Pre-Engineering

Engineering has always been a popular field for people who are mathematically and scientifically inclined. Obtaining a solid mathematical and scientific background at Iowa Central can be your first step on the road that leads to a career in engineering. In addition to mastering a full range of math and science courses, pre-engineering students are expected to learn how to use technological tools such as computer algebra systems, graphing calculators and spreadsheets. Students at Iowa Central have the opportunity to use the Maple computer algebra system in many of their math classes.  Pre-engineering students use this technology to reduce the amount of tedious, manual work as they explore and learn more about mathematics.

Graphing calculators are also used extensively in math classes at Iowa Central. They have revolutionized the presentation of mathematics in the classroom since they allow for much greater participation by students and less formal lecturing by instructors. Students are expected to have their own graphing calculators in pre-calculus, calculus and differential equations classes and are encouraged to use them in several other math and science classes.  Spreadsheets and several special purpose computer programs are used in such courses as Engineering Problems.

Engineering Careers

  • Aerospace
  • Agricultural
  • Architectural
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Computer
  • Construction
  • Electrical
  • Environmental
  • Industrial
  • Materials
  • Mechanical
  • Mining/Geological
  • Naval/Marine
  • Nuclear
  • Petroleum

Course Schedule

Pre-engineering students complete a sequence of courses in calculus as well as related courses. For students who need to strengthen their background in math, Iowa Central has a pre-calculus sequence, which includes two algebra courses, trigonometry and pre-calculus. This set of courses prepares students for the calculus sequence.

Iowa Central offers three courses in calculus and a course in differential equations in its calculus sequence. Pre-engineers should also plan on taking Engineering Problems and at least one course in computer programming, such as C++, during their first two years of study. Chemistry and physics are also commonly required in all fields of engineering. Iowa Central offers seven chemistry and four physics courses. Sociohumanistic and communication courses are also required in most engineering curricula to help engineering students develop an appreciation for the impact of engineering projects on society and communicate with fellow engineers as well as the general public. Iowa Central has a wide range of courses available in these areas.

A.A. Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
MAT-210 Calculus I
4.0
MAT-180 Engineering Problems
2.0
CHM-165 General Chemistry
4.0
CIS-162 C++
4.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
MAT-216 Calculus II
4.0
CIS-153 Data Structures
4.0
XXX-XXX Science Elective
4.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
3.0
MAT-156 Statistics I
3.0
PHY-212 Classical Physics I
4.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Social Science Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MAT-226 Differential Equations
3.0
PHY-222 Classical Physics II
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Social Science Electives
6.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0
 
A.A. Degree Total Hours: 68.0

Other Supporting Courses

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MAT-063 Elementary of Algebra
4.0
MAT-117 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
3.0
MAT-102 Intermediate Algebra
4.0
MAT-111 Math for Liberal Arts
4.0
MAT-127 College Algebra & Trigonometry
5.0
MAT-140 Finite Math
3.0
MAT-165 Business Calculus
3.0
MAT-180 Engineering Problems
2.0
CIS-172 Java
4.0
CHM-165 General Chemistry I
4.0
CHM-175 General Chemistry II
4.0
PHY-212 Classical Physics I
5.0
PHY-222 Classical Physics II
5.0
PHY-162 College Physics I
4.0
PHY-172 College Physics II
4.0

Staff

Jennifer Condon Dean, Liberal Arts 515-574-1190 condon@iowacentral.edu
Tracy Crippin-Haake Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1192 crippin@iowacentral.edu
Jenny Shivers Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1252 shivers@iowacentral.edu