Pre-Engineering: General Associate in Science (Associate in Science, 2020-2021)

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Science

Program Description


The "Pre-Engineering: General" program covers the courses in the first two years of an engineering degree (Bachelor of Science). Students take basic physics and math courses as well as general education courses required by most of engineering schools. Upon completion of program, successful students can transfer to a 4-year institution to complete their final two years of engineering. The articulation agreements with some schools in Michigan make the transfer of our graduates easier. We offer specialty Pre-Engineering programs for students who would like to take additional courses in mechanical, industrial, electrical, or computer engineering. NOTE: Because the elective courses required for the various fields of engineering may vary slightly, students should meet with the Engineering Faculty Advisor for assistance with registering for the correct series of courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the theories and principles of engineering physics in the areas of mechanics, gravitation, electricity and magnetism, wave motion, and physical optics.
  2. Apply standard methods of mathematical analysis including trigonometry and analytic geometry, differential and integral calculus, and the solutions to differential equations.
  3. Name the general concepts of chemistry including atomic and molecular structure, the laws of thermodynamics, and energy exchange.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to work in a team environment in order to successfully follow a design process and/or build a prototype.
  5. Use a computational engineering programming tool to solve engineering problems.
  6. Demonstrate professional ethics appropriate to the field of engineering.
  7. Define the roles of different engineers and decide his/her engineering major/school.
Career Opportunities

After completion of program and transfer to a 4-year institution, engineering students can specialize in fields such as:

  • Aerospace
  • Biomedical
  • Chemical
  • Computer and electrical
  • Industrial
  • Mechanical
  • Civil, including structural, transportation, environmental, geotechnical, urban planning, and water resources.

  • General Education

    Category 4: Social Sciences
    Complete any one, from a different discipline (other than BEC).
    Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
    Complete any two, from different disciplines.
    Credit Hours

    See General Education Requirements for details.

    Program Requirements


    Complete additional 100-level, or higher, credits to complete this degree.

    Elective Hours
    Minimum Total Credit Hours
    Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2020 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.