Mechanical Engineering Pathway

The Associate of Science

Contact Information
Dr. Wesley O. Smith
(731) 424-3520 ext. 50525

Program and Career Description

The Mechanical Engineering transfer pathway is designed to provide students with an exceptional depth of background knowledge in mathematics and science allowing them to pursue further education and a career as a mechanical engineer. Students complete courses in other needed areas as well, such as communications and computer science. Additional elective courses are also available. Emphasis is placed on application of knowledge and problem solving in practical situations. The Associate of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering allows students to complete the first two years of study with the advantages inherent in a community college while preparing to transfer into a four year engineering program. Students work closely with science and math faculty with access to science labs and computer facilities. Completion of the Associate’s Degree supplies the student with strong academic skills and an understanding of science, mathematics, and fundamental engineering principles appropriate to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Program Requirements

(Students may require additional Learning Support courses.)

Communication Requirement (All required)
ENGL 1010 English Composition I
ENGL 1020 English Composition II
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Speech

Choose THREE Humanities Courses (One must be a literature Course)
ARTH 2010 Survey of Art History I
ARTH 2020 Survey of Art History II
ART 1030 Art Appreciation
COMM 1851 Intro to Film
ENGL 2111 American Lit: Pre-Colonial - 1865
ENGL 2121 American Lit: 1865 - Present
ENGL 2210 British Lit: Beginnings - 1785
ENGL 2220 British Lit: 1785 - Present
ENGL 2310 World Lit: Beginnings - 1650
ENGL 2320 World Lit: 1650 - Present
HUM 1010 Introduction to the Humanities I
HUM 1020 Introduction to the Humanities II
MUS 1030 Music Appreciation
PHIL 1030 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 2110 Introduction to Ethics
THEA 1030 Introduction to Theatre

Choose TWO Social and Behavioral Science Courses
ECON 2010 Macroeconomics
ECON 2020 Microeconomics
GEOG 2010 World Regional Geography
PHED 2050 Health and Wellness
POLS 1030 American Government
POLS 2010 State and Local Government
PSYC 1030 General Psychology
SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 1020 Social Problems

Choose TWO History Courses
HIST 1110 Survey of World Civilizations I
HIST 1120 Survey of World Civilizations II
HIST 2010 Survey of American History I
HIST 2020 Survey of American History II

Natural Science Requirement 
PHYS 2110 Calculus-Based Physics I
PHYS 2120 Calculus-Based Physics II

Mathematics Requirement
MATH 1910 Calculus I

Area of Emphasis Requirements
MATH 1920 Calculus II
MATH 2110 Calculus III
MATH 2010 Linear Algebra*
MATH 2120 Differential Equations
CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I
ENGR 2110 Statics
ENGR 2120 Dynamics

*MATH 2050 Calculus-Based Probability and Statistics is allowed in place of MATH 2010

Students are strongly encouraged to complete a course in Mechanics of Materials, also known as Strength of Materials, before transferring to a university.  Courses in engineering technology do not fulfill any of the requirements for the Area of Emphasis in Civil Engineering. Although it is possible to complete the B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering in four semesters after earning the associate’s degree, students typically need five or six semesters to complete requirements.

The Associate of Science: Civil Engineering requires 66 college level credits. Some courses have prerequisites and co-requisites.