Engineering Transfer Pathway
This suggested Engineering Transfer Pathway 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.
Here are the lower division requirements for an engineering major. 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.
|Chemistry 1A* (General College Chemistry)||5|
|Engineering 10 (Introduction to Engineering)||2|
|Engineering 22 (Engineering Design Graphics)||3|
|Mathematics 1 (Calculus I)||5|
|Mathematics 2 (Calculus II)||5|
|Physics 1A (General Physics I)||5|
|Physics 1B (General Physics II)||5|
|Computer Science 1 (Computing Fundamentals I)||4 - 5|
|English 1A (Critical Reading and Composition)||3|
|Engineering 35 (Statics)||3|
|Engineering 44 (Introduction to Circuit Analysis)||4|
|Engineering 46 (Materials of Engineering)||4|
|Mathematics 3 (Multivariable Calculus)||5|
|Mathematics 5 (Ordinary Differential Equations)||3.5|
|Mathematics7 *** (Elementary Linear Algebra)||3.5|
|Mathematics 10*** (Discrete Mathematics)||4|
|Physics 1C (General Physics III)||5|
|Physics 1D** (General Physics IV)||3|
|Communication Studies 1 (Fundamentals of Public Speaking)||3|
*Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering majors should also take Chemistry 1B
**Physics 1D 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 Two-Year Pathway
Semester 1 (Fall Semester)
|MATH 1||Calculus I||5 units||MATH 30 College Algebra, MATH 39 Trigonometry|
|CHEM 1A||General College Chemistry I||5 units||MATH 55 Intermediate Algebra
CHEM 31 Intro & Applied Chemistry OR MATH 55B Intermediate Algebra for STEM B
|ENGR 10||Introduction to Engineering||2 units|
|ENGL 1A||Critical Reading & Composition||3 units||ENGLISH 104 or NENG 204 or ESL 25|
|Total Units:||15 units|
Semester 2 (Spring Semester)
|MATH 2||Calculus II||5 units||MATH 1 Calculus I|
|PHYS 1A||General Physics I||5 units||MATH 1 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!
|MATH 3||Multivariable Calculus||5 units||MATH 2 Calculus II|
|MATH 7**||Elementary Linear Algebra||3.5 units||MATH 2 Calculus II|
|PHYS 1B||General Physics II||5 units||MATH 2 Calculus II
PHYS 1A General Physics I
|ENGR 35||Statics||3 units||MATH 2 Calculus II
PHYS 1A General Physics I
|Total Units:||16.5 units|
Semester 4 (Spring Semester)
|MATH 5||Differential Equations||3.5 units||MATH 3 Calculus III|
|PHYS 1C||General Physics III||5 units||MATH 3 Calculus III***
PHYS 1A General Physics I
|ENGR 44||Introduction to Circuit Analysis||4 units||PHYS 1A General Physics I|
|ENGR 46||Materials of Engineering||4 units||CHEM 1A General College Chemistry I, PHYS 1A General Physics 1|
|CMST 1||Fundamentals of Speech Communication||3 units|
|Total Units:||19.5 units|
Other Courses that may need to be completed:
|MATH 10**||Discrete Mathematics||4 units||MATH 1 Calculus I|
|PHYS 1D**||General Physics IV||3 units||PHYS 1B General Physics II|
|CS 1||Computing Fundamentals I||4-5 units||MATH 107 Pre-Algebra|
|Total Units:||69 - 81 units|
*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 1D 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 1B
Other Important Notes:
- Do not complete all of your lower-division General Education courses. As an future 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.
- 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.
- Complete Chemistry early in your lower-division program, complete Physics and Engineering late in your lower-division program.
- 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.
- 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 transfer to California universities including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Jose State, Sacramento State, and Chico State.