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The engineering emphasis is designed to prepare students to complete a Bachelor’s degree in engineering at a four-year institution.  The course work emphasizes mathematics, natural sciences, physics, engineering sciences and English.  Students finish their general education core requirements at the transfer institution.

  • Chemical engineers design processes to change raw materials into economically viable products.  They often work in the petroleum, plastics, food, pharmaceutical and environmental industries. 
  • Civil engineers are involved in the design of transportation infrastructure, water projects, and the design and construction of structures. 
  • Computer engineers design, construct and operate computer systems. 
  • Electrical engineers work in energy generation and transmission, communications, control systems, circuit design and computers. 
  • Mechanical engineers design and develop all types of machines.

The program is designed to result in an Associate’s degree with an emphasis in engineering and does not meet the general education requirements at all Idaho public universities.  Course selection should be coordinated to meet the requirements for your intended transfer institution.


The engineering emphasis prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution with a good understanding of basic engineering principles.

Why This Program

The engineering emphasis (in a liberal arts degree) is designed primarily to prepare you to transition to a four-year institution to finish a bachelor’s degree. It will expose you to the fundamentals of engineering and help you understand what is needed prior to attending upper division courses.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Understand the physics behind static and dynamic systems
  • Be able to do basic drafting procedures
  • Have an understanding of engineering measurements and be able to perform them

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with Engineering Emphasis



Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Summer 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016
Registration Open April 13 April 13 November 9
Financial Aid Priority Date May 11 July 13 November 23
Admission Deadline May 15 August 7 December 21
Last Day to Register May 29 August 21 January 8
Tuition and Fees Due May 29 August 21 January 8
Classes Begin June 1* August 24 January 11
*Some classes begin before this date. See class schedule for more information.

Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes

  • Good computer and communication skills
  • Curiosity and commitment
  • Solid background in math, chemistry, and physics
  • Ability to work well as a team and perform calculations well


Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

A Recommended Degree Course Progression is available for additional information.

  • Please be sure to check the courses required for your final degree at the four-year institution you plan to attend after finishing at CWI.  It is absolutely imperative that you know which classes are required to obtain a bachelor’s degree at that institution.
  • CHEM 112 is not required for students going into Mechanical, Civil, Computer, or Electrical Engineering at U of I.
  • It is possible to get vertical credit for ENGL 101 if the student successfully passes ENGL 102 and pays for the credits for ENGL 101.
  • In order to successfully move into some engineering programs at U of I, the student will need to complete Computer Science 120 and maybe 121, depending on specific engineering program, during the summer between CWI and U of I.  Those courses cover C++ programming and may be available online.
  • If the student gets vertical credit for ENGL 101 and does not need CHEM 112, they may consider taking MATH 310 (Differential Equations) and ENGI 240 (Intro to Electrical Circuits), which are corequisites.  There will not be room in a typical, two-year schedule for all four of these courses and the other degree requirements.

Connecting With Ideas

Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes


Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info


  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Traffic Engineering
  • City Planning


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