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.

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.

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
ENGR 130Engineering Graphics4
ENGR 135Engineering Mechanics: Statics3
ENGR 138Computer Programming and Numerical Methods for Engineers4
MATH 190Calculus with Analytic Geometry l5
MATH 191Calculus with Analytic Geometry ll5
MATH 210Calculus with Analytic Geometry lll5
PHYS 201Physics A: Mechanics5
or PHYS 201H Physics A: Mechanics - Honors
PHYS 202Physics B: Thermodynamics and Electromagnetism5
or PHYS 203 Physics C: Waves, Optics & Modern Physics
Select two (2) of the following courses:
General Chemistry I5
Introduction to Surveying4.5
Mechanics of Materials4
Differential Equations5
Introduction to Linear Algebra4
Total Units46-49

2-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Note: Co-requisite MATH course (2 units) and/or substitute ENGL 101E (5 units) may be needed based on placement.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
MATH 190 Calculus with Analytic Geometry l 5
COUN 206 Pathways to Careers in STEM 3
ENGR 101 Introduction to Engineering 3
ENGL 101
Reading and Composition
or Reading and Composition - Honors
Winter Term 1
MATH 191 Calculus with Analytic Geometry ll 5
ANTH 210
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
or Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - Honors
or Introduction to Psychology
or Introduction to Psychology - Honors
or Introduction to Sociology
or Introduction to Sociology - Honors
Spring Term 1
MATH 210 Calculus with Analytic Geometry lll 5
ENGR 130 Engineering Graphics 4
PHYS 201
Physics A: Mechanics
or Physics A: Mechanics - Honors
ENGL 104
Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking
or Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking - Honors
Summer Term 1
MATH 211 Differential Equations 5
POLI 103
American Government and Politics
or American Government and Politics - Honors
Fall Term 2
PHYS 202 Physics B: Thermodynamics and Electromagnetism 5
CHEM 110 Beginning General Chemistry 5
ENGR 135 Engineering Mechanics: Statics 3
ENGL 290
Ethnic Voices in Film
or Children's Literature
or Children's Literature - Honors
or Literature of the Bible
or American Food And Culture: Global Origins, History, and Current Impacts
or Great Religions of the World
or Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
Winter Term 2
MATH 212 Introduction to Linear Algebra 4
ETHN 101
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
or Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies
Spring Term 2
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 5
ENGR 138 Computer Programming and Numerical Methods for Engineers 4
ARCH 250
History of Architecture: Prehistory to Mannerism
or History of Architecture: Baroque to the Present Day
or Art History - Fundamentals of Global Art History
or Art History - Topics in Contemporary Art
or History of Photography
or Introduction to the Visual Arts
or Motion Picture Appreciation
or Motion Picture Appreciation - Honors
or History of Dance
or History of Rock and Roll
or Introduction to Theatre Arts
or Introduction to Theatre Arts - Honors
HIST 107
History of the United States before 1877
or History of the United States before 1877 - Honors
or History of the United States since 1877
or History of the United States since 1877 - Honors
or History of the African-Americans to 1876
or History of the African-Americans since 1876
or History of Women in the United States
Summer Term 2
KIN 170
Fitness for Life
or Health and Wellness
or Health and Wellness - Honors
or Introduction to Nutrition
 Total Units89

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


To explore more about this major, schedule an appointment with a career counselor.