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2023-2024 Catalog & Student Handbook 
2023-2024 Catalog & Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering, AS

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PURPOSE: This university-level two-year degree prepares students for transfer to university engineering programs, including:

  • aerospace engineering,
  • biomedical engineering,
  • chemical engineering,
  • civil engineering,
  • computer engineering,
  • electrical engineering,
  • industrial systems engineering,
  • mechanical engineering. 

Engineers with four-year degrees (or higher) typically have the lead role in engineering projects, such as new product development, engineering design work or analysis, production management, and consulting.

CREDENTIALS: An Associate of Science (AS) degree in Engineering prepares a student for transfer to a four-year engineering program. Full-time students who meet the entrance requirements can complete the degree in 2 years.  Students needing additional math preparation may require 3 full-time years.  Very advanced students may be able to complete the program in 1 year.

TRANSFER INFORMATION:  This program is aligned with the Transfer Virginia common curriculum for Engineering. Students should consult with their advisors to ensure that they select general electives that best prepare them for the specific requirements of their intended transfer college or university programs of study. More information can also be found at www.brightpoint.edu/academics/transfer/ and by using the Transfer Virginia Portal https://www.transfervirginia.org.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: The Engineering AS program has entrance requirements based on course prerequisites. Students must be ready for MTH 263 Calculus I and ENG 111 English Composition.  Students who are not yet ready can complete preparatory classes while in the Science major, along with taking general education classes that count for both majors.  

Please see Additional Information for Prospective Engineering Students for the Engineering Application Form and required documentation, Math Placement guidance, Engineering Preparation Pathways, and Guaranteed Transfer information. 

New students should work with their New Student Navigator to get ready for their first semester. They can also email getstarted@brightpoint.edu for assistance. Because transfer requirements will vary based upon the intended transfer institution, students must meet with their faculty advisor to develop a plan and a schedule that best suit their goals.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES: By the completion of this program, students will be expected to demonstrate an intermediate level of competency in the following skills (taken from Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology ABET standards):

  1. Identify and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. Follow the design process from conception to prototype using established design objectives.
  3. Effectively communicate engineering information, reflecting the engineering process and adhering to guidelines for clarity, organization, and completeness.
  4. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  5. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data using software, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.

Student Development and College Composition

Engineering Foundations

Engineering Math Elective

Total Credits For Program: 65-68


Pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements can be found in course details.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete their ENG, MTH, and SDV requirements first.

As student may take one ENG Literature class and one REL/PHI class in place of one Arts and one Humanities/Literature class. Please see your faculty advisor for a waiver. 

Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their degree progress by accessing advisement reports in the Student Information System (SIS) in the myBrightpoint portal or the Academic Planner in Navigate.

Please see an Advisor (Faculty or Advising Center) early for advice about math placement and its impact on your plan of study.

Please see your Engineering Faculty Advisor early to identify which upper level MTH and EGR courses are most applicable to your intended university major and to create a plan of study that accounts for prerequisites, preferred course order, and class offerings. A minimum of two EGR or CSC courses are required to complete the EGR Electives requirement.  EGR course offerings are limited in the summer. Some courses may be taken out of numerical sequence - please refer to lists of prerequisites. A minimum grade of C is required for transfer credit. A minimum grade of C is required for most prerequisite classes. MTH 265, MTH 266, and MTH 288 can count toward the Math Elective requirement or the EGR Elective requirement but not both. Student will be awarded credit for CSC 221 or EGR 125, but not both. EGR 125 can count as the prerequisite for CSC 222, with EGR Department permission only. Some discontinued courses can count as prerequisites for current courses - EGR 126 for EGR 270, EGR 251 for EGR 272, EGR 120 for all 200 level EGR classes, and EGR 140 for EGR 245 and EGR 246.  Additional courses may count for Engineering Elective credit for certain majors and university programs, including MTH 245, BIO 101, BIO 206, and GOL 105 - these courses require a waiver. Some university programs require ENG 113, and not ENG 112.  Please see your Engineering Faculty Advisor each semester to maintain or revise your plan. 

Foreign Language: Students who did not complete foreign language in high school and need it for their university program (not common) should speak with their Engineering Faculty Advisor. 

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