With a shortage of qualified engineers in the United States, demand is high in this profession. CCBC’s Engineering program emphasizes strong qualitative and quantitative skills related to mathematics and science concepts. Students 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.
  4. Gather information related to possible career paths within the Engineering field.



First Semester | 17 credits

CHEM 101General Chemistry I 4.00
CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
CIST 106Software Productivity Tools 3.00
ENGR 100Intro to Engineering 3.00
ENGR 130Robotics 3.00
MATH 160Calculus I 4.00

Second Semester | 16/17 Credits

CHEM 102General Chemistry II 4.00
 OR TAOC Category Five (BUSM, HIST, POLS) 
ENGR 120CAD:Computer Aided Drafting 3.00
MATH 161Calculus II 4.00
PSYC 101General Psychology 3.00
SOCI 101Principles of Sociology 3.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00


Third-Semester | 14/15 Credits

CIST 150C++Programming 3.00
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I 4.00
 OR TAOC Category Five (BUSM, HIST, POLS) 
ENGR 140Electrical Circuits 3.00
MATH 200Calculus III 4.00
PHYS 202University Physics I 4.00

Fourth Semster | 14/15 Credits

ENGR 150Statics and Strengths of Materials 3.00
CHEM 202Organic Chemistry II 4.00
LITR 210Concepts of Literature 3.00
MATH 220Differential Equations 4.00
PHYS 203University Physics II 4.00

Course Descriptions

CHEM 101 - General Chemistry I

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

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. Honors Option Available Introduction to Information Technology honors introduces concepts related to global computing concepts together with MicroSoft Office to develop documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Through a series of projects students will learn how to develop integrated applications correlated other honors courses. 3-0-3

CIST 106 - Software Productivity Tools

Software Productivity Tools includes advanced topics within Microsoft Office 2016 or Office 365 Suite of products. Through a series of projects, students will learn how to develop busines-oriented integrated applications by applying techniques learned using advanced features of Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Access. This course in conjunction with CIST100 may assist in preparation for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams. 3-0-3 Pre-Requisite: CIST100

ENGR 100 - Intro to Engineering

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

ENGR 130 - Robotics

This course is designed around the fundamental understanding of the mechanical, logical and programming systems that make up robots and the development of workplace competencies. The cornerstone of the class involves solving engineering design problems. Students assume the role of project manager/problem solver as they build, program and debug agile robots in remote control and autonomous modes. Arduino microprocessors are used to develop independent embedded system devices. 3-0-3

MATH 160 - Calculus I

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

CHEM 102 - General Chemistry II

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

ENGR 120 - CAD:Computer Aided Drafting

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

MATH 161 - Calculus II

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

PSYC 101 - General Psychology

This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3

SOCI 101 - Principles of Sociology

This course provides the student with a general survey of the theories and concepts utilized in the field of sociology which contribute to a basic understanding of modern society and its structures. Key elements addressed within the course include the three foundational theoretical perspectives utilized in sociology, Functionalism, Conflict Theory and Symbolic Interactionism, the process of socialization, social institutions, such as family, marriage and religion, as well as an introduction to the basic research methods utilized in the field. 3-0-3

WRIT 101 - English Composition

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. Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director. Honors Option Available English Composition Honor students will practice expository and persuasive discourse in writing and learning the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of a sound thesis for projects concerning topics of global or international significance. 3-0-3

CIST 150 - C++Programming

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

CHEM 201 - Organic Chemistry I

This course examines the structure, reactivity and chemical properties of organic molecules. Specific topics of study include nomenclature, of functional groups, conformational analysis of acyclic and cyclic molecules, stereochemistry, as well as mechanistic and chemical reactions for various classes of organic molecules (alkanes, alkenes, alkynes). This course is intended for students who are majoring in science or health-relalted disciplines and are intending to transfer to a 4 year institution. Prerequisite CHEM102. 4-4-4

ENGR 140 - Electrical Circuits

This course is designed around the fundamental understanding of electrical circuits. 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 and electrical circuit analysis are studied. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: MATH155

MATH 200 - Calculus III

This course is a continuation of MATH161 and introduces multi-variable calculus. Major topics covered include vectors and vector-valued functions, partial differentiation with applications, integration of functions of two or three variables, line integrals and vector fields. Prerequisite: "C" or better in MATH161. 4-0-4

PHYS 202 - University Physics I

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.

ENGR 150 - Statics and Strengths of Materials

Statics and strengths of materials main topics review basic properties of solids. Students learn the engineering approach to problem solving while working on analysis and design of structural components subject to compression, torsion, bending and more. The course begins with a discussion of Newtonian mechanics continues with problem solving operations and resultant forces systems, explores beams and cable and friction, and completes the introductory study of statics with potential energy applications. Students learn application of principles through real-world problems thus gaining insight from experience. 3-0-3 Pre-Requisite ENGR100

CHEM 202 - Organic Chemistry II

This course continues to describe the structures, reactivity and chemical properties of organic molecules. Specific topics of study include nomenclature of complex molecules, analysis of spectroscopic data, and description of aromatic molecules using molecular orbital theory, describing multistep syntheses and predicting products of chemical reactions and relating organic chemistry to biomolecular systems. This course is intended for students who are majoring in science or health-related disciplines and are intending to transfer to a 4 year institution. Prerequisite CHEM201. 4-4-4

LITR 210 - Concepts of Literature

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. Honors Option Available Concepts of Literature Honors explores literary art forms, both traditional, fiction, poetry and drama and non-traditional, film, virtual reality and gaming as well as the international cultures and philosophical approaches that create and interpret such works. Significant contributions to each literary form will be analyzed, resulting in student produced compositions, multi-media presentations and student lead discussions. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department. 3-0-3

MATH 220 - Differential Equations

The study of differential equations is essential to mathematics, engineering and the sciences. This course addresses first and second order, ordinary differential equations and their applications. Separable, exact homogeneous and constant coefficient equations are studied, as well as, linear systems of differential equations and boundary value problems. Methods studied include Laplace transformations, power series and numerical methods. 4-0-4 Pre-requisite: MATH200

PHYS 203 - University Physics II

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.