Choose your pre-specialization
in the 2nd and 3rd years

At the end of their first year of study, students choose one of the four pre-specializations for their second and third years. For two years, students prepare to move into one of the eight INSA specializations, which they pursue during the fourth and fifth years.

Construction Engineering (IC)

The CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING (IC) pre-specialization constitutes the first step toward the two most important areas in the industry, both economically and in terms of employment: mechanical engineering and civil engineering. This pathway teaches students the fundamental laws of mechanics, material strength, thermal dynamics and fluid mechanics. Students also learn how to apply numerical methods and mathematical and IT tools. Throughout the first three semesters, students discover the working environment of both professions. In the last semester, students focus on one specialization: understanding power transmission mechanisms (mechanical engineering) or understanding soils and material behavior (civil engineering).

This pre-specialization leads to the Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering specializations.


Materials, Components and Systems Engineering (IMACS)

The MATERIALS, COMPONENTS AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING (IMACS) pre-specialization provides students with the knowledge necessary to understand the physics of materials and components used in micro- and nano-electronics, automatic process control, and the design of integrated electronic systems for data acquisition and real-time systems and process control . By alternating between theory and experimental implementations, this pathway introduces future engineers to methods associated with microscopic physics, analog and digital electronics, signal processing, component assembly, and system control.

This pre-specialization leads to the Automatic Control and Electronics and Applied Physics specializations.


Modeling, Computer Science and Communication (MIC)

The MODELING, COMPUTER SCIENCE AND COMMUNICATION (MIC) pre-specialization aims to introduce future engineers to the theory and implementation of methods in information processing, software and hardware engineering, scientific computation, and communication techniques. By following this pathway, students will learn to understand, model, calculate and design complex systems. The pre-specialization includes theoretical teaching in mathematics, physics, computer science, telecommunications and networks. The lessons are complemented by experimental implementation in the form of practical work, projects and design studies on concrete applications.

This pre-specialization leads to the Applied Mathematics and Computer Science and Networks specializations.


Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering (ICBE)

The CHEMICAL, BIOCHEMICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (ICBE) pre-specialization provides students with the required knowledge to design and implement physico-chemical and biological transformation processes in materials. These processes are used to tackle current global challenges in the production of medicine, food, water and energy, as well as to treat pollution caused by human activity (gas, wastewater, garbage, etc.).

 This pathway deals with the description and characterization of the behavior of biological molecules and catalysts, the understanding of the main physical phenomena involved (flows, heat and material transfers, energy conversion, etc.), and the specific methodological approaches used in design calculations. Mathematical and computer tools help students analyze and model systems. Basic instrumentation training familiarizes students with facility control and monitoring. The training is complemented by insight into the real-life industrial context in which these skills are used.

This pre-specialization leads to the Chemical Engineering and Environment  and Biological Engineering specializations.

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