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INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE: Engineering and Science pathway

The International Year One engineering pathway delivers the freshman courses that international students require for Engineering & Science majors at Widener University. Students take 28 academic credits.

Academic course curriculum

In conjunction with English language preparation courses, students in the Engineering Pathway take 12 credits of core courses, plus 16 credits from these academic courses:

PRE-CALCULUS

Course code: MATH 120                             Academic credits: 4
Required before start: at least level 3 on the University's mathematics assessment

This course is designed for students who need to take calculus but lack the prerequisite background. Topics include a review of real numbers; algebra (fractions, exponents, roots, equations of degree 1 and 2); elementary functions (polynomials, rational functions, trigonometric functions); and basic concepts from geometry. Solving of word problems are emphasized throughout.

CALCULUS WITH REVIEW I

Course code: MATH 131                               Academic credits: 4
Required before start: at least level 4 on the University's mathematics assessment, or success in MATH 120.

This is the first semester of a three-semester sequence in differential and integral calculus of a single variable. The course introduces the concept of the derivative and some of its applications. After a review of coordinate systems and functions, including polynomials, rational and trigonometric functions, the course covers limits, continuity, differentiation, and applications of derivatives. Typical applications include related rates, curve sketching, linearization and differentials, Newton's method, and optimization.

CALCULUS WITH REVIEW II

Course code: MATH 132                               Academic credits: 4
Required before start: success in MATH 131

The course introduces the concept of the Riemann integral and some of its applications. Topics include the Mean Value Theorem, antiderivatives, Riemann sums, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, the logarithmic and exponential functions, hyperbolic and inverse trigonometric functions, indeterminate forms, and applications of definite integrals.

GENERAL CHEMISTRY I

Course code: CHEM 145                               Academic credits: 3
Required before start: at least level 3 on the University's mathematics assessment

This is the first semester of a two-semester introductory chemistry sequence for science, engineering, and pre-med programs. Topics include elements, atomic structure, molecular structure, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, gases, liquids, and solids.

GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I

Course code: CHEM 147                               Academic credits: 1

This course provides the basic laboratory exercises in general chemistry correlated to the material in CHEM 145. Fundamentals of measurement and quantitative aspects of chemistry are emphasized. Includes safe handling of solids and liquids, physical separations, inorganic syntheses, solution concentrations, gas laws, energy transfer, microscale reactions, and molecular models.

GENERAL CHEMISTRY II

Course code: CHEM 146                               Academic credits: 3
Required before start: success in CHEM 145

This is the second semester of a two-semester introductory chemistry sequence for science, engineering, and pre-med programs. Topics include kinetics, equilibria, acid base reactions, aqueous equilibria, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry.

GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II

Course code: CHEM 148                               Academic credits: 1
Required before start: success in CHEM 147

This course provides the basic laboratory exercises in general chemistry correlated to the material in CHEM 146. Fundamentals of measurement and quantitative aspects of chemistry are emphasized. The course includes basic concepts of physical chemistry, including colligative properties, kinetics, and equilibria, in addition to acid-based chemistry, coordination chemistry, and electrochemistry. The use of computers in data collection and analysis is emphasized.

High employment rate for Engineering graduates

Key Facts

Course length:

2, 3 or 4 semesters, depending on English level

Next start date:

Summer semester: May 19, 2014
Fall semester: August 17, 2014
Spring semester: January 12, 2015

Fees:

$25,000 tuition for 2-semesters.

Course modules:

  • English language
  • Degree-level study skills
  • Core academic courses
  • Pathway academic courses

Entry requirements:

GPA 2.75 or equivalent

English level from the equivalent of IELTS 4.5 or TOEFL iBT 45.