Incoming Freshman

Engineering & Design Department - Where do I start?

Becoming a major in the Engineering & Design Department requires several steps. 

1.  Apply for Admission to WWU.

All students interested in pursuing a degree in our department must be admitted to Western before they can begin the process of declaring as one of our intended majors.  To learn more, visit the Western Admissions Office.

2. Declare as a Pre-major in one of our majors

When applying to WWU students can indicate an interest in one of the five department majors; Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Plastics & Composites Engineering, Industrial Design, and Industrial Technology-Vehicle Design. After acceptance to WWU, Freshman then may declare a pre-major status during SummerStart Orientation or at the beginning of Fall Quarter. The department does not directly admit students into the majors.

A pre-major is a student who is working on completing foundation courses offered by the Engineering & Design Department and other relevant departments.  Foundation courses include math, physics, chemistry, engineering, art, and computer science.  A Pre-major Info Sheet is available for downloand.

How do I declare a pre-major status?
Students may declare their pre-major in person in ET204, except for Industrial Design which requires acceptance of an Entrance Portfolio to become a pre-major.  See ID Admissions for more information.
Benefits of declaring a pre-major status
  1. You will receive pre-major advising, ensuring you are on track and taking the right courses for your intended major.  The Engineering & Design Department has a Pre-major Advisor to help you stay on track.
  2. You are eligible to apply for annual department scholarships.

3. Seek Advising

The Department Pre-major Advisor is available to incoming Freshman, transfer students, current students, and all pre-majors in the Engineering & Design Department for registration assistance and advice. You may contact the advisor by email, by calling 360.650.4132 or in person in ET 204.  Each individual program has an Advising page in the Majors tab as well.  Some major courses are taught only once per year, so advice before registration is strongly encouraged.

Full majors in the Engineering & Design Department will be assigned a faculty advisor upon admission to the major.

4. Apply for Major Admissions

For all Engineering & Design majors students apply to their intended Major after completing a set of prerequisite coursework as a pre-major. The primary application time and requirements for each program varies; see individual Admissions section under Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Plastics & Composites Engineering, Industrial Design, and Industrial Technology - Vehicle Design.

 


Contact Information

Lisa Ochs
Pre-major Advisor
360.650.4132; ET204 

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