Pre-engineering Track (LAER)

A Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences

This program is designed to prepare students for acceptance into an engineering science program at a two- or four-year college. The pre-engineering program will provide students who may not have the appropriate academic preparation with a solid foundation in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and computer science. Upon completion of the pre-engineering program students will have the proper foundation and skills necessary to achieve success in any engineering science degree program.

Number Suggested Course Order Cr Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
ENG101 English Composition I

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
CHE107 General Chemistry I

4

    ENG098, FYE101, MAT096, RDG098, or placement
MAT163 Pre-Calculus

4

    MAT134 or placement
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
CIS127 Computer Technologies

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ENG102 English Composition II

3

    ENG101
CHE108 General Chemistry II

4

    CHE107
MAT211 Calculus I

4

    MAT163 or placement
PER130 Health, Fitness, and Wellness

3

    FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
  Programming Elective

3

    Electives: CIS109, 130, 232, 290, 292
PHY105 College Physics I

4

    ENG098, FYE101, MAT092 (or co-requisite), RDG098, or placement
MAT212 Calculus II

4

    MAT211
SPC113 Speech

3

    ENG101
SOC103 Introduction to Sociology

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
  Literature Elective

3

    Electives: ENG201, 203, 205, 210, 213, 214, 221, 224, 227, 228, 233, 235, 236, 237, 259, 260, 261
PHY106 College Physics II

4

    PHY105
  Programming Elective

3

    Note: See above Programming Electives
  Non-Behavioral Social Science Elective

3

    Electives: ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, SSC
ISC210 Critical Thinking

3

    Prerequisites: ENG102, completion of 45 credits, or permission of division dean

Note: Capstone Course

                                                      Total: 64 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed online or during the day or evening at the Gardner Campus.

Helpful hints: Eligible LAS students should consider entering MWCC’s Honors Program. Honors Program students benefit from a challenging, highly individualized academic experience, a tuition waiver during their final semester, active recruitment by four-year colleges and universities, and the use of the Honors Center. Also, because of the program’s Commonwealth Honors Program status, all MWCC Honors courses are transferable as Honors courses within the Massachusetts public higher education system, and MWCC graduates are guaranteed acceptance into the Honors Programs of these colleges and universities. See page 136 of the college catalog for more information.

This program is designed to equip students with a solid foundation for entry into an engineering program at any two-or four-year college/university.

Transfer options: This program qualifies for MassTransfer (see page 45 for more information). For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: http://transfer.mwcc.edu and www.mwcc.edu/3plusone.

Special Requirements: Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Program Competencies for LAC, LAEL, LAER, LAS, LAX, LAHP, and LAT

Upon graduation from these programs, students shall have the ability to:

  • Formulate clear and precise questions about complex problems and ideas relevant to a variety of disciplines—math, science, the humanities, and the social sciences—and gather, assess, and interpret information to arrive at well-reasoned conclusions and solutions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of complex written texts that demand an appreciation of subtext, irony, metaphor, and the subtlety and nuances of language.
  • Successfully complete a substantial research paper that demonstrates the ability to formulate a research question, conduct research using the library’s databases, and synthesize information from a variety of sources into a cohesive and in-depth analysis of a topic.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of historic, social, and cultural backgrounds necessary for understanding their own and other societies with an emphasis on important ideas and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, their world.
  • Demonstrate scientific literacy, which can be defined as the matrix of knowledge needed to understand enough about the universe to deal with issues that come across the horizon of the average citizen, in the news or elsewhere.
  • Demonstrate a broad exposure to, and an understanding of, the differences and similarities in the various academic disciplines within their Liberal Arts education.
  • Successfully transfer to a baccalaureate degree granting institution if desired, with the proper educational foundation for transition into a chosen field of study.

Capstone Course for LAC, LAEL, LAER, LAS, LAX, LAHP, and LAT

ISC210 Critical Thinking is the required capstone course for all Liberal Arts & Sciences majors and is to be taken after successfully completing English Composition II and 45 credits.