There are four main branches of engineering—mechanical, chemical, civil, and electrical—with dozens of sub-disciplines under each branch including areas of Computer Engineering and Computer Science. Regardless of the particular discipline, engineering means solving real-world problems by applying math and science. This includes designing, implementing, testing, and supervising both products and services, while considering efficiency, cost, safety, and reliability
Engineers require a diverse set of skills, including communication, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, life-long learning, time management, computer proficiency, and a mastery of the basics (science, math). Is it important for engineers to get to the right numbers? Yes, but it is more important that they know what the numbers mean and how to communicate them.
Engineering students at SCC will find themselves working on a variety of design projects (wiring circuits, 3d-printing balloon cars, writing code, optimizing rocket stoves, building truss bridges, etc.). These projects will take knowledge they learned in other fundamental courses and apply it to achieve an efficient solution to a problem. The ECE/CSC Open Lab allows students to work on these projects alongside students from other disciplines, while receiving guidance from professors.
Students in the Engineering program earn the Associate of Science degree, which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. If students follow the correct academic pathway, they enter transfer partner universities as junior. Courses are available in-person (day and evening) and hybrid formats.
The minimum time to complete the Associate of Science degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who have no pre-existing college credit.
Currently, the program cost for an Associate of Science degree for Engineering students is approximately $5,400. This includes tuition and course fees for courses; it does not include books or course fees in classes not listed in the guided pathway. Many Engineering courses utilize Open Educational Resources and/or low cost textbooks to minimize costs.
8600 Associate of Science (AS), Pre-Majors/Transfer
8601 Associate in Science (AS), Computer Science