Sep 21, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog SVC 
2023-2024 Catalog SVC


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Program Overview

Engineering is a diverse, fast-growing, high-demand discipline which leverages the skills acquired in foundational mathematics (i.e., calculus; linear algebra; differential equations) and science-based (i.e., physics, chemistry, biology) courses to design and develop products and services. As such, engineers bridge the gap between high-level theory curated by scientists and industry’s practical application.

To support students interested in engineering, Skagit Valley College offers four (4) distinct university transfer pathways (or engineering “subdisciplines”) based on current industry demand. These are: 1) Bioengineering/Chemical Engineering; 2) Computer/Electrical Engineering; 3) Aerospace/Mechanical/Civil/Environmental/Industrial Engineering; and 4) Materials Science and Manufacturing Engineering. Each subdiscipline requires “specialization courses” which should be selected based on the target transfer institution. Currently, there are nine (9) unique specialization courses, including Engineering Graphics/Computer-Aided Design (ENGR& 114 ; CAD); Dynamics (ENGR& 215 ); Introduction to Materials Science (ENGR 170 ); electrical Circuits (ENGR& 204 ); and Engineering Computation (ENGR& 240  ).

This Associate of Science Transfer (AS-T) degree fulfills many of the science-, mathematics-, and engineering-based prerequisites as well as general education requirements. Students completing this degree will receive the same priority consideration for admission to the transfer institution as they would for completing the direct transfer associate’s degree. Therefore, this degree is intended to prepare students to transfer to Washington’s public (many private) four-year colleges and universities with junior standing. However, completion of this degree does not guarantee admittance to the target transfer institution’s engineering college, which is often based on separate requirements governed by the transfer institution. Early advising is important to ensure degree completion. For example:

  • Additional general educational requirements, cultural diversity requirements, and foreign language requirements, as required by the transfer institution, must be met prior to the completion of a baccalaureate degree.
  • Some baccalaureate institutions require physics with calculus to meet the physics sequence of 15 credits.
  • Engineering students may have additional lower-division requirements to meet, prior to department admission.
  • Precalculus cannot be used to satisfy the mathematics requirement.
  • Science sequences should not be broken up between institutions (ex: the typical three-quarter physics sequence should be taken entirely at Skagit Valley College).
  • Students are responsible for checking specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions. Selecting and planning courses with a science or engineering advisor is strongly recommended to ensure a seamless transition to a science major program at a specific university or four-year college.


    Associate Degrees: Transfer

    Intended for students who are interested in transferring to a four-year university.

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