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The Associate of Arts and Sciences Transfer Degree: Pre-Engineering Specialization Program is designed for persons who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree in Engineering. By selecting appropriate electives, students should be able to complete the lower division requirements for a variety of baccalaureate majors.

Program Information

In order to be assured that courses transfer to meet lower division requirements at the specific institution the student plans to transfer to and the major anticipated, students should consult their academic advisor to schedule their courses. Students are also encouraged to investigate guaranteed admission agreements (GAA), available for many colleges and universities in Virginia, contact their selected college’s admissions office, and consult their selected college’s transfer guide if one is available. Counselors and academic advisors can assist with locating these resources.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into this program requires proficiency in English and mathematics. Students whose placement test scores indicate a need for further preparation, will be placed in the appropriate developmental courses in English and mathematics. Although developmental course credits do not apply toward the degree, these courses prepare students for collegiate level work. Students required to take two or more developmental courses will need additional semesters to complete the degree.

First Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
HIS Approved Transfer History 3 0 3
MTH 163 Precalculus I or higher math 3 0 3
CHM 111 College Chemistry I 3 3 4
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Semester Total 13 3 14
Second Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
Approved Transfer Elective 3 3 0 3
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 0 3
MTH 164 Precalculus II or higher math 3 0 3
Approved Transfer Social Science2 3 0 3
HLT/PED Health/Physical Education Elective 0 2 1
Approved Transfer Humanities/Fine Arts1 3 0 3
Semester Total 15 2 16
Third Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
ENG Approved 200 Level American or English Literature or Advanced Composition Course4 3 0 3
PHY 201 General College Physics I or University Physics 3 3 4
Approved Transfer Elective3 4 0 4
MTH 173 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or higher math 5 0 5
Semester Total 15 3 16
Fourth Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
MTH 174 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II or higher math 5 0 5
Approved Transfer Humanities/Fine Arts1 3 0 3
PHY 202 General College Physics II or University Physics 3 3 4
Approved Transfer Social Science2 3 0 3
Semester Total 14 3 15

Total Minimum Credits: 61

1 Typical courses include HUM, MUS, ART, PHI, REL, ENG (Lit)

2 Typical courses include ECO, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY, SOC

3 In selecting courses, students should seek the advice of a counselor or academic advisor in order to assure that courses taken are consistent with transfer or career goals.

4 Courses typically used to fulfill this requirement: ENG 241, ENG 242, ENG 210, or other courses approved by an academic advisor.



This curriculum should provide sufficient flexibility to meet lower division requirements for majors in engineering or related fields at many colleges and universities, and should allow students to succeed in transferring to obtain a baccalaureate degree. It is extremely important for students to work closely with their academic advisors to assure a successful transfer. Examples of majors to which this program may prepare students for transferring are Engineering and Mathematics.


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