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Purpose: The Career Studies Certificate (CSC) in Pre-Engineering will allow students interested in pursuing an engineering degree an opportunity to learn more about the field and prepare them for formal engineering study in the Associate of Arts and Science (AA&S) in engineering program. Students frequently come to SWCC lacking math preparation for engineering study. These students must spend between two and five semesters improving their math skills before getting the opportunity to take an engineering course. Occasionally these students discover, after taking their first engineering course, that engineering is not what they expected and therefore change majors ultimately delaying degree completion. This CSC program, with its lower math requirement of pre-calculus, would let students learn more about the engineering field while .getting the proper background for study engineering. This pre-engineering program presents a guided pathway toward completing an AA&S degree in Engineering and improving overall student success.

Admission Requirements: Students must meet the general admission requirements established by Southwest Virginia Community College.

Content: The CSC consists of several general education courses that could be used in the engineering associates program or another program of their choosing. Each of the required general education course options will be limited to those courses that have been approved for transfer to most colleges and universities. An additional course, MEC 100, is added to shoulder the responsibility of introducing students to the engineering major/career. This two-credit course will not only Introduce students to the major, but also bring those students up to the same level of competence as students that may have had high school coursework or experience related to engineering.

Course NumberCourse TitleLecture HoursLab HoursCourse Credits
First Semester
SDV 100College Success Skills101
ENG 111College Composition I303
MTH 161Pre-Calculus I303
ElectiveSocial Science Elective303
CHM 111College Chemistry 334
Second Semester
ENG 112College Composition II303
MTH 162Pre-Calculus II303
ElectiveSocial Science Elective303
ElectiveHumanities Elective303
MEC 100Introduction to Engineering Technology202

Total Program Credits for Pre-Engineering Career Studies Certificate  ...    28

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Engineering & Technology Path

Degree: Career Studies Certificate
Program Code: 221-831-01
Program Length: 1 year – 2 Semesters
Minimum Credits: 28

Program Advisor
Brian Hale
Davis Hall Room 228