Dec 02, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog

Pre-Engineering, A.A. (General Transfer)

Academic Program Code: 553

The Engineering Pre-Major is for highly motivated students who have a strong interest in science and mathematics and plan to continue their education and transfer to an Engineering program. Engineers use science and mathematics to solve complex real world problems in cost effective ways. There are many engineering fields, such as mechanical, electrical, civil, biomedical, computer, environmental, industrial, and manufacturing. By declaring this Pre-Major, students are on track to graduate with an Associate of Arts degree from GRCC and transfer to a 4-year institution to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.

Note: This Pre-Major does not apply to students going into Engineering Technology.

General Education Courses

Select a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work from the General Education course list. Course work must be selected as directed in the areas below.

English Composition and Communications


Select two (2) Humanities General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas. Only one (1) Foreign Language course can be used for the Humanities requirement.

Social Sciences

Select two (2) Social Sciences General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas.

EC 251 - Principles of Macroeconomics  or EC 252 - Principles of Microeconomics  are recommended.  Please consult with your transfer institution as to the appropriate course.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

General Education Total Credit Hours

30 (minimum)

Program Courses

Open Elective Courses

In addition to the above coursework, you will need to take other GRCC courses to complete your degree. For maximum transferability, all courses should be selected based on your identified program or major at the 4-year transfer institution that you plan to attend. The number of elective credit hours that you will need to complete this Pre-Major will depend on the number of credit hours that remain in order for you to reach the 60 credits needed to graduate. For assistance in developing an academic plan, please see a GRCC advisor or faculty member.

Total Credit Hours


Transfer Notes

It is recommended that students meet with an advisor to review the requirements for this program and have any questions about transfer answered prior to completing this degree program at GRCC. Elective courses required for various fields of engineering differ and should be considered when planning a schedule of courses.

Various disciplines, colleges and universities may have additional requirements for application to the engineering department or university. It is critical that you contact any engineering program that you wish to attend and request information about their department and general admission requirements.

In What Order Should I Take Classes?

Please select courses from the Priority I list.  Select courses based on the number of credits you are taking in the semester, for example, if you are a part time student you do not have to take all of the courses listed.  If you are unable to schedule Priority I courses, move to and select from the list of Priority II, Priority III, and Priority IV courses.

Priority I Priority II

EN 101 - English Composition I   

MA 133 - Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 

General Education Course 

CHM 130 - General Chemistry I   

CHM 131 - General Chemistry I Laboratory   



EN 102 - English Composition II  


COM 131 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking  


COM 135 - Interpersonal Communication   

General Education Course

PH 245 - Calculus Physics I 

MA 134 - Calculus with Analytic Geometry II    

Priority III Priority IV

General Education Course

MA 255 - Calculus with Analytic Geometry III   

Program Course

PH 246 - Calculus Physics II  

General Education Course

Program Course

Open Elective Course 

Open Elective Course

NOTE: This priority schedule assumes the student is prepared to take the courses listed. If prerequisites are required, additional semesters may be required to complete this degree.

Meet with an Academic Program Advisor and consult My Degree Path for specific degree requirements.

Essential Abilities/Technical Standards

1. Essential judgment skills: include the ability to identify, assess, and comprehend situations for the purpose of problem solving and coming to appropriate conclusions and/or course of actions.  Specifically, students must be able to:

  • Apply mathematical concepts to solve problems

  • Discern relevant and irrelevant information when solving problems

  • Express knowledge of the appropriate level of content in written and/or verbal formats

  • Draw conclusions based on knowledge and experimental results

Recognize unsafe situations in a laboratory environment

2. Essential physical/neurological functions: include the ability to use the senses of sight, hearing, touch, and smell. Students must meet  expectations necessary to safely perform tasks required to study chemistry, which include the need for manual dexterity and the ability to use sight and hearing. Specifically, students must be able to:

  • Manipulate equipment and glassware to prepare for and conduct laboratory procedures

  • Write in a laboratory notebook during the course of a laboratory experiment

  • Observe and note changes (in color, sound, etc.) as experimental conditions progress or change

  • Operate a computer for the purposes of inputting or graphing data and writing laboratory reports

  • Operate analytical instrumentation for the purpose of collecting and analyzing data in the course of scientific study and experimentation

  • Read and /or hear laboratory directions that involve either experimental procedures or safety concerns

  • Inform the course instructor of any allergies (chemical, latex etc.) that may lead to an allergic reaction

Tolerate odors that are a normal part of a chemistry lab experience.

3. Essential communication skills: include the ability to communicate effectively with fellow students and faculty. Specifically, students must be able to:

  • Understand written and verbal direction when completing tasks and assignments associated with the lecture portion of science courses

  • Understand written and verbal directions when completing laboratory tasks and assignments

  • Understand written and verbal directions when following all Departmental safety rules and procedures

  • Communicate any issues that involve health or safety in a laboratory environment

Use information technology skills consistent with effective communication.

4. Essential emotional coping skills: include the ability to demonstrate the mental health necessary to safely engage in the practice of scientific discovery.  Specifically, students must be able to:

  • Engage in multitasking without becoming overly stressed

  • Practice safe laboratory procedures and be mindful of the safety of others

  • Collaborate with lab partners to complete a task in the classroom or laboratory

Cooperate with others and work in groups or alone as indicated by a particular course

5. Essential intellectual/conceptual skills: include the ability to measure, calculate, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate to engage competently in the learning of science and mathematics. Specifically, students must be able to:

  • Select appropriate methods to solve mathematical problems

  • Use a calculator to complete calculations

  • Use a computer to generate graphs and reports

  • Use equipment and instrumentation to make measurements

  • Analyze complex graphical data and/ or concepts

Express an understanding of the concepts learned in science and mathematics in written form or verbally   

6. Other essential behavioral attributes:  ability to work collaboratively in group learning activities in lecture and laboratory settings

Grand Rapids Community College strives to be more than ADA compliant. We strive to be accessible and welcoming to all students of all abilities. After reviewing the Essential Abilities/Technical Standards for this program; your responsibilities as a student entail determining if you can complete all associated coursework either:  

  • With Accommodation. I am otherwise qualified to meet the same academic standards as any other student entering the program. However, based on a medically documented condition or diagnosis, I would qualify for reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990). I will meet with Disability Support Services on campus to arrange those accommodations in an interactive process with the department of Physical Sciences.

  • Without Accommodation. I am able to complete the program without need for reasonable accommodation or modification. In the event my medical documentation reveals otherwise or a condition manifests that would necessitate an accommodation; it is my responsibility to inform a responsible authority figure within the department of (field of study) and work with Disability Support Services to see if a reasonable accommodation or modification can be made.