Engineering – Certificate

The Fundamentals of Engineering Certificate prepares students to transfer to, or enroll in, four-year institutions as engineering majors. The certificate fulfills many of the first two years of academic requirements for engineering programs. Certificate graduates could also find employment as engineering technicians. While students should verify information with their transfer institutions, these students are advised by mathematics and engineering faculty members according to their specific program goals for the best
transfer options.

Engineering Gainful Employment


Program Requirements

Minimum credits 41
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits 15

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

ENG 132 Writing Experience II 3 ENG 131

This is an intensive writing course. Analytical and persuasive modes are stressed. Advanced research writing strategies are used. Database and primary research methods are emphasized. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

CORE REQUIREMENTS

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CEM 141 General Chemistry I 5 CIS 095*, ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 131* or higher

This course is required for most sciences, engineering, and pre-professional health majors. Students who are required to take organic chemistry for their major should enroll in CEM 141 during their first semester. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, states of matter, kinetic molecular theory and stoichiometry. Course includes a laboratory component.

CPS 177 Programming in C++ 3

(SAME AS CIS 170) Students study digital computing systems and how they are used to solve problems. Students use procedural and object-oriented programming capabilities to design, develop and test computer programs. Topics covered include program development, functions, control structures, text file operations, classes, recursion, arrays and pointers.

MAT 151 Calculus I 4 MAT 141*

(FORMERLY MTH 151) First calculus course for business, mathematics, engineering and science students explores introductory plane analytic geometry, the derivative, the integral and their applications for algebraic, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions. The mathematics department recommends that the prerequisite not be more than two years old. If the prerequisite is more than two years old, then the recommendation is that the course placement exam should be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.

MAT 154 Calculus II 5 MAT 151*

(FORMERLY MTH 154) This course explores the following topics: methods and applications of the derivative and integral for inverse trigonometric and hyperbolic functions, indeterminate forms, series and polar/parametric representation of functions. Graphing calculator required. The mathematics department recommends the prerequisite not be more than two years old. If the prerequisite is more than two years old, the recommendation is the course placement exam be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.

MAT 251 Calculus III 4 MAT 154

(FORMERLY MTH 251) Solid analytical geometry is integrated throughout this course covering the calculus of vector valued functions, multivariable functions, and vector fields with applications. Graphing calculator required. The mathematics department recommends that the prerequisite not be more than two years old. If the prerequisite is more than two years old then the recommendation is that the course placement exam be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.

MAT 254 Differential Equations 4 MAT 154

(FORMERLY MTH 254) Explore solutions of first order differential equations, linear differential equations with constant coefficients, variation of parameters, series solutions, Laplace transforms, eigenvectors and eigenvalues and application to solution of systems of linear first order equations. Graphing calculator required. The mathematics department recommends that the prerequisite not be more than two years old. If the prerequisite is more than two years old, then the recommendation is that the course placement exam be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.

PHY 251 Modern University Physics I 5 MAT 151 or higher

Students cover classical mechanics, thermodynamics and wave motion. This course should be elected by all science and engineering students. Course includes a laboratory component.

PHY 252 Modern University Physics II 5 PHY 251

Students cover topics in classical electricity and magnetism, optics, special relativity and modern physics. A continuation of PHY 251. Course includes a laboratory component.

Sample Course Map

The following is a sample course map for informational purposes and will not suit every student’s situation. A detailed, individualized course map will be created when a student meets with their Student Success Navigator.

SEMESTER 1

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CEM 141 General Chemistry I 5 CIS 095*, ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 131* or higher

This course is required for most sciences, engineering, and pre-professional health majors. Students who are required to take organic chemistry for their major should enroll in CEM 141 during their first semester. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, states of matter, kinetic molecular theory and stoichiometry. Course includes a laboratory component.

ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

MAT 151 Calculus I 4 MAT 141*

(FORMERLY MTH 151) First calculus course for business, mathematics, engineering and science students explores introductory plane analytic geometry, the derivative, the integral and their applications for algebraic, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions. The mathematics department recommends that the prerequisite not be more than two years old. If the prerequisite is more than two years old, then the recommendation is that the course placement exam should be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.

SEM 140 Seminar in Life Pathways 3

Seminar in Life Pathways is a gateway course to Jackson College. This course is designed to help all students develop the skills, inner qualities and external behaviors needed to take charge of their academic and career success. Students will be guided through an extensive process in making career choices and selecting an academic program of study at Jackson College and beyond. With the exception of second-admit programs, SEM 140 is required of all students.

SEMESTER 2

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CPS 177 Programming in C++ 3

(SAME AS CIS 170) Students study digital computing systems and how they are used to solve problems. Students use procedural and object-oriented programming capabilities to design, develop and test computer programs. Topics covered include program development, functions, control structures, text file operations, classes, recursion, arrays and pointers.

ENG 132 Writing Experience II 3 ENG 131

This is an intensive writing course. Analytical and persuasive modes are stressed. Advanced research writing strategies are used. Database and primary research methods are emphasized. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

MAT 154 Calculus II 5 MAT 151*

(FORMERLY MTH 154) This course explores the following topics: methods and applications of the derivative and integral for inverse trigonometric and hyperbolic functions, indeterminate forms, series and polar/parametric representation of functions. Graphing calculator required. The mathematics department recommends the prerequisite not be more than two years old. If the prerequisite is more than two years old, the recommendation is the course placement exam be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.

SEMESTER 3

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MAT 251 Calculus III 4 MAT 154

(FORMERLY MTH 251) Solid analytical geometry is integrated throughout this course covering the calculus of vector valued functions, multivariable functions, and vector fields with applications. Graphing calculator required. The mathematics department recommends that the prerequisite not be more than two years old. If the prerequisite is more than two years old then the recommendation is that the course placement exam be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.

PHY 251 Modern University Physics I 5 MAT 151 or higher

Students cover classical mechanics, thermodynamics and wave motion. This course should be elected by all science and engineering students. Course includes a laboratory component.

SEMESTER 4

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MAT 254 Differential Equations 4 MAT 154

(FORMERLY MTH 254) Explore solutions of first order differential equations, linear differential equations with constant coefficients, variation of parameters, series solutions, Laplace transforms, eigenvectors and eigenvalues and application to solution of systems of linear first order equations. Graphing calculator required. The mathematics department recommends that the prerequisite not be more than two years old. If the prerequisite is more than two years old, then the recommendation is that the course placement exam be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.

PHY 252 Modern University Physics II 5 PHY 251

Students cover topics in classical electricity and magnetism, optics, special relativity and modern physics. A continuation of PHY 251. Course includes a laboratory component.