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Engineering Transfer Program

The Engineering Transfer Program at Las Positas College has been in existence since 1995. This accredited and articulated program provides lower division engineering, mathematics, and science courses to prepare students to transfer to a four year institution to pursue an engineering degree. By completing the equivalent of a two-year lower-division program of courses, engineering students will be able to transfer to virtually any four-year college or university within California, or in other states.

The engineering career field is at once challenging, rewarding, and dynamic. As a profession, Engineering changes constantly, and impacts virtually every aspect of our lives. Opportunities for students in this career field are endless. Engineering disciplines, or branches, include Aeronautical, Environmental, Civil, Mechanical, Industrial, Electrical, Optical, Computer, and Chemical Engineering. These engineering branches are represented at many four-year universities within California (see links for more information). The Las Positas College Career Center, Transfer Center or your counselor can provide you additional information.

The following list outlines the courses required for an Engineering major at Las Positas College. Although this list shows only two years, it is not uncommon for transfer students to take 3 or more years to complete the courses listed below. To make sure that you have competed the appropriate courses for transfer to a specific college make sure to schedule an appointment with a Las Positas counselor and check how these courses transfer to any college or university in California, including UCs and CSUs. Another excellent resource for transfer information is the ASSIST website, which provides specific course-to-course articulation information between any California community college and any 4-year California university.

Sample Engineering Transfer Two-Year Program

Semester 1 (Fall Semester)

Course Course Title Units Prerequisites Semesters Offered
MATH 1

Analytic Geometry & Calculus I

5 units

MATH 20 Pre-Calculus Fall, Spring & Summer

CHEM 1A

General College Chemistry I

5 units

MATH 55 Intermediate Algebra
CHEM 31 Intro and Applied Chemistry
Fall, Spring & Summer

ENGR 10

Introduction to Engineering

2 units

None Fall & Spring

ENGL 1A

Critical Reading and Composition

3 units

ENGLISH 100B or 104 Fall, Spring & Summer

Total

 

15 units

   

Semester 2 (Spring Semester)

Course Course Title Units Prerequisites Semesters Offered

MATH 2

Analytic Geometry & Calculus II

5 units

MATH 1 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I Fall & Spring

PHYS 8A

General Physics I (Mechanics)

5 units

MATH 1 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I Fall & Spring

ENGR 22

Engineering Design Graphics

3 units

None Fall & Spring

CHEM 1B*

General College Chemistry II

5 units

CHEM 1A General College Chemistry I Fall, Spring & Summer

Total

 

18 units

   

Semester 3 (Fall Semester)

NOTE: Apply to Transfer in November of this semester!

Course Course Title Units Prerequisites Semesters Offered

MATH 3

Multivariable Calculus

5 units

MATH 2 Analytic Geometry & Calculus II Fall & Spring

MATH 7**

Elementary Linear Algebra

3.5 units

MATH 2 Analytic Geometry & Calculus II Fall & Spring

PHYS 8C

General Physics III (Waves/Heat/Light)

5 units

MATH 2 Analytic Geometry & Calculus II
PHYS 8A General Physics I
Fall & Spring

ENGR 35

Statics

3 units

MATH 2 Analytic Geometry & Calculus II
PHYS 8A General Physics I
ENGR 22 Engineering Graphics
Fall only

Total

 

16.5 units

   

Semester 4 (Spring Semester)

Course Course Title Units Prerequisites Semesters Offered

MATH 5

Differential Equations

3.5 units

MATH 3 Analytic Geometry & Calculus III Fall & Spring

PHYS 8B

General Physics II Electricity/Magnetism

5 units

MATH 3 Analytic Geometry & Calculus III***
PHYS 8A General Physics I
Fall & Spring

ENGR 44

Introduction to Circuit Analysis

4 units

PHYS 8A General Physics I Spring only

ENGR 46

Materials of Engineering

3 units

CHEM 1A General College Chemistry I Spring only

SPCH 1

Fundamentals of Speech Communication

3 units

None Fall, Spring & Summer

Total

 

18.5 units

   

Other Courses that may need to be completed:

Course Course Title Units Prerequisites Semesters Offered

MATH 10**

Discrete Mathematics

4 units

MATH 1 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I Fall & Spring

PHYS 8D**

General Physics IV
(Modern Physics)

3 units

PHYS 8B General Physics II Fall & Spring

CS 1

Computing Fundamentals I

4-5 units

MATH 55 Intermediate Algebra Fall & Spring
         

Total Transferable Units

68-80 units

 

 

Notes:

*CHEM 1B is not required for most engineering majors; Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering majors should take CHEM 1B. Check www.assist.org for information specific to a given major and a given transfer university.

**MATH 7, MATH 10 and PHYS 8D may not be required by some universities for specific engineering majors. Check www.assist.org for information specific to a given major and a given transfer university.

***MATH 3 may be taken concurrently with PHYS 8B

Other Important Notes:

  1. Do not complete all of your lower-division General Education courses. As an Engineering major, you are one of the few transfer majors who do not complete General Education courses before transferring. Note that CSU campuses (e.g., San Jose State, CSU East Bay, Cal Poly SLO) require more G.E. courses for transfer than do UC campuses (e.g., UC Davis, UC Berkeley). See an LPC counselor for more information.

  2. Take as high a Math class as possible each semester. Because Math classes are prerequisites for all Physics and Engineering classes, it is important to complete your Math sequence as efficiently as possible.

  3. Complete Chemistry early in your lower-division program, complete Physics and Engineering late in your lower-division program.

  4. Most 4-year universities will only accept 70 semester units. However, most of these universities also understand that engineering majors frequently exceed that 70 semester unit threshhold. Because of this, most transfer universities will grant course credit for required courses beyond the 70 unit threshhold (meaning you do not have to repeat the same course at the university), even when they do not grant the units.

  5. Most transfer students will spend about 3 years at the community college to complete a lower-division program. Only those students who start with Calculus I (MATH 1) during Fall Semester, Freshman year, will have a chance to complete the transfer program in 2 years time. Your goal as a transfer student is to transfer into the Junior class at a 4-year university. LPC transfer students for Fall 2009 are transferring to California universities including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Jose State, Sacramento State, and Chico State.

 

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Engineering Faculty
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Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Public Safety Dean
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Thomas Dodge
Science Lab Technician
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