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What Is Engineering?

Engineering is the creative application of scientific principles to the design, development, construction or operation of structures, machines, apparatus, manufacturing processes or works–using them singly or in combination. Engineering also entails forecasting their behavior under specific operating conditions.

Why Study Engineering?

Engineering transforms scientific discoveries into products that improve the way the world works and make our lives safer, healthier and more productive. Engineering is an attractive career option for those who enjoy building or repairing items or designing new products, games or tools. Industry demand is high, with job prospects in branches of engineering continuing to grow. Civil, environmental, biomedical and software specialties are leading the pack. An additional draw is reflected in surveys that consistently indicate engineers enjoy high levels of job satisfaction.

Perimeter College provides a strong foundation for students wanting to pursue engineering and the college’s Regents Engineering Transfer Program paves the way for its students to continue their studies at respected universities.

Engineering is a versatile career choice. Engineers are trained to design products for manufacturing, plan and supervise building construction, build power plants for electricity production and determine the environmental impact of products and systems. They improve quality of life by strengthening health care, food safety and financial systems operation. Mechanical engineers design products, the machinery to manufacture those products, plants in which the products are made and systems that ensure the equality of the products. Construction engineers design, plan and supervise the construction of buildings, highways and all forms of transportation. Electrical engineers design and build power plants that produce electricity and create millions of electricity-dependent products. Environmental safety engineers determine the impact of products and systems on the environment. Other engineering fields include: aerospace, agricultural, architectural, automotive, chemical, civil, computers and gaming, industrial, marine and naval, materials, nuclear, product packaging, robotics and more. Engineering career opportunities can be found in a variety of industries:  

  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Automotive
  • Chemical
  • Computer-aided design/drafting/gaming
  • Construction
  • Defense systems
  • Energy
  • Environmental safety
  • Inventions and patents
  • Logistics
  • Machine designs
  • Medicine
  • Plant designs
  • Power generation
  • Research and development
  • Robotics
  • Transportation
For additional potential salary and job information, Bureau of Labor Statistics - For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics

1940 Engineering Pathway

Associate of Science, Pathway – Engineering

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours)


Area A:
  • Required course: MATH 2211 Calculus of One Variable I (4 Credit Hours) (an extra hour carries over to Area F)
Area D:
  • Required courses: MATH 2212 Calculus of One Variable II (4 Credit Hours) (an extra hour carries over to Area F)
  • Recommended courses:
    • PHYS 2211 Principles of Physics I (3 Credit Hours) and PHYS 2211L Principles of Physics I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • PHYS 2212 Principles of Physics II (3 Credit Hours) and PHYS 2212L Principles of Physics II Lab (1 Credit Hour)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)

  1. Carry over from Areas A and D (2 Credit Hours):
    • Students who take four-hour mathematics courses in both Areas A and D carry two hours over to Area F.
  2. Required Courses (12 Credit Hours)
    • [ENGR 1603] Introduction to Engineering (3 Credit Hours)
    • [ENGR 1211] Engineering Graphics and Design I (3 Credit Hours)
    • [ENGR 1212] Engineering Graphics and Design II (3 Credit Hours)
    • [ENGR 2605] Statics (3 Credit Hours)
  3. Select additional elective courses to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • CSC 1301 Principles of Computer Science I (4 Credit Hours)
    • [ENGR 1671] Computing Fundamentals for Engineers (3 Credit Hours)
    • [ENGR 2040] Electric Circuit Analysis (3 Credit Hours)
    • [ENGR 2606] Dynamics (3 Credit Hours)
    • MATH 2215 Multivariate Calculus (4 Credit Hours)
    • MATH 2641 Linear Algebra (3 Credit Hours)
    • MATH 2652 Ordinary Differential Equations (4 Credit Hours)
    • PHYS 2212 Principles of Physics I (3 Credit Hours) and PHYS 2212L Principles of Physics I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • PHYS 2212 Principles of Physics II (3 Credit Hours) and PHYS 2212L Principles of Physics II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
  • Principles of Physics I and II and Principles of Chemistry I are strongly recommended in Area D or Area F. PHYS 2211/PHYS 2211L is a prerequisite for [ENGR 2605].
  • All separate lecture and lab course combinations (e.g., BIOL 2107 and BIOL 2107L; CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211K) are commonly offered as a combined course at the Georgia State University Atlanta campus (e.g., BIOL 2107K; CHEM 1211K. The combined (K) courses and separate lecture and lab (L) courses cover the same subject matter and are considered equivalent courses.


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