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Academic Programs

Engineering - Associate in Engineering Science (320)

Engineering programs are highly structured to meet the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (A.B.E.T.) standards required for registration as a professional engineer. Community College students are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate in Engineering Science (A.E.S.) degree. You are unlikely to earn the bachelor's degree within 2 more years after transfer if you enter with less than 64 semester credits.

You should decide on an Engineering specialty and your preferred transfer institution by the beginning of your sophomore year since course requirements vary by specialty and by institution. Be sure to select your courses in consultation with an Academic advisor. Students should decide on an Engineering specialty and a preferred transfer school by the beginning of their sophomore year since course requirements vary by specialty and by transfer school.

A grade of "C" or better may be required for physics, chemistry, mathematics, and engineering science courses to transfer. A similar policy may exist for general education courses. The student is advised to check directly with his/her preferred transfer school.

IMPORTANT NOTE TO STUDENTS: The Engineering major panel recommends students complete the general education requirements of the AES instead of the traditional GECC requirement of the AA degree. If students pursuing an engineering major choose to complete the full GECC, it is likely that students will have too many hours in transfer and/or will miss important prerequisites/major courses that will prolong the time it takes to obtain the bachelor's degree.

Students who have already chosen the university to which they plan to transfer should consult that institution's catalog or department advisor and an SVCC academic advisor in planning their program.

Engineering - IAI Recommended Baccalaureate Curriculum

Suggested Specialty Programs Chart
Associate in Engineering Science Degree Chart

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Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College

  • Academic Advising, 815-835-6354
  • Steven McPherson, Associate Professor, 815-835-6347

Total Hours Required - 64 Hours

Suggested Program

First Semester - 16 Hours

  • **Humanities/Fine Arts 3 Semester hour(s)
  • CHE105 - General Chemistry I ( 5 Semester Hours)

    This course involves the study of matter, measurements, the periodic table of the elements, atomic structure, basic concepts of quantum theory, bonding, stoichiometry of compounds and reactions, solution chemistry, introduction to acids and bases, thermochemistry, the gaseous state, and basic concepts of the liquid and solid states. This class is for chemistry, engineering, premedical, and science majors. Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry or CHE 103 or CHE 102. 5 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): P1 902L, CHM 911 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec, 3 lab/week

  • ENG101 - Composition I ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course (1) develops awareness of the writing process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and editorial strategies; (3) stresses the variety of uses for writing; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in reading, thinking, and writing. Prerequisite: Required placement score on approved English placement test, high school unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher, or a grade of C or higher in ELA 099. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): C1 900 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • FYE101 - First Year Experience ( 1 Semester Hours)

    The focus of this course is how to be successful in college. Study skills, goal setting, academic planning, time and money management, and information research skills are among the core topics included in this course. Within a supportive environment, students will share their college experiences and develop connections with fellow students and SVCC staff. 1 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 1 lec/week

  • MAT203 - Calculus & Analytic Geometry I ( 4 Semester Hours)

    The elementary concepts of differential and integral calculus are introduced and applications are discussed. These include limits, continuity, the derivative, rules of differentiation, the indefinite and definite integral. Trigonometric functions are dealt with. Some applications are: related rates, graphing, extreme value problems, and Newton's method for finding roots of equations. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MAT 121, College Algebra, AND MAT 122, Trigonometry OR appropriate placement (see current placement score prerequisite chart) 4 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): M1 900-1, MTH 901 Lecture/Lab Hours: 4 lec/week

Second Semester - 18 Hours

  • ***Approved Computer Programming Language 3 Semester hour(s)
  • *Engineering Specialty Course 3 Semester hour(s)
  • ENG103 - Composition II ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An advanced course in essay writing with emphasis on formal research, ENG 103 serves to develop a proficiency in the collection and selection of data as applied to the completion of a formal research paper. In addition, students receive instruction in logic and reasoning, including the fundamentals of argumentative and persuasive writing. Prerequisite: A grade of C or higher in ENG 101 or its equivalent or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): C1 901R Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • MAT204 - Calc & Analytic Geometry II ( 4 Semester Hours)

