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Engineering Science, A.S.

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Degree: Associate in Science
HEGIS Code: 5609
Curriculum Code: 0530
Campus Location: North
Liberal Arts Division

Pre-Admission Recommendations: 4 years Math, 4 years Science (Physics and Chemistry)
Career Opportunities/Further Education: Transfer to a 4-year Engineering College or University

Program Description

The Engineering Science program at Erie Community College is an alternative to the first two years of the baccalaureate program in engineering at a large four-year university. Classes at the North Campus are small and in this intimate setting, learning is greatly enhanced. The personal attention, small classes and continued guidance are important factors in students’ success at ECC. This two-year engineering science program is designed to qualify students for transfer to a four-year engineering program.

The Engineering Science curriculum includes courses in English, social science, advanced mathematics, physics and chemistry. Within this program, students will also take certain prescribed engineering courses and elect others, depending on the requirements of the four-year engineering school of their choice. These required courses have been designed to facilitate transfer to baccalaureate engineering programs. Graduates of this program continue their engineering education at four-year colleges and universities. Many attend other State University of New York institutions such as SUNY at Buffalo and SUNY at Binghamton, while others attend private universities, including Rochester Institute of Technology, Clarkson University, University of Detroit, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Kettering University and Syracuse University. Students opt for degrees in many types of engineering, including aeronautical engineering, ceramic engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering and metallurgical engineering. If students have the appropriate grade average, they can transfer into these previously mentioned programs as juniors.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with an Associate in Science degree in Engineering Science, the graduate will be able to:

  • Enter, with junior standing, one of many engineering colleges, provided grades are acceptable
  • Attack problems; solve them in the traditional engineering fashion of: Given, Find, Solution
  • Utilize developed math skills and physical concepts to problem solving
  • Use the computer, as a tool, to help in problem solving
  • Conduct and write laboratory tests/experiments in a thorough fashion using proper communications skills
  • Develop an appreciation of the non-technical, human aspects of engineering
  • Recognize the difference between a technician, technologist and an engineer
  • Appreciate and have an interest in literature


Total Degree Credits: 71.5

Students should consult with his/her academic adviser prior to registering.

First Year, Fall Semester

Second Year, Fall Semester

Second Year, Spring Semester


* Social Science electives should be selected on the basis of the requirements of the engineering school of the student’s choice.

** Contact academic adviser regarding these courses.

To promote smooth transfer of ECC engineering science students to four year engineering institutions and also to accommodate specific changes in the curriculum at these institutions, the engineering science department may make adjustments to its curriculum by introducing new courses that might be specific to certain engineering disciplines. Consult with the academic adviser regarding the curriculum.

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