Associate of Pre-Engineering | 72 credits minimum
Program Division Natural Science and Engineering
Program Location Taylorsville-Redwood Road Campus, Room SI 241
General Information (801) 957-7522
Program Information (801) 957-4418
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor SI201C, (801) 957-4858
Professors − Lee Brinton, Holly Moore, Nick Safai
Associate Professors − Sara Farida
Assistant Professors − James Smith, Wesley Sanders, Andrew Vogt, Quentin McRae
Geological Engineers utilize their backgrounds in engineering and earth science to provide solutions to engineering problems in the natural world. They are concerned with fluid flow and contaminant transport in the subsurface of the earth, with the behavior of earth materials and with design with earth materials. Geological Engineering is closely related to both Geology and Civil Engineering. Students who complete the A.P.E. will be prepared to enter their junior year in Geological Engineering at a 4-year institution.
Geological Engineers are employed as consultants to Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering firms. They are also heavily employed in the energy sector as well as in mining firms.
The associate of pre-engineering degree in geological engineering is a transfer degree similar to the associate of science degree, but has reduced General Education requirements. Current accreditation board of engineering and technology (ABET) standards require upper-division General Education courses. Engineering students who complete this degree may apply for advanced-placement at an engineering school, but must complete General Education requirements at the senior institution.
Admission into an engineering major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.
Program Entry Requirements
The Geological Engineering program requires as a prerequisite a science-oriented high school curriculum which includes as much mathematics, chemistry, physics and English as possible. Students who do not qualify to enter MATH 1210 , CHEM 1210 and ENGL 1010 should take prerequisite courses before entering the first semester of their program. Students who need to take preparatory courses to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program. Consult with the academic advisor concerning these courses. It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite courses. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken.
Estimates Cost for Students
Engineering textbooks can be very expensive and range from $30 to $300 apiece. The cost can be minimized by planning ahead to purchase used books or approved back editions. Plan on $300 to $500 per semester for textbooks and course fees.
Estimated Time to Completion
4 to 6 semesters depending on student preparation. Students who do not enter the program ready to take MATH 1210 will require extra time.
|Program Student Learning Outcomes
||Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
||1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy
|Be prepared for further study in Geological Engineering or a related discipline at a four-year college or university by completing a course of study comparable to that required in the first 2 years at the University of Utah.
|Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of physical science, in particular inorganic chemistry,physics and geology.
Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of engineering.
|Demonstrate competence in both creating and interpreting engineering drawings, using modern computer tools and resources.
|Demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical tools necessary to perform engineering calculations - in particular Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations.
Use these mathematical tools and strategies to solve engineering problems.
|Solve complex problems in engineering and science using critical thinking skills and an effective problem solving strategy.
|Demonstrate the laboratory skills necessary to design and perform scientific and engineering experiments. Interpret experimental data.
|Demonstrate an understanding of the environmental and social impact of engineering activities and the techniques required to mitigate those impacts.
|Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical impacts of engineering decisions and the requirements for ethical behavior of an engineering professional.
|Develop engineering computing skills, and use them to solve problems.
|Demonstrate competence in technical report writing, other written communication and in oral communication of technical concepts.