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Engineering, Associate in Science Degree

Banner Code: 1_AS_ENGR

Control Number: 03974

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Engineers apply mathematics and scientific laws to invent and design products and services that are used in everyday life. This Engineering Associate of Science degree is meant to provide students with a strong foundation of engineering and design skills. Theoretical concepts are combined with practical experiences to expose students to real-world engineering problems.

While the core courses are necessary to develop and strengthen the necessary mathematics and physics knowledge an engineer must possess, the elective courses allow for different routes, ranging from additional transferable courses in several engineering majors, to hands-on courses that confer readily employable skills as engineering technicians.

Program Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply engineering, science and mathematics knowledge utilizing the critical thinking and the problem solving skills to find solutions to problems of engineering nature and design.
  2. Skills to use the state of the art laboratory equipment and simulation tools for engineering and engineering related practices and research.
  3. An understanding of the ethical and professional role and responsibility as a member of the society in finding the ways for the betterment of the environment and all humanity and life.
  4. Knowledge and skills to explain the response of systems and changes in the behavior and properties of the systems and materials due to external influences and stimuli.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AS major requirements.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
Course Title Units
Required Courses
ENGR A110Introduction to Engineering and Design3
or ENGR A110H Introduction to Engineering and Design Honors
ENGR A180Engineering Graphics4
ENGR A280Statics3
PHYS A185Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics4
or PHYS A185H Calculus-Based Physics: Mechanics Honors
PHYS A280Calculus Based Physics: Electricty/Magnetism4
MATH A185Calculus 24
or MATH A185H Calculus 2 Honors
MATH A280Calculus 34-5
or MATH A280H Calculus 3 Honors
MATH A285Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations4-5
or MATH A285H Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations Honors
Restricted Electives
Select two of the following:6-10
General Electricity - FAA
General Airframe & Powerplant Fuel Systems - FAA
Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Design Fabrication 1
Design Fabrication 2
Introduction to Astrophysics
Principles of Biology
Basic Microbiology
Human Biology
Biochemistry
General Chemistry A
General Chemistry B
Organic Chemistry A
Organic Chemistry B
Furniture Making and Design
Intro to Home Automation
Photovoltaic System Installation
C++ Programming Language 1
Java Programming 1
Data Structures
Software Engineering
D.C. Circuits
Engineering Materials
Programming and Problem-Solving in MATLAB
Dynamics
Mechanics of Materials
Engineering Circuits
General Geology
Physical Geology
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Principles
Introduction to Machine Shop
Arc & Oxy-acetylene Welding
Program Major Units36-42
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3Varies
Transferable electives as needed to satisfy unit requirementVaries
Total Minimum Degree Units60

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are general course curriculum maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. The course sequence may include course prerequisites and other placement requirements. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
ENGR A110
Introduction to Engineering and Design
or Introduction to Engineering and Design Honors
3
MATH A180
Calculus 1
or Calculus 1 Honors
4
OCC AS GE AREA A1- CHOOSE ONE 3
OCC AS GE AREA C2- CHOOSE ONE 3
 Units13
Semester 2
ENGR A180 Engineering Graphics 4
MATH A185
Calculus 2
or Calculus 2 Honors
4
PHYS A185
Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics
or Calculus-Based Physics: Mechanics Honors
4
OCC AS GE AREA C1- CHOOSE ONE 3
 Units15
Summer
ELECTIVE (DEGREE APPLICABLE) 3
 Units3
Year 2
Semester 1
ENGR A280 Statics 3
PHYS A280 Calculus Based Physics: Electricty/Magnetism 4
MATH A280
Calculus 3
or Calculus 3 Honors
4-5
OCC AS GE AREA D- CHOOSE ONE 3
 Units14-15
Semester 2
MATH A285
Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
or Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations Honors
4-5
AS RESTRICTED ELECTIVES- CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements) 3-5
AS RESTRICTED ELECTIVES- CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements) 3-5
ELECTIVE (DEGREE APPLICABLE) 1 5-0
 Units15
 Total Units60-61