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Apply science, mathematics, and empirical evidence in innovative ways while earning your Associate of Science General degree.

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Do you enjoy using math and science to create new ways to solve everyday problems? With an Associate of Science General degree, you can prepare yourself to become an engineer by earning credits in the STEM field that will transfer to 4-year Colorado universities. Talk to our Career and Transfer counselors to learn more about transfer options.

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Henry Weigel
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Physical Sciences
henry.weigel [at] arapahoe.edu

What You'll Learn

  • Communication
  • Information Management
  • Personal Development
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Responsibility and Accountability

CIP 140101 (AES)

This program introduces students to calculus, physics, and engineering and it includes courses that are designed to transfer to the Colorado School of Mines in order to continue studies in engineering. It allows students to complete the first two years of the BS degree at the community college. Students explore calculus, physics, and engineering applications. Engineering is the application of science and math to solve problems and protect and improve lives. Engineers figure out how things work and find practical uses for scientific discoveries. Most of the things that make our lives safer, more enjoyable, and more productive are products of engineering. Career paths in engineering include chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, geological, geophysical, mechanical, mining, petroleum, and quantum engineering. The Associate of Engineering Science (AES) degree prepares students to complete the remaining portion of a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Engineering at a four-year university, specifically Colorado School of Mines.

The Associate of Engineering Science degree requires students to enter prepared to take Calculus I (MAT 2410) and General College Chemistry I (CHE 1111). Any needed prerequisites to be ready for these courses will not count for this degree. For some students, a general AS degree is a better fit. It allows you to apply college-level courses in College Algebra, Pre-calculus, and Physics. See a Pathways Advisor to discuss testing out options, review transfer university requirements, and to develop an academic plan that works for you.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (22 credit hours)
Written Communications (3 credit hours)
Mathematics (5 credit hours)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credit hours)
Arts and Humanities (3 credit hours)
Natural and Physical Sciences (5 credit hours)
Additional General Education Course (3 credit hours)

Choose one additional course:

Elective Courses (Choose 11-14 credit hours)
  • Any Course in PED Prefix (2 Credits)
  • Any Foreign Language (including ASL) numbered 1001 or higher
  • 2000 Level Course from GT-HI1, GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3 categories.
  • Elective credit should be selected based on program(s) of interest at Colorado School of Mines. Students should contact a Mines advisor and refer to the Catalog information at https://catalog.mines.edu to obtain information regarding course transfer. Students can also visit https://catalog.mines.edu/undergraduate/undergraduateinformation/distributedcore/ to learn more about core requirements at Mines
Note(s)

* Please be advised: If you choose one of these courses, it will put you over 60 credits. The courses will transfer, but the extra credits may not. That is, the receiving institution may still require the completion of 60 credits for the major.

1 If possible, students transferring to Mines should take the Calculus II and III sequence at the same institution.

2 If possible, Mines would prefer students take MAT 2431 and MAT 2561

3 CSC 1019 must be completed with either CNG 1024 or CNG 2043 to transfer to Mines equivalent to CSCI101 and be accepted as an elective for this degree.

Total: 60-66 Credit Hours

Graduation Requirements

CIP 141901 (EMEC)

This program is designed for students transferring to a four-year university to complete their BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. It allows students to complete the first two years of the BS degree at the community college. Students explore calculus, physics, and engineering applications. Mechanical engineering combines engineering physics, mathematics, and materials science principles, preparing them to design, analyze, manufacture, and maintain systems that incorporate motion, energy, and force. Mechanical engineers are creative problem solvers who design, develop, and manufacture the machines and instrumentation that run energy, building, environmental, and transportation systems. This program introduces students to calculus, physics, and engineering applications and it includes courses that are design to transfer to Colorado State University and University of Colorado in order to continue studies in mechanical engineering. This is a designed career pathway in mechanical engineering. The Associate of Engineering Science (AES) degree prepares students to complete the second half of a Bachelor of Science (BS) in mechanical engineering at a four-year university, specifically Colorado State University and University of Colorado.

The AES in Mechanical Engineering requires you to enter prepared to take Calculus (MAT 2410), General College Chemistry I (CHE 1111), and Calculus-based Physics (PHY 2111). Any needed prerequisites to be ready for these courses will not count for this degree. For some students, a general AS degree is a better fit. It allows you to apply college-level courses in College Algebra, Pre-calculus, and Physics. See an advisor to discuss testing out options, review transfer university requirements, and to develop an academic plan that works for you.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (34 credit hours)
Written Communications (3 credit hours)
Mathematics (10 credit hours)
Arts and Humanities (3 credit hours)
  • GT – One GT Pathways Arts and Humanities course (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credit hours)
  • GT – One GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Sciences course (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3)
Major Required Courses (27-30 credit hours)

(Each track is specific to the transfer Institution)

Track II: University of Colorado
Choose one Elective Course (3-4 credit hours)
Note(s)

1MAT 2431 is preferred,however, additional credits over 64 may not transfer to all universities

2MAT 2562 is preferred. If a student takes both MAT 2560 and MAT 2540 additional credits over 64 may result which may not transfer to all universities.

Total: 61-64 Credit Hours

Graduation Requirements

CIP 240199

Students successfully completing any Guaranteed Transfer Courses with a "C" or better are guaranteed acceptance of the course at any public four-year College or university in Colorado. The State Guaranteed Transfer Courses and the Colorado Community College General Education requirements have been incorporated into the degree. Students who complete a 60 credit-hour A.S. degree with appropriate course requirements and grades of "C" or better may be able to complete a Baccalaureate degree in 60 additional credits after transferring to a four-year public institution. Consult your ACC Advisor about Colorado's 60 + 60 agreement.

NOTE: This guarantee excludes majors in Education, Business, Engineering and Nursing.

NOTE: No course substitutions will be accepted for the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (39 credit hours)
Written Communications (6 credit hours)
Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two Guaranteed Transfer Arts & Humanities courses from two different areas (GT-AH1, GTAH2,
    GT-AH3, or GT-AH4). See GT-Pathways courses
Social and Behavioral Science (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two Guaranteed Transfer Social & Behavioral Science courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, or GT-SS3).
    See GT-Pathways courses
History (3 credit hours)
Natural and Physical Sciences (12 credit hours)
Elective Courses (21 credit hours)

Elective credit must be completed from the following lists of approved prefixes or courses to bring the total credit hours to 60.

Guaranteed Transfer
Any course in the following prefixes

Any course in the following prefixes except Special Topics (275) and Independent Study (285): AST (100 or higher), BIO (100 or higher), CHE (100 or higher), EGG (100 or higher), MAT (121 or higher, except 155 or 156), PHY (111 or higher), or any foreign language (111 or above).

Total: 60 credit hours

All courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to be considered for transfer to another Colorado institution. Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Graduation Requirements

ACC academic plans will help guide you through your chosen program. The academic plan will provide you with important information, like which semesters courses are offered if there are any prerequisites or co-requisites for courses, program outcomes, course sequence recommendations, notes for the program, graduation requirements, and other important information. These are updated annually, so we recommend downloading a copy of yours to keep on track to graduation.

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