assembled, or produced. See example portfolio work below. Portfolios are limited to 6 pages and must be submitted in a hard copy format to ET 204 by the deadline below.
Examples of previously accepted portfolios:
Example 1: VehiclePortfolio
Example 2: VehiclePortfolio
Example 3: VehiclePortfolio
Applications are due by noon on the first Friday in February (online application link below). Only complete, on-time applications will be considered. Applicants will be notified of decisions before Spring quarter registration begins.
Students may be currently enrolled in no more than two of the required courses when they apply for major admission. A final decision on your application may be delayed until receipt of final grades for in-progress courses. Students must obtain at least a C- in the above courses and an overall GPA in them of 2.0 or higher to be considered. AP scores are converted to GPA as follows: 5 = A; 4 = B; 3 = C. Decisions are based primarily on cumulative GPA in the prerequisite courses, the portfolio, and the essay, but successful completion of other required Major courses, GPA in the major, and overall GPA are also considerations.
Students who are accepted must register for MFGE 231, MFGE 261, VHCL 261 and ENGR 225 Spring quarter before the end of Phase II registration, unless already taken. Students who do not register by the end of Phase II registration may lose their major status. Students need to have a plan to complete PHYS 162 by fall quarter junior year and PHYS 163 by winter quarter junior year.
Other times: If additional spaces become available, all pre-majors will be notified by email that applications are being accepted, including the application deadline.
Transfer Students: A student that will be transferring to Western Washington University will need to declare as a pre-major and will need to apply to the major once they have completed the prerequisite coursework (listed above). Transfer students who are interested in pursuing the IT-VD program should contact the Pre-major Advisor early to discuss their options. More transfer student information here.