Pre-Engineering Associate in Science

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Science
Office Contact
School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM): 313-845-9632,, Health Careers Education Ctr, Room: G-122
Faculty Contact
Hassan Mohseni Nameghi: 313-317-1746,, Science Bldg, Room: J-106B

Program Description


The Pre-Engineering 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. 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 the computer successfully to store and process technical data, work with the Internet, and prepare a presentation.
  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.

  • Admission Requirements

    Additional Program Requirements

    Requirements for different fields of engineering and schools vary. Students must consult with Engineering Faculty Advisor to plan an appropriate course of study for the area of engineering and the college or university to which they intend to transfer. The minimum requirement for earning the Associate in Science degree in Pre-Engineering is 60 credit hours. However, engineering schools will accept as many as seven additional courses from HFC transfer students toward Bachelor of Science degrees in engineering. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this by completing as many courses at HFC as possible that will eventually transfer to another academic institution.

    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.

    Degree-Specific Requirements

    Computer Technology: Complete any one
    Credit Hours

    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 2017 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.