Graduates of Whatcom Community College’s pre-engineering program may transfer with junior-level status to nearly any engineering major at universities in Washington and elsewhere. In addition to offering prerequisite coursework in science, math and engineering fundamentals, Whatcom’s robust and innovative first-year engineering curriculum uses proven strategies to support student success in a challenging curriculum.
Whatcom offers four Associate in Science - Transfer (AS-T) degree pathways. The requirements for each degree are customized based on transfer goals and ensure preparation for junior-ready transfer in a specific engineering major.
AS-T MRP in Bio/Chemical Engineering (94-104 credits)
AS-T MRP in Computer/Electrical Engineering (100-109 credits)
AS-T MRP in Mechanical/Civil/Aeronautical/Environmental/Industrial/Materials Science Engineering (104-114 credits)
AS-T in General Transfer Engineering (min 90 credits) suitable for transfer preparation for a university engineering program that does not align well with one of the above three major-ready pathways (MRPs)
Whatcom’s project-based learning experience helps students connect theoretical knowledge and engineering application. This hands-on approach begins immediately with first-year curriculum that teaches technical skills in robotics programming, computer graphics, and design processes while exploring the roles of math, science and teamwork in engineering. Students refine their skills with design projects integrated in traditional sophomore-level coursework focused on engineering theory. Active student clubs and research opportunities allow students to apply their learning outside of the classroom and further build qualifications for scholarships, internships and transfer.
Students can enter the engineering transfer program during any quarter and can complete courses on a full-time or part-time basis. Preparation for MATH& 141: Precalculus 1 (by placement test or by completing MATH 99) is required to enroll in ENGR 101: Introduction to Engineering.
Engineering Degrees and Certificates
This course explores engineering through class discussion, hands-on activities, and presentations by speakers from industry and universities. Topics include engineering disciplines, career options, academic success strategies, planning your program of study, and a discussion of transfer institutions offering engineering. Prerequisite: placement in ENGL& 101.
Project based introduction to engineering analysis and modeling exploring the engineering disciplines at a technical level. Topics include academic success strategies, analytical problem solving, applications of mathematics, physics, and chemistry in engineering, dimensional analysis and unit systems, and an introduction to spreadsheet applications. Prerequisite: prior or concurrent enrollment in MATH& 141 and placement in ENGL& 101.
The course introduces MATLAB as a programming tool for mathematical analysis, visualization, simulation, and modeling, specifically pertaining to solving engineering design and analysis problems. Prerequisite: MATH& 142 with a minimum grade of C.
Project based experience with the engineering design process and technical computing. Explores the role of creativity, teamwork, and communication in promoting innovative design. Includes an introduction to computer programming, data analysis, sensors, and microcontrollers. Prerequisite: MATH& 152 with a minimum grade of C or both MATH& 142 and ENGR 101 with minimum grades of C; and placement in ENGL& 101.
Numerical solutions to problems in engineering and science using modern scientific computing tools. Application of mathematical judgment in selecting computational algorithms and communicating results. Introduction to MATLAB programming for numerical computation. Prerequisite: MATH& 163 with a minimum grade of C. Recommended preparation: MATH 204 and MATH 207 or concurrent enrollment.
Methods of modeling and depicting three-dimensional objects and communicating design information. Introduction to parametric solid modeling software as a design and analysis tool. Freehand sketching for spatial visualization skill development and design conceptualization. Topics include part and assembly modeling, orthographic projection, engineering drawings, and 3-D printing. Prerequisite: prior or concurrent enrollment in MATH& 141. Recommended preparation: ENGR 101.
Analysis of mathematical models of electric components and circuits. Topics include sources, resistors, capacitors, inductors, operational amplifiers, transient response, sinusoidal steady-state response, and three-phase circuits. Laboratory introduces electrical instrumentation and design applications of electrical circuit concepts. Prerequisite: PHYS& 223 and prior or concurrent enrollment in MATH 238. Recommended preparation: ENGR 151 and MATH 204.
Introduction to analysis and design of force systems in equilibrium. Topics include vector analysis, types of forces, moments, equilibrium analysis, structures, centroids, moments of inertia, friction, and internal forces. Prerequisite: MATH& 152 and PHYS& 221 with a minimum grade of C; and placement in ENGL& 101.
A study of the dynamics of particles and rigid bodies using scalar and vector methods, rectangular coordinates, normal and tangent coordinates, polar coordinates, curvilinear motion, work, energy, impulse, momentum, steady mass flow, rotation, absolute and relative motion. Graphing calculator required. Prerequisite: PHYS& 221, ENGR& 214, MATH& 163 with a minimum grade of C.
Mechanics of Materials explores the elasticity and deformation of structures. Topics include the extension, compression, and rotation of bodies subject to axial, shear, and torsion loadings. Extensive analysis of the elastic deflection of beams is performed using differential equations and boundary conditions. Principles of virtual work are also introduced. Prerequisite: ENGR& 214 with a minimum grade of C.