Feb 26, 2021  
2020-2021 SLCC General Catalog 
2020-2021 SLCC General Catalog

Electrical Engineering: APE (CTE)

Associate of Pre-Engineering | 74 credits minimum

Natural Sciences and Engineering Division
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
SI 220
General Information 801-957-4073
Program Information 801-957-4780
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Professors − Lee Brinton, Holly Moore, Nick Safai
Associate Professors − Sara Farida
Assistant Professors − James Smith, Wesley Sanders, Andrew Vogt, Quentin McRae

Program Description
Electrical engineering is a branch of applied physics. Electrical engineers use math and physics concepts to design, simulate, build, and test electrical devices and systems.

Transfer/Articulation Information
The associate of pre-engineering degree 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.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the suggested sample schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

Program Entry Requirements
This 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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically and creatively
5 - Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
6 - Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
7 - Develop computer and information literacy

Demonstrate understanding of fundamental electrical engineering science principles and be prepared to continue their studies toward a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at a 4-year university. Specifically, students will be able to:

  • Analyze electrical circuits using appropriate theoretical and mathematical principles and methods.
  • Use industry standard software to design and model electric circuits.
  • Use test and measurement equipment to analyze electrical circuits,
  • Apply these skills to design, build, and test projects involving simple electrical circuit.

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Demonstrate the ability to communicate technical concepts in both written form and orally.


Understand the engineering approach to analysis and problem solving including developing a clear statement of objectives, identifying and evaluating potential strategies, analyzing results, and refining the solution.


Increased ability to engage civically.


General Education Requirements

General Education requirements in this degree are reduced. Students who earn an Associate of Pre-Engineering degree will need to complete additional General Education requirements for a bachelor’s degree at the receiving institution. Transfer students should obtain advising regarding General Education requirements specific to Engineering majors.

Core Skills

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 1 course

American Institutions (AI) 1 course

Distribution Areas

Choose an additional 9 credits from the 3 following distribution areas. We recommend one of the courses should also be a Diversity course (DV).

Advising Notes

Students planning to major in Electrical Engineering at Utah State University should take MATH 2270  and MATH 2280  in place of MATH 2250 , as well as both Physics labs (PHYS 2215  and PHYS 2225 ).

* We recommend FA 1080 Basic Metal Sculpting (FA)  - as a distribution option.

**Well prepared students may substitute MATH 1080  for MATH 1050 /MATH 1060  with Math Department approval. Students who need additional math preparation should consult an academic advisor.

Additional Program Notes

Students may wish to complete general education requirements at SLCC in order to reduce their course load during the junior and senior year at the receiving transfer institution.  Please consult with the Engineering advisor to plan an appropriate course of study.