Pre-Engineering Program

The program is designed to prepare students for careers in engineering and applied science. Students spend three years at St. John Fisher College followed by two years at one of the affiliated schools. St. John Fisher College has an engineering program in cooperation with the schools of engineering at:

  • Columbia University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • University of Rochester

Engineering Programs

The affiliated schools offer many different engineering programs. Further details are available from the directors of admissions of the affiliated schools and the Pre-Engineering advisor.

Pre-Engineering Option: 3+2 Program

A student selects a non-engineering major at St. John Fisher College and completes a minimum of 90 credit hours in the liberal arts, mathematics, science, and pre-engineering. The student then transfers to any affiliated engineering school and completes a minimum of 60 credit hours. Upon successful completion of the five-year program, the student is awarded baccalaureate degrees from the engineering institution and from St. John Fisher College.

By combining a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences with a degree in engineering, graduates maximize employment opportunities and flexibility within their chosen field. The major area of study at St. John Fisher College provides yet another option for graduate study and career opportunities.


In most schools, acceptance by the college or university does not guarantee acceptance into its school of engineering. A separate application is sometimes necessary after satisfactory completion of a certain core of courses. A similar relationship exists between St. John Fisher College and its affiliated engineering schools. In the academic year prior to transferring, students must apply to the engineering school(s) of their choice. Admission to an affiliated engineering school is not automatic but depends on the completion of certain courses and the student’s academic achievement. Favorable recommendations from the Pre-Engineering advisor will be forwarded for highly motivated students with satisfactory academic achievement.

Pre-Engineering Core Requirements

The following courses constitute a core that must be completed by all Pre-Engineering students:

CHEM 103C, 103L, 104C, and 104L
MATH 120C, 122C, 221C, and 222
PHYS 131C, 132C, and 211

Additional courses are required for specific engineering programs. Certain affiliated institutions may also require additional courses. Contact the Pre-Engineering advisor for further details.

Pre-Health Professions Program

For students interested in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, podiatry, chiropractic, or other health professions, see Pre-Health Professions Programs or consult the department chair for more information.


For More Information

Foek T. Hioe
Department Chair
(585) 385-8162

(585) 385-8064