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Engineering Transfer Program

To better respond to the needs of our students and our community, Las Positas College announces its Engineering Transfer Program. This accredited and articulated program will provide lower division engineering, mathematics, and science courses to prepare students to transfer to a four year institution to pursue an engineering degree. The engineering career field is at once challenging, rewarding, and dynamic. Engineering, as a profession, is going through a period of rapid change and growth, impacting virtually every aspect of our lives. Opportunities for students in this career field are endless.

A career in engineering offers many options. Aeronautical, Mechanical, Industrial, Electrical, Optical, Computer, Biological Systems, and Chemical Engineering are just some of the many engineering specialties offered by the California State University or the University of California. The Las Positas College Career/Transfer Center or your counselor can provide you additional information. Las Positas College is now offering, on our campus, a re-energized Engineering Transfer Program delivering the engineering courses you'll need to transfer to a four year institution.

Here are the general transfer requirements for Engineering. However, 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.

Engineering Requirements (Transfer Preparation)

Freshman Year

Courses Units
Chemistry 1A* (General College Chemistry) 5
Engineering 10 (Introduction to Engineering) 2
Engineering 22 (Engineering Design Graphics) 3
Mathematics 1 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) 5
Mathematics 2 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus II) 5
Physics 8A (General Physics I) 5
Physics 8B (General Physics II) 5
Computer Science 1 (Computing Fundamentals I) 4 - 5

Sophomore Year

Courses Units
English 1A (Critical Reading and Composition) 3
Engineering 35 (Statics) 3
Engineering 44 (Introduction to Circuit Analysis) 4
Engineering 46 (Materials of Engineering) 3
Mathematics 3 (Multivariable Calculus) 5
Mathematics 5 (Differential Equations with Computer Applications) 3.5
Mathematics7 *** (Elementary Linear Algebra with Computer Applications) 3.5
Mathematics 10*** (Discrete Mathematics) 4
Physics 8C (General Physics III) 5
Physics 8D** (General Physics IV) 3
Speech 1 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication) 3

*Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering majors should also take Chemistry 1B

**Physics 8D may not be required by some universities for specific engineering majors

***Mathematics 7 and 10 may not be required by some universities for specific engineering majors.

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 Title Units Prerequisites
MATH 1 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I 5 units MATH 20 Pre-Calculus
CHEM 1A General College Chemistry I 5 units MATH 55 Intermediate Algebra
CHEM 31 Intro & Applied Chemistry
ENGR 10 Introduction to Engineering 2 units
ENGL 1A Critical Reading & Composition 3 units ENGLISH 100B or 104
Total Units: 15 units

Semester 2 (Spring Semester)

Course Title Units Prerequisites
MATH 2 Analytic Geometry & Calculus II 5 units MATH 1 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
PHYS 8A General Physics I
(Mechanics)
5 units MATH 1 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
ENGR 22 Engineering Design Graphics 3 units
CHEM 1B* General College Chemistry II 5 units CHEM 1A General College Chemistry I
Total Units: 18 units

Semester 3 (Fall Semester)

NOTE: Apply to Transfer in November of this semester!

Course Title Units Prerequisites
MATH 3 Multivariable Calculus 5 units MATH 2 Analytic Geometry & Calculus II
MATH 7** Elementary Linear Algebra 3.5 units MATH 2 Analytic Geometry & Calculus II
PHYS 8C General Physics III
(Waves/Heat/Light)
5 units MATH 2 Analytic Geometry & Calculus II
PHYS 8A General Physics I
ENGR 35 Statics 3 units MATH 2 Analytic Geometry & Calculus II
PHYS 8A General Physics I
ENGR 22 Engineering Graphics
Total Units: 16.5 units

Semester 4 (Spring Semester)

Course Title Units Prerequisites
MATH 5 Differential Equations 3.5 units MATH 3 Analytic Geometry & Calculus III
PHYS 8B General Physics II Electricity/Magnetism 5 units MATH 3 Analytic Geometry & Calculus III***
PHYS 8A General Physics I
ENGR 44 Introduction to Circuit Analysis 4 units PHYS 8A General Physics I
ENGR 46 Materials of Engineering 3 units CHEM 1A General College Chemistry I
SPCH 1 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3 units
Total Units: 18.5 units

Other Courses that may need to be completed:

Course Title Units Prerequisites
MATH 10** Discrete Mathematics 4 units MATH 1 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
PHYS 8D** General Physics IV
(Modern Physics)
3 units PHYS 8B General Physics II
CS 1 Computing Fundamentals I 4-5 units MATH 55 Intermediate Algebra
Total 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 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 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.

Engineering

Building 1800

Keith Level
Engineering Faculty
klevel@laspositascollege.edu
925-424-1254

Scott Miner
Welding Faculty
sminer@laspositascollege.edu
925-424-1494

Kelsey Wat
Student Support Specialist
kwat@laspositascollege.edu
925-424-1306

Nan Ho
Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Public Safety Dean
nho@laspositascollege.edu
925-424-1182