Engineering, Associate in Science

The Associate in Science in Engineering is designed to prepare students for transfer into an Engineering baccalaureate program by providing foundational training in core courses across the discipline.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Use the scientific method to investigate phenomena in the natural world and use concepts, experiments, and/or theory to explain them.
  • Use the engineering method to solve technical problems or create products or processes.
  • Analyze and evaluate complex issues or problems, draw reasoned conclusions and/or generate solutions, and effectively communicate their results.

Associate in Science Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
Select at least 18 units from the following:18
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
Calculus of Several Variables
Linear Algebra
Differential Equations
Science and Engineering Physics I
Science and Engineering Physics II
Science and Engineering Physics III
Select at least 7 units from the following:7
Introduction to Engineering
Engineering Design Graphics
Engineering Materials
Engineering Statics
Engineering Circuits
and Engineering Circuits Laboratory
Programming and Problem-Solving in MATLAB
Additional Requirements
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable units. 135
Total Units60

Contact an MPC counselor for major preparation at specific institutions.

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested 2-Year Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
MATH 13 Pre-Calculus 5
ENGR 1A Introduction to Engineering 3
LIBR 50 Introduction to Library and Research Skills 1
IGETC Area 3B (US-1 Course Recommended) 3
ENGL 2 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking 3
Public Speaking (CSU Requirement)
or Small Group Communication
MATH 20A Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4
ENGR 2 Engineering Design Graphics 3
IGETC Area 3A 3
MATH 20B Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4
Year 2
PHYS 3A Science and Engineering Physics I 4
MATH 20C Calculus of Several Variables 4
IGETC Area 4 3
IGETC Area 4 (US-2 & 3 Course Recommended) 3
IGETC Area 5B 3
ENGR 17 Programming and Problem-Solving in MATLAB 3
PHYS 3B Science and Engineering Physics II 4
IGETC Area 3A or 3B 3
IGETC Area 4 3
IGETC Area 6 (UC requirement only) 0-5
 Total Units65-70