Why Washburn for Engineering?

Engineers are problem-solvers. If you want to be an engineer and you know you’ll thrive in a small school environment as you transition to college, Washburn’s Engineering program is your solution. This program is designed with your success in mind. You’ll work with expert faculty members, who also have worked in the field and know what it takes to contribute at the highest levels. You’ll learn from those experts, not graduate students. And because you’ll be learning in Topeka you’ll have access to major firms and state agencies where you can intern or co-op, shadow, and research.

Career Forecast Growing OutlookAverage Salary $137,330 depending on degreeon campus

What sets the Engineering Transfer Program at Washburn apart?

  • The Physics Department offers lots of supports to help you reach your goals, including free tutoring, varied research opportunities, and several internship sites.
  • Physics Department Scholarships are available to incoming and returning majors.
  • Find your people on campus with Physics and Engineering Club.
  • Our 3-2 Dual Degree program is the best preparation around. The partnership means you can transfer to K-State, KU, or UMKC engineering schools and earn a bachelor’s degree from Washburn and that school.
  • Our pre-engineering option will give you the focused attention you need to succeed in foundational courses before you transfer to a School of Engineering.

Washburn University is cooperating with four-year engineering institutions to offer a pre-engineering program. In this program, students initially enroll at Washburn and then transfer to the four-year engineering institution where they complete the requirements for their Bachelor of Science degree. Typically two to three years of study are completed at Washburn.

The basic science and mathematics courses for most engineering curricula are two semesters of general physics, two semesters of general chemistry, three semesters of calculus, one semester of differential equations, and one semester of computer science where a high level programming language is learned. These are all courses that can be taken at Washburn and a student interested in engineering should take as many of them as possible.

The choice of additional science courses will depend on the particular area of engineering in which the student is interested. Curricula for the various engineering fields have much in common during the first two years of study, although there are some differences during these years. During the final two years, the curricula vary greatly and include many specialized courses. Since the degree students earn comes from the engineering school, students must consider the requirements of the engineering program they plan to enter when selecting courses at Washburn.

It is possible for students who enter Washburn with the intention of transferring to an engineering school to decide to stay at Washburn for all four years. Therefore, students in pre-engineering are strongly advised to plan their courses in such a way that, should they retain their interest in science but decide not to transfer, they can complete a physics, mathematics, biology, or chemistry major at Washburn, including the general education requirements, within the normal four years.

Throughout the entire process at Washburn University, faculty advisors assist the students and cooperate with faculty in the various schools of engineering to determine those courses at Washburn that will fulfill the student's specific course and program requirements.

An engineering degree coupled with a physics, mathematics, or chemistry degree from Washburn University provides students with exceptionally strong technical and theoretical backgrounds which better prepare them for careers in engineering, especially if research or graduate work is involved.

To assist in this effort, Washburn has developed a 3-2 Program with the engineering schools at the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, and the University of Missouri - Kansas City. In the 3-2 Program, students initially enroll at Washburn, then transfer to KU, KSU, or UMKC to earn their Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. An additional Bachelor of Science degree in physics, mathematics, or chemistry may be earned from Washburn. To earn degrees from both institutions, regular requirements for each degree must be fulfilled. Courses will be selected, as much as possible, to simultaneously fulfill degree requirements from both universities.

EG 105 Introduction to Engineering (3)

Introduction to the professional role of an engineer with an orientation to the academic requirements of engineering studies, responsibilities of engineering students and professionals, discussion of various engineering careers, jobsite duties, professional development and registration and engineering ethics. Included are problem definition and solution, engineering design and terminology and the role of technology and its influence on society.

EG 116 Engineering Graphics (3)

Elements of geometry of engineering drawing with emphasis on spatial visualization and applications. Freehand sketching, dimensioning, and graphs. Computer aided design and engineering analysis.

EG 250 Engineering Mechanics: Statics (3)

Vector notation; resultants of force systems; analysis of force systems in equilibrium including beams, frames and trusses; analysis of systems involving friction forces; determination of centroids, centers of gravity, second moments of areas, moments of inertia. Prerequisites: MA 151 and PS 281.

EG 351 Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics (3)

Displacement, velocity, and acceleration of a particle; relation between forces acting on rigid bodies and the changes in motion produced; translation; rotation; motion in a plane; solutions using the principles of force, mass and acceleration, work and energy, and impulse and momentum. Prerequisites: EG 250 and MA 152.

EG 360 Mechanics of Materials (3)

Elementary theories of stress and strain, behavior of materials, and applications of these theories and their generalizations to the study of stress distribution, deformation, and instability in the simple structural forms that occur most frequently in engineering practice. Prerequisites: EG 250 and MA 253.

Physics at Washburn

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Computational Physics

  • This is the right program for you if you know you want to continue with advanced study in physics.
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  • This is the right program for you if you’re not certain where you want your degree to take you, or if you want to prepare for intellectual property law or another field where a strong science background is necessary.

Set for Success

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook

Qualities for success



Creativity and patience

Ability to work collaboratively

Student/faculty ratio


Recent internship sites

Kiewit Construction

Haas Metal Engineering

Bartlett & West

GET IN TOUCH WITH Physics & Astronomy Department

Physics & Astronomy Department
Stoffer Science Hall, Room 210
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.2141

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