Associate in Engineering Science Degree
Program Coordinator Dr. Christopher Reese
Engineering students planning to transfer to SIUE should see the program coordinator or an academic advisor to determine if an A.S. Degree or A.E.S. Degree should be pursued.
Engineering students must have a strong background in math and science. The purpose of the Associate in Engineering Science (A.E.S.) degree is to provide courses in general education, math, science and engineering which will enable you to enter as a junior at a four-year college of engineering. Transfer degree requirements may vary by institution. The programs and courses outlined below are designed to meet the requirements of most senior institutions. However, it is your responsibility as a college transfer student to identify as early as possible the institutions to which you will be applying for transfer to determine the specific requirements of those institutions for the freshman and sophomore years. Your sequence of courses should be carefully planned with assistance from an advisor with a specific four-year institution in mind. To avoid delays, your transfer institution and specialty should typically be selected no later than the start of your sophomore year (30 hours).
General Comments about the A.E.S. Degree: Students are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate in Engineering Science degree prior to transferring to a four-year institution in engineering. To transfer as a junior into a baccalaureate engineering program, students must complete a minimum of 60 semester credit hours to a maximum of 68 semester credit hours, including all of the essential prerequisite courses. Students with fewer than 68 semester credit hours at transfer are unlikely to complete the baccalaureate degree within two years after transfer. Since admission is highly competitive, completion of the suggested courses does not guarantee admission.
As noted, the A.E.S. degree requires a minimum of 60 credit hours. Since students may need credits to reach to 60 hour minimum, they are advised to take general education courses in communication, humanities/fine arts, and social/behavioral sciences. Note: students are encouraged to select at least one course in either the humanities/fine arts or the social/behavioral sciences that emphasizes non-Western cultures. If two courses are selected in a field, a two-semester sequence in the same discipline is recommended. Students should plan their transfer programs with a counselor/advisor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend. See the Illinois Articulation Initiative website (www.itransfer.org) for general transfer guidance.
Completion of the A.E.S. degree does not guarantee students the benefits of the “articulation compact program,” which is available at several state universities for students who earn the A.A. or A.S. degree. Engineering students are advised to consider completion of the general education core prior to transferring.
The general education requirements listed below do not include all the courses prescribed by the IAI General Education Core Curriculum . Be aware that by completing the A.E.S. degree requirements you will not automatically meet the general education requirements of most public and private colleges and universities in Illinois. The courses in this degree will typically lead to junior status in your major field but you may need to complete additional general education requirements to officially achieve junior status at the senior institution of your choice. In addition, some engineering programs are highly competitive. Completion of the A.E.S. degree alone does not guarantee that you will be admitted to any particular program.
Students who are interested in the field of engineering may begin work in the industrial technology area before pursuing the calculus and physics sequences that are required for engineers (See industrial technology program). Many employers regard a technology background as an enriching and attractive experience for engineers.