Feb 01, 2023  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

Computer Engineering: APE (CTE)

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Associate of Pre-Engineering | 74 credits minimum

Engineering Department
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
SI 220
General Information (801) 957-4073
Program Information (801) 957-4780
Program Website
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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
Computer engineering integrates the fields of electrical engineering and computer science to develop computer hardware and software. Computer engineers are involved in many hardware and software aspects of computing, from the design of individual microprocessors, personal computers, and supercomputers, to circuit design. This field of engineering not only focuses on how computer systems themselves work, but also how they integrate into the larger picture. It requires a strong background in physical science and mathematics.

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.

The University of Utah offers two different major options:

Computer Science
Computer Engineering

Students should see an advisor to adjust SLCC program requirements according to the major option they are pursing. Transfer students should also obtain advising regarding General Education requirements specific to Engineering majors at the University of Utah.

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
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.

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
Students will demonstrate understanding of fundamental computer engineering science principles and be prepared to continue their studies toward a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering at a 4-year university. Specifically, students will be able to:
  • Design and code using object oriented programming principles
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles associated with computer architectures
  • Demonstrate an understanding of discrete mathematics and algebraic structures as applied to computer science,
  • Apply these skills to design, build, and test projects involving simple electrical circuit.
Students who successfully complete this program will demonstrate the ability to communicate technical concepts in both written form and orally. 2
Students who successfully complete this program will 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. 4
Students who successfully complete this program will have an increased ability to engage civically. 5

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 three credits from the three following distribution areas. We recommend one of the courses should also be a Diversity course (DV).

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

Sample 4 Semester Schedule - Assuming Calculus Ready

Computer Engineering 73 Credits

Sample 5 Semester Schedule - Assuming Calculus Ready

Computer Engineering 73 Credits

Sample 6 Semester Schedule - Assuming College Algebra Ready

Computer Engineering 73 Credits +7 Math Preparation Credits

Advising Notes:

Students planning to major in Computer Engineering at Utah State University should take MATH 2270  and MATH 2280  in place of MATH 2250 , 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 1050 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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