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Associate in Engineering

campus entrance

Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Associate in Engineering program gives you the opportunity to complete the first two years of a four-year engineering degree at COA.

The degree plan includes required general education and prerequisite courses that are acceptable to all state funded Bachelor of Engineering programs. Students who follow the degree progression plan will meet the entrance requirements at all of the North Carolina public Bachelor of Science Engineering programs. Associate in Engineering graduates may then apply to any of these programs without taking additional and sometimes duplicate courses. Admission to Engineering programs is highly competitive and admission is not guaranteed.

Engineering Pathways

Engineering Pathways is a joint project between the engineering programs of the North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina (UNC), designed to create a seamless transition between the COA and UNC engineering programs.

NC Engineering Pathways


Occupational Outlook Handbook

Curriculum Guide

Universal General Education Transfer Component

Corequisites Prerequisites Credits
Student Success 1
ACA 122 College Transfer Success none none 1
Composition 6
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry none ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 3
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines none ENG 111 3
Fine Arts and Communications 3
COM 231 Public Speaking none ENG 111 3
Humanities 3
Select one course:
ENG 231 (ENG 112), or ENG 232 (ENG 112), or ENG 241 (ENG 111), or ENG 242 (ENG 111) or PHI 215 (ENG 111), or PHI 240 (ENG 111)
none varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences (two courses from different disciplines) 6
Select one course from:
HIS 111 (DRE 098), HIS 112 (DRE 098), HIS 131 (DRE 098), HIS 132 (DRE 098), POL 120 (DRE 098), PSY 150 (DRE 097), or SOC 210 (DRE 098)
none varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
ECO 251 Principles of Microeconomics none DRE 098 and DMA 010-050 3
Mathematics 12
MAT 271 Calculus I none with a grade of “C” or higher 4
MAT 272 Calculus II none MAT 271, with a grade of “C” or higher 4
MAT 273 Calculus III none MAT 272, with a grade of “C” or higher 4
Natural Sciences 12
PHY 251 General Physics I MAT 272 MAT 271 4
PHY 252 General Physics II none PHY 251, MAT 272 4
CHM 151 General Chemistry I none DMA 010-080, and CHM 090 or one unit of high school Chemistry 4
Total Universal General Education Transfer Hours 43
Other Required Pre-Major Elective 2
EGR 150 Intro to Engineering none none 2
Other General Education and Pre-Major Electives 15 – 16
Select 15 credit hours from the list of Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) courses; BIO 111 (DRE 098 and DMA 010-050), CHM 152 (CHM 151), COM 110 (DRE 098), CSC 151 (CIS 110 or CIS 111 or CIS 115), DFT 170, ECO 252 (DMA 010-050 and DRE 098), EGR 220 (PHY 251 and MAT 272) , MAT 280 (MAT 271) and PED 110 n/a
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Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 60 – 61