Associates in Science
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.
Consult with the Admissions Office.
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.