May 21, 2024  
2022-23 Gaston College Catalog 

Associate in Engineering (A10500)

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The Associate in Engineering 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 duplicative courses.

Admission to Engineering programs is highly competitive and admission is not guaranteed. To be eligible for the transfer of credits under the AE to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Articulation Agreement, community college graduates must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

Demonstrate general education competencies in the following areas:

Competency 1:  Information Literacy and Educational Technology

Students will meet this competency through the completion of both objectives 1a and 1b.

Objective 1a:  Access, use, and evaluate information in a variety of formats.

Objective 1b:  Use educational technologies to achieve academic and work-related goals.

Competency 2:  Communication

Students will meet this competency through assessments in both ENG 111 and ENG 112, ENG 114, COM 120, or COM 231.

Objective:  Communicate effectively through writing, reading, and speaking

Competency 3:  Computational and/or Scientific Reasoning

Students will meet this competency through the completion of objectives 3a, 3b, or 3c.

Objective 3a:  Analyze mathematical problems and quantitative data to make logical decisions.

Objective 3b:  Demonstrate knowledge of the natural sciences and use this knowledge to analyze problems and make rational decisions.

Objective 3c:  Demonstrate knowledge of the role and function of computers to solve problems.

Competency 4:  Humanities and Fine Arts

Students will meet this competency through the completion of objectives 4a, 4b, or 4c.

Objective 4a:  Demonstrate knowledge of philosophical and/or religious beliefs, assumptions, and values.

Objective 4b:  Demonstrate knowledge of cultural and artistic significance within the fine arts.

Objective 4c:  Demonstrate knowledge of literary works within a historical and cultural context.

Competency 5:  Social and Behavioral Sciences

Students will meet this competency through the completion of objectives 5a or 5b.

Objective 5a:  Demonstrate knowledge of the historical patterns in political, cultural, and economic life and their impact on human societies.

Objective 5b:  Demonstrate knowledge of the reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the environment.

General Education Requirements (45 SHC)*

Total Credit Hours: 45

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Program Hours: 60


*Students must meet the receiving university’s foreign language and/or health and physical education requirements, if applicable, prior to or after transfer to the senior institution.

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