Bachelor’s engineering programs are highly structured to meet the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) standards required for candidates seeking Illinois registration as a professional engineer. The Associate in Engineering Science (AES) degree is designed to parallel the first two years of pre-engineering programs at most Illinois universities and facilitates students transferring into a bachelor’s engineering program with junior standing.

Due to the rigor of the AES curriculum, it is ideal for students to have taken a fourth course of math in high school, or at least have an aptitude in science and math.

Students should select courses in consultation with an academic advisor and should decide on their engineering specialty and their preferred transfer school at the beginning of the sophomore year (at 30 semester hours), since engineering course selections may vary by specialty and school.

Admission into engineering is very competitive. Completion of the pre-engineering courses alone does not guarantee admission to an engineering program.

The college recommends using the Academic Planning, Registration, and Payment Tool on accessECC to track your progress toward completion.

The general education courses required for the AES degree are approved by the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI); however, the structure of the AES does not meet the minimum IAI general education core requirements. Students will need to complete the general education requirements of the school to which they transfer.

Degree Requirements

Course Title Credits
General Education Requirement
English Composition I
English Composition II
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
Life/Physical Sciences10
General Chemistry I (L)
Engineering Physics I (L)
Humanities/Fine Arts3-9
Choose from approved IAI courses listed below. (If two courses are selected, a two-course sequence in the same discipline is recommended.)
Intermediate French II
Intermediate German II
Intermediate Spanish II
American Civilization
History of Mexico
Introduction to Philosophy
Ancient & Medieval Western Philosophy
Modern Western Philosophy
Critical Reasoning
Introduction to Asian Philosophies (N)
Introduction to Religious Studies
Comparative Religions
Philosophy of Religion
Introduction to Mythology
Introduction to Literature:Fiction
Introduction to Literature:Drama
Introduction to Literature:Poetry
Introduction to Shakespeare
Latinx Literatures of the US (D)
African American Lit 1619-1940 (D)
Multicultural American Literature (D)
Intro to Literature by Women (D)
LGBTQ Literature (D)
International Literature (N)
Children's Literature
Novel and Film
Masterpieces of World Lit
Bible as Literature
Great Books Seminar I
Great Books Seminar II
Great Books Seminar III
Great Books Seminar IV
Great Books Seminar V
Fine Arts:
Art Appreciation
History of Art, Prehistory to 1300
History of Art, 1300 to the Present
Survey of Non-Western Art (N)
History of Photography
Ancient & Medieval Western Humanities
Modern Western Humanities
Intro to Non-Western Humanities
Musics of the World (N)
Music Appreciation
Music Literature From 1400 to 1750
Music Liter. From 1750 to Present
Hip Hop Music Appreciation
Rock and Roll Music Appreciation
Introduction to Film Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Intro-Theatre History & Literature
American Drama
Social/Behavioral Sciences3-9
Choose from approved IAI courses listed below. (If two courses are selected, a two-course sequence in the same discipline is recommended.)
Social Sciences:
Fundamentals of Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography (N)
Geography of the Developing World (N)
History of Western Civilization I
History of Western Civilization II
History of World Civilizations I (N)
History of World Civilizations II (N)
History & Politics of Gender
History of Latin America I (N)
History of Latin America II (N)
History of Asia: Ancient to 1500 (N)
History of Asia: 1500 to Present (N)
History of Native America (D)
U S History to 1870
U S History Since 1865
History of U.S. Latinas and Latinos (D)
African American History I (D)
African American History II (D)
Amer Government - National
Amer Govt State Local
Principles of Political Science
Comparative Political Systems
International Relations
Behavioral Sciences:
Introduction to Anthropology (N)
General Prehistoric Archeology
Cultural Anthropology (N)
Human Evolution
Intro to Psychology
Child Psychology
Adulthood and Aging
Social Psychology
Human Growth and Development
Principles of Sociology
Social Problems
Racial and Ethnic Relations (D)
Marriage and Family
Social Psychology
Gender Roles and Social Change (D)
Essential Prerequisite and Pre-Engineering Specialty Courses
Essential Prerequisite Courses 113
One course selected from the courses listed below:
Computer Science I
Computer Science for Engineers
Computer Science for Engineers
Two selected from the courses listed below:
Introduction to Linear Algebra
Differential Equations
Engineering Physics II
Pre-Engineering Specialty Courses5-16
Principles of Microeconomics
General Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Discrete Structures
Computer Science II
Computer Science III
Introduction to Engineering
Engineering Design Graphics/Cad
Mechanics of Materials
Calculus with Analytic Geometry III
Thermal Physics
Quantum Physics
Major Field and Elective Courses by Specialty
Engineering Design Graphics/Cad
Engineering Thermodynamics
Circuit Analysis and Theory
Introduction to Digital Systems
Additional Elective course credits as needed by designated transfer institution or from the general education areas
Total Credit Hours 60-68

No math lower than MTH 190 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I will count towards the degree.

College Requirements

  1. A total of 60 hours or more must be completed as specified. This total cannot include any credits earned in courses numbered below 100 nor any courses with ABE, ASE, AMT, ARW, or ESL prefixes.
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for all courses that are applied to the degree.
  3. Meet the college’s Academic Residency Requirement for University Transfer degrees: A minimum of 15 semester hours in courses numbered 100 and above and must have been achieved at ECC, excluding AP, CLEP, and proficiency credits.
  4. Students may apply up to six hours of Independent Study credit toward any associate degree.
  5. Students can earn only one transfer associate degree. Should a student seek to earn more than one transfer degree, a Petition to Earn Multiple Transfer Degrees form must be submitted to the associate dean of advising, transfer, and career development services.