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Associate of Science

Program Description

The pre-engineering degree provides the first two years of study for a student who plans to transfer to UNM-Main Campus or other 4-year institutions to pursue a bachelor's degree in Engineering. A degree in pre-engineering leads to further study in the areas of chemical, civil, computer, construction, electrical, mechanical or nuclear engineering. The degree consists of core curriculum, with an emphasis on Mathematics and science, and engineering electives designed to be tailored to your future, more specific field of engineering.

Career and educational advancement opportunities

The associate of science in pre-engineering degree program provides students with quality instruction to facilitate mastery of the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to continue their studies with an end to completing a bachelor's degree in a variety of engineering fields such as Chemical, Civil, Computer, Construction, Electrical, Mechanical or Nuclear Engineering. Engineering contains a large number of job opportunities and specialties in areas such as medicine, aerospace, automotive, geology, software and much more.


Information about the associate of science in general science degree is available from Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or, or the Academic Affairs Office at 505-925-8600.

Course prerequisites

Students must meet prerequisites in English and mathematics by achievement of minimum placement scores on the Accuplacer of ACT or through completion of course work.

Course: ENGL 100 and UNIV 101or equivalent – or place into ENGL 110;

Credit Hours: 4 and 3; ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 166+/19

Course: MATH 150 and MATH 123 – or place into MATH 162;

Credit Hours: 3 and 3; ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 100-120 (College-Level Math)/32

Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (9-10 credits)
ENGL 110 (Accelerated Composition) or 112 (Composition II) or 113 (Enhanced Composition)3 or 3 or 4
ENGL 120 (Composition III)3
ENGL 219 (Technical and Professional Writing)3
Mathematics (12 credits)
MATH 162 (Calculus I)4
MATH 163 (Calculus II)4
MATH 264 (Calculus III)4
Physical and Natural Sciences (16 credits)
CHEM 121/123L (General Chemistry I plus Lab)4
CHEM 122/124L (General Chemistry II plus Lab)4
PHYC 160/L (General Physics plus Lab)4
PHYC 161/L (General Physics plus Lab)4
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
ECON 105 (Introductory Macroeconomics)3
Select one additional course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Humanities (6 credits)
Select two courses from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities.
Fine Arts (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Fine Arts.
Foreign Language (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Foreign Language.
Core requirements (8 credits)
UNIV 175 (Experiential Learning Seminar)1
CS 151L (Computer Programming Fundamentals for Non-Majors)3
ENG 116 (Introduction to Engineering)1
Select one additional course contingent on specific field as follows: 1) Chemical and Nuclear Engineering: CHNE 230 or CHNE 251 2) Civil, Construction or Mechanical Engineering: CE 202 3) Electrical and Computer Engineering: ECE 131
Total required (63 credits) Students transferring to UNM-Main or other 4-year institutions should be aware that core curriculum requirements are not necessarily met upon completion.