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Overview of:
Engineering Program
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Updated: 02/09/09

The AHC Engineering Program serves two primary purposes:

  1. To prepare students to transfer and succeed in an Engineering Program at a 4-Year university;
  2. To offer Students an Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.) in Engineering.
AHC offers one of the most extensive engineering course offerings (including hands-on laboratory courses) of any California community college, and prepares students for transfer in all engineering disciplines. Class sizes are typically between 15-30 students; therefore, students have an opportunity to participate in class discussions and problem solving sessions, and the instructors are more accessible to the students.

Most AHC engineering students transfer to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo or
UC Santa Barbara.
A few transfer to other CSUs (e.g., Fresno, San Jose),
UCs (Los Angeles, Berkeley), or private universities (Kettering, Embry-Riddle).
In 2003 and 2004, the student speakers at the UCSB College of Engineering commencement were both transfer students from AHC.

Because Engineering schools desire transfer students to have a strong background in math, science and engineering, engineering students may not necessarily take all the general education (GE) courses required for an A.A. degree at AHC. However when the AHC GE requirement is met, engineering students are qualified for numerous degrees. In 2005, six AHC students received 6 AA degrees each; all were engineering students.
* Notes:
1. An A.A. degree does not guarantee admission into a university.
2. At AHC, the A.A. degree is designed for the student desiring a lower-division preparation experience in order to transfer to a four-year public or private university or college. The Associate in Science degree (A.S.) is designed for the occupationally-oriented student. It provides training within specific occupational areas. The designations (A.S. vs. A.A.) may be different at other colleges.
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