Engineering Science

Engineering is a challenging and rewarding profession. It’s a source of expertise for research, design, development, and production, providing the foundation of our technological society. Engineers consistently command the highest starting salaries of all bachelor’s degree graduates.

Our engineering science program is designed for transfer into the junior class at a four-year college or university. This rigorous program emphasizes mathematics and basic sciences. After earning an associate degree at Tompkins Cortland Community College you can major in chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering. You may also continue your studies in aeronautical, agricultural, environmental, geological, industrial, and petroleum engineering, or bioengineering.

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While the curriculum of this program is designed primarily for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program, skills learned relate directly to some positions in the engineering science field.

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Program Chair

Janet Swinnich

Janet Swinnich

Professor, Physics

Professor Swinnich earned her B. S. from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., where she completed both a physics and mathematics major. She also has an M.S. from Cornell University in Physics. 

She has lived in Central New York since August of 1980 and has taught at Tompkins Cortland since August of 1983.

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Transfer Options

The program is compatible with a number of New York state engineering schools; recent graduates have transferred to:

  • Binghamton University
  • Buffalo State College
  • Clarkson University
  • Cornell University
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Illinois

This program conforms to the guidelines of the New York State Two-Year and Four-Year Curriculum Study Committee’s Recommendations for Engineering Science Transfer Programs. For specific transfer information, contact the Counseling, Career, and Transfer Services office. You can complete this rigorous program in two years if you have four years of high school mathematics and a year each of high school chemistry and physics. Students who lack this background will require more than two years to finish the program.

Degree Requirements

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Minimum Credits for Graduation: 66 credits

Note: With the consent of his/her advisor, a student who is interested in Chemical Engineering may replace two of these four courses - ENSC 203, 204, 212, and the Restricted Elective - with CHEM 205 and CHEM 206, Organic Chemistry I & II. A student interested in Bioengineering may substitute BIOL 104 and BIOL 105, General Biology I & II.

Fall Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 14

CHEM107, General Chemistry I, 4 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CSCI160, Computer Science I, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL100, Academic Writing I, 3 cr.
A student exempted from ENGL 100 must substitute a 3-credit Liberal Arts Elective. This course should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor. A minimum grade of C is required in ENGL 100.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
MATH201, Calculus I, 4 cr.
Students who are not able to take MATH 201 in the first semester will need two extra semesters to complete the program. A minimum grade of C is required in MATH 201.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 

Spring Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 18

ECON120, Principles of Microeconomics, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL101, Academic Writing II, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENSC137, Introduction to Engineering, 1 cr.
ENSC 137 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
MATH202, Calculus II, 4 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in MATH 202.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
PHSC211, Physics I (Mechanics and Heat), 4 cr.
PHSC 211 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Use Schedule Search for electives

Fall Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 16

ENSC204, Mechanics of Materials, 3 cr.
ENSC 204 is only offered in the Fall semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENSC209, Engineering Mechanics: Statics, 3 cr.
ENSC 209 is only offered in the Fall semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
MATH203, Calculus III, 4 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in MATH 203. MATH 203 is only offered in the Fall semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
PHSC212, Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism), 4 cr.
PHSC 212 is only offered in the Fall semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Select a minimum of 2 credits from the courses listed below:
Select from: CHEM 108, CONT 202, CSCI 165, DRAF 107, ELEC 121, GEOL 101, or MATH 200. If selected, CHEM 108 should be taken in the second semester, and the Liberal Arts Elective in the third semester. Note that some of these courses are Fall-only or Spring-only offerings.
CHEM108, General Chemistry II, 4 cr.
CONT202, Surveying, 3 cr.
CSCI165, Computer Science II, 3 cr.
DRAF107, Engineering Graphics, 2 cr.
GEOL101, Introductory Geology, 3 cr.
MATH200, Statistics, 3 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives

Spring Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 18

ENGL102, Approaches to Literature, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENSC203, Electrical Science, 4 cr.
ENSC 203 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENSC212, Dynamics, 3 cr.
ENSC 212 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
MATH206, Differential Equations, 4 cr.
MATH 206 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
PHSC213, Physics III (Waves, Optics and Modern Physics), 4 cr.
PHSC 213 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 


SUNY General Education & Tompkins Cortland Liberal Arts courses

Note: The @ symbol represents any course number or discipline. For example, BIOL @ means any course with a Biology course prefix. An @ alone means one course in any course discipline with any course number.