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 Biological, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Construction, Electrical, Mechanical or Nuclear Engineering. The degree consists of courses selected from the UNM core curriculum, with an emphasis on mathematics and science, and engineering electives designed to be tailored to your future, more specific field of engineering. (Students should be aware that all courses may not transfer to a BS program.)


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 Biological, 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.

Contact and Advising Information

Information about the associate of science in general science degree is available from Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or vcadvise@unm.edu, 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 FYEX 1110 or equivalent – or place into ENGL 1110;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 263+/19+

Course: MATH 1240 and MATH 1230 (or MATH 1250) – or place into MATH 1512;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 284-300 (A & F)28+


Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (6 credits)
ENGL 1120 (Composition II) 3
ENGL 2210 (Professional and Technical Communication)3
*Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill the Student Choice area requirements below.
Mathematics and Statistics (4 credits)
MATH 1512 (Calculus I)4
Physical and Natural Sciences (4 credits)
PHYS 1310/1310L (Calculus-Based Physics I + Lab)4
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Social and Behavioral Sciences. *ENG 200 or ME/GEOG 217 is recommended.
Humanities (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities.
Second Language (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Second Language.
Arts and Design (3 credits)
3
Choose one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Arts and Design.
Student Choice (6 credits)
6
Select two additional General Education courses from the areas above. Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill this area. *CS 105L is recommended.
Pre-Engineering Core Requirements (18 credits)
MATH 1522 (Calculus II)4
MATH 2530 (Calculus III)4
ENG 195 (Special Topics, Introduction to Engineering)13
Choose a concentration below for the remaining 7 credit hours in Pre-Engineering Core Requirements.
Chemical/Petroleum Concentration (7 credits)
CHEM 1215/1215L (General Chemistry I + Lab)4
ECON 2110 (Macroeconomics) OR ECON 2120 (Microeconomics)3
Civil/Construction/Environmental Concentration (7 credits)
CHEM 1215/1215L (General Chemistry I + Lab)4
CS 151L (Programming for Non-Majors)3
Electrical/Computer Concentration (7 credits)
PHYS 1320/1320L (Calculus-Based Physics)4
CS 151L (Programming for Non-Majors) OR ECE 131L (Programming Fundamentals)3
Mechanical/Aeronautical Concentration (7 credits)
PHYS 1320/1320L (Calculus-Based Physics)4
CS 151L (Programming for Non-Majors)3
Pre-Engineering Elective Requirements (10 credits)
ENG 200 (Technology in Society) OR ME/GEOG 217 (Energy, Environment, and Society)3
*Course selected to fulfill a program elective requirement cannot also fulfill general education core requirement.
ENG 195 (Special Topics: Mathematics for Engineering Applications)3
*Course can be used as a prerequisite for MATH 1512, ECE 203, and CE 202.
MATH 1250 (Precalculus and Trigonometry)5
MATH 1230 (Trigonometry)3
MATH 1240 (Precalculus)3
Select 10 credits from the electives listed below to reach a total of 60 credits for the degree. Please make note of the specialized lists of concentrations below to assist you in making elective choices. *May have up to 3 credit hours from topics courses such as BIOL 299 T: Undergraduate Research or topic pertaining to engineering or computer science; UNIV 102 T: Research Methods or topic pertaining to engineering or computer science; or other topics courses pertaining to engineering or computer science (may not count as credits towards BS degree).
Chemical/Petroleum Concentration (15 possible credits)
CE 202 (Engineering Statics)3
CHEM 1225/1225L (General Chemistry II + Lab)4
PHYS 1320 (Calculus-Based Physics II)3
PHYS 1320L (Calculus-Based Physics II + Lab)1
GEOL 1110/1110L (Physical Geology + Lab)4
Civil/Construction/Environmental Concentration (14 possible credits)
CE 202 (Engineering Statics)3
GEOL 1110/1110L (Physical Geology + Lab)4
PHYS 1320 (Calculus-Based Physics II3
PHYS 1320L (Calculus-Based Physics II Lab)1
BIOL 1110 (General Biology)3
Electrical/Computer Concentration (14 possible credits)
ECE 203 (Circuit Analysis I)3
CHEM 1225/1225L (General Chemistry II + Lab)4
GEOL 1110/1110L (Physical Geology + Lab)4
ECON 2110 (Macroeconomics) OR ECON 2120 (Microeconomics)3
Mechanical/Aeronautical Concentration (17 possible credits)
CE 202 (Engineering Statics)3
ECE 203 (Circuit Analysis I)3
CHEM 1225/1225L (General Chemistry II + Lab)4
PHYS 1320 (Calculus-Based Physics II)3
PHYS 1320L (Calculus-Based Physics II Lab)1
ECON 2110 (Macroeconomics) OR ECON 2120 (Microeconomics)3
Undecided Concentration (34 possible credits)
CE 202 (Engineering Statics)3
CHEM 1215/1215L (General Chemistry I + Lab)4
CHEM 1225/1225L (General Chemistry II + Lab)4
CS 152L (Programming for Computer Science Majors)3
ECE 131 (Programming Fundamentals)3
ECE 203 (Circuit Analysis I)3
GEOL 1110/GEOL 1110L (Physical Geology + Lab)4
BIOL 1110 (General Biology)3
PHYS 1320 (Calculus-Based Physics II)3
PHYS 1320L (Calculus-Based Physics II Lab)1
ECON 2110 (Macroeconomics) OR ECON 2120 (Microeconomics)3
Total required (60 credits)