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Updated: 01/24/12

Course Offerings

The following is a list of AHC Engineering courses and their catalog descriptions.
The rightmost column indicates the semester that the course is typically offered.

As appropriate, the Cal Poly and UCSB courses to which they are equivalent to are listed at the end of each entry, e.g., AHC's ENGR 152 is equivalent to Cal Poly's ME211 and UCSB's ME14.

Engr 100 - Intro to Engineering
Engr 124 - Excel
Engr 126 - Matlab
Engr 152 - Statics
Engr 154 - Dynamics

Engr 156 - Strength of Materials
Engr 161/2 - Materials Science / Lab
Engr 170/1 - Electric Circuit Analysis / Lab
Engr 172/3 - Circuits & Devices / Lab
Engr 179 - Engineering Problem Solving

ENGR 100 - Introduction to Engineering   1 unit
Overview of the engineering profession including engineering curricula, methods and history of engineering, projected employment opportunities, professional career duties, responsibilities and expectations, employer requirements, and recent developments in engineering. Guest speakers. Note: This course is not a transfer requirement, but is meant as an intro to the engineering and science fields.


ENGR 124 - EXCEL in Science/Engineering   1 unit
An introduction to Excel for engineering and science majors. Students use math operations, functions, statistics and graphs to analyze and display data, and to differentiate and integrate. Basic scientific and engineering application problems are solved.

ENGR 126 - MATLAB in Science/Engineering   1 unit
An introduction to Matlab for engineering and science majors. Students create and manipulate matrices, program script and m-files, generate 2-d and 3-d plots, and solve ODEs. Basic scientific and engineering application problems are solved.
UCSB: ENGR3, partial (AHC CS121+ENGR126 = UCSB ENGR3).

ENGR 152 - Statics    3 units
The study of force systems and equilibrium conditions, emphasizing engineering problems covering structures, distributed forces, beams, cables and friction. The subject matter of the course is basic to the understanding of all problems where vector analysis is involved.

Cal Poly: ME211. UCSB: ME14.
ENGR 154 - Dynamics   3 units
The study of the motion of bodies under action of forces; motion of particles, systems of particles, rigid bodies. Engineering applications such as machinery, rockets, spacecraft propulsion.
Cal Poly: ME212. UCSB: ME16.
ENGR 156 - Strength of Materials   4 units
A study of the stresses, strains and deformations due to various loads on bars, shafts, beams, and pressure vessels. The course covers stress and strain transformation, Mohr's Circle, ductile and brittle failure theories, and the buckling of columns.

Cal Poly: CE201 or 204/207. UCSB: ME15.
ENGR 161 & 162 - Materials Science & Lab   3+1 units
Intro to atomic bonding and crystal structure of materials, and ways in which these determine their physical, mechanical and electrical properties. The course covers metals, alloys, ceramics, insulators, semiconductors, polymers.
Cal Poly: MATE 210/215.


ENGR 170 & 171 - Electric Circuit Analysis & Lab   3+1 units
Circuit Analysis emphasizing resistive circuits, network theorems, natural and forced response of RL, RC and RLC circuits; steady state AC analysis and phasors.
Lab: Exercises include DC, AC and transient measurements on circuits including resistors, capacitors and inductors. Use of basic electrical instrument such as meters, oscilloscopes, function generators.
Cal Poly: EE112/211/241 or 201/251. UCSB: ECE 2A, ECE 6A, ME6
See and your school for articulation agreement.


ENGR 172 & 3 - Circuits and Devices & Lab   3+1units
Continuation of circuit analysis and an introduction to electronic devices. Topics include three phase circuits, complex frequency, network functions, transformers, basic semiconductor physics, characteristics and models of diodes, bipolar transistors and field effect transistors.
Lab. Exercises are performed with transformers and filters, and include measurement of terminal characteristics of diodes, bipolar transistors, and field effect transistors. Transistor and op-amp circuits are covered.
Cal Poly: EE212/242. UCSB: ECE 2B.
See and your school for articulation agreement.


ENGR 179 - Workshop: Engr Problem Solving  0.5 units
Advanced engineering problem solving techniques. Students solve advanced problems based on material from co-requisite courses. Students perform computer-aided analysis using a Finite Element Analysis package for structures, and PSpice and/or Electronics Workbench for circuits. An introduction to the design process. Computer analysis will be used to help design a basic engineering system.

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