The engineer basically is concerned with the application of scientific principles to practical problems. Engineering spans such a wide range of activities, including over 25 major specialties, that employment opportunities for engineers include the entire spectrum of the work force. In a typical four-year engineering curriculum, the first two years are spent studying basic sciences, including math, chemistry and physics; the last two years emphasize engineering, advanced math and science courses.
Degrees & Certificates in EngineeringMATH & SCIENCES DIVISION
ENGINEERING SCIENCE — Degree
Associate in Engineering Science Degree
Rend Lake College offers courses applicable to the first two years of a typical four-year engineering curriculum.
This degree will require a total of 68 credit hours. General education courses are described in the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum. Because completion of this engineering curriculum does not fulfill the requirements of the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum, students will need to complete the general education requirements of the institution to which they transfer. RLC has partnered in 2+2 programs with both Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Missouri University of Science and Technology, through which graduates of RLC's program may transfer smoothly into related programs with these universities. Contact your academic advisor for further information.
► Total = 68 Hours
Consult with your counselor or advisor for more information about A.E.S. Degree requirements.
1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.
2 Some schools required CSCI 1104. Please consult your advisor before transferring.
3 To guarantee full transfer of credit, students must complete the entire course sequence at the same school before transfer.
The Engineering program listed is a general one. The actual program of studies the student should follow depends upon:
- The student’s educational background prior to entering Rend Lake College
- The specific engineering field of interest (such as chemical, electrical, civil, etc.)
- The four-year institution to which the student intends to transfer. A specific program of study needs to be devised for each student by the engineering advisor.
Requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering usually are more extensive than the normal baccalaureate degree. Many, if not most, students find it takes 4-5 years of study to meet all requirements.
Rend Lake College has an engineering curriculum that has been articulated with the University of Illinois, University of Missouri at Rolla, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Students should see an engineering advisor for specific information about these agreements.
ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY — Degree
Associate in Science Degree
Engineering Technology combines the analytical approach to engineering with the practical skills necessary to apply modern technology. With greater theoretical understanding and mathematical background than the technicians, the engineering technologist finds new and better solutions for today’s problems in the current state of the art, taking the most advanced ideas from limited use to broad-based acceptance.
► Total = 64 Hours
CIVIL / ELECTRICAL / MECHANICAL SPECIALTIES
1 May take CHE 140A at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, no lab.
2 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.
3 Student should also take PHY 1102 to guarantee full transfer of College Physics sequence to a four-year university.
4 One Fine Arts course and one Humanities course needed to meet IAI core requirements.
Rend Lake College has an engineering curriculum that has been articulated with the University of Illinois, University of Missouri at Rolla, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Students should see an engineering advisor for specific information about these agreements.
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