Graduates of Whatcom Community College’s pre-engineering program may transfer with junior-level status to nearly any engineering major at universities in Washington and elsewhere. In addition to prerequisite coursework in science, math and engineering fundamentals, Whatcom offers a robust and innovative first-year engineering curriculum.

What does Whatcom offer?

Whatcom offers four Associate in Science - Transfer (AS-T) degree pathways. The requirements for each degree are customized based on transfer goals and ensure preparation for junior-ready transfer in a specific engineering major.

When can I start the program?

Students can enter the engineering transfer program during any quarter and can complete courses on a full-time or part-time basis. Students must be prepared for MATH& 141: Precalculus 1 (by placement test or by completing MATH 99) in order to enroll in ENGR 101: Introduction to Engineering.

Engineering Transfer at Whatcom

Whatcom’s project-based learning experience helps students connect theoretical knowledge and engineering application. This hands-on approach begins immediately with first-year curriculum that teaches technical skills in robotics programming, computer graphics, and design processes while exploring the roles of math, science and teamwork in engineering. Students refine their skills with design projects integrated in traditional sophomore-level coursework focused on engineering theory. Whatcom’s small class sizes, low tuition, support services, and faculty focus on instruction
set the stage for student success in a challenging curriculum. Active student clubs and research opportunities allow students to apply their learning outside of the classroom and further build qualifications for scholarships, internships and transfer.


Jackson Pennell“I graduated from Whatcom with a well-rounded,comprehensive understanding of engineering fundamentals and – thanks to instructors who encouraged independence and personal responsibility – the ability to build upon the basics with more complicated concepts. WCC is a smart place to begin your engineering degree.”

- Jackson Pennell, WCC, Associate in Science, with honors, 2013
University of Washington, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, 2015
Corrosion and reliability engineer, Phillips 66, Ferndale Refinery