2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Mechanical Engineering, A.S.

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Major in Tennessee Transfer Pathway with Emphasis in Mechanical Engineering (A.S.)

Program and Career Description:

Most careers in engineering require a bachelor's degree or higher so the Associate of Science in Mechanical Engineering is designed for students wanting to complete the first two years of the bachelor's degree in a community college setting. Our students work closely with science and math faculty and have ample access to science and computer labs. Below are a few examples of career and salary estimates for engineering. Please note that this pathway requires 66 credit hours and recommends one summer semester. Students will need to meet the requirements for MATH 1910  before their freshman fall semester.

Career Entry-Level Education Entry-Level Pay Median Pay Experienced Pay
Mechanical Engineer Bachelor's degree $57,580 $85,500 $99,880
Electrical Engineer Bachelor's degree $59,190 $86,130 $101,820

Career and salary information taken from JOBS4TN.GOV. Check out this website for additional information about job descriptions, education requirements and abilities, and supply and demand for these careers. For additional information from a national perspective, go to Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. S. Department of Labor on the internet at www.bls.gov. Visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook on this website. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Transfer Options

This program is a Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) major. A student who completes the associates degree in this major is guaranteed that all required community college courses will be