Associate Degree in Pre-Engineering

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About This Program

Engineering involves the arrangement and modification of natural materials to produce devices and processes in order to accomplish human goals expeditiously, economically and safely. Engineering education is divided into such fields as aeronautical, agricultural, biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, material, mechanical and nuclear.

The pre-engineering program at SMCC is a two year program that helps students determine if they are interested in engineering and prepares them to transfer to a Bachelor’s-level engineering program. The program focuses on developing a fundamental knowledge of physics, chemistry and mathematics, and provides an introduction to engineering. In addition, students take classes in English, communication, the social sciences and humanities.

One major advantage of attending a community college is the possibility of close association with faculty and fellow students. Students who choose to study engineering at SMCC believe that small classes in the basic engineering, science and math courses and the supportive environment and personal attention of a community college are important in giving them a start toward a satisfying career in engineering.

Your Degree Courses

Pre-Engineering offers an Associate in Science degree requiring a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following courses are a sampling of what you might take as a student in this program and are subject to change.

Program Course Sampling

  • Chemistry for Engineers with Lab
  • Circuits I and II
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Engineering Statics
  • Strength of Materials
  • Pre-calculus/Calculus I & II
  • College Physics I & II with Lab
  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Program, Fine Arts/Humanities, and Social Science electives

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

Interested in seeing some of the current major-specific courses being offered as a part of this degree program?

Graduation Requirements

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about attending SMCC and are curious what the current program course requirements are to earn your degree, download the current SMCC current Course Catalog.

Current Students

If you are a current student, your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. To view your specific program requirements or to search and register for courses, log in to MySMCC and visit the MyDegree webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Develop expertise in and practice mathematical principles as they apply to the fields of Physics and engineering.
  • Understand the role of chemistry in our physical and biological environment as it pertains to atomic and molecular structure, the laws of thermodynamics and how energy is exchanged between systems.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of introductory programming languages.

Estimated Degree Completion Time

4.5 full-time semesters

66 credit hours are required to complete this program

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

SMCC Graduates

On Average, college graduates earn $1 million more over their life times than high school graduates
92% of SMCC graduates gain employment or continue their education within 9 months of graduation


Transfer Agreements for Pre-Engineering

Chemical Engineering, BS

University of Maine

SMCC Degree Program: Pre-Engineering

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Computer Engineering, BS

University of Maine

SMCC Degree Program: Pre-Engineering

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Electrical Engineering, BS

University of Maine

SMCC Degree Program: Pre-Engineering

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Electrical Engineering, BS

University of Southern Maine

SMCC Degree Program: Pre-Engineering

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Electrical Engineering Technology, BS

University of Maine

SMCC Degree Program: Pre-Engineering

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Electrical Engineering w/Concentration in Computer Engineering, BS

University of Southern Maine

SMCC Degree Program: Pre-Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering

University of Maine

SMCC Degree Program: Pre-Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering, BS

University of Southern Maine

SMCC Degree Program: Pre-Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering Technology, BS

University of Maine

SMCC Degree Program: Pre-Engineering

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