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Pre-Engineering

Degree Offered: Associate in Science

Credits Required: 61

With a shortage of qualified engineers in the United States, demand is high in this profession.
 
The Pre-Engineering Associate in Science program at CCBC is designed to prepare students for transfer into a four-year engineering discipline. The program offers courses in liberal arts with an emphasis on mathematics and physical sciences. Courses are comparable in content and expectations to the first two years of an engineering program in a four-year institution.
 
Engineers can pursue careers in areas of business, research and development, education, health professions, industry, government, and computer information systems.
 
NOTE: only 3 credits can be taken as HPER electives.

Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 16 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
CHEM 101
General Chemistry I
4.00
This course involves an understanding of the principles of measurement, chemical equations, stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, periodic relationships, and the chemistry of the common elements. Prerequisites: High school chemistry, CHEM100 3-2-4
CIST 100
Introduction to Information Tech
3.00
A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3
MATH 130
College Algebra
3.00
The functional approach to algebra is stressed with attention to the properties of the real number system; linear functions and equations; exponents; radicals; functions; systems of equations; complex numbers; and quadratic equations. Additional topics may be added at the discretion of the instructor Prerequisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS020 Improvement of Math Skills and DEVS021 Fundamentals of Algebra if required; permission of the Division Director.(3-0-3)
 
OR
 
MATH 135
Statistics
4.00
This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science, and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability, and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: Based on in-house diagnostic testing and high-school records. For information, contact the Office of Counseling. 3-0-3
WRIT 101
English Composition
3.00
Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.
 
Liberal Arts Elective
3.00
Description not found.
 
OR
 
CIST 130
Introduction to Agile Robotics
3.00
This course is designed around the fundamental understanding of the systems that make up robots and development of workforce competencies. The cornerstone of the class involves solving engineering design problems. The teacher will be placed in the role of facilitator mentor, the student will build, program, and debug agile robots in remote control and autonomous modes.

Second Semester - 17 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
CHEM 102
General Chemistry II
4.00
This is a continuation of CHEM101 with special emphasis on chemical reaction, chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, electro chemistry, acid base chemistry, and reduction oxidation reactions. General concepts of organic chemistry will also be reviewed. Prerequisite: CHEM101 3-2-4
COMM 201
Public Speaking
3.00
The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. 3-0-3
LITR 210
Concepts of Literature
3.00
This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition.
MATH 155
Pre-Calculus
4.00
This course is designed to give students a firm background in algebra and trigonometry in preparation for calculus. Topics include detailed study of polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic and trigonometric functions, along with an introduction to matrices and conic sections. Prerequisite: MATH130, in-house diagnostic testing and high school records, or permission of the instructor. 4-0-4
 
Liberal Arts Elective
3.00
Description not found.
 
OR
 
CIST 135
Integrated Intelligent Systems
3.00
Basic principles of robotic technology through control theory, computer programming, artificial intelligence, and production theory are stressed in this hands-on, team-oriented class. Covers systems related to movement, sensing, electrical, data acquisition devices. Microprocessor technology is studied using the Arduino as the tool used for the design and development of embedded computer systems. This course, including the Arduino microprocessor is based on the C++ as the programming language. Students will build, program, and debug agile robots in remote control and autonomous modes. Two robot platforms, VEX and Mindstorm, are used in the course. 3-0-3

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 14 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
CIST 150
C++Programming
3.00
This course uses a hands-on learning approach to study the theory and practical applications related to hardware, software, and programming techniques using C++ programming language. Students are introduced to data types, variables, arithmetic operations, data structures, looping structures, decision structures, functions, and arrays. Algorithms for sorting and searching arrays, pointers, strings, structured data and file operations are explored. Advanced concepts related to classes, inheritance, and polymorphism are studied. This course will use the C++ language within the Visual Studio.NET programming environment where students will write, debug, and run programs in Console, Web, or Graphical User Interfaces. 3-0-3
 
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CIST 160
Visual Basic
3.00
Visual Basic I is designed to teach students introductory concepts of programming in an event driven environment. Students will be taught how to create user-friendly Graphic User Interfaces (GUI) for simple application programs. Visual Studio 2008 is the IDE used to develop applications. Web applications and Mobile Device applications will be developed as students work through the course material. Specific topics include variables, arithmetic, relational, and logical operators, forms, standard controls and their properties, decision structures, and looping structures.
 
Liberal Arts Elective
3.00
Description not found.
 
OR
 
CIST 140
Electronics I
3.00
This course uses a hands-on learning approach to study the theory and practical applications of digital electronics. Emphasis is placed on general system principles, basic electronic concepts, practical applications, and troubleshooting. Digital and analog theory as well as introduction to circuit design, industrial electronics, basic mechanics, motor control, and robotics will be studied. 3-0-3
MATH 160
Calculus I
4.00
This course provides an introduction to the ideas and applications of calculus. The major topics studied are limits and continuity; differentiation; applications of differentiation; and integration. Prerequisite: MATH155
PHYS 101
College Physics I (or PHYS301-University Physics I)
4.00
This is an applied physics course for technical students and students needing an algebra-and trigonometry-based physics course for transfer to a four-year college. Included are topics from statics, the strength of materials, kinematics, and dynamics. Emphasis is on application, the theory and practice of the relevant measurement, and on the analysis of mechanical systems. Prerequisite: MATH130 3-2-4

Fourth Semester - 14 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
MATH 161
Calculus II
4.00
This course is a continuation of MATH160 and completes the introduction to one-variable calculus. Major topics covered are applications of integrals; inverse functions; techniques of integration; and infinite series. Prerequisite: MATH160
PHYS 102
College Physics II (or PHYS302-University Physics II)
4.00
A continuation of PHYS101. Included are the principles of fluid mechanics; acoustics; thermodynamics; kinetic theory; quantum theory; optics; and nuclear physics. Laboratories emphasize the application of physical theory to practical measurement problems. Prerequisite: PHYS101 3-2-4
 
Liberal Arts Elective
3.00
Description not found.
 
OR
 
CIST 145
Electronics II
3.00
This course is the second in a two-course series that uses a hands-on learning approach to study the theory and practical applications of digital electronics. Emphasis is placed on general system principles, basic electronic concepts, practical applications, and troubleshooting. Digital and analog theory as well as introduction to circuit design, industrial electronics, basic mechanics, motor control, and robotics will be studied. Prerequsite:140 3-0-3
 
Social Science Elective
3.00
Description not found.