While there are no specific course requirements for pre-engineering at Luther, students who seek to go on in engineering nearly always major in physics (but, for instance, those who seek to study chemical engineering usually major in chemistry). For any fields, though, the following courses are the introductory courses recommended for students interested in pursuing careers in engineering - and so you should plan on taking these courses in your first two years:
Knowledge about the basics of physics is important for any career in engineering, and our graduates who go on to engineering futures stand out because they take extensive coursework in physics. Most complete a physics major. Taking more physics will strengthen your understanding of how physical things work and will be invaluable in helping you develop designs that leverage real world principles.
Understanding the basics of chemical reactions is essential for anyone going into a field that involves materials, which almost all engineering fields do. Take Chem 151/152 unless you have a strong experience in Chemistry during high school, in which case you should take the faster-paced Chem 201.
In-depth knowledge of mathematics is key for any engineer, and therefore after the first courses in calculus, we recommend taking as many applied math courses as you can. Most engineering students go on to take Math 240, 253, and 351.
Computational skills are key for any engineer, and therefore we recommend that you begin with CS 150, a first course in Python.
For those interested in various engineering fields, see the links at right, which specify particular courses we recommend for students interested in those fields.