Associate in Engineering (AE), General Studies - College Transfer

Engineering is the application of science and math to solve problems to improve the world around us. The Associate in Engineering (AE) degree program is intended for students who plan to transfer to a four-year engineering degree program. In this program, students take general education and pre-major electives at GTCC and then complete their engineering program of choice, such as, chemical, electrical, bio, civil, or mechanical engineering, after transferring to a four-year school.  This program is ideal for students interested in any area of engineering and is designed to easily transfer to all five University of North Carolina System schools that offer engineering programs, which include North Carolina State University (NCSU), University of North Carolina – Charlotte (UNCC), East Carolina University, North Carolina A&T University, and Western Carolina.  Admission to Engineering programs is highly competitive, and admission is not guaranteed.

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The Associate in Engineering (AE) degree is designed for students who want to pursue a four-year degree in the area of engineering.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to follow the general enrollment process for GTCC, found here.  During the advising process you will have the opportunity to indicate your desire to study within this curriculum. Your advisor will help you sign up for the specific courses you need.

Anne Jeffers, Department Chair of Engineering, Astronomy, and Physics

Yes, Financial aid is available if you qualify. Please visit the Financial Aid web page or contact the Financial Aid office at 336-334-4822. Select option 3.

Yes!  The Associate in Engineering (AE) degree is designed for students who want to pursue a four-year degree in the area of engineering. The degree plan includes required general education and prerequisite courses that are acceptable to all state funded Bachelor of Engineering programs. If you follow the degree progression plan, you will meet the entrance requirements at all of the North Carolina public Bachelor of Science Engineering programs. Admission to Engineering programs is highly competitive, and admission is not guaranteed.

To be eligible for the transfer of credits under the Associate in Engineering to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Articulation Agreement, you must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

No, the program includes required general education and prerequisite courses that are acceptable to all state funded Bachelor of Engineering programs.

No, it is not required that you finished your Associate in Engineering first; however, it is highly recommended.  If you complete your associate degree before transferring, you are generally more successful after you transfer to a four-year institution than those students who do not complete their associate degree first.