Associate in Engineering

The Associate in Engineering (AE) degree shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit (SHC) of courses. Within the degree program, the institution shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and basic computer use.

The degree plan includes required general education and prerequisite courses that are acceptable to all state funded Bachelor of Engineering programs. Students who follow the degree progression plan will meet the entrance requirements at all of the North Carolina public Bachelor of Science Engineering programs. Associate in Engineering graduates may then apply to any of these programs without taking additional and sometimes duplicative courses. Admission to Engineering programs is highly competitive and admission is not guaranteed.

To be eligible for the transfer of credits under the AE to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Articulation Agreement, community college graduates must obtain a grade of C or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to communicate in quantitative terms and analyze and interpret quantitative data specific to their disciplines.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the scientific method, models, and basic foundational scientific theories, and be able to apply sound scientific reasoning to problems.
  • Achieve college-level competence in written communication, composing clear, organized, and focused documents which demonstrate mastery in research and documentation skills, use of evidence, supporting details, analysis, and mechanical accuracy.
  • Achieve college-level competence in oral communication by demonstrating proficiency in these professional verbal communication skills: planning clear and coherent presentations appropriate to audience; composing and organizing content; using effective transitional devices; and engaging verbal communication with effective delivery techniques.
  • Acquire technology skills enabling them to achieve a variety of academic, work-related, and personal goals.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically about diverse perspectives.

Contact Information

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Natasha Harris, PhD
Dean of Arts & Sciences
Phone: 336-838-6189


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