Houston Baptist University’s Pre-Engineering program is designed to allow students to complete an engineering degree after two years of full-time study at HBU, followed by approximately three years of full-time study at an engineering school. The exact time required will depend upon the school and the field of engineering chosen. The program allows students to take all, or nearly all, of their math and science courses, and some of their general elective courses at HBU before transferring.
The recommended courses are intended to provide the student with a strong background, regardless of which engineering school or field of engineering he or she chooses. Most, but not all, of these courses are required by all engineering schools and for all fields of engineering. Students may, at their discretion and with the approval of the program director in Engineering, substitute other courses for those recommended. The program director in Engineering will provide students with advice and assistance in selecting courses, but it is the responsibility of all students to check with the university that they plan to attend after leaving HBU to verify that the courses taken at HBU will satisfy that school’s requirements.
More information on the recommended courses for the Pre-Engineering program can be found in the course catalog.
To be recommended for admission to an engineering school, students must complete all required courses with a grade of a “C” or higher, maintain a cumulative Quality Point Average of at least 2.5, and demonstrate proficiency in writing, reading, mathematics, communication, and computing. Proficiency may be demonstrated by earning a grade of at least a “C” in certain designated courses, or by passing an examination.
Advantages and Opportunities
While at HBU, students benefit from the University’s quality academic programs based on strong Christian values, small classes with easily accessible faculty, and many opportunities to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities including music, sports, student government, and fraternities and sororities.
After completing an engineering degree, students may choose to attend graduate school to obtain an advanced degree in engineering, or immediately seek employment as an engineer. Engineering graduates are usually highly sought by numerous employers, and starting salaries are generally among the highest available to new college graduates. Some of the more common areas of engineering are chemical, computer, civil, electrical, industrial, and mechanical. Chemical engineers develop the processes and procedures used in the manufacture of products and materials. Civil engineers deal with issues such as flood control, design of highways and bridges, and structural design. Electrical engineers work in fields such as antenna design, artificial intelligence, biomedical data analysis, computer and system design, control system design and operations. Industrial engineers are concerned with the integration of employees, materials, and equipment in work environments from hospitals to petroleum refineries and spacecraft. Mechanical engineers design machines and systems ranging from children’s toys to nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.