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Award Type: Associate in Arts

The associate degree in engineering provides lower-division coursework that can serve as the basis for a bachelor's degree offered by a four-year college or university. Students who intend to transfer should check the lower-division requirements in the catalog of the college or university to which they intend to transfer, create a Student Educational Plan with an academic counselor, visit www.assist.org, and consult the engineering faculty. The engineering program provides a general background suitable for a variety of engineering fields including mechanical, civil, aerospace, electrical, computer and biomedical engineering.

The graduate of the Associate in Arts in Engineering will:

  • Apply fundamental concepts of mathematics (through calculus), science and engineering.
  • Identify, formulate, and solve basic engineering problems.
  • Conduct experiments and analyze and interpret data.
  • Make basic design decisions concerning appropriate-level engineering problems.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, using symbols, graphics and numbers.
  • Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning.
  • Function professionally and ethically as an individual and within diverse teams.
  • Use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary in engineering education and practice.

Program Requirements

A major of 32 units is required for the degree. Required core courses (17 units):

Course Number Course Title Units
CHEM 150 General Chemistry 1 5.0
MATH 182 Calculus 2 4.0
PHYS 161 Engineering Physics 1 4.0
PHYS 162 Engineering Physics 2 4.0
PHYS 163 Engineering Physics 3 4.0

Category A - Engineering: Select a minimum of 6 units from Category A and 9 units from selected from Category A and/or Category B.

Course Number Course Title Units
ENGR 152 Statics 3.0
ENGR 154 Dynamics 3.0
ENGR 156 Strength of Materials 4.0
ENGR 161 Materials Science 3.0
ENGR 162 Materials Science Lab 1.0
ENGR 170 Electric Circuit Analysis 3.0
ENGR 171 Electric Circuit Lab 1.0

Category B - Engineering Support

Course Number Course Title Units
CHEM 151 General Chemistry 2 5.0
CS 111 Fundamentals of Programming 1 4.0
ET 140 Engineering Drawing 3.0
ET 145 Advanced Engineering Drawing 3.0
MATH 183 Multivariable Calculus 4.0
MATH 184 Linear Algebra/Differential Equations 5.0
PHYS 162 Engineering Physics 2 4.0
PHYS 163 Engineering Physics 3 4.0

Recommended electives:

Course Number Course Title Units
ENGR 100 Introduction to Engineering 1.0
ENGR 124 Excel for Science and Engineering 1.0
ENGR 126 MATLAB for Science and Engineering 1.0

General Education Requirements

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