Benefits of the Associate in Engineering Degree for WCC Graduates

  • The WCC Associate in Engineering (AE) degree is governed by the Uniform Articulation Agreement (UAA), an agreement between the UNC Baccalaureate Engineering Programs and the NC Community College System AE Programs. It applies to all NC Community Colleges that operate the AE program and to the UNC constituent institutions (East Carolina University, NC A&T, NCSU, UNC-Charlotte and Western Carolina).
  • A student who completes the AE with a GPA of at least 2.5 and a grade of C or better in the AE courses will have fulfilled the engineering program entry requirements, and all courses in the Universal General Education Transfer Component will transfer with course equivalency to fulfill General Education requirements for the BSE. These students will receive at least 60 semester hours of academic credit upon admission to a UNC institution.
  • Admission to engineering programs is competitive and no student is guaranteed admission to an engineering program by the UAA.
  • Students who place into MAT 271 – Calculus I, and ENG 111 can complete the AE at WCC in two years. Students who do not place directly into MAT 271 and ENG 111 should plan to complete the AE in three or more years.
  • WCC course tuition and student fees are substantially lower than four-year colleges and universities.
  • WCC courses approved for transfer are taught by faculty with the same academic credentials as those required for university faculty. Our classes are also usually smaller and conveniently scheduled.

Program Information

Associate in Engineering Degree
Choose this path if you intend to transfer to one of the five engineering schools in North Carolina (ECU, NCA&T, NCSU, UNC-Charlotte, WCU). The AE to BSE enables students who have graduated from NC community college AE programs to complete a common list of courses that meet the entrance requirements at all of the BSE programs at the constituent UNC institutions. Admission to engineering programs is competitive, no student is guaranteed admission to an engineering program.
Student Learning Outcomes
for Graduates of the WCC Associate in Engineering (AE) Program

  • Written Communication
    WCC AE graduates will be able to compose clear, purposeful, well-supported, and organized writing, which exhibits effective use of critical thinking, research and documentation skills, editing skills, and word processing skills.
  • Oral Communication
    WCC AE graduates will be able to research, develop, organize and present an oral address appropriate to the target audience with supporting materials and effective delivery methods.
  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    WCC AE graduates will demonstrate the ability to think critically about diverse perspectives.
  • Math
    WCC AE graduates will be able to work independently and collaboratively to gather and organize data for the purpose of producing a mathematical model to offer solutions to real-life problems and communicate those solutions with appropriate quantitative language.
  • Science
    WCC AE graduates will demonstrate understanding of the scientific method and its application to engineering models.
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Contact Information

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Darrell Finney, MA
Dean of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 336-838-6187
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