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Harper College

Associate in Engineering Science

Transfer to a four-year university as an engineering major

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  • Engineering
  • Engineering science

At Harper College, you can prepare transfer to a four-year university to complete a bachelor's degree in engineering. Open to students with strong backgrounds in mathematics and physical science, the program offers the same rigorous courses as four-year schools.

This curriculum meets the requirements of the Associate in Engineering Science degree and follows the Illinois Articulation Initiative engineering baccalaureate major recommendations.

The Engineering Pathways program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, allows you to complete Harper’s two-year engineering program and receive guaranteed admission to U of I to earn a bachelor's degree.

Sample transfer plan

This sample transfer planning guide meets the requirements of the Associate in Engineering Science degree and follows the Illinois Articulation Initiative engineering baccalaureate major recommendations. Students should have a strong background in mathematics and the physical sciences. Students choosing to follow this sample plan need to choose the major of Associate in Engineering Science if needing financial aid. Transfer institution requirements may vary - students should check individual college/university requirements before completing the sample plan as outlined. Baccalaureate admission may be competitive. Completion of these courses alone does not guarantee admission.

Completion of the Associate in Engineering Science (AES) degree does not fulfill the requirements of the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum. After transfer, AES students will need to complete the general education requirements of the institution to which they transfer.

F = Fall only course S = Spring only course U = Summer only course

FIRST SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
CHM 121 5

Description:  Studies principles of atomic and molecular structure, bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, kinetic molecular theory, and solutions. Corresponding laboratory experiments include volumetric and gravimetric analyses, a qualitative study of reactions, visible spectrophotometry, and problem-based analyses. Intended for all students whose majors require general chemistry, including science majors and pre-professionals. The course also satisfies a general education laboratory science requirement for students with previous chemistry experience. IAI P1 902L, IAI CHM 911

Prerequisite: Two semesters of high school chemistry or CHM 110 with a grade of C or better AND placement into college-level mathematics without support. mathplacement.php

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

EGR 100   F   1

DescriptionThis course is only offered in the fall term.

Introduces engineering techniques, methods and history. Explores career options and requirements for various engineering fields. Covers interrelationships within and between engineering, technology and science to allow differentiation between various career choices.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

ENG 101 3

Description:  Emphasizes the writing of expository prose. Introduction to the critical reading of nonfiction prose. IAI C1 900

Prerequisite: ENG 096 with a grade of P or other placement options: english-placement-grid.php ESL students need one of the following options: ESL 073 and ESL 074 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 086 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 099 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 with required writing placement test score; or ESL 074 with required reading placement test score.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

MTH 200 5

Description:  Studies limits, continuity, derivatives, antiderivatives, and definite integrals as they relate to algebraic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions. Includes applications to geometry, science, and engineering. IAI M1 900-1, IAI MTH 901

Prerequisite: MTH 140 (Precalculus) with a grade of C or better, or other placement options. mathplacement.php

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

Social and Behavioral Science (ECO 211 is recommended.)1 3

SECOND SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
CSC 121 4

Description:  The first in a sequence of courses for majors in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Engineering. Introduces a disciplined approach to problem-solving and algorithm development, in addition to an introduction to procedural and data abstraction. Covers: selection, repetition, and sequence control structures; program design, testing, and documentation using good programming style; block-structured high-level programming languages; and arrays, records, and files. IAI CS911

Prerequisite: MTH 070 (Plane Geometry) with a grade of C or better or Geometry Waiver; AND college-level placement in mathematics. mathplacement.php

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

ENG 102 3

Description:  Continues ENG 101. Reading literature and writing of various types of prose. Introduces methods used in writing investigative papers. IAI C1 901R

Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor or department chair.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

MTH 201 5

Description:  Continues MTH 200. Uses integrals to describe area and volume, studies techniques of integration, series, conics, polar coordinates and parametric equations with applications to science and engineering. IAI M1 900-2, IAI MTH 902

Prerequisite: MTH 200 (Calculus I) with a grade of C or better, or other placement options. mathplacement.php

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

PHY 201 5

Description:  Introduces mechanics using calculus. Topics include force and motion; work and energy; rotation; oscillations; and fluids. For students in chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. IAI P2 900L, IAI PHY 911

Prerequisite: MTH 200 (Calculus I, IAI M1 900-1, IAI MTH 901) with a grade of C or better. Recommend concurrent enrollment in MTH 201 (Calculus II, IAI M1 900-2, IAI MTH 902).

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

THIRD SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
MTH 202 5

Description:  Continues MTH 201. Studies three-dimensional vectors, solid analytic geometry, vector-valued functions, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, Green’s theorem, surface integrals, divergence theorem and Stokes' theorem. IAI M1 900-3, IAI MTH 903

Prerequisite: MTH 201 (Calculus II) with a grade of C or better, or other placement options. mathplacement.php

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

PHY 202 5

Description:  Introduces electricity and magnetism using calculus. Topics include charge; electric field and potential; resistance, capacitance, and inductance; DC and AC circuits; magnetic fields; laws of Gauss, Ampere, and Faraday; Maxwell’s equations and electromagnetic waves; geometric optics, lenses and mirrors, interference and diffraction, and polarization. Intended for students in chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. IAI PHY 912

Prerequisite: MTH 201(Calculus II, IAI M1 900-2, IAI MTH 902) and PHY 201 (General Physics I: Mechanics, IAI P2 900L, IAI PHY 911) with grades of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

Humanities and Fine Arts2 3
Computer Science. CSC 122 is recommended for Electrical, Computer, and Computer Science. Engineering. EGR 105 (F) is recommended for all specializations. EGR 120 is recommended for Aerospace, Civil, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical, and Systems. EGR 210 is recommended for Aerospace, Civil, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical, Nuclear, and Systems 1-4

FOURTH SEMESTER: EGR 265 (U) is offered in the summer term, for students to take after completing their fourth semester. Recommended for Aerospace, Materials, Mechanical, and Nuclear. For other engineering majors not listed above, please consult with the transfer institution and your academic advisor for specialty course recommendations

Number Course Title Credits
MTH 212 3

Description:  Continues MTH 202. Emphasizes solutions of first order differential equations, linear differential equations, special second order equations and series solutions. Studies selections from these topics: LaPlace transforms, Fourier series, numerical methods and applications of matrix algebra. IAI MTH 912

Prerequisite: MTH 202 (Calculus III, IAI M1 900-3, IAI MTH 903) with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

PHY 203 5

DescriptionThis course is only offered in the spring term.

Introduces thermodynamics and quantum physics. Topics include temperature and heat; ideal gas law; first and second law of thermodynamics; kinetic theory of gases; entropy; relativity; quantization; the atom; solid state physics and conduction; nuclear and elementary particle physics. Intended for students in chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. IAI PHY 913

Prerequisite: MTH 201 (Calculus II, IAI M1 900-2, IAI MTH 902) and PHY 201 (General Physics I: Mechanics, IAI P2 900L, IAI PHY 911) with grades of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

Computer Science. CSC 122 is recommended for Electrical, Computer, and Computer Science. CSC 214 and CSC 216 (S) are recommended for Computer Science. Engineering. EGR 110 (S) is recommended for Electrical, Computer, Industrial, and Systems. EGR 120 is recommended for Aerospace, Civil, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical, and Systems. EGR 211 (S) is recommended for Aerospace, Civil, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical, Nuclear, and Systems. EGR 212 (S) is recommended for Civil, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical, and Systems. EGR 240 (S) is recommended for Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Mechanical, and Nuclear. Mathematics. MTH 203 (S)5 is recommended for Aerospace, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Materials, Mechanical, Nuclear, and Systems. MTH 220 is recommended for Computer Science 6-10

- First-Year Seminar (FYS) course

1 - Refer to the Associate in Engineering Science degree for approved courses in this category. One course from Humanities and Fine Arts or from Social and Behavioral Sciences must meet the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement for the Associate in Engineering Science degree.

- Check transfer institution requirements

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Next steps

For more information about studying engineering at Harper, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.

Last Updated: 4/8/24