Engineering, AS

The Associate of Science, Engineering is a two-year transferable program leading to an Associate of Science in Engineering. The degree is designed for students planning to obtain a four-year engineering degree. Engineering is the practical application of scientific theory and principles. This program develops a strong foundation in mathematics and physical science while providing an introduction to the fundamental aspects of engineering. Students who complete the associate degree can transfer to other colleges or universities in many engineering disciplines including civil, chemical, computer, electrical, geological, mechanical, metallurgical, mining, computer science and engineering physics.


Students completing the degree will:

  • Describe and apply the engineering design process.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills via writing and presentations, work effectively in teams, and perform basic computational skills appropriate to the engineering field.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Must include ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Recommend Diversity
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
MATH 181Calculus I 24
CHEM 121General Chemistry I 24
or CHEM 201 General Chemistry for Scientists and Engineers
PHYS 180
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
and Physics for Scientists/Engineers Lab I 2
Social Science3
Principles of Microeconomics
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 3[3]
PHYS 181
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
and Physics for Scientists/Engineers Lab II 2
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions[3]
Degree Requirements
ENGR 100Introduction to Engineering Design3
MATH 182Calculus II 24
MATH 283Calculus III 24
MATH 285Differential Equations 23
Elective Requirements
Select 15 - 18 units from the following based on appropriate engineering specialty. Can include co-admission at UNR. 415-18
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (civil)
General Chemistry for Scientists and Engineers II (chemical)
Digital Design (electrical, computer)
Introduction to Renewable Energy (renewable energy minor)
Statics 2
Courses in the following disciplines: Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Geological Engineering, Geology, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering
Total Units60

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114, the additional 3 required units will become elective credit.


Must maintain a “C” or higher in these courses.


Course may also count toward degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.


 Consult with Academic Advising for a list of classes for specific engineering specialties and information regarding co-admission at UNR. 

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
CHEM 121
General Chemistry I
or General Chemistry for Scientists and Engineers
ENG 101 Composition I 3
Fine Arts / Diversity 5 3
MATH 181 Calculus I 4
 Semester Total14
2nd semester
Electives 3
ENGR 100 Introduction to Engineering Design 3
ENG 102 Composition II 3
MATH 182 Calculus II 4
Social Science (ECON 102 Recommended) 3
 Semester Total16
3rd semester
Electives 3
Humanities (Recommend CH 203) 3
MATH 283 Calculus III 4
PHYS 180
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
and Physics for Scientists/Engineers Lab II
 Semester Total14
4th semester
Electives 9
PHYS 181
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
and Physics for Scientists/Engineers Lab II
MATH 285 Differential Equations 3
 Semester Total16
 Total Units60

See program recommendations or requirements.