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Lawrence McGahey, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
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Pre-Engineering Program

Pre-Engineering Program

  • The College has a proven record of preparing students in basic sciences and humanities course work for successful transfer to an engineering degree program or for graduate school preparation.
  • Starting at CSS is a good choice for students who wish to explore a range of career options before entering an engineering major or for students who seek a broader humanities and liberal arts background than is typically found in an engineering program. The liberal arts preparation gained at CSS is particularly advantageous for students who aspire to management positions in engineering-oriented careers.
  • Pre-Engineering advisors are available to help students plan their course. Students should consult with the pre-engineering advisor starting their first year at CSS, in addition to meeting with their first-year program advisor.
  • Prior successful engineering-intended students have come to CSS with high school chemistry, physics and mathematics through at least pre-calculus coursework completed.
  • At CSS, engineering-intended students pursue prerequisite coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer programming, liberal arts and humanities.
  • St. Scholastica was named on the list of Top 200 schools for Native Americans pursuing degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) by Winds of Change magazine

Program Requirements

Proven success in high school mathematics as demonstrated by successful completion of courses through the pre-calculus level.

Major in biochemistry, chemistry, biology or mathematics.


People with engineering degrees are increasingly needed to work across business, government, education, and healthcare sectors. As a result, engineering job options abound: aerospace engineer, bioengineer, mechanical engineer, material engineer, chemical engineer, computer scientist, computer systems engineer, electrical engineer, industrial engineer, construction manager, and civil, environmental and sustainable engineer.

Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your program with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you may potentially take in preparation for graduate school. Please note that you may not need all of these courses to fulfill your graduate school pre-requisites. This list doesn't necessarily include courses needed for your major or general education requirements. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse CHM 1110 - General Chemistry I

Introduces atomic and molecular structure, bonding, stoichiometry, gas laws, chemical periodicity, and equilibrium. Three 50-minute lectures, one 2-hour lab each week. Prerequisite: high school chemistry and appropriate placement test score.

Expand and Collapse CHM 1120 - General Chemistry II

Studies solutions, equilibria, coordination chemistry, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, nuclear chemistry, and qualitative analysis. Prerequisite: C- or higher in CHM 1110.

Expand and Collapse CIS 2085 - Programming I with Java

An introduction to object-oriented programming using the Java language, a cross-platform Internet programming language. The course examines the nature of programming and its use in solving problems. Students learn to read and write programs using standard programming structures, including input/output, control statements, loops and methods. No prerequisite.

Expand and Collapse MTH 3321 - Multivariable Calculus

Topics include functions of several variables, gradients, partial derivatives and multiple integrals, vector fields, Green's and Stoke's theorems, and applications. Prerequisite: MTH 2222.

Expand and Collapse MTH 3322 - Linear Algebra

Further study of systems of linear equations, matrices and determinants, vector spaces and subspaces, linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization. Prerequisite: MTH 2222 or instructor's permission.

Expand and Collapse MTH 3323 - Differential Equations

Introduction to the theory of differential equations, varied methods to solve linear, nonlinear equations, quantitative analysis of solutions of equations. Prerequisites: MTH 2222.

Expand and Collapse PSC 2011 - General Physics I

This course and its continuation PSC 2012 serve as a two-semester introduction to classical and modern physics using calculus. Topics include principles of classical mechanics: descriptions of motion, force, torque, and rotational motion, energy, momentum, and their conservation: fluid mechanics, simple harmonic motion, wave motion, and sound.

Expand and Collapse PSC 2012 - General Physics II

Introduces the principles of electricity and magnetism, geometric optics, sound and light waves, and selected topics in modern physics. This is the second course in a two-course calculus-based general physics sequence. The physical principles and applications involved in these studies tend to be more abstract than the laws of mechanics that were studied in the first course in the sequence. In this course, many of the principles studied involve forces whose effects cannot be seen directly. Some of the forces studied only affect minute, invisible particles. Students will study models of unseen events and particles using graphs, sketches, analogies, mathematics, and descriptions. They will study the effects of the laws of physics using abstract models. Includes a 2-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: A grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in PSC 2011; either completion of MTH 2211 or 2222 or concurrent enrollment in 2222.

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