Recommended Courses for Pre-Engineering Students

While attending UM, pre-engineering students will take courses from several different departments, including physics, math, and chemistry, among others.  The courses selected can vary, depending on each student's transfer goals and targeted area of engineering.  For a list of recommended pre-engineering courses students can take while at UM, please refer to the following:

If planning to transfer to Montana Tech, see this Course List.

If planning to transfer to Montana State, see this Course List.

Students are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the core requirements of their targeted transfer program and institution.  Based on each student's individual plans and goals, students will be advised on the appropriateness of the classes on these lists.  While many of the courses students take are outside of the physics department, there are a few that are offered specifically for our engineering students.  These include the following:


(Offered Fall Semesters)


College level algebra


The objectives of this course are to provide the student with a “toolbox” of skills that will help the student as they pursue an engineering career:


  • Statics of particles
  • Rigid bodies: equivalent system of forces
  • Rigid bodies: equilibrium (2D and 3D)
  • Centroids and center of gravity
  • Analysis of structures (Trusses, Frames and Machines)
  • Forces in beams
  • Friction
  • Moment of inertia

Required Texts:

Introduction to Engineering (2005), Pearson Custom Publishing. Upper Saddle River, NJ, 473 pages. ISBN #0536993025.
AutoCad 2008: A Problem Solving Approach (2008), Sham Tickoo, Thomson/Delmar Learning.  Clifton Park, NY. ISBN 1-4283-1158-0

EGEN 201: Engineering Mechanics – Statics

(Offered Spring Semesters)


PHSX 215/216
M 171


M 172


This class covers the laws governing mechanical equilibrium.  Mechanics is the science that describes and predicts what happens to bodies that are either at rest or in motion under the action of forces.  It includes rigid bodies (statics), deformable bodies (dynamics), and fluids.  Equilibrium equations are used to compute the reactions and internal forces on structures resulting from applied loads.  The class is focused on solving problems and building a foundation for future engineering courses.


  • Learn basic skills for solving engineering problems
  • Learn the process of making engineering designs
  • Learn how to make and interpret engineering drawings
  •  Solve engineering problems with the computer
  • Improve verbal and written communication skills
  • Engineering disciplines
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Dimensions and Units
  • Engineering Design
  • Producing Engineering Documents
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Risk, Safety, & Accidents
  • Rights and responsibilities of Engineers
  • Excel
  • AutoCAD

Required Texts:

Beer, Johnston, Eisenberg, “Vector Mechanics for Engineers – Statics,” 8 ed., McGraw Hill 2007, ISBN 0-07-297687-8.

EGEN 202: Engineering Mechanics – Dynamics   (either fall or spring term)

EELE 201: Circuits I for Engineers    (offered fall semesters)

EELE 203: Circuits II for Engineers   (offered spring semesters)

(Please see course lists linked above for a full listing of engineering courses, including Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Computer Science.  The above list is the central core of the pre-engineering preparation, but engineering students take foundational courses in physics, calculus, etc.)