Engineering

Pre-Major Curriculum Code: A1040D

This program prepares the student to transfer courses or the degree in its entirety to a four-year senior institution. This Associate in Science program is specifically designed for students who wish to earn a baccalaureate degree in Engineering.

General Education Core (44 SHC)*  SHC = Semester Hours Credit

Forty-four semester hours of credit in general education core courses are required as outlined in the NCCCS Curriculum Standards for Associate in Science degree programs. The general education core includes study in the areas of humanities and fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and English composition.

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*Students who complete the 44-hour general education core are eligible to receive the GENERAL EDUCATION DIPLOMA IN SCIENCE (D10400).

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Course Requirements for A.S. Pre-Major Engineering

For course descriptions, please refer to the current catalog.

English Composition (6 SHC)

Two English composition courses are required.
English 111, Expository Writing (3 SHC), is required as the first composition course.
A second composition course must be selected from the following.
ENG 112 Argument-Based Research (3 SHC)
ENG 113 Literature-Based Research (3 SHC)
ENG 114 Professional Research and Reporting (3 SHC)

Humanities/Fine Arts (9 SHC)

Three courses from three discipline areas are required.
One course must be a literature course.
ENG 231, 232, 241, 242, 261, 262
One course must be a fine arts course (ART, DRA, or MUS).
One additional general education core course from the following discipline areas is required: art, communication, drama, foreign languages, interdisciplinary humanities, music, philosophy, and religion.
ART 111, 114, 115 COM 110, 120, 231 (3 hours only)
DRA 111, 112, 211, 212 FRE 111, 112, 211, 212
HUM 130, 160, 211, 212 MUS 110, 112, 210, 213
PHI 215, 240 REL 112, 211, 212, 221
SPA 111, 112, 211, 212 A foreign language course is recommended.

Social/Behavioral Sciences (9 SHC)

Three courses from three discipline areas are required.
One of the following history courses is required.
HIS 115, 121, 122, 131, 132
HIS 121 or 122 is recommended.
One of the following courses is required.
ECO 251 Principles of Microeconomics (3 SHC)
ECO 252 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 SHC)
One additional general education core course from the following discipline areas is required: anthropology, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology.
ANT 210 GEO 111, 112, 130
POL 110, 120, 210, 220 PSY 150
SOC 210, 213, 220, 225, 240

Natural Sciences/Mathematics (20 SHC)

Natural Sciences (12 SHC)
The following courses are required.
CHM 151 General Chemistry I (4 SHC)
PHY 251 General Physics I (4 SHC)
PHY 252 General Physics II (4 SHC)
Mathematics (8 SHC)
Two courses are required.
MAT 271 Calculus I (4 SHC)
MAT 272 Calculus II (4 SHC)

Other Required Hours (21 SHC)

The following courses are required. (8 SHC)
ACA 111 College Student Success (1 SHC)
CIS 115 Introduction to Programming and Logic (3 SHC)
MAT 273 Calculus III (4 SHC)
Select at least 7 SHC from the following list of courses. (Specific course selection will depend on the student’s planned engineering major and the university to which the student plans to transfer.):
BIO 111 General Biology (4 SHC)
BIO 275 Microbiology (4 SHC)
CHM 152 General Chemistry II (4 SHC)
CSC 134 C++ Programming (3 SHC)
CSC 151 JAVA Programming (3 SHC)
EGR 150 Intro to Engineering (2 SHC)
MAT 280 Linear Algebra (3 SHC)
MAT 285 Differential Equations (3 SHC)
4 – 6 additional hours of approved transfer credit are needed to complete the required sixty-five semester hours credit.
PED 110, Fit and Well for Life (2 SHC), is recommended.

Total Semester Hours Credit (SHC) in Program: 65

Pre-Major Engineering Curriculum Model

Students entering the Pre-Major Engineering Associate in Science Degree program must demonstrate competency in or complete the prerequisite(s) (MAT 172 or 175) required for MAT 271 Calculus I. The required physics, calculus, and computer science courses are generally offered only during the semester in the schedule provided below.

For course descriptions, please refer to the current catalog.

FALL SEMESTER  (1st Year)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
ACA 111 College Student Success 1 0 1
CHM 151 General Chemistry I 3 3 4
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 3
MAT 271 Calculus I 3 2 4
Fine Arts Course 3 0 3
Social Sciences Elective
(or take in summer)
3 0 3
 Totals 16 5 18

SPRING SEMESTER  (1st Year)

CIS 115 Introduction to Programming and Logic 2 3 3
ENG 112 Argument Based Research or 3 0 3
ENG 113 Literature-Based Researchor
ENG 114 Professional Research and Reporting
MAT 272 Calculus II 3 2 4
PHY 251 General Physics I 3 3 4
Humanities Elective
(or take in summer)
3 0 3
 Totals 14 8 17

FALL SEMESTER  (2nd Year)

CSC 134 C++ Programming* 2 3 3
MAT 273 Calculus III 3 2 4
PHY 252 General Physics II 3 3 4
History Course 3 0 3
 Totals 11 8 14

SPRING SEMESTER  (2nd Year)

CSC 151 JAVA Programming* 2 3 3
ECO 251 Principles of Microeconomics 3 0 3
MAT 285 Differential Equations* 3 0 3
Literature Course 3 0 3
Elective Course 4 0 4
15 3 16
 Total Semester Hours: 65

*Baccalaureate degrees in engineering often require a differential equations course and at least one programming course. Students may select any course that satisfies the requirement of at least 7 SHC of other required hours. The student should select the specific courses based on the requirements at the planned transfer university.

Students must meet the receiving university’s foreign language and/or health and physical education requirements, if applicable, prior to or after transfer to the senior institution.

Admission to the Major

Grade point average requirements vary and admission is competitive across the several programs in Engineering. In choosing courses to meet both general education core requirements and other required hours, students should seek advice based on the program and track into which they desire to transfer.


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