2019 - 2020 Student Catalog 
    Apr 24, 2024  
2019 - 2020 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering Studies, A.S. (Tracks in: Aerospace, Mechanical, Undecided Engineering; Civil Engineering; Environmental Engineering)

Contact Information

Program Requirements

Typical Program - Aerospace/Mechanical/Undecided Track

Typical Program - Civil Engineering Track

Typical Program - Environmental Engineering Track

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 a seamless transfer into any SUNY program, including the State University at Buffalo, in aerospace, mechanical, civil or environmental engineering.

Students interested in areas such as biomedical, industrial, 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 fall, spring and summer.  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 or summer semester.  Students needing additional coursework in preparation for Calculus and Physics may take more than four semesters to complete the program.

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, mechanical, civil or environmental 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

Program 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 68-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 14-credit hours to include:
    ENS 219 - Engineering Mechanics of Materials  
    MET 110 - Engineering Drawing I  
  3. Mathematics: A minimum of 16-credit hours to include:
  4. Physical Sciences: A minimum of 13-credit hours to include:
    PHY 171L - Calculus-Based Physics and Mechanics Lab  
    PHY 172L - Calculus Based Physics II Lab  
  5. Computer Science: A minimum of 4-credit hours to include:
    ENS 110 - Computer Programming for Engineers   
  6. Basic Communication - Written: A minimum 6-credit hours to include:
    ENG 103 - Writing for STEM   
  7. Social Sciences - General Education: A minimum of 3-credit hours to include Gen Ed approved PSY, SOC or ANT.  
  8. General Education:  A minimum of 3-credit hours to be chosen from one list of General Education courses that fulfill both the Arts (AR) and Western Civilization (WC)
  9. Track Requirements/Electives:  A minimum of 9-credit hours.  Choose from one of the following tracks:
    1. Aerospace, Mechanical, Undecided Engineering Track
      ENS 283 - Thermodynamics 
      ENS 285 - Engineering Circuit Analysis  
      MAT 164 - Introduction to Statistics  OR
      MAT 255 - Linear Algebra  
    2. Civil Engineering Track
      CHE 113L - General Chemistry II Lab  
      CHE 121 - General Chemistry II  
      ENS 283 - Thermodynamics  OR
      ENS 285 - Engineering Circuit Analysis  
      TEC 110 - Introduction to Technical Calculations  
    3. Environmental  Engineering Track
      BIO 109 - General Biology I  
      BIO 109L - General Biology I Lab  
      CHE 113L - General Chemistry II Lab  
      CHE 121 - General Chemistry II  

Typical Program–Aerospace, Mechanical, Undecided Engineering Track

First Semester–Aerospace, Mechanical, Undecided Engineering

Total Credit Hours: 18

Total Credit Hours: 16

Total Credit Hours: 18

Total Credit Hours: 16

Typical Program–Civil Engineering Track

Typical Program–Environmental Engineering Track

Total Credit Hours: 17

Total Credit Hours: 16

Total Credit Hours: 18

Fourth Semester–Environmental Engineering

Total Credit Hours: 17


* 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.