Oct 02, 2022  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

Civil/Environmental Engineering: APE (CTE)

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Associate of Pre-Engineering | 73.5 credits minimum

Engineering Department
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
SI 220
General Information (801) 957-4073
Program Information (801) 957-4780
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor SI 209, (801) 957-4858

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

Program Description
Civil engineering encompasses a wide range of engineering projects dealing with buildings, bridges, dams, highways, transportation systems, water supply systems, fluid flow, water reclamation and geotechnical problems. Civil engineering affects many of our daily activities: the buildings we live in and work in, the transportation facilities we use, the water we drink, and the drainage and sewerage systems that are necessary to our health and well-being. Civil engineers: a) Design and supervise the construction of bridges, tunnels, large buildings, dams, and coastal structures, b) Plan, lay out, construct, and maintain railroads, highways, and airports, c) Devise systems for the control and efficient flow of traffic, e) Plan and build river regulation and flood control projects, f) Provide plants and systems for water supply and sewage and refuse disposal. G) Measure and map the earth’s surface.

Civil is a very broad field and it includes at least eight major specialized areas of practice: 1) Structural engineering, 2) Hydraulic and water resources engineering, 3) Environmental engineering, 4) Geotechnical engineering, 5) Construction engineering and management, 6) Geodetic engineering, 7) Transportation engineering, 8) Hydrology and surface water flow. Civil engineers work with institutions of higher education, structural design and construction companies, power companies, manufacturing companies, and with consulting engineering firms. Many opportunities for civil engineering employment also exist in city, county, and state engineering departments and in the various agencies of the federal government.

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.

Program Entry Requirements
Each 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.

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

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
Be adequately prepared to seamlessly transfer to one of the four-year institutions to pursue a BS degree in Civil Engineering. 1,3
Be able to solve complex problems in engineering and science using critical thinking skills. 1,4
Demonstrate adequate ability of technical report writing, also written and oral communication with respect to technical concepts. 2
Understand the fundamentals of Mechanics, in particular statics dynamics, strength of materials and structural analysis. 1
Understand the mathematical tools necessary to perform engineering calculations - in particular Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations. 1,3
Develop the laboratory skills necessary to design and perform scientific and engineering experiments, and to be able to interpret collected data. 1,3,4
Effectively communicate scientific and engineering concepts both orally and in writing. 2

General Education Requirements

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

Core Skills:

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 4 Credits

American Institutions (AI) Choose 3 Credits from one of the Following

Distribution Areas:

Choose an additional six credits from two of the following distribution areas.

Fine Arts (FA)  3-4
Humanities (HU)  3
Social Science (SS)  3

Sample 4 Semester Schedule - Assuming Calculus Ready

Sample 5 Semester Schedule - Assuming Calculus Ready

Sample 6 Semester Schedule - Assuming College Algebra Ready with 7 Math Preparation Credits

Advising Notes:

*We recommend FA 1080  , Basic Metal Sculpture as a fine arts distribution course for Engineering majors. 

** Civil Engineers may choose between the second semester of Chemistry or Physics.  If Physics is selected the schedule should be modified by moving CEEN 2300   and a distribution class to the spring semester of the first year.

***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.

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