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.
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 Credits)
General Education (42 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.
* 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.
* 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.
- 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.