General Engineering

General engineering is designed to prepare you for admission into one of six professional engineering programs available at University of Wisconsin-Platteville: civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, environmental engineering, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering. These six programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

All new freshman engineering students and transfer students who do not immediately qualify for one of these six professional programs must begin their UW-Platteville studies in general engineering.

When you enter general engineering, you'll choose a preferred major. Your major choice can be changed at any time by talking with Jeanna Barnes, College of EMS Program Assistant, in 153 Ottensman Hall.

Once you have completed the matriculation requirements for your intended major, you can be admitted into civil engineeringelectrical engineeringenvironmental engineeringindustrial engineeringmechanical engineering, or engineering physics. Students intending to study software engineering are directly admitted into the major.

At UW-Platteville, you will be well prepared for success in your major area of study when you've matriculated into your major.

Test-Out Exams

As you register for classes, you will need to sign up for the course corresponding to our placement level. If you believe that your placement does not accurately reflect your ability level, you may take a test-out exam for the general engineering course into which you have been placed. If you take and pass the test-out exam for that course, you will be moved into the next highest course.

When deciding whether or not to take a test-out exam, please keep in mind that “testing out” of a course means that you must demonstrate mastery and recall of the skills that are learned in that course. Simply passing a class in high school should never be considered a guarantee that you will not need to retake that class in college.

Your performance on any placement or test-out exam is meant to serve as a measure of what you learned and can remember from your high school coursework. If you are attempting a test-out exam for a course, you are currently registered in you must complete the test-out exam by the fifth day of class.

Test-out exams will consist of a final exam for the course and an appropriate lab test, where necessary.


To register for a general engineering test-out exam, contact Dr. Anne-Marie Lerner at 608.342.1642 or Please provide your name, email, phone number, and the course for which you would like to attempt to test-out.

Please bring a pencil with eraser, calculator, a current photo ID, and cash or check made out to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for the appropriate fee.

Test-Out Exam Fees

A $20 per credit test-out fee will need to be paid before you will be allowed to take the test-out exam. Cash or check payments can be paid on the day of the exam, before it begins. You will not be allowed to take the exam until the fee is paid.

Test-Out Policies

  • You may not take a test-out exam for a UW-Platteville course in which you have already been assigned a grade. However, you are still eligible to take a test-out exam for a course from which you have withdrawn.
  • You will earn credit for a course if you score 70 percent or better on the test-out exam for that course.
  • A test-out exam can only be completed once.
  • Guidelines related to test-out exams are in the UW-Platteville undergraduate catalog.