Rock Valley College

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

Degree Conferred: Associate in Engineering Science (A.E.S.), 65 credits
Program Contact: Department of Engineering and Technology, (815) 921-3101 

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

a. Semester Hours: A minimum of 65 credit hours completed as specified in the following sections.
b. Grade-Point: A minimum cumulative grade-point
average of 2.0 (“C” average) in all course work taken.
c. 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)

Number Title
  ENG-101 Composition I
  ENG-103 Composition II
  SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication

A.E.S. Mathematics (13 credits)

Number Title
  MTH-135 Calculus W/Analytic Geometry I
  MTH-235 Calculus W/Analytic Geometry II
  MTH-236 Calculus W/Analytic Geometry III

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

Number Title
  CHM-120 General 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 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 cultures.


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

Number Title
  ECO-111 Principles 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)

Number Title
  EGR-101 Introduction to Engineering

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

Number Title
  MTH-240 Differential Equations

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

Number Title
  PHY-215 Mechanics, Wave Motion, Thermodynamics
  PHY-225 Electric, Magnetism, Light, Modrn Physic

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

Number Title
  MTH-164 The Computer in Mathematics C/C++
  CIS-276 Introduction 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)

Number Title
  STU-100 Planning 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) (13 credits)
  • Electrical/Computer Engineering (EE) (11 credits)
  • Industrial Engineering (IE) (12 credits)
  • Chemical Engineering (ChE) (12 credits)
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME) (13 credits)


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 4 ChE
CHM 230 Organic Chemistry II 4 ChE


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



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