Declare Pre-major

What is a pre-major

A pre-major is a student who is working on foundation (or prerequisite) courses offered by the Engineering & Design Department and other relevant departments. Foundation courses include math, physics, chemistry, engineering, art, and computer science. 

When applying to WWU students can indicate an interest in one of the four department majors: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Polymer Materials Engineering, and Industrial Design. After acceptance to WWU, first-year students and transfer students should declare a pre-major status during summer orientation programs or during fall quarter.

Students on campus

How to declare

Send an email to from your western email. 

Include this information in your email: 

  1. W#
  2. First and last name
  3. Pre-major you wish to declare - Electrical and Computer Engineering, or Manufacturing Engineering, or Polymer Materials Engineering

Interested in Industrial Design?

To declare a pre-major in Industrial Design, students must have an Entrance Portfolio accepted first. Please check out the ID Admissions page for details on how to pursue that major. 

Pre-major Advisor

Lisa Ochs

Benefits of declaring a pre-major

  1. You will receive pre-major advising to ensure you are on track and taking the right courses for your intended major.  The Engineering & Design Department has a Pre-major Advisor to help you stay on track.
  2. Most of our courses require declaration in order to register.
  3. You are eligible to apply for annual department scholarships.

Can I change my pre-major after I declare?

Yes!  You can change at any time.  Talk to the Pre-major Advisor about switching your plan.