Engineering Fundamentals

Engineering Fundamentals

A.S.

The Engineering Fundamentals A.S. degree program prepares you for transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree in engineering, including civil, electrical, mechanical, or other engineering disciplines. The program covers courses typically offered in first and second years of an accredited engineering curriculum in the United States.

You are strongly encouraged to become informed of the rules and requirements related to the major department at the four-year college or university where you plan to transfer. If you're seeking to enter the engineering workforce, the program also gives you a strong foundation in engineering principles and practices. You are advised to work with academic advisors and counselors to complete a course plan.

ENGR 1000 Orientation to Engineering meets the FYE requirement for new, entering, first-time college students and/or students with fewer than 12 post-high school transfer credits. The course is especially encouraged if you're interested in engineering as your major.

As a student in this A.S. degree program, you will complete the Engineering Core Curriculum (13–14 credits) and the General Education Curriculum (46–47 credits) for credit total of 60. 

2022-2023 Required Courses

Engineering Core Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
Choose from the following
13-14



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

ENGR 1000
Orientation to Engineering
1

Course Outline
Credits: 1
Introduces students to engineering majors, engineering functions, aptitudes and skills students need, engineering ethics, the Inver Hills A.S Engineering Fundamentals program, and programs at transfer institutions. Provides an interactive environment for students to identify their motivation and opportunities for personal growth, engage in academic and career decision-making, and explore and utilize campus resources and services. Recommended for any student considering engineering or wanting to explore engineering as a career choice.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022

ENGR 1110
Introduction to Engineering
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
Introduces students to the fundamentals of engineering in a hands-on setting. Topics include: skills necessary for practicing engineers, elements of electric circuits, micro-controller programming, computer programming for problem solving, and fundamentals of engineering graphics. Students will complete a substantial project using the engineering design process, write a brief design report, and give a final project presentation. Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in MATH 0940 or placement into MATH 1118 or placement into MATH 1127 or higher. ENGR 1000 and ENG 1108 strongly recommended.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

ENGR 2000
Thermodynamics
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
Provides a foundation in the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics using a macroscopic approach. Topics include: Properties, equations of state, processes, cycles for reversible and irreversible thermodynamic systems. Modes of energy transfer. Equations for conservation of mass, energy, and entropy balances. Application of thermodynamic principles to engineering systems. Prereq: Grade of C or higher in MATH 1133 and CHEM 1061. PHYS 1081 strongly recommended.

Prerequisites:

  • CHEM 1061 Principles of Chemistry I
  • MATH 1133 Calculus I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

ENGR 2020
Statics
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Provides a foundation in engineering analysis of rigid bodies in static equilibrium. Topics include: Force and moment vectors. Free-body diagrams, systems, equilibrium, analysis of forces acting on structural and machine elements, friction, centroids, and moments of inertia. Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in MATH 1133. PHYS 1081 strongly recommended.

Prerequisites:

  • MATH 1133 Calculus I
  • PHYS 1081 Calculus Based Physics I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

ENGR 2024
Mechanics of Materials
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Provides a foundation in deformable body mechanics and strength of materials. Topics include: stress, strain, and the relationships between stress and strain. Analysis of bodies subjected to axial, torsional, bending, shear, internal pressure, and combined loadings. Mohr's circle, beam deflection, stability of structures, and column buckling. Analysis of statically indeterminate structures.

Prerequisites:

  • ENGR 2020 Statics

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

ENGR 2025
Dynamics
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Provides a foundation in kinematics and kinetics of particles, system of particles, and of rigid bodies, includes Newton's Laws, Energy and Momentum methods. Other topics:Plane motion of rigid bodies and Mechanical vibrations. Prerequisites: ENGR 2020, MATH 1134, PHYS 1081.

Prerequisites:

  • ENGR 2020 Statics
  • MATH 1134 Calculus II
  • PHYS 1081 Calculus Based Physics I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

ENGR 2041
Linear Circuits I
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
Analyze circuits using Kirchhoff's laws and node-voltage and mesh-current methods, circuits containing op-amps, inductors, and capacitors, first- and second-order circuits, Thevenin circuits. Use measurement tools and equipment to perform experiments with circuits and electronics. Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in MATH 1134 and PHYS 1082.

Prerequisites:

  • MATH 1134 Calculus II
  • PHYS 1082 Calculus Based Physics II

Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Total Credits in Engineering Core Curriculum 13-14

General Education Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
MATH 1133
Calculus I
5

Course Outline
Credits: 5
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 04
Provides an introduction to single variable calculus and prepares students for Calculus II (MATH 1134). The topics include limits, derivatives (including trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions), continuity, applications of derivatives to related rates and optimization, graphing using information from the first and second derivatives, separable differential equations, Riemann Sums, basic integration techniques (including substitution), definite integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, Trapezoidal and Simpson's Rule. Students will become proficient with a computer algebra system. Use of technology will be embedded throughout the course. Recommendation based on the Inver Hills Assessment Test results or grade of "C" or higher in MATH 1127 or MATH 1119 within the last 2 years.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

MATH 1134
Calculus II
5

Course Outline
Credits: 5
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 04
Prepares students for Multivariable Calculus (MATH 2219). Is the second course in the two-semester sequence of single variable calculus. The topics include applications of the integral: area, volume, surface area, center of mass, work, liquid pressure and arc length; techniques of integration; improper integrals; conics; calculus in polar coordinates; calculus involving parametrically-defined curves; and infinite series. Familiarity with a computer algebra system is expected. Use of technology will be embedded throughout the course.

Prerequisites:

  • MATH 1133 Calculus I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

MATH 2219
Multivariable Calculus
5

Course Outline
Credits: 5
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 04
Extends concepts of single-variable calculus to calculus of several variables. The topics include vectors in three-dimensional space, quadric surfaces, limits in two and three dimensions, partial derivatives, gradients, extreme value problems, multiple integration and applications, space curves, curvature, The Frenet frame, divergence, curl, line integrals, conservative vector fields and potential functions, surface and volume integrals, Green's, Stokes' and the Divergence Theorems. Knowledge of a computer algebra system is expected. Use of technology will be embedded throughout the course.

Prerequisites:

  • MATH 1134 Calculus II

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

MATH 2221
Introduction to Linear Algebra
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 04
Provides an introduction to linear algebra topics including: systems of linear equations, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and selected applications. Familiarity with a computer algebra system is expected. Use of technology will be embedded throughout the course.

Prerequisites:

  • MATH 1134 Calculus II

Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

MATH 2222
Introduction to Differential Equations
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 04
Provides an introduction to ordinary differential equations.Topics include basic definitions, concepts and terminology of ordinary differential equations. Techniques of problem solving are emphasized. Specific topics covered include: solutions and applications of first-order differential equations, solutions of linear differential equations of higher order, applications of second-order linear differential equations, power series solutions, the Laplace transform, systems of linear differential equations, and an introduction to numerical and graphical methods of solution. Familiarity with a computer algebra system is expected. Use of technology will be embedded throughout the course.

Prerequisites:

  • MATH 1134 Calculus II

Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

CHEM 1061
Principles of Chemistry I
5

Course Outline
Credits: 5
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Includes study of basic chemical theory and application with emphasis upon atomic theory and structure, chemical bonding, inorganic chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions, reaction stoichiometry, periodic relationships, molecular structure, properties of gases and the kinetic molecular theory. The lab component of this course provides the student with the opportunity to apply chemical concepts through observation, data collection, quantitative measurement, problem analysis, and mathematical applications to chemistry. Approved safety goggles and a lab apron are required. Prerequisites: MATH 0940 with a grade of "C" or higher OR higher level placement, either within the last 2 years. Recommended: CHEM 1010 or a full year of advanced high school chemistry within the last 2 years and with a grade of "C" or higher.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

PHYS 1081
Calculus Based Physics I
5

Course Outline
Credits: 5
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Explores motion, mechanics, fluids, oscillations, thermodynamics and heat. Physics 1081 is the first part of a two-semester sequence. Prerequisite: MATH 1133 or concurrent enrollment.

Prerequisites:

  • MATH 1133 Calculus I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

PHYS 1082
Calculus Based Physics II
5

Course Outline
Credits: 5
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Explores topics in electricity and magnetism, light and optics. This course is a continuation of Physics 1081. Prerequisites: PHYS 1081 and MATH 1133.

Prerequisites:

  • MATH 1133 Calculus I
  • PHYS 1081 Calculus Based Physics I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

ENG 1108
Writing And Research Skills
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Provides instruction and practice in reading, researching, and writing for college. Prerequisites: Recommended by Accuplacer assessment or grade of C or higher in READ 93/94 and ENG/EAP 99.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

COMM 1100
Interpersonal Communication
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 07
Is a course that helps students recognize that we live and work in relationship with others and must communicate effectively with them to achieve our goals. This class helps students acquire the skills to effectively communicate with family members, intimate others, co-workers, friends, and acquaintances. After reviewing relevant interpersonal theory, students will examine and identify their own communication attitudes and behaviors. Students will also learn and apply techniques for improving communication in their relationships through active practice. Students will participate in multiple activities, both in and outside the classroom setting, to build their interpersonal communication skills. This course is open to all students and meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 8710.2000, Subp. 7, Standard 6C, D, F, & G.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 5)    OR

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 6)    OR

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 8)    OR

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 9)    OR

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 10)
elective
3-4

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 5)


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 6)


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 8)


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 9)


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 10)


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Total Credits in General Education Curriculum 46-47
Total Credits: 60
‡ Select General Education electives from specified MnTC goal area or from any MnTC goals if none specified.