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Associate in Science in Pre-Engineering

The Associates in Science in Pre-Engineering degree is designed for students who plan to transfer into an engineering bachelor's degree program after completing their general education and preliminary math/science courses at Columbia College. It is extremely important for students to work with an advisor to select elective coursework appropriate to the type of engineering they plan to study and to the institution that they plan to transfer to.

Students who are not prepared to take calculus during their first session or semester should not expect to complete this degree in four semesters or five sessions.

The Associate in Science in Pre-Engineering can only be completed through the traditional campus and Rolla venue.


Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department

Degree requirements

English Composition I 3 sem. hrs

  • ENGL 111 English Composition I 3 hrs

General Education Requirements 24-26 sem. hrs

  • For a complete list of general education courses click here​. For additional information on general education requirements click here.

  • CISS 170 Introduction to Computer Information Systems or 3 hrs
  • CISS 171 Introduction to Computer Information Systems for MAC Users or 3 hrs
  • CISS 176 Introduction to Computer Science

    3 hrs

  • COMM 110 Introduction to Speech

    3 hrs

  • ECON 293 Macroeconomics or 3 hrs
  • ECON 294 Microeconomics

    3 hrs

  • ENGL 112 English Composition II

    3 hrs

  • MATH 201 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I or 5 hrs
  • MATH 215 Differential Calculus 3 hrs

Arts, Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences 6 sem. hrs

  • HIST 121 American History to 1877 or 3 hrs
  • HIST 122 American History Since 1877

    3 hrs

  • HIST 102 Western Civilization II or 3 hrs
  • POSC 111 American National Government

    3 hrs

  • Two additional courses are chosen by the student in consultation with an advisor.

Major Area Requirements 26-27 sem. hrs

  • CHEM 110 Chemistry I 3 hrs
  • CHEM 111L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Experience

    2 hrs

  • MATH 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II or 5 hrs
  • MATH 226 Integral Calculus Part I and
  • MATH 235 Integral Calculus II

    6 total hrs

  • MATH 300 Multivariate Calculus 3 hrs
  • MATH 370 Differential Equations 3 hrs
  • PHYS 211 Calculus-Based Physics I 5 hrs
  • PHYS 212 Calculus-Based Physics II 5 hrs

Major Area Electives 3-5 sem. hrs

  • BIOL 110 Principles of Biology I and 3 hrs
  • BIOL 110L Principles of Biology I Laboratory

    2 hrs

  • CHEM 112 Chemistry II and 3 hrs
  • CHEM 112L Chemistry II Laboratory

    2 hrs

  • CISS 238 Java Programming

    3 hrs

  • CISS 240 Introduction to Programming or 4 hrs
  • CISS 241 Programming I

    3 hrs

  • ENGL 204 Technical Writing

    3 hrs

  • GEOL 110 Introduction to Physical Geology and 3 hrs
  • GEOL 110L Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory

    2 hrs

  • MATH 303 Linear Algebra 3 hrs
  • MATH 338 Mathematical Statistics and Probability 3 hrs

Electives 0-4 sem. hrs

Total Semester Hours 60 hrs


The Associate in Science in Pre-Engineering degree is available and is approved at the following locations. Some locations may require a combination of in-seat and online coursework. Select one to view the tuition rate.

Please note this degree program may not be able to be completed fully in-seat. A combination of in-seat and online coursework may be required.