Engineering: Electrical
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code
for this Major/Program

This template has been completed by the appropriate Academic Committee as a blueprint for guiding students who intend to major in this discipline. Students who successfully complete this course of study and who meet the requirements for admission to the participating state senior institution are eligible to apply for admission to the major with junior standing. Not all two-year colleges or universities will offer every course or program and course numbers and names may vary. Students desiring to transfer will be advised to refer to catalogs or to access details about courses and programs through world-wide web sites of colleges and universities.

Forty-one semester hours of credit in general studies core courses have been approved by the Articulation and General Studies Committee. The general studies curriculum core includes study in the areas of written composition, humanities and fine arts, natural sciences and mathematics, and history, social, and behavioral sciences.



Engineering programs accredited by ABET-EAC must enable students to achieve specific student learning outcomes. To do so, the programs have specific major requirements and the curriculum is scaffolded to allow students to build on their prior knowledge. The majority of required major support courses and directed electives are likely not offered at community colleges. Those courses that are offered at community colleges are listed in Area V. In most cases, courses taken beyond the 36 semester hours requiredin Areas I-IV will count only as free electives outside the major. There are zero (0) free elective hours for most engineering programs.

Further, courses required by each major must be taken according to a pre-requisite structure that generally results in a sequence of at least six (6) semesters.Each course builds on the last. Thus, it typically takes at least 2.5-3 years to graduate upon transfer. The remaining hours in Area V must be fulfilled by the requirements at the institution offering the engineering degree. Courses taken at the four-year institution will likely qualify for reverse transfer to the community college to complete the Associate Degree requirements.

For additional information please refer to the contact on the Area V pages for the particular institution of interest.

Effective written communication skills are essential in a literate society. Requirements include at least 6 semester hours in written composition.

NOTE: English Composition I and II are the only courses available in AREA I.

Study in the humanities addresses the ability to deal with questions of values, ethics, or aesthetics as they are represented in literature, philosophy, religion, and the arts, and is fundamental to general education. Minimum requirements include at least 9 semester hours in humanities with a minimum 3 semester hours in literature*, 3 semester hours in the arts, and the remaining semester hours from the humanities and/or fine arts. In addition to literature, disciplines in the humanities include, but are not limited to, philosophy, religious studies, speech, foreign languages, art, music, theatre, and dance.

NOTE: Students must complete a 6 semester-hour sequence either in literature or in history in Area II or IV.

Discipline Specific Requirements for AREA II:

No specific requirements. See minimum AREA II requirements above.

REPLACEMENT WORDING FOR AREA III (Per Engineering Discipline Committee)
Study in the natural sciences and mathematics emphasizes the scientific method and applies quantitative or inductive reasoning. Requirements include at least 11-12 semester hours with at least 3 semester hours in mathematics at the analytic geometry and calculus level or higher,* and at least 8 semester hours in calculus-based physics which must include laboratory experiences.

Courses in the natural sciences must include laboratory experiences which emphasize the scientific method.

Discipline Specific Requirements for AREA III:

Students must take the following (12 SH):
Calculus I (MTH 125)
General Physics with Calculus I (PHY 213)
General Physics with Calculus II (PHY 214)

Study in history and the social and behavioral sciences deals primarily with the study of human behavior, social and political structures, and economics. Requirements include 9 semester hours with at least a 3 semester hours course in history and at least 6 semester hours from among other disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Disciplines include, but are not limited to, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology.

NOTE: Students must complete a 6 semester-hour sequence either in literature or in history in Area II or IV.

Discipline Specific Requirements for AREA IV:

No specific requirements. See minimum AREA IV requirements above.

Area V is designated for courses appropriate to the degree/major requirements of the individual student (it may also include electives). These courses are most often taken during the last part of the sophomore year to prepare a student to enter the four-year institution as a junior in their chosen major.

NOTE: Some institutions may include courses in wellness or physical education.

Discipline Specific Requirements for AREA V:

Students must take the following courses:
Calculus II (MTH 126) (4 SH)
Calculus III (MTH 227) (4 SH)
Applied Differential Equations I (MTH 238) (3 SH)
College Chemistry I (CHM 111) (4 SH)

Computer Programming –See institutional page for specific requirements and guidelines.

The remaining hours in Area V must be fulfilled by the requirements of the institution to which the student plans to transfer. Please refer to the institutional home page or catalog for a major in Electrical Engineering.


NOTE: For institutions requiring 120 semester hours for graduation the maximum allowable hours for transfer from a community college into a four-year baccalaureate degree program will be 60 semester hours. The primary goal of the template is to try to allow for 1/2 of the total degree hours to transfer from an Alabama public two-year community college to an Alabama public four-year university. The template sets the policy for the STARS TRANSFER GUIDE. If you are a transfer student, make sure you obtain and follow an official STARS TRANSFER GUIDE.


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