December 15, 2015 Kenneth Colangelo

Engineering Science

Engineering—A Growing Career Field

  • Engineering ranks number one as the degree paying the highest starting salary.
  • Average starting salary in the U.S. for a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in engineering is approximately $61,000 (NACE salary survey).
  • Currently, engineers hold about 1.6 million jobs in the U.S.
  • Over 75% of the top 100 fastest growing jobs will be in fields that require knowledge of math, science or engineering principles (CT Department of Labor).

Why Choose Tunxis?

  • Seamless transfer to ABET-accredited engineering programs at Central Connecticut State University, UConn, University of Hartford, University of New Haven and Fairfield University
  • Low-cost tuition
  • Engineering lab, computer labs and classrooms equipped with the latest technology
  • Small class size and individual attention

Associate in Science Degree

The Engineering Science associate in science degree focuses on building a foundation in the fields of mechanical, industrial, or civil engineering. Graduates will receive a background in mathematics, science and general education courses for transfer into a four-year program. Engineering Science also offers students currently employed in technical positions an opportunity to retrain and upgrade their technical skills. Differences in various areas of specialization in engineering allow students to choose electives with reference to their programs of study. Core courses in Engineering Science may be offered at other CT community colleges in cooperation with Tunxis.

“All of our instructors knew us by name, and were excellent at explaining complex concepts. I also gained the strong foundation in math I needed for engineering and had a smooth transition when I transferred my credits to CCSU as a junior.” 

— Arsalan Shamim, manufacturing engineer for GE Aviation, and Tunxis Community College engineering alum

The College of Technology

The Engineering Science associate in science degree is part of the statewide College of Technology (COT) initiative, which provides career pathways for students to earn certificates, associate of science and bachelor of science degrees in engineering and technology disciplines. The COT curriculum prepares students enrolled in engineering science or technology program options at any of the Connecticut community colleges to seamlessly transfer their credits toward a four-year degree at sponsoring Connecticut universities.

Transfer articulation agreements enable Tunxis engineering science program graduates to transfer their credits to accredited engineering programs at the University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University, University of Hartford, Fairfield University, and the University of New Haven. Students who have met all admissions criteria receive automatic junior status upon transferring to these universities. The minimum GPA for guaranteed acceptance is 3.0.

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Programming for Engineers
  • Robotics— Construction & Design
  • CAD Mechanical AutoCAD
  • Engineering Statics
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Introduction to Electric Circuit Analysis

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all courses in the program, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the foundational mathematical and scientific concepts appropriate to the fields of mechanical, civil, or industrial engineering
  2. utilize basic design skills (CAD) as they apply to basic engineering problems
  3. analyze data and scientific information using critical-thinking skills and problem-solving techniques
  4. use appropriate devices, such as tables, graphs, spreadsheets, pictures, and algebraic equations to investigate, organize, and communicate mathematical data
  5. utilize effective written, oral, visual, and graphical formats to communicate scientific, technical, and professional information
  6. demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the moral, ethical, legal, and professional obligations of the developers and users of technology to protect human health and welfare, and the environment
  7. use logic and organization when acquiring information, analyzing a situation, and solving problems
  8. identify the need for lifelong learning and currency in one’s profession
  9. appreciate diverse cultures.

Program Coordinator: Mathew Spinelli

First Semester
Course #TitleCredits
CHE*121 General Chemistry I (a) 4
ENG*101 Composition (a) 3
MAT*254 Calculus I (a) 4
EGR*111 Introduction to Engineering (a) 3
EGR*115 Programming for Engineers (a) 3
Second Semester
MAT*256 Calculus II (a) 4
  Humanities Elective (d) 3
  Social Sciences Elective (from ANT*, ECN*, GEO*, POL*, PSY*, SOC*) 3
Select one of the following courses:
CHE*122 General Chemistry II (a) or  
EGR*214 Thermodynamics (a) 3-4
Select one of the following courses:
ENG*293 Survey of Literary Genres (a) or  
ENG*103 Composition II (a) 3
Third Semester
EGR*211 Engineering Statics (a) 3
EGR*221 Introduction to Electric Circuit Analysis (a) 4
MAT*268 Calculus III: Multivariable (a) 4
PHY*221 Calculus-Based Physics I (a) 4
Fourth Semester
MAT*285 Differential Equations (a) 3
PHY*222 Calculus-Based Physics II (a) 4
  Fine Arts Elective (from ART*, COM*154, COM*167, DGA*, GRA*, NMC*, MUS*, THR*) 3
  Humanities Elective (d) 3
Select one of the following courses:
EET*252 Digital Electronics (a) or  
EGR*105 Robotics Construction and Design or  
EGR*212 Engineering Dynamics (a) 3-4

(a) Prerequisite and/or co-requisite required.
(d) To be selected from courses in ART*, ANT*, CHI*, COM*, ENG*, ESL*143 or above, FRE*, HIS*, ITA* LAT*, LAW*, LIN*,
MUS*, NMC*, PHL*, PLH*, POL*, Religious Studies, RUS*, SPA*, THR*.

A merger of Connecticut's 12 community colleges is underway. As a part of this merger, modifications will be made to academic programs. Students who do not complete their programs by the end of the Spring 2023 term will be matched with the Connecticut State Community College (CT State) program that most closely aligns with the student's Spring 2023 program and is offered at the current Tunxis Community College location. The College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption. Further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page: ct.edu/ctstate/academics.