A.S. in Pre-Engineering

Applying the principles of science and mathematics, engineers design and build systems, structures, and products that solve practical problems and meet human needs. Engineers continue to be in high demand worldwide in a broad range of industries, and job prospects are strong in the foreseeable future.

The A.S. Degree in Pre-Engineering includes core courses in mathematics and physics and provides students with a set of skills that prepares them for transfer into engineering programs at baccalaureate degree-granting institutions.

Students receiving this degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete the District General Education Pattern, CSUGE or IGETC.
    If transferring to a CSU or UC students are strongly recommended to complete the CSUGE or IGETC General Education Patterns. Students looking to transfer to an out of state or private college should consult with a counselor for the appropriate GE pattern selection.
  2. Complete with a “C” or better each course as specified by the major.
  3. Maintain an overall GPA of a 2.0 or better in all degree applicable coursework.
  4. Meet the local area requirement of Kinesiology/Dance.

Courses that complete the Associate Degree in Pre-Engineering might not include all required or recommended courses for transfer into some impacted programs and specific branches of engineering. Students should consult a STEM counselor in order to select the most comprehensive course plan for their personal transfer goals.

Required courses:
ENGR 101Introduction to Engineering3
MATH 190Calculus with Analytic Geometry l5
MATH 191Calculus with Analytic Geometry ll5
MATH 210Calculus with Analytic Geometry lll5
PHYS 201Physics A: Mechanics5
PHYS 202Physics B: Thermodynamics and Electromagnetism5
or PHYS 203 Physics C: Waves, Optics & Modern Physics
Select two (2) of the following courses: 1
General Chemistry I5
Object Oriented Programming3
Engineering Mechanics: Statics3
Differential Equations5
Introduction to Linear Algebra4
Physics B: Thermodynamics and Electromagnetism5
Physics C: Waves, Optics & Modern Physics5
Introduction to Computational Physics1
Total Units32-38

A.S. Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Pre-Engineering A.S. Degree will:

  1. Understand how engineering serves society by solving practical problems and meeting human needs.
  2. Identify the principle engineering disciplines and articulate transfer and career goals.
  3. Understand and apply fundamental physics principles and standard methods of mathematical analysis.
  4. Work effectively in a group to accomplish an objective and make a significant contribution to its outcome.
  5. Demonstrate problem-solving, decision-making, and critical thinking skills and their ability to apply them to the complex problems involved in engineering.
  6. Appreciate the importance of professional ethics as practiced by engineers as they apply their knowledge and skills to serve society.