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Engineering A.S. Degree

Why choose Engineering A.S. Degree at CLC?

• Get hands-on instruction through labs in class.

• Gain an understanding of how topics interact with each other through problem solving activities.

• Small class sizes mean more individual instruction.

• Easily transfer to a university after obtaining your AS Degree.


About the Program

Engineering graduates are in high demand throughout Minnesota and across the country. Begin your journey at CLC and then transfer to a university to complete your Bachelor’s Degree. By starting out at CLC, you’ll enjoy small class sizes and lower tuition, all while gaining top-notch instruction from dedicated faculty. The core math and science courses for this program include calculus, physics, chemistry and engineering.

Program Information

Department Description


Program Course Requirements

Required Courses

ENGR 1500 Introduction to Engineering (2 cr)

PHYS 1411 Classical Physics I (5 cr)

PHYS 1412 Classical Physics II (5 cr)

Students must take an additional 17 credits from the following list.

Note: The courses students select in this area may be dependent upon the college/university and major they choose.

BIOL 1431 General Biology I (5 cr)

CHEM 1425 Chemical Principles II (5 cr)

ECON 2401 Principles of Economics-Macro (3 cr)

ECON 2402 Principles of Economics-Micro (3 cr)

ENGR 1560 Digital Logic Design (3 cr)

ENGR 2547 Statics (3 cr)

ENGR 2548 Dynamics (3 cr)

ENGR 2549 Mechanics of Materials (3 cr)

ENGR 2569 Circuits Analysis I (4 cr)

ENGR 2570 Circuts Analysis II (3 cr)

MATH 2457* Linear Algebra (3 cr)

MATH 2458* Multivariable Calculus (4 cr)

MATH 2459* Differential Equations (4 cr)

Total 29 Credits

General Education

ENGL 1410 Composition I (4 cr)

CHEM 1424 Chemical Principles I (5 cr)

MATH 1477 Calculus I (5 cr)

MATH 1478 Calculus II (5 cr)

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits from any three (3) of the following goals of the MN General Education Transfer Curriculum: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10.

Note: The courses students select in this area may be dependent upon the college/university and major they choose.

Total 31 Credits


*Denotes Prerequisites

Detailed Program Information

Career Description: Engineering appeals to students that enjoy the challenge of learning how things work and enjoy using this knowledge to improve the world in which they live. They are creative thinkers that enjoy design activities. They like hands-on activities and building things. Because of the bewildering variety of engineering fields, a survey course, titled Introduction to Engineering, is recommended to acquaint students with opportunities in this diverse field of study.

Program Information: The survey course in engineering is the only course with no prerequisites. The remaining engineering courses are sophomore level courses requiring completion of two semesters of Calculus (MATH 1477-1478) and Engineering Physics (ENGR 1411).

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer Opportunities: This Program has an articulation agreement with one or more College(s)/University(ies). For more information on articulation agreements, please visit Central Lakes College offers an Engineering Associates of Science (A.S.) Degree that is designed to lead to a bachelor’s degree in engineering at a four-year university. These credits transfer in full through articulation agreements with all area engineering schools. CLC students most often transfer to the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis or Duluth), North Dakota State University (NDSU), the University of North Dakota (UND), Mankato State University (MSU), and St. Cloud State University (SCSU).

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities: Engineering degrees are among the most highly paid of bachelor’s degrees and span a very large number of fields. The most common engineering fields include civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and chemical engineering. Other fields include, but are not limited to, aerospace engineering, computer engineering, and industrial engineering. Engineers commonly transition to management positions in business and industry, start their own companies, or use their engineering degree to facilitate movement into other professional fields such as patent law and medicine.

Career Titles

Career Titles: Some common career titles of this field are engineer, patent attorney and chief executive officer (CEO).


Bob Zbikowski
Bob Zbikowski has been teaching at community colleges for more than 25 years. His education includes Anoka-Ramsey Community College, The University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, and The University of Wisconsin- River Falls. He has taught classes in physics, engineering, mathematics, natural science and computer science. Today, he works jointly with Central Lakes College, Hibbing Community College, Ridgewater College, and Rochester Community and Technical College utilizing interactive television (ITV) technology.

Dr. Yoshi Hirai
Dr. Yoshi Hirai is a faculty member in both the Central Lakes College Physics department and the Engineering department. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison after receiving multiple B.S. degrees in Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics as well as Physics from UW-Madison as an international student.

Dr. Hirai’s interests include collaborating with local high school teachers on CIS Physics courses and working with local robotics coaches as a VEX Robotics regional coordinator. Central Lakes College students benefit from many hands on learning experiences in Dr. Hirai’s courses such as the High-Altitude Ballooning project at CLC. He is an experimental condensed-matter physicist who teaches that science answers real questions and engineering solves real problems. Email Yoshi for more information

Employment Statistics

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