2023-2024 College Catalog

Associate in Engineering Science (A.E.S.) = 65 Credit Hours Total

Associate in Engineering Science (A.E.S.) Degree #1775

Program Contact: Aviation and Engineering (815) 921-3203

Program Overview

The Associate in Engineering Science Degree is designed to provide graduates with transfer credits to a baccalaureate engineering degree program. The degree supports A.E.S. graduates’ ability to complete a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree depending in large part on the requirements of the four-year institution. The student should identify his/her engineering major and target institution as soon as possible. Students who are unsure of a major in engineering may wish to pursue an Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree. Although students completing an A.S. Degree can complete all of the general education requirements at Rock Valley College, they may be required by the program prerequisites at the transfer school to take three years to complete the baccalaureate engineering program.

I. College Requirements

  1. Semester Hours: A minimum of 65 credit hours completed as specified in the following sections.
  2. Grade-Point: A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 (“C” average) in all course work taken.
  3. A “C” or better in each engineering specialty course and elective.

II. General Education Requirements

The completion of the AES degree does not fulfill all general requirements of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) General Education Core Curriculum. Consequently, students must complete the remainder of their general education requirements at the institution to which they transfer. Given the rigor associated with most four-year engineering programs, this program helps to provide students with more balanced semester course loads during their junior and senior years.

A.E.S. General Education Core Requirements (35 credits)

Note: Completion of the A.E.S. degree does not complete the IAI GECC. Students will also need to complete general education credits at the transfer institution.

A.E.S. Communications (9 credits)

ENG-101Composition I


ENG-103Composition II


SPH-131Fundamentals of Communication


A.E.S. Mathematics (13 credits)

MTH-135Calculus with Analytic Geometry I


MTH-235Calculus with Analytic Geometry II


MTH-236Calculus with Analytic Geometry III


A.E.S. Physical Science (4 credits)

CHM-120General Chemistry I


A.E.S. Social and Behavioral Sciences / Humanities and Fine Arts (9 credits)

Students are encouraged to complete a two-course sequence in the same discipline in either the Social and Behavioral Sciences or the Humanities and Fine Arts categories.

(Please see pages 42-43 for complete list of IAI-approved General Education Core Curriculum courses for these areas.)

IMPORTANT: students are required to select one course that emphasizes Non-Western culture (# after course listing = Non-Western course).

Students planning on majoring in Industrial Engineering are required to take:

ECO-111Principles of Economics: Micro


(Note: ECO 111 - Principles of Economics: Micro, 3, is permissible, but not required, for all other engineering majors.)

III. A.E.S. Engineering Major Courses (20 credits)

A.E.S. Engineering and Technology (2 credits)

EGR-101Introduction to Engineering


A.E.S. Additional Math Requirement (3 credits)

MTH-240Differential Equations


A.E.S. Calculus-based Physics (10 credits)

PHY-215Mechanics, Wave Motion, Thermodynamics


PHY-225Electric, Magnetism, Light, Modern Physic


A.E.S. Computer Programming (4 credits)

MTH-164The Computer in Mathematics C/C++



CIS-276Introduction to C/C++ Programming


(Note: Students in Electrical Engineering are advised to take MTH 164, or combination of MTH 120 / MTH 125, if MTH 132 was not completed. For EE students, CIS 276 cannot satisfy both the AES Computer Programming requirement and the AES Engineering Elective requirement. Additional coursework is necessary.)

A.E.S. Required Elective (1 credit)

STU-100Planning for Success


IV. A.E.S. Engineering Electives (10 credits)

The selection of the appropriate elective engineering courses to meet the elective requirement will depend on the student’s desired major/engineering discipline and the specific requirements of the intended transfer institution. Electives should be determined in consultation with an engineering advisor.

The abbreviations given in the table below indicate the primary engineering disciplines from which the students may select a major field; the elective courses listed below appropriate to that discipline are marked with this abbreviation.

  • Civil Engineering (CE)
  • Electrical/Computer Engineering (EE)
  • Industrial Engineering (IE)
  • Chemical Engineering (ChE)
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Course Course Title Credits Engineering Discipline
EGR-135* Engineering Graphics 4 CE ME EE
EGR-206* Statics 3 CE IE ME EE
EGR-207* Dynamics 3 CE IE ME
EGR-221* Elementary Mechanics of Deformable Bodies 3 CE IE ME
EGR-231* Engineering Circuit Analysis 4 EE CE IE ME
EGR-250* Digital Electronics 4 EE
ECO-111 Principles of Economics: Micro 3 IE
CIS-276* Introduction to C/C++ Programming 4 EE
CHM-130 General Chemistry II 4 ChE
CHM-220 Organic Chemistry I 5 ChE
CHM-230 Organic Chemistry II 5 ChE

*These courses have specific course prerequisites that are not shown above and may require additional credit hours to be taken by the student.