    The methods of differentiation and integration are extended and power series are introduced. The new methods deal with: logarithms, exponential, hyperbolic and inverse trigonometric functions. Some applications are: area between two curves, volumes of revolution, arc length, and work. The techniques of integration by parts, partial fractions, trigonometric substitution and numerical integration are covered. Power series and the Taylor series function representation are introduced. Prerequisite: MAT 203 with a grade of C or higher. 4 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): M1 900-2, MTH 902 Lecture/Lab Hours: 4 lec/week

  • PHY211 - Engineering Physics I ( 5 Semester Hours)

    An examination of the basic principles of mechanics with special emphasis on conceptual and mathematical problem-solving. Topics include linear kinematics, Newton's Laws, rotational motion, gravitation, and equilibrium. Prerequisites: High school physics or PHY 201 and MAT 203. 5 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): P2 900L and PHY 911 Lecture/Lab Hours: 4 lec, 2 lab/week

Third Semester - 15 Hours

  • *Engineering Specialty Courses 4 Semester hour(s)
  • ECO212 - Principles of Microeconomics ( 3 Semester Hours)

    Introduction to price theories, the behavior of the firm under varying market conditions and the behavior of the consumer. Prerequisite: None 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): S3 902 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • MAT211 - Differential Equations ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course is an introduction to methods of solving differential equations as well as applications of differential equations to physical problems. The methods for solving first-order differential equations include: numerical techniques, separation of variables, substitution methods, exact equation techniques, and identification of integrating factors. Also, some types of higher order equations will be explored, including application problems. Linear independence and the Wronskian of higher order equations will be covered. Methods for solving second-order homogeneous and non-homogeneous equations include the methods of undetermined coefficients, reduction of order, and variation of parameters. At least two of the following topics will be covered in depth: LaPlace transforms, power series methods, partial differential equations and Fourier series, systems of linear differential equations, further numerical methods and non-cursory treatment of other advanced topics. Prerequisite: MAT 204 with a grade of C or higher. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): MTH 912 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • PHY212 - Engineering Physics II ( 5 Semester Hours)

    An examination of the basic principles of electricity and magnetism with selected topics in electric and magnetic fields, potentials, network theory, dielectric and magnetic properties of matter, capacitance, inductance, dc and ac circuits, Maxwell's equations, and electromagnetic waves. Prerequisite: PHY 211 and MAT 204 or concurrent enrollment in MAT 204. 5 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): PHY 912 Lecture/Lab Hours: 4 lec, 2 lab/week

Fourth Semester - 15 Hours

  • *Engineering Specialty Courses 3-6 Semester hour(s)
  • **Humanities/Fine Arts or Social/Behavioral Science 0-3 Semester hour(s)
  • MAT205 - Calc & Analytic Geometry III ( 4 Semester Hours)

    The elementary ideas concerning conic sections, polar curves, and vector-valued and multivariate functions are covered. These topics include: area, arc length and tangents for polar curves. In addition, vectors, vector derivatives, curvature and motion in two and three space are studied. The multivariate concepts of differentiability, partial differentiation, gradient vectors, LaGrange multipliers, finding relative extreme values, and multiple integration are studied. The course also includes material on vector fields, line integrals, independence of path, Green's Theorem, surface integrals, the Divergence Theorem, and Stokes's Theorem. Prerequisite: MAT 204 with a grade of C or higher. 4 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): M1 900-3, MTH 903 Lecture/Lab Hours: 4 lec/week

  • PHY213 - Engineering Physics III ( 5 Semester Hours)

    An introduction to heat and thermodynamics, oscillations and waves, geometrical and physical optics, the properties of light, relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, elementary particles, and solid state physics.. Prerequisite: PHY 212 and MAT 204. 5 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): PHY 915A Lecture/Lab Hours: 4 lec, 2 lab/week




    • *Engineering specialty courses-See chart on the following page for specific course listings.
    • **If only three hours are completed in Humanities/Fine Arts, then six hours are required in Social/Behavioral Sciences and vice versa. Certain specialty areas in engineering require only three hours (1 course) from both Humanities/Fine Arts and Social/Behavioral Sciences. In turn, more credit hours are required in engineering specialty courses. Refer to AES degree chart in the SVCC catalog for specific course recommendations by specialty area. Also, see an counselor or academic advisor to complete required paperwork (substitution form) to document this combination of courses. A non-Western or minority course is recommended. If two courses are selected in a field, a two-semester sequence in the same discipline is recommended.
    • ***MAT 150 or 207 or CIS Programming Course-Structured Languages.