Associate in Engineering (AE) Degree

The Associate in Engineering (AE) degree program is intended for students who ultimately wish to transfer to a four-year engineering degree program. The courses listed on the AE plan of study will transfer smoothly to all five University of North Carolina System schools that house engineering programs. These schools are:

Note that a 2.5 GPA is required to be awarded the AE degree, and a higher GPA may be needed to gain acceptance into a four-year engineering program, particularly at NCSU, where many programs require a 3.5 GPA.

Also note that the math requirements for the AE plan of study begin with MAT 271 Calculus I. If necessary, students will need to take MAT 171 and MAT 172 prior to taking MAT 271. However, there are several ways to place into MAT 271. View the course placement document for details.

Printable Plans of Study (pdf)

2018-2019 2017-2018

2017– 2018 Associate in Engineering Degree (A10500)

The following plan of study is the standard curriculum for the above program. Any deviation from the prescribed curriculum must have advance approval. All prerequisite course requirements must also be met. To graduate the student must successfully complete all the required courses and the required credit hours for electives and have at least a 2.5 overall grade point average. Prerequisite courses to a subsequent course must be passed with a C or better. A grade of D will not count for transfer. This plan of study is subject to change when the college thinks such action is in the best interest of the student or the program. It is the responsibility of the student to meet requirements for graduation. ACA 122 is required for graduation. Students are advised to take ACA 122 in their first semester at Durham Tech to create a suitable plan of study.

The Associate in Engineering (AE) degree shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit (SHC) of courses. Within the degree program, the institution shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and basic computer use.

The degree plan 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.

General Education – 42 SHC (“Semester Hours of Credit”)
Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC: 38 SHC)*
*All General Education Transfer Component Courses will transfer for equivalency credit.
Course SHC SEM Grade
English Composition (6 SHC)
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry (Prereq: DRE 096-098 3    
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines (Prereq: ENG 111) 3    
Humanities/Fine Arts (6 SHC)
Choose from ART 111, ART 114, ART 115, COM 231, MUS 110, MUS 112 (Prereq: DRE 096-098) 3    
Choose from ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 241, ENG 242, PHI 215, PHI 240, REL 110* (Prereq: ENG-ENG 112; PHI-ENG 111) *REL 110 is not a UGETC course, but will transfer for equivalency credit to the engineering programs at all five UNC institutions that offer undergraduate engineering programs. It may not transfer with equivalency to other programs. 3    
Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 SHC)
ECO 251 (Prereq: DRE 096-098 and DMA 010-050) 3    
Choose from HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 131, HIS 132, POL 120, PSY 150, or SOC 210 (Prereq: DRE 096-098) 3    
Mathematics (12 SHC)
Calculus I is the lowest level math course that will be accepted by the engineering programs for transfer as a math credit. Students who are not calculus-ready will need to take additional math courses.
MAT 271 (Prereq: MAT 172) 4    
MAT 272 (Prereq: MAT 271) 4    
MAT 273 (Prereq: MAT 272*) 4    
*MAT 273 is not a UGETC, but it is required for the AE degree.
Natural Sciences (12 SHC)
CHM 151 (Prereq: DRE 096-098; DMA 010-080) 4    
PHY 251 (Prereq: MAT 271; Coreq: MAT 272) 4    
PHY 252 (Prereq: MAT 272; Coreq: MAT 273) 4    

Additional General Education Hours (11 SHC)
Subject Course SHC SEM Grade
Additional Math MAT 273 (Prereq: MAT 272) 4    

Other Required Hours (18 SHC)
(Student should consult with his or her advisor to complete, based on the requirements of the selected receiving institution and the student’s intended major.)
Subject Course SHC SEM Grade
ACA 122 College Transfer Success Course (Prereq: None. This course should be taken in the student’s first semester.) 1    
EGR 150 Introduction to Engineering (Prereq: DMA 010-080 and DRE 096-097) 2    
Additional Course(s) Choose from BIO 111, CHM 152, CSC 134, CSC 151, DFT 170, ECO 252, EGR 220, HUM 110, MAT 285, PED 110 (Prerequisites vary; consult with advisor or check course descriptions)      
Additional Course        
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Total Associate in Arts SHC Completed (Minimum 60 SHC)      

Notes: Whenever a DMA or DRE prerequisite is listed, all preceding DMAs or DREs must also be completed.

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.

All students must demonstrate computer competency to graduate. That competency may be demonstrated by a satisfactory score on the computer competency test or by completing CSC 151.