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Associate in Engineering, AE - College Transfer - CIP Code: 14.0102

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The Associate in Engineering (AE) degree is designed for students who want to pursue a four-year degree in the area of engineering. The degree plan includes required general education and prerequisite courses that are acceptable to all state funded Bachelor of Engineering programs. Students who follow the degree progression plan will meet the entrance requirements at all of the North Carolina public Bachelor of Science Engineering programs.  Associate in Engineering graduates may then apply to any of these programs without taking additional and sometimes duplicative courses. Admission to Engineering programs is highly competitive and admission is not guaranteed. To be eligible for the transfer of credits under the AE to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Articulation Agreement, community college graduates must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students should check their intended four year school and enineering major for specific GPA and course completion requirements.

Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates will be able to:

  • Develop multidisciplinary engineering projects using engineering principles.
  • Analyze contemporary issues affecting the engineering profession.
  • Apply scientific, mathematical, and engineering principles to solve technical engineering problems.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills through technical report writing and oral presentations.


Course Requirements for Associate in Engineering (60-61 Credits)

General Education (45-46 Credits)

The general education common course pathway includes study in the areas of English communication; humanities and fine arts; social and behavioral sciences; natural sciences and mathematics.

Universal General Education Transfer Courses

All Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) courses will transfer for equivalency credit.

Credit Hour Requirements | Courses Fulfilling Requirements

English Composition (6 credits)

Fine Arts/Communication (3 credits)

Mathematics (12 credits)

Natural Sciences (12 credits)

Other Required Hours (14-15 credits)

Fall I

Total Credits: 17

Total Credits: 14

Fall II

Total Credits: 14

Spring II

  • Credits: 3
  • Humanities Requirement Credits: 3 4
  • Fine Arts Requirement Credits: 3 5
  • Other General Education/Pre-Major Requirement Credits: 3 2
  • Other General Education Requirement Credits: 3-4 6

Total Credits: 15-16

Total credit hours required for degree: 60-61


1 Calculus I (MAT 271) is the lowest level math course that will be accepted by the engineering programs for transfer as a math credit.  A student may place directly into MAT 271 if the student has met at least one (1) of the following criteria within the past five (5) years:

  • A score of 2 or higher on the AP Calculus AB Exam.
  • A grade of C or higher in an AP Calculus course and an unweighted HS GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • A score of 90 or higher on the ACCUPLACER College-Level Math (CLM) test.
  • A score of 46 or higher on the trigonometry section of the ACT Compass Math Placement Test.
  • A score of 580 or higher on the old (prior to March 2016) SAT Math and a grade of C or higher in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study Pre-Calculus course or an equivalent course from another state.
  • A score of 600 or higher on the new (March 2016 and beyond) SAT Math and a grade of C or higher in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study Pre-Calculus course or an equivalent course from another state.
  • A score of 27 or higher on the ACT Math and a grade of C or higher in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study Pre-Calculus course or an equivalent course from another state.
  • A score of 560 or higher on the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2.
  • Students who are not calculus-ready will need to take additional math courses.

2 Select one course from the following: BIO 111 ,CHM 152 CHM 251 CHM 252 COM 110 COM 231 CSC 134 CSC 151 DFT 170 ECO 252 ,EGR 225 GEL 111 HUM 110 MAT 280 MAT 285 PED 110   

3  Select one course from the following: HIS 111 HIS 112 HIS 131 HIS 132 ,POL 120 ,PSY 150 SOC 210     

 Select one course from the following: ENG 231 ENG 232 ENG 241 ENG 242 PHI 215 PHI 240 REL 110 *

  Select one course from the following: ART 111 ART 114 ART 115 COM 231 MUS 110 MUS 112        

Select one course from the following: BIO 111 CHM 152 COM 110 COM 231 ECO 252 GEL 111 HUM 110 PHI 240   

* REL 110   will transfer for equivalency credit to the engineering programs at all five UNC institutions that offer undergraduate engineering programs.  It may not transfer with equivalency to other programs.

 - Students must meet the receiving university’s foreign language and/or health and physical education requirements, if applicable, prior to or after transfer to the senior institution.

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