Pre-Engineering (Special Program)

Arts and Sciences
Earth and Physical Sciences
HEGIS Number: 1902

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Course Descriptions
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Programs of pre-engineering study have been developed in cooperation with the School of Engineering at City College and with the Engineering Science Faculty at The College of Staten Island. These programs will meet the requirements of the first two years of study at either of these units of the City University. Appropriate courses are also available at York to enable a student to transfer to branches of the State University or to private engineering schools. It is the responsibility of each student to meet with his/her department advisor, once per semester and prior to transfer.

There are four avenues of engineering education at the Baccalaureate level:

  • E.E. -Electrical Engineering, including electronics, power transmission, etc.
  • M.E. -Mechanical Engineering, including the design of structures, machinery, etc.
  • C.E. -Civil Engineering, including design of roads, highway structures, etc.
  • Ch.E. -Chemical Engineering, which is largely devoted to commercial production of materials.

Entering students may not be sure which area of engineering is most appealing. This is not a problem since there are few differences in the courses taken during the first two years. The sample two-year program below provides for each engineering specialty, a proper sequence of courses. Our experience has been that students who apply themselves diligently to these courses will succeed in later engineering courses.



Suggested Program Sequence

MATH121Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 
PHYS151University Physics I 
ENG125Introduction to College Writing* 
Physical Ed.** 
Liberal Arts Elective*** 
MATH122Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 
PHYS152University Physics II 
CHEM101Chemical Principles I 
Liberal Arts Elective*** 
Graphics 1 
MATH221Analytic Geometry and Calculus III 
PHYS241Modern Physics 
CHEM102Chemical Principles II 
CS172Computer Science I 
SPCH101Oral Communication in Contemporary Society 
MATH222Differential Equations 
MATH333Linear Algebra 
PHYS211Mechanics I 
Physical Ed.** 
GEOL110Man and the Earth 
GEOL207Geologic Techniques 
Liberal Arts Electives*** 
MATH333Linear Algebra 

In the planning of the Pre-Engineering program sequences, the following guidelines must be observed:

  1. Skill courses (such as, accounting, statistics, photography, drawing, musical instruments technique, non-literature language courses) will not be transferable.
  2. Students may not enroll on a pass/fail basis.
  3. CCNY does not accept elementary foreign language courses.
    1. Not required for chemical and electrical engineering.
    2. Not required for mechanical and electrical engineering.
    3. Required only for electrical engineering.
    4. Required for chemical engineering; optional for others.
    5. Required only for civil engineering.
    6. Electrical engineers require a linear algebra course containing boolean algebra.

* See section headed Requirements of the Baccalaureate Degree.

** For transfer to CUNY, only activities courses (tennis, swimming, etc.) are acceptable.

***For students transferring to CCNY, Liberal Arts electives must be chosen as follows: Two courses in American History (History 201-202), Philosophy 102, 104, Humanities 201, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, etc.