Engineering Science

  • Overview

Provides a base of mathematics, science, and engineering fundamentals common to the first two years of a Baccalaureate engineering program. Engineering electives provide special courses to suit your particular interest in any sub-discipline of engineering including civil/environmental, electrical/computer, mechanical/industrial, or chemical engineering. Greenfield Community College participates in the College of Engineering Consortium Agreement with University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Western New England University, and others.

Our program offers the first 2 years of a standard 4 year engineering program. Engineering is the application of the basic sciences to specific fields of design and process. You can take your needed Physics, Math and Chemistry classes here on our campus, and very specialized courses for each of the engineering specialties through our consortium agreement with UMASS. While one may sometimes be able to find a job with only an associate’s degree, these positions are few and far between. Most engineers need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree—but the pay makes up for the investment in your education! GCC has the flexibility to adjust the engineering concentration electives to match the transfer requirements of most colleges, and we are committed to working with our students to meet their specific career and transfer goals.

    • 6 credits of English Composition (100-level or above)
    • 3 credit CIS course (higher than 110-level)
    • 3 credit ECO course
    • Calculus with Analytic Geometry I and II
    • Multivariate Calculus
    • General Physics I and II (with Calculus)
    • Introduction to Engineering
    • Engineering Graphics
    • 21 credits of Engineering speciality electives (depending on your chosen concentration)
    • 6 credits of general electives

    Engineering Science students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution must follow very specific degree completion plans, depending upon the concentration of study and the requirements of the transferring institution. Work closely with your advisor to choose appropriate classes.

    Curriculum documents

    To plan degree completion, see the course descriptions in the academic catalog which specify the planned semester(s) in which required classes are to be scheduled.

  • For a list of required courses, download the Engineering Science program description from our official academic catalog, or contact this program’s coordinator for specific recommended course sequencing.

    This is just one way you might complete the Engineering Science program in 4 semesters over 2 years of full-time study, or 8 semesters over 4 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information, download the Engineering Science program description from our official academic catalog.

    Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses

    Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses
    Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2

    EGR 114
    PHY 111
    MAT 201
    ENG Comp. I
    BehSoSci or HUM general elective
    EGR 105

    PHY 112
    MAT 202
    Concentration elective
    BehSoSci or HUM general elective
    EGR 107 or EGR 124

    Concentration elective
    MAT 203
    Concentration elective
    ECO elective

    ENG Comp. II
    Math 204 or MAT 205 or EGR 213
    Concentration elective
    Concentration elective

    Sample 4 Year Sequence of Courses
    Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2

    EGR 114
    ENG Comp. I
    EGR 105

    CHE 111
    BehSoSci or HUM general elective
    EGR 107 or EGR 124

    MAT 201
    PHY 111
    ENG 112

    MAT 202
    PHY 112
    EGR 124 or EGR 205 or EGR 122

    Fall 3Spring 3Fall 4Spring 4

    MAT 203
    Concentration elective
    EGR 213

    MAT 204 or MAT 205
    BehSoSci or HUM general elective

    Concentration elective
    Economics

    Concentration elective
    Concentration elective

Student learning outcomes

Students completing a course of study in this program will be able to:
  • Appreciate diverse cultural and individual perspectives
    Be able to include culture-specific requirements in analysis, and design solutions of technical problems’
  • Solve problems collaboratively
    Function as an effective design team member
  • Reason and act ethically
    Adhere to professional engineering standards in all activities
  • Demonstrate civic knowledge and engagement
    Define and solve problems in context (and/or) articulate the relationship between engineering and society, and the natural world
  • Communicate in various modes and media
    Express problem solutions in exposition and/or number
  • Use quantitative concepts and processes
    Express, analyze, and solve problems mathematically
  • Locate, evaluate and use various sources of information
    Locate and apply relevant mathematical data tables; evaluate any given statistical data for relevance in problem solving; and recognize when further data collection is needed to define and solve problems
  • Explore the natural and physical world
    Describe mathematically and/or theoretically engineering-related  physical principles
  • Think creatively and critically
    Apply the cycle of engineering design processes to problem solving: define/understand the problem, brainstorm/research, develop ideas, choose an idea, evaluate, communicate, redesign…. These steps all involve create and critical thinking.
  • Apply, integrate, and synthesize learning
    Apply the design process to create a prototype; integrate knowledge and synthesize learning from technical and non-technical disciplines into the design process
Spring 2014

What’s next

Transfer to a Baccalaureate program as an engineering major. GCC graduates have successfully transferred to University of Massachusetts, Northeastern University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Western New England University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and others.