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Pre-Engineering

Degree Offered: Associate in Science

Credits Required: 61 (2016-2017 Academic Year)

With a shortage of qualified engineers in the United States, demand is high in this profession. CCBC’s Pre-Engineering program emphasizes strong qualitative and quantitative skills related to mathematics and science concepts. Student develop critical thinking and problem solving skills needed in the field of engineering. Students are prepared to either enter the workforce or transfer to a college offering a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

The program builds a strong background in computer aided drafting, engineering concepts, mathematics, physics, chemistry, C++ programming, robotics, and communication skills. Industry-standard software applications are used to develop classroom project solutions. Courses are comparable in content and expectations to the first two years of most engineering programs at a four-year institution. 

Engineers can pursue careers in areas of business, research and development, education, health professions, industry, government, and computer information systems.

 
 
Program Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to

 

  1. Develop an engineering notebook.
  2. Use the necessary techniques and practices to produce a functional robot.
  3. Design and construct a functioning circuit board.

Crosswalks

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2014-2015 Pre-Engineering 

Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 17 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: Appropriate placement score or 1 year high school chemistry with the appropriate letter grade or Corequiste: MATH129 or MATH130. 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
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. 3-0-3
ENGR 100
Intro to Engineering
3.00
Introduction to Engineering develops a foundation of engineering principles to apply the problem-solving skills necessary to become an analytical, detail-oriented and creative engineer. This course begins with a survey of engineering career topics. Students then move on to study basic scientific concepts and laws that engineers encounter on the job. Additionally, the course explores how engineers apply physical and chemical laws/principles in combination with mathematics to design, test and supervise the production of parts, products and services that people use every day. Engineering principles of analysis, experimentation and design are applied to a real problem from initial concept to final specifications. The project results are evaluated in terms of technical and economic feasibility and social significance. 3-0-3
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: "C" or better in MATH129 OR MATH130, appropriate placement score, appropriate high school records or permission of the faculty. 4-0-4

Second Semester - 16 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
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. Pre-Requisite: CIST130. 3-0-3
ENGR 120
CAD:Computer Aided Drafting
3.00
The Computer Aided Design (CAD) course provides a solid foundation that focuses on basic computer aided drafting skills using the latest release of AUTOCAD. Students begin their study with 2-dimensional drawing concepts, continue working with complex entities and finally work on 3-dimensional modeling techniques. Students survey industries that commnly use AUTOCAD along with industry-standard, concepts and techniques. 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.
 
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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
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. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department.
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: "C" or better in MATH140 or MATH155, appropriate placement score, appropriate high school records or permission of the faculty. 4-0-4
PHYS 202
University Physics I
4.00
This is a calculus-based physics course for students needing a calculus based physics course for transfer to a 4-year institution. Included are topics from statics, kinematics, dynamics and periodic motion. The emphasis of the material is on the application, the theory and the practice of the relevant measurement. The analysis of mechanical systems is also emphasized. 3-2-4 Prerequisite: MATH160.

Fourth Semester - 13 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
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
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: "C" or better in MATH160 4-0-4
PHYS 203
University Physics II
4.00
This is a calculus-based physics course for students needing a calculus based physics course intending for transfer to a 4-year institution. Included are topics from electrostatics and magnetostatics. The emphasis of the material is on the application, problem solving, theory and the practice of the relevant measurements. The analysis of mechanical systems is also emphasized. 3-2-4 Pre-Requisite PHYS202. Co-Requisite MATH161.
 
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