Engineering

Associate of Science

The Associate of Science degree with a field of study in Engineering offers students the opportunity to take a core curriculum of general education with an emphasis on Engineering. At the present time, a high percentage of all the technical and managerial positions in industry are occupied by engineers. Our engineering program prepares students for transfer to a four-year institution where they can specialize in all engineering disciplines such as:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Agriculture Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Radiological Health Engineering

It is suggested that students interested in the fields of Chemical or Petroleum Engineering follow a modified Chemistry degree plan, which includes MATH 2413 Calculus I. An appointment with a faculty advisor before enrolling is strongly recommended.

This listing closely parallels the first two years of education that one would receive at most engineering schools. Upon completion of this sequence, many students transfer to an engineering school and obtain a degree in one of the various engineering fields. However, students intending to transfer should be aware of the transfer institution’s requirements.

It is possible to complete the engineering sequence in a number of ways and time periods. However, because of sensitive math and physics prerequisites, the suggested guideline should be closely followed if one hopes to complete the program in a timely manner and to smoothly transition to a four-year institution.

Entering students, please note that the first semester suggests MATH 2413 Calculus I. Students with a score of 380+ on the math portion of the TSI Exam may test-out of MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus Math and enroll directly into MATH 2413 Calculus I after taking and passing the Calculus I Placement Exam provided by the Mathematics Department. Students who qualify and elect this option must contact and make arrangements with the Mathematics Department at 956-872-8327 no later than two (2) weeks prior to the start of the semester the students intends to enroll.

Students with an SAT score of 560+ (SAT II Math Level 1), 520+ (SAT II Math Level 2) or an ACT score of 28+ may also enroll directly into MATH 2413 Calculus I. Otherwise, it is recommended that students take the prerequisite MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus Math the summer prior to the start of the fall semester. Enrollment in MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus Math requires a prerequisite of MATH 1414 College Algebra or ACT scores of 25-27, SAT II Math Level I scores of 520-559, or SAT II Math Level 2 scores of 500-519.

For questions regarding this major, please contact the program advisors:

  • Dr. Enriqueta Cortez, Department Chair
    956-872-2502
  • Mr. Martin Knecht, Engineering Faculty
    956-872-2526
  • Dr. Ivan Camara, Math and Science Student Success Specialist
    956-872-6786

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Field of Study - 23-25 credit hours
Required for All Engineering Students
ENGR 1201Introduction to Engineering2
MATH 2414Calculus II4
MATH 2415Calculus III4
CHEM 1411General Chemistry I4
Tracks
Select one of the following tracks:9-11
General/Mechanical/Civil Engineering Track
Engineering Graphics
Engineering Mechanics - Statics
Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics
Electrical/Computer Engineering Track
Programming Fundamentals I
Introduction to Digital Systems
Engineering Mechanics - Statics and Dynamics
Chemical/Enivironmental Petroleum Engineering Track
General Chemistry II
Engineering Mechanics - Statics and Dynamics
Select one of the following:
Organic Chemistry II (Chemical Engineering)
Biology for Science Majors I (Environmental Engineering)
Physical Geology (Petroleum Engineering)
STC Core Curriculum - 37 credit hours
Complete 37 credit hours of required Core Curriculum including the following: 137
Mathematics
Calculus I
Life and Physical Sciences
University Physics I
University Physics II
Core Component Area Option
Electrical Circuits I
Organic Chemistry I
Total Credit Hours60-62
1

In addition to the courses in the Field of Study, the student is required to take 37 credit hours from the STC Core Curriculum.

Recommended After Completion of Degree to be Core Complete

Students who would like to be Core complete upon transfer should also complete courses from the following Core component areas:

Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective
ECON 2301Principles of Economics I - Macro3
Language, Philosophy & Culture
PHIL 2306Introduction to Ethics3

Recommended Course Sequence

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Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
HIST 1301
United States History I
or Mexican-American History I
3
MATH 2413 Calculus I 1 4
CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I 4
ENGR 1201 Introduction to Engineering 2
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric 3
MATH 2414 Calculus II 4
PHYS 2425 University Physics I 4
Engineering Elective 2 3-4
 Credit Hours14
Third Semester
MATH 2415 Calculus III 4
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
HIST 1302
United States History II
or Mexican-American History II
3
ENGR 2405
Electrical Circuits I 3
or Organic Chemistry I
4
Creative Arts Elective - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours17
Fourth Semester
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
PHYS 2426 University Physics II 4
Engineering Elective 2 3-4
Engineering Elective 2 3-4
 Credit Hours13-15
 Total Credit Hours60-62 Credit Hours
1

Check catalog for course pre-requisites.

2

Students should speak with an advisor and check with the institution they intend to transfer in order to choose the best option. Students must choose electives within the same block.

3

Students pursuing the Chemical/Environmental/Petroleum Track must take CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I while other tracks must take ENGR 2405 Electrical Circuits I.

Recommended After Completion of Degree to be Core Complete

Students who would like to be Core complete upon transfer should also complete courses from the following Core component areas:

Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective
ECON 2301Principles of Economics I - Macro3
Language, Philosophy & Culture
PHIL 2306Introduction to Ethics3