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Associate of Engineering Science (AES) Degree

The Pre-Engineering program at Kaskaskia College provides students with the first two years of study toward a bachelor’s of science degree at a four-year college or university. Students take fundamental courses common to most engineering disciplines and continue their studies in specialized areas (mechanical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, and manufacturing) after transferring. After completing the Associate of Engineering Science Degree at Kaskaskia College, AES students complete their general education requirements at their transfer institution.

Students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution are strongly advised to discuss their goals with the pre-engineering coordinator/advisor at Kaskaskia College to plan a program that meets their needs. Full time students with satisfactory prerequisites who make good academic progress can expect to be prepared to transfer to the 4-year school of their choice after 2 years of full time study.

The AES program is designed to prepare an engineering student for transfer to a four-year institution. A core curriculum has been developed in cooperation with the engineering divisions at transfer institutions such as Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Admission into engineering is very competitive.

Completion of the pre-engineering curriculum alone does not guarantee admission to an engineering degree program. At a minimum, students must have a 2.0 grade point average and must receive a grade of C or better in any courses required for transfer.

To complete the AES in two years, the calculus sequence (starting with MATH 166) should begin in the first semester. Students unprepared for MATH 166 (Calculus I) should consider completing MATH 160 (Pre-Calculus) during the summer term preceding their first fall semester at KC. Students should be aware that the AES may take more than two years to complete if they find themselves unprepared for MATH 166.

The General Education courses required for the AES degree are approved by the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI); however, the structure of the AES does not meet the minimum IAI General Education Core Requirements. Students will need to complete the general education requirements of the school to which they transfer.

Persons interested in engineering science should possess:

• A high school diploma or GED
• Strong math, science (including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, physics or chemistry) and writing skills
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