Engineers apply scientific knowledge, mathematics, and creativity in the design and development of solutions to benefit society. These solutions include physical structures such as bridges and buildings, complex machinery and systems such as computers and engines, materials production processes, and maximizing efficiency. Engineers impact our lives everyday; they develop everything from plastic cups to the radar-absorbent coating of stealth fighters.
In addition to rigid adherence to proven scientific and mathematical principles, success in the field of engineering requires imagination and creativity. The ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment is critical. Students who enjoy math and science, are creative, and relish the challenge of developing solutions to society's challenges may be interested in an engineering career.
BRCC graduates will be able to:
- conduct laboratory experiments that include data collection and analysis,
- work effectively as team members,
- use analytical thinking and creativity in problem solving, and
- identify the roles of engineers in society.
The program offers academic pathways for several engineering disciplines:
- Biological Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Highway Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Nanosystems Engineering
- Petroleum Engineering
The Pre-Engineering Program is a 60 credit-hour Associate degree that includes General Education courses and introductory coursework in specific engineering disciplines. To maximize possible transfer courses to senior institutions, students should select a college/university as soon as possible and obtain a catalog from that institution. Students planning to transfer to another institution should discuss their plans with a BRCC advisor and with an advisor at the receiving institution to assure that credits earned at BRCC will transfer.
To receive this degree, the student must:
- have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better in all credits that are to be used towards the degree;
- earn a "C" or better in all approved electives, in ENGL 101 and ENGL 102, and in courses that are prerequisites for other courses;
- complete at least 12 hours of course at the 200 level:
- earn 12 of the final 15 credits at BRCC; and
- complete the following courses:
General Education Requirements:
English Composition (ENGL 101 & ENGL 102) 6 hrs
Mathematics 10 hrs
Natural Sciences 9 hrs
Social Science Electives 6 hrs
Humanities Elective 9 hrs
Arts Elective 3 hrs
Total General Education Hours 43 hrs
Program requirements are a total of 17-25 credits, depending upon the intended transfer institution as well as the student's intended engineering discipline.
Computer Science and Engineering Department
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