Physical Science and Engineering

The required core curriculum for this degree follows closely the Intersegmental Model Curricula (ISMC) developed by the Engineering Liaison Council (ELC) between community colleges and four-year public colleges and universities.

Students completing this degree will have learned to identify various engineering problems and integrate math and science to solve them, have proficiency in the design, execution, analysis, and interpretation of experiments, demonstrate familiarity with the engineering design process, and will have demonstrated an ability to communicate effectively using written, oral, electronic, and graphical means. This degree will prepare students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities to pursue degrees in any of the engineering disciplines (aeronautical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, materials, mechanical, etc.).

For detailed requirements for individual four-year institutions and specific engineering majors, students should contact the transfer institution and/or meet with a counselor for specific transfer course requirements in their major.


Core Major Courses
Units: 22
ENGR 10A
Introduction to Engineering A (Active)
2
MATH 1A
Single-Variable Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Active)
4
MATH 1B
Single-Variable Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Active)
4
MATH 1C
Multivariable Calculus (Active)
4
PHYS 4A
Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Mechanics (Active)
4
PHYS 4B
Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Electricity and Magnetism (Active)
4
Choose one
Units: 3
ENGR 5
Engineering Programming and Problem Solving (Active)
3
CSIS 45
C++ Programming I (Active)
3
Choose one.
Units: 3
ENGR 1
Graphical Communication and Design (Active)
3
ENGR 2
Statics (Active)
3
ENGR 3
Electric Circuit Analysis (Active)
4
ENGR 4
Properties Of Materials (Active)
3
Choose ONE track
Units: 10
Complete a minimum of 10 units in one track. Tracks and courses should be selected to meet the lower division major requirements at your intended transfer university. See a counselor to determine specific major preparation. Track 1: Mechanical, Aerospace and Manufacturing
CHEM 1A
General Chemistry (Active)
5
ENGR 5
Engineering Programming and Problem Solving (Active)
3
ENGR 2
Statics (Active)
3
ENGR 3
Electric Circuit Analysis (Active)
4
PHYS 4C
Physics for Scientists and Engineers-Heat/Optics/Modern Physics (Active)
4
MATH 2
Linear Algebra (Active)
3
MATH 2C
Differential Equations (Active)
3
Track 2: Electrical
CHEM 1A
General Chemistry (Active)
5
CSIS 45
C++ Programming I (Active)
3
CHEM 1B
General Chemistry (Active)
5
ENGR 3
Electric Circuit Analysis (Active)
4
PHYS 4C
Physics for Scientists and Engineers-Heat/Optics/Modern Physics (Active)
4
MATH 2
Linear Algebra (Active)
3
MATH 2C
Differential Equations (Active)
3
Track 3: Civil and Industrial
CHEM 1A
General Chemistry (Active)
5
ENGR 5
Engineering Programming and Problem Solving (Active)
3
ENGR 2
Statics (Active)
3
PHYS 4C
Physics for Scientists and Engineers-Heat/Optics/Modern Physics (Active)
4
CHEM 1B
General Chemistry (Active)
5
MATH 2
Linear Algebra (Active)
3
MATH 2C
Differential Equations (Active)
3
Track 4: Computer and Software
CSIS 45
C++ Programming I (Active)
3
CSIS 46
C++ Programming II (Historical)
3
MATH 16
Discrete Mathematics (Active)
4
ENGR 3
Electric Circuit Analysis (Active)
4
PHYS 4C
Physics for Scientists and Engineers-Heat/Optics/Modern Physics (Active)
4
MATH 2
Linear Algebra (Active)
3
MATH 2C
Differential Equations (Active)
3
Track 5: Chemical, Biomedical and Materials
CHEM 1A
General Chemistry (Active)
5
ENGR 5
Engineering Programming and Problem Solving (Active)
3
ENGR 2
Statics (Active)
3
ENGR 3
Electric Circuit Analysis (Active)
4
CHEM 1B
General Chemistry (Active)
5
MATH 2
Linear Algebra (Active)
3
MATH 2C
Differential Equations (Active)
3
Additional Major Preparation
Units: 0
See a counselor to determine appropriate choices.
General Education Requirements: (26 - 32 Units)*
Units: 26
A student may complete the Gavilan College A.A./A.S, general education, the CSU-GE Breadth or the IGETC pattern, plus sufficient electives to Meet a 60 unit total. See a counselor for details NOTE: A course may be used to satisfy both general eduation and major courses. See "Double Counting Rule".
Total: 64

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PSCI 1Principles of Physical Science (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture. An introduction to the physical sciences for the non-science major. Attention is focused on fundamental laws of nature, their development and relation to the physical world. PREREQUISITE: MATH 205, or MATH 430, or the equivalent, with a grade of "C" or better. ADVISORY: English 250 and English 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2015 to Spring 2020.
PSCI 1Principles of Physical Science (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. An introduction to the physical sciences for the non-science major. Attention is focused on fundamental laws of nature, their development and relation to the physical world. PREREQUISITE: Skills equivalent to those in an Elementary Algebra course. ADVISORY: English 280. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2020.
PSCI 2Introduction to Meteorology (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. An introductory course in Meteorology that is both descriptive and analytical on the physical principles affecting the earth's weather. Topics covered include the nature of the atmosphere, solar energy, heat, temperature, pressure, stability, moisture, wind, storms, severe weather and forecasting. The course introduces climatology as a scientific study and will look at the earth's climatic history, current research in climate modeling and the possibility of global climate change. ADVISORY: MATH 205. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2016.
PSCI 23Independent Study (1.0-2.0)Active
3.0-6.0 TBA. Designed to afford selected students specialized opportunities for exploring areas at the independent study level. The courses may involve extensive library work, research in the community, or special projects. May be repeated until six units of credit are accrued. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. REQUIRED: The study outline prepared by the student and the instructor must be filed with the department and the dean. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2011.
PSCI 3Ocean Studies (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Online Ocean Studies is a an introductory oceanography course provided by the American Meteorological Society to undergraduates. The course is prepared by an experienced team of oceanographers and science educators. AMS Ocean Studies is produced in cooperation with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. AMS Ocean Studies examines the world ocean from an Earth system perspective. The course emphasizes (1) the flow and transformations of water and energy into and out of the ocean, (2) the physical and chemical properties of seawater, (3) ocean circulation, (4) marine life and its adaptations, (5) interactions between the ocean and the other components of the Earth system (i.e., hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere), and (6) the human/ societal impacts on and response to those Earth system interactions. AMS Ocean Studies is modeled after the highly successful AMS Weather Studies course. ADVISORY: MATH 205. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2017.

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ENGR 1Graphical Communication and Design (3.0)Active
2.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. An introduction to the graphical and visual communication of the engineering design process. Topics will include the design process, visualization, free-hand sketching, instrument drawing, scales, orthographic projection, section views, auxiliary views, and dimensioning and tolerancing. Computer based drafting will be used in conjunction with traditional methods to highlight the strengths of multiple communication methodologies. ADVISORY: MATH 1A; may be concurrent. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2014.
ENGR 10AIntroduction to Engineering A (2.0)Active
2.0 Lecture. Engineering 10A introduces students to the engineering profession. The course explains the engineering education pathways and explores effective strategies for students to reach their full academic potential. Topics will include an introduction to the various engineering disciplines; the role of engineers and engineering in society; the curriculum requirements for the various engineering disciplines at different four-year institutions; academic success strategies; personal and professional development techniques; an introduction to the engineering design process; an introduction to engineering problem-solving methodologies; engineering ethics; communication skills; and working as a member of a team. . ADVISORY: English 250. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2019.
ENGR 2Statics (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Vector treatment of two- and three-dimensional force systems acting on particles and engineering structures in equilibrium. Topics include forces, moments, couples, resultants, equilibrium conditions, trusses, centroids, moment of inertia, beams, shear and moment diagrams, cables, fluids and friction. PREREQUISITE: Mathematics 1A and Mathematics 1B and Physics 4A with a grade of 'C' or better. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2012.
ENGR 3Electric Circuit Analysis (4.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. An introduction to the theory of electric circuits. Topics include resistive circuits, voltage and current sources, network theorems, op-amp circuits, energy storage elements, RC, RL, and RLC circuits. PREREQUISITE: Mathematics 2C (may be taken concurrently) and Physics 4B with a grade of 'C' or better. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2014.
ENGR 4Properties Of Materials (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Basic principles of physics and chemistry are used to determine the quantitative relationships that describe the behavior of solids. Particular emphasis is placed upon the relationship between the structure and properties of crystalline solids. Applications consider control of properties as an engineering design variable. A term paper based upon review of the periodical technical literature is required. PREREQUISITE: Chemistry 1A and Physics 4A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2012.
ENGR 5Engineering Programming and Problem Solving (3.0)Historical
2.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. An introduction to engineering problem solving using computer programming, numerical computing, and spreadsheets. Topics will include basic control structures, data types, input/output, an introduction to the design, implementation, testing and documentation of software, and the syntax and semantics of a modern programming language. Additional topics include matrix manipulation, curve plotting, finding solutions of ODEs, statistical analysis and presentation of data using available software. PREREQUISITE: Mathematics 1A with a grade of 'C' or better. May be taken concurrently. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2012 to Spring 2020.
ENGR 5Engineering Programming and Problem Solving (3.0)Active
2.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. This course utilizes the MATLAB (or equivalent) environment to provide students with a working knowledge of computer-based problem-solving methods relevant to science and engineering. It introduces the fundamentals of procedural and object-oriented programming, numerical analysis, and data structures. Topics will include basic control structures, data types, input/output, logical expressions, and the syntax and semantics of a modern programming language. Additional topics include matrix manipulation, curve plotting, finding solutions of differential equations (ODEs), and statistical analysis. Examples and assignments in the course are drawn from practical applications in engineering, physics, and mathematics. PREREQUISITE: Mathematics 1A with a grade of 'C' or better. May be taken concurrently. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2020.

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