The various fields in engineering are related in that they all require a thorough understanding of basic scientific laws. Engineers apply scientific knowledge and principles to the design and operation of machines, to the selection of materials, to the environmental betterment of humankind, and to the economical use of personnel, money, and energy.
The Associate of Science in Engineering degree emphasizes the traditional core of engineering at the freshman and sophomore level. The program provides basic education in engineering with sufficient flexibility to allow students to transfer to a variety of four-year schools offering bachelor of science degrees in engineering. Students must successfully complete core courses with a “C-” or better to meet program requirements. Students planning to transfer to a four-year program may need to have additional hours beyond the program requirements at Northwest College in order to transfer in as a junior.
These students should consult with their advisor and the appropriate four-year college catalog.
Total General Education Requirements: 26-28 Credits
Core and Elective courses taken as part of completion of a degree program may also be used to meet General Education requirements where applicable. Please note that use of these courses to meet General Education requirements may reduce the number of hours required to complete a degree, however that number cannot be reduced below the institutional minimum of 60 credits.
The following courses are traditionally considered to be the core of the first two years of an engineering curricula, as dictated by the American Board of Engineering and Technology Education (ABET) and by the content of the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE).
The student who plans to transfer to a four-year program in engineering will need to have additional hours beyond the program requirements at Northwest. These students should take courses from the following list of suggested electives in consultation with their advisors.