Engineering

College of Marin offers both an Engineering A.S. Degree and a complete Engineering Transfer Program, which allows students to complete all of the lower division core courses needed to transfer to any UC or CSU, as well as many other in-state and out-of-state universities, in order to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.

The Engineering Program provides a high-quality educational environment that helps students to achieve a variety of learning outcomes that will support their continued academic and professional success, as well as contributing to their general understanding of the natural world and human society.  Past students of the program have achieved considerable success, not only having completed Bachelor’s degrees in Engineering at nearly all UC or CSU campuses, but also has gone on to complete graduate Engineering degrees at institutions such as UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and Stanford University.

The Engineering profession is at the core of maintaining and improving the well-being of human societies, providing creative solutions that address our multitude of human needs and desires, including everything from clean air and water to iPhones®.  As a result, a career in Engineering presents a huge variety of options and is interesting, challenging, and intellectually and financially rewarding.


Curriculum

A.S. Degree

College of Marin offers an Associate of Science Degree in Engineering. The current requirements for this degree are listed in the College Catalog.

Transfer

COM offers a standard core of lower division courses that are needed by students who wish to transfer to a university to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. This core includes various Math, Chemistry, Physics, and general education courses, as well as a number of freshman and sophomore level Computer Science and Engineering courses.

For more general information about transfer education in California, visit the COM Transfer Center web site.

Academic Plan

Transfer curriculum in Engineering is complicated by the following factors:

  • The requirements vary by Engineering major.
  • The requirements vary by university.
  • The requirements change from year to year.
  • The courses must be taken in the correct sequence.
  • Not all courses are offered every semester.

As a result, it is highly recommended that all students either seek guidance from an academic counselor in order to develop an accurate educational plan or enroll in the ENGG 110 course, which includes the development of an academic plan as part of the course content. Visit the COM Counseling Department web site for more guidance.


Educational Excellence

Student Learning Outcomes

After completing the Engineering A.S. Degree or the Engineering Transfer Program, all students should have developed the following abilities:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

These outcomes are modeled after the ABET 2008-2009 Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs, required by all accredited Engineering programs in the U.S.

Success

Students in all of the Math, Science, and Engineering transfer programs at College of Marin benefit from:

  • Small class sizes
  • Dedicated and highly qualified instructors
  • A supportive learning environment
  • High academic standards
  • Well designed curriculum
  • Accessibility to instructors outside class
  • Support services such as counseling, free tutoring, open computer labs, etc.

Historically, the COM Engineering Program has been very successful in adequately preparing students to succeed after transfer.  Many of our former students have not only completed their Bachelor’s Degrees but have gone on to complete graduate degrees in Engineering and to obtain their Professional Engineer’s Licenses.