2014-2015 Student Catalog 
    Jul 22, 2024  
2014-2015 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering Studies, AS

Contact Information

Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:     Associates in Science
Hegis Code:               5609
SUNY Code:              2211
Major Code:              ENGS

The Career

In order to remain competitive in the new global economy, it is essential that the United States ensures that science and engineering has a high priority. Added to that are new efforts directed toward new areas of manufacture, energy independence, clean energy, energy efficiency, renewal of national infrastructure, etc. These efforts will require an increasing number of graduate engineers in all areas of engineering. It is anticipated that the need for graduate engineers will grow steadily in the future. Graduate engineers currently command among the highest starting salaries of all professional fields.

The NCCC Approach

The Engineering Studies associate degree (A.S.) program at Niagara County Community College will better prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate degree in engineering. This program will include those courses required in the first two years of a typical baccalaureate degree program in engineering. These courses are of an applied physics nature and include coursework in Statics, Dynamics, Mechanical Properties of Materials, etc. This program fulfills the academic needs in such areas as mathematics, physics and chemistry, in support of engineering studies coursework, thus enabling students to transfer seamlessly.

As currently structured, this program will meet all requirements for transfer into State University at Buffalo programs in Aerospace, Civil and Mechanical Engineering. It also meets requirements at Alfred University in such areas as Ceramics Engineering, Glass Engineering and Materials Science Engineering.

Students interested in areas such as chemical and electrical engineering will have the option of completing the bulk of their required coursework within this program in conjunction with the selection of appropriate course electives at NCCC and cross registration at a four-year campus.


Students admitted in September and January. Because of the sequencing of courses, it may take more than four semesters of full-time study if a student begins this program in a spring semester. Students needing additional coursework in preparation for Calculus and Physics will have the option of completing such coursework in the fall semester followed by subsequent admission into the program in January.

Dual Admissions

Consult with the Admissions Office.

Articulation Agreements

Consult with the Admissions Office.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To provide a course of study which enables graduates to transfer seamlessly into four-year baccalaureate programs in Aerospace, Civil and Mechanical Engineering
  • To provide a course of study which enables graduates to complete a large portion of requirements for transfer into four-year baccalaureate programs in Chemical and Electrical Engineering
  • To provide a core of mathematics and science courses in support of continued coursework at the four-year level and in support of professional endeavors upon attainment of the baccalaureate degree

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of engineering concepts and their application at both the theoretical level of design and the practical level of performance
  • Apply concepts of mathematics and scientific principles to the design, fabrication and evaluation of structures and working systems
  • Incorporate drafting and graphical techniques for the visual presentation of structural and system designs
  • Utilize the computer literacy skills required in the design, fabrication and evaluation of structures and working systems
  • Communicate with others, including both general, scientific and technical information, in an oral and written manner

Program Requirements (ENGS)

  1. A total of at least 70 credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0. Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the degree.
  2. Engineering Studies: A minimum of 17 credit hours to include:
  3. Mathematics: A minimum of 16 credit hours to include:
  4. Physical Sciences: A minimum of 18 credit hours to include:
  5. Computer Science: A minimum of 4 credit hours to include:
  6. Humanities: A minimum 6 credit hours to include:
  7. Social Sciences: A minimum of 3 credit hours to be chosen from PSY, SOC or ANT
  8. General Education:  A minimum of 6 credit hours to be chosen from two different areas from the following:
    American History 
    Other World Civilization 
    Western Civilization 


Typical Program


* Dependent upon the fulfillment of Academic Foundations requirements.

Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarships available to NCCC students.  Scholarship deadline dates vary each semester.  For more information, please visit the scholarship webpage at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships . The NCCC Scholarship Office is located within the Financial Aid Complex, A-114 or by phone (716) 614-6205.