Plan your community college coursework
Welcome to Western and thank you for your interest in the Engineering & Design Department! This information will hopefully provide you enough tools to help you prepare for a smooth and efficient transition to WWU. Students are encouraged to contact the Department Pre-major Advisor to discuss important questions about major requirements, course equivalencies and the best time to transfer. Take time to learn the major requirements and prerequisites for the major or majors you are considering.
It is common for transfer students to still need prerequisite courses after coming to WWU. Not all community colleges have equivalent courses and some aren't offered at all. See Major Ready Pathways below to determine your readiness to transfer. An Associate in Science transfer (AS-T) degree is the most appropriate degree to pursue at the community college level because the plan of study most matches the foundation courses in our department. It is recommended but not necessary to complete the degree before transferring to WWU.
For students transferring from Washington community colleges and public baccalaureate institutions in Washington, Western's Transfer Course Equivalency Guide is a useful tool for assessing what coursework will transfer directly to Western. If courses are shown as 1TT or 1XX, they are not considered a direct transfer; however, it is possible with further information that a student could get transfer credit for the course. Be prepared to provide a syllabus to the department you are asking for equivalency approval.
Note: While Differential Equations will sometimes transfer as Math 1XX or 1TT, students who successfully complete this at a community college will meet the graduation requirement for Electrical Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering.
Step 1: Apply to WWU
Western Washington University Office of Admissions posts deadlines and requirements here. Confirm with the Pre-major Advisor the best quarter to begin at WWU depending on your specific academic history.
Step 2: Declare as Pre-major After Acceptance to WWU
Students who have not yet met all of the prerequisite requirements and will need to complete those at WWU, declaring your pre-major will enable you to register for the courses and provide you with a department advisor. You may declare your pre-major in person in ET 204. Students who have met all of the prerequisites for their major of interest, may apply to the major without declaring as a pre-major first. Contact the pre-major advisor to confirm application deadlines. Each major has different application time periods.
Step 3: Apply to major
See individual Major Admissions section for application materials and deadlines (links below). Transfer applicants are considered at the same time as applicants who are WWU students. The criteria by which applicants are judged vary from major to major and are outlined in the Admissions sections.
Major Ready Pathways for Engineering Degrees
Use these pathways to plan your courses at your community college. Many of the courses you will need are part of sequences, and some may be offered only certain quarters. Not all community colleges offer equivalents to WWU courses. Use the Transfer Equivalency Guide tool to determine whether the courses are equivalent. Students who were working towards or have completed an AS-T (Associate in Science - Transfer) Track 2 are the most prepared to transfer into an engineering program at WWU.
Electrical Engineering in order to complete the EE degree in three years at WWU, it is recommended that transfer students complete the following course equivalencies:
Manufacturing Engineering in order to complete the MFGE degree in two years at WWU, it is recommended that transfer students complete the following course equivalencies:
Plastics & Composites Engineering in order to complete the PCE degree in two years at WWU, it is recommended that transfer students complete the following course equivalencies:
|Mathematics Courses||Electrical Engineering||Manufacturing Engineering||Plastics & Composites Engineering|
|Math 124 Calculus I||Admissions requirement||Admissions requirement||Admissions requirement|
|Math 125 Calculus II||Admissions requirement||Admissions requirement||Admissions requirement|
|Math 224 Multiv Calculus||Graduation requirement||Admissions requirement||Optional technical elective|
|Math 204 Linear Algebra||Admissions requirement||Admissions requirement||Optional technical elective|
|Math 331 Differential Equations||Graduation requirement||Graduation requirement||Optional technical elective|
|Natural Sciences||Electrical Engineering||Manufacturing Engineering||Plastics & Composites Engineering|
Physics w/ Calc I
|Admissions requirement||Admissions requirement||Admissions requirement|
Physics w/ Calc II
|Admissions requirement||Admissions requirement||Graduation requirement|
Physics w/ Calc III
|Graduation requirement||Graduation requirement||Graduation requirement|
General Chem I
|Graduation requirement||Admissions requirement||Admissions requirement|
General Chem II
|Optional technical elective||n/a||Admissions requirement|
|Computer Programming||Electrical Engineering||Manufacturing Engineering||Plastics & Composites Engineering|
CSCI 140 or 141
|Admissions requirement||Graduation requirement||Graduation requirement|
|Engineering Fundamentals||Electrical Engineering||Manufacturing Engineering||Plastics & Composites Engineering|
Intro Electrical Engineering
waived for transfers (must take
during first winter quarter at WWU)
|EE 111 Circuit Analysis||Admissions requirement||n/a||n/a|
Intro Eng & Des
|n/a||Admissions requirement||Admissions requirement|
Intro Material Science
|Optional technical elective||Admissions requirement||Admissions requirement|
|Engr 214 Statics||Optional technical elective||Admissions requirement||Admissions requirement|
Mechanics of Materials
|Optional technical elective||Graduation requirement||Graduation requirement|
Time to Degree
The amount of time a transfer student will need to spend at Western varies by program. For Electrical Engineering and Industrial Design, students should expect to spend at least three years at WWU, as some of the required coursework is not offered at other institutions . For the Manufacturing Engineering and Plastics & Composites Engineering programs, length of attendance at Western depends on what courses a student has completed already, and the course load they are willing to take each term. Because timelines are so unique for each student, it is recommended to contact the department Pre-major Advisor for advising.
Approximate years spent as a full major:
Transfer students should note that having a completed DTA or AS-T degree does not automatically mean they will be able to complete a program in the Engineering & Design department in two years. What is most important for students planning to transfer to Western is to successfully complete required major prerequisite and core coursework that will transfer to Western, and can be counted towards Major Requirements (see program Plan Guides under Advising for more information).