Engineering

Award: Associate of Science

Are you inspired by, and curious about, engineering marvels such as the great pyramids of Egypt, artificial hearts, super computers, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Suez Canal, solar panels, or airplanes? Unlike scientists who attempt to understand why the natural world functions the way it does, engineers are the individuals who design and create new objects or systems from their understanding of science and the needs of human beings. DCC's Engineering A.S. is designed to provide its students with a solid first two years of study in mathematics and basic sciences essential for transfer to a four year engineering program. Students who complete this program with high grades will be eligible to transfer to schools such as Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, or other engineering schools both within and outside the Commonwealth.

This transfer degree is designed to prepare students for upper-level engineering courses at a four-year college or university. It is part of the University of Virginia’s “Produced in Virginia” initiative, which aims to increase the number of engineers graduated in the Commonwealth.

This program is rigorous. Students must feel comfortable doing high level math and science, regardless of area of specialization. Students who are not prepared in math are encouraged to take preparatory courses first and proceed at a slower pace to increase their likelihood of success.

Program Information

Minimum credits: 67

Length: 2 years (4 semesters) if suggested full-time course sequence is followed.

Transfer opportunities: The Virginia Community College System has guaranteed admission agreements with the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech for successful program graduates. Courses are also accepted by other Virginia institutions. Admission requirements vary by institution. Students are urged to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the college to which they intend to transfer and plan course selections with their DCC advisor.

Division: Arts, Sciences, & Business

Contact: 434.797.8462 or 434.797.8402

Program Outcomes

Graduates will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Apply engineering problem-solving methodology.
  2. Apply knowledge of math, sciences and engineering principles to engineering problems.
  3. Conduct experiments, & analyze & interpret data.
  4. Function in a team and to communicate effectively & professionally.
  5. Understand professional & ethical responsibility.

Course Sequence

  Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
First Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3 3
MTH 263* Calculus I 4 0 4 4
EGR 120 Introduction to Engineering 1 3 4 2
CHM 111 College Chemistry I 3 3 6 4
EGR 126 Computer Programming for Engineers 3 0 3 3
SDV 101 Orientation to Engineering 1 0 1 1
MTH 295* Topics in Calculus 2 0 2 2
Total 17 6 23 19
Second Semester
PHY 241 General University Physics I 3 3 6 4
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 0 3 3
MTH 264 Calculus II 4 0 4 4
CHM 112 College Chemistry II 3 3 6 4
PED/HLT Approved Wellness Elective 1 0 1 1
Total 14 6 20 16
Third Semester
MTH 265 Calculus III 4 0 4 4
PHY 242 General University Physics II 3 3 6 4
EGR 140 Engineering Mechanics – Statics 3 0 3 3
Social Science Elective I 3 0 3 3
Humanities Elective I 3 0 3 3
Total 16 3 19 17
Fourth Semester
MTH 267 Differential Equations 3 0 3 3
EGR 245** Engineering Mechanics – Dynamics 3 0 3 3
EGR 246** Mechanics of Materials 3 0 3 3
Social Science Elective II 3 0 3 3
Humanities Elective II 3 0 3 3
Total 15 0 15 15

Total Minimum Credits for AS Degree in Engineering: 67

*Students who are not prepared for Calculus should begin with Precalculus with Trigonometry (MTH 167) and should also consider following a three- or four-year sequence to complete this program. MTH 295 is a co-requisite for MTH 263.

**Students may substitute college-level engineering or supportive discipline courses for engineering disciplines, such as electrical engineering. Substitutions must be approved by the division dean and engineering faculty.

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