Wayne State College offers a two-year program of study in Pre-Engineering built around a strong core of mathematics and science, and with a good grounding in communication, the humanities, and the social sciences. Pre-Engineering provides the student with courses designed to meet the introductory, prerequisite science and mathematics training and the transfer requirements, as well as the general education, needed for any of several engineering disciplines, including aerospace, agricultural, architectural, bio-systems, chemical, civil, computer, construction, electrical, industrial, materials, mechanical, and metallurgical engineering.
The program comprises two years of study at WSC that is intended to articulate with the engineering curricula of various regional engineering schools. WSC has formed formal partnerships with both South Dakota State University (SDSU)and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T).
Upon successful completion of the WSC program, the student will be academically prepared to start a third year of study at SDSU, SDSM&T, or at one of many other engineering schools.
Pre-engineering studies at Wayne State College consist of an inter-disciplinary core of course-work in the humanities and social sciences, communications, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering sciences. This core is common of most engineering disciplines and provides a solid foundation that can lead to a career in engineering. Most of the course work in this core is to be provided by Wayne State College with the possibility of additional courses being delivered by other schools via distance education. Three options are available for the student to complete an engineering degree:
- Cooperative 2+ programs are available with the three area engineering schools, UNL, SDSU, and SDSM&T, as well as others. At present there is an agreement with SDSM&T and SDSU. Although there is a common core, each discipline is enough different, that individual programs of study will be prescribed. Once a student decides on a discipline and/or school, the student can be provided with a more complete description of a program of study.
- Students intending to pursue a graduate degree in engineering may first earn a four-year applied mathematics or science degree from WSC, then (at another school) pursue graduate work in engineering. The University of Nebraska offers a master degree in general engineering that is an option for the student. In addition, several of the employers that hire engineers will also hire applied scientists and mathematicians. These individuals are wanted for their analytical skills and problem solving abilities.
- Students who struggle with the calculus may opt to pursue a degree in engineering technology at either SDSU or the University of Nebraska/Omaha (UNO).