Snow College continues to offer the Associate of Pre-Engineering (APE) degree to students who plan to transfer to a university and pursue a baccalaureate degree in any of the traditional fields of engineering. This two-year degree requires an emphasis of coursework in engineering, mathematics, and physical science, with fewer general education requirements than the Associate of Science (AS) or the Associate of Arts (AA) degree. It is anticipated that a student will also earn an AS degree while at Snow College, but additional coursework will be needed to complete the balance of general education requirements for that degree.
Students who complete an emphasis in engineering at Snow College will be expected to demonstrate that they have a working knowledge of the theories and principles of physics in the areas of Newtonian mechanics, gravitation, electricity and magnetism, wave motion and physical optics; are acquainted with standard methods of mathematical analysis including trigonometry and analytic geometry, differential and integral calculus, matrices and linear algebra, and the solutions to differential equations; 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; can work effectively in a group to accomplish an objective, and make a significant contribution to its outcome; can combine the knowledge of physics and chemistry, together with the analytical skills of mathematics to find solutions to technical problems that benefit society; can use the computer to store and process technical data, to access information remotely over the internet, and as a computational tool related to the engineering process; feel an appreciation for the physical world and the laws that govern it;enjoy the beauty of mathematics and elegance of physical theories;appreciate the importance of professional ethics as practiced by engineers as they apply their knowledge and skills to serve society.
Requirements for Associate of Pre-Engineering Degree
The Associate of Pre-Engineering (APE) degree is offered to students who plan to transfer to a university and pursue a baccalaureate degree in any of the traditional fields of engineering. This degree requires an emphasis of coursework in engineering, mathematics, and science; with fewer general education requirements than that required for the associate of science (AS) or the associate of arts (AA) degree. However, it is recommended that a student earn the AS as well as the APE while at Snow College. These additional general education credits can be acquired by transfer of college credit taken while in high school, by taking credits during Maymester or summer term, or by transferring credits back to Snow College from the university. The option of taking some general education classes at the upper division level in the university is consistent with recent Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) standards.
Coursework for the APE degree must include the completion of a minimum of 64 semester credit hours as specified below. (At least 21 semesters hours must be resident credit earned at Snow College.) Credit may be transferred from any accredited college or university for which course equivalents have been certified. The minimum grade accepted from transfer credit is C- (1.7). A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 must be earned on coursework completed at Snow College.
- ENGR 1000 Intro to Engineering
- ENGR 1300 Engr Graphics & Design
- ENGR 1800 Interdisciplinary Intro to GIS
- ENGR 2010 Statics
- ENGR 2030 Dynamics
- ENGR 2140 Strength of Materials
- ENGR 2240 Survey & Global Positioning
- ENGR 2250 Analog Circuits
- ENGR 2255 Analog Circuits Laboratory
- ENGR 2300 Engineering Thermodynamics
- ENGR 2450 Numerical Methods
- ENGR 2700 Digital Circuits
- ENGR 2705 Digital Circuits Lab
- ENGR 2850 Special Topics
Students in their sophomore year in pre-engineering often have the necessary background to work as tutors, lab assistants, and teaching assistants while at Snow College. This is an opportunity to gain valuable experience working in a technical job while going to school.
Also, after taking courses in mathematics, science, and engineering, students are often able to find summer employment with engineering firms, which gives further experience in their chosen field.