A.S. Engineering

OVERVIEW OF THE A.S. ENGINEERING PROGRAMME


The Associate of Science in Engineering programme at the College of The Bahamas is designed to replicate the first two years of an ABET accredited engineering programme in the United States. After completing the A.S. Engineering programme here at COB, students will transfer to a foreign university where they will complete the final two years of a bachelor in engineering degree, in the desired discipline of engineering. Our A.S. Engineering degree is very similar to programmes offered by many US schools as A.S. Pre-Engineering degrees. (See, for example, the programme at Weber State University). We do not call our degree Pre-Engineering because in the Department of Technology, we also offer a Pre-Technology programme  that is not a college level degree programme, and we did not want to suggest that our "Pre-Engineering" degree was on par with the Pre-Technology programme, or vice versa.

CURRICULUM FOR THE A.S. ENGINEERING PROGRAMME

Please click on "CURRICULUM" in the title above if you want a detailed listing of the courses in this programme.

COMPARISON OF THE A.S. ENGINEERING PROGRAMME WITH THE A.S. ENGINEERING PHYSICS PROGRAMME
 

The Department of Physics offers an Associate of Science in Engineering Physics degree which has most courses in common with our A.S. Engineering degree programme. However, there are some differences, as documented below.

(i) Engineering Physics requires a minimum of 64 credits, whereas Engineering requires 71 credits.
(ii) Engineering Physics does not require College Chemistry or Engineering Graphics. However, these courses are required in most engineering programmes for all engineering students; therefore, our Engineering programme makes these mandatory.
(iii) Engineering Physics students must choose four major courses; two of these from
  1. Fortran for Engineers and Scientist (now replaced by Technical C++ Programming),
  2. Engineering Statics,
  3. Engineering Network Analysis I, or
  4. College Physics III,
and two of these from
  1. Engineering Dynamics,
  2. Engineering Network Analysis II,
  3. College Physics IV, or
  4. Differential Equations.
On the other hand, our Engineering programme gives students little choice in which engineering courses are required. Students must study Engineering Statics, Engineering Dynamics, Engineering Network Analysis I & II (for Electrical or Computer Engineering students), or Introduction to Linear Circuits and Mechanics of Materials (for non-Electrical or non-Computer Engineering students).

(iv) Engineering Physics does not require Calculus III, and Differential Equations is optional. However, both of these courses are required in most engineering programmes for all engineering students; therefore, our Engineering programme makes these mandatory.

(v) Engineering Physics allows three totally free electives; however, these electives are specified in the Engineering programme.

Students are strongly advised to consult the curriculum of the programmes they hope to transfer to in order to wisely choose between A.S. Engineering Physics and A.S. Engineering programmes. The programme which best prepares them for the third and fourth years of their eventual bachelor degree should be selected.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE A.S. ENGINEERING PROGRAMME

The entrance requirements are identical to The College's (COB’s) minimum general entrance requirements, as described here.  However, prospective high school students are encouraged to include subjects in their portfolio at high school that are appropriate for direct entry into first-year college-level courses in Science & Technology – namely, English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Graphical Communication and Computer Technology. Success in these subjects at BGCSE will obviate the need to make up deficiencies in Pre-Tech or College Prep at the COB and ensure timely graduation.

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