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Associate of Pre-Engineering Program

Snow College continues to offer the Associate of Pre-Engineering (APE) degree to students who plan to transfer to a university and pursue a baccalaureate degree in any of the traditional fields of engineering. This two-year degree requires an emphasis of course work in engineering, mathematics, and physical science, with fewer general education requirements than the Associate of Science (AS) or the Associate of Arts (AA) degree. It is anticipated that a student will also earn an AS degree while at Snow College, but additional course work will be needed to complete the balance of general education requirements for that degree.


Students who complete an emphasis in engineering at Snow College will be expected to demonstrate that they have a working knowledge of the theories and principles of physics in the areas of Newtonian mechanics, gravitation, electricity and magnetism, wave motion and physical optics; are acquainted with standard methods of mathematical analysis including trigonometry and analytic geometry, differential and integral calculus, matrices and linear algebra, and the solutions to differential equations; understand the role of chemistry in our physical and biological environment as it pertains to atomic and molecular structure, the laws of thermodynamics and how energy is exchanged between systems; can work effectively in a group to accomplish an objective, and make a significant contribution to its outcome; can combine the knowledge of physics and chemistry, together with the analytical skills of mathematics to find solutions to technical problems that benefit society; can use the computer to store and process technical data, to access information remotely over the internet, and as a computational tool related to the engineering process; feel an appreciation for the physical world and the laws that govern it;enjoy the beauty of mathematics and elegance of physical theories;appreciate the importance of professional ethics as practiced by engineers as they apply their knowledge and skills to serve society.

Requirements for Associate of Pre-Engineering Degree

The Associate of Pre-Engineering (APE) degree is offered to students who plan to transfer to a university and pursue a baccalaureate degree in any of the traditional fields of engineering, including computer science. This degree requires an emphasis of course work in engineering, mathematics, and science; with fewer general education requirements than that required for the associate of science (AS) or the associate of arts (AA) degree. However, it is recommended that a student earn the AS as well as the APE while at Snow College. These additional general education credits can be acquired by transfer of college credit taken while in high school, by taking credits during summer semester, or by transferring credits back to Snow College from the university. The option of taking some general education classes at the upper division level in the university is consistent with Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) standards.

Course work for the APE degree must include the completion of a minimum of 64 semester credit hours as specified below. (At least 21 semester hours must be resident credit earned at Snow College.) Credit may be transferred from any accredited college or university for which course equivalents have been certified. The minimum grade accepted from transfer credit is C- (1.7). A cumulative grade point average of 2.3 must be earned on course work completed at Snow College.

Courses that can be used to meet Program Requirements

Engineering Science (12 credits):

  • CS 1400 Fundamentals of Programming (3)   
  • CS 1405 Fundamentals of Programming Lab (1)   
  • CS 1410 Object-oriented Programming (3)     
  • CS 1415 Object-oriented Programming Lab (1)
  • CS 2420 Data Structures and Algorithms (3)   
  • CS 2450 Introduction to Software Engineering (3)     
  • CS 2810 Computer Organization & Architecture (3)
  • CS 2860 Operating Systems (3) 
  • ENGR 1000 Introduction to Engineering (2)   
  • ENGR 1300 Engineering Graphics & Design (3) 
  • ENGR 1400 Fundamentals of Programming (3)   
  • ENGR 1405 Fundamentals of Programming Lab (1)     
  • ENGR 1410 Object-oriented Programming (3)
  • ENGR 1415 Object-oriented Programming Lab (1)
  • ENGR 2010 Statics (3)
  • ENGR 2030 Dynamics (3)
  • ENGR 2140 Strength of Materials (3)
  • ENGR 2160 Materials Science (3)
  • ENGR 2240 Survey & Global (3)
  • ENGR 2250 Analog Circuits (3)
  • ENGR 2255 Analog Circuits Lab (1)
  • ENGR 2270 Engineering Graphics & Design - Civil (3)
  • ENGR 2290 Analog Circuits II (3)
  • ENGR 2295 Analog Circuits II Lab (1)
  • ENGR 2300 Thermodynamics (3)
  • ENGR 2450 Numerical Methods (3)
  • ENGR 2700 Digital Circuits (3)
  • ENGR 2705 Digital Circuits Lab (1)

Mathematics (15 credits):

  • MATH 1210 Calculus I (5)
  • MATH 1220 Calculus II (4)
  • MATH 2210 Calculus III (3)
  • MATH 2250 Differential Equations & Linear Algebra (4)
  • MATH 2270 Linear Algebra (3)
  • MATH 2280 Differential Equations (3)
  • MATH 3040 Statistics for Scientists and Engineers (3)
  • MATH 3310 Discrete Mathematics (3)

Physical Science (10 credits):

  • PHYS 2210 University Physics I (4)
  • PHYS 2215 University Physics I Lab (1)
  • PHYS 2220 University Physics II (4)
  • PHYS 2225 University Physics II Lab (1)
  • CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1)
  • CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II (4)
  • CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1)

English Composition (6 credits):

  • ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (3)
  • ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing (3)

General Education (6-12 credits1):

  • Selected from approved general education courses. These can be chosen from: Humanities, Fine Arts, Life Science, Social & Behavioral Sciences, or American Institutions
    Note: Additional General Education courses must be taken to earn an Associate of Science Degree.

Engineering Technical Electives (9-15 credits1):

  • ENGL 3260 Technical Communication (3)
  • Life Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, or other engineering-related course work approved by the Engineering Department.

1 Total General Education and Engineering Technical Elective credits must be 21.