The Associate in Engineering degree is designed for students who want to pursue a four-year degree in one of the engineering disciplines or at a professional school that requires a strong engineering background. The Associate in Engineering program is tailored to parallel the freshman and sophomore level coursework at four-year colleges and universities within the University of North Carolina System and will transfer to these institutions toward a baccalaureate degree.
The Associate in Engineering (A.E.) degree shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 60-61 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 A.E. 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.
For more information regarding the Associate in Engineering program at MCC, please contact David Klass or Warren Colavito in the Arts and Sciences Math Department. Click here to view the Associate in Engineering program outline.
For a list of frequently asked questions regarding college transfer: Academic Advising Information.
University Transfer Agreements
The Uniform Articulation Agreement for the Associate in Engineering promotes educational advancement opportunities for Associate in Engineering completers and the constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina in order to complete Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees.
The Associate in Engineering to Bachelor of Science in Engineering Articulation Agreement (AE to BSE AA) is between the State Board of North Carolina Community Colleges and The University of North Carolina Board of Governors. It applies to all NC community colleges that operate the AE program and to the UNC constituent institutions (ECU, NC A&T, NCSU, UNC-Charlotte and Western Carolina). The AE to BSE was approved in February 2015.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Students who successfully complete 12 semester hours of associate degree coursework with a Grade Point Average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and adhere to the school conduct code and possess recognized qualities of citizenship, will be invited to join the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society. Membership is voluntary and open to all curriculum students meeting minimum eligibility. The society provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence. To learn more about PTK and other MCC clubs and organizations, click here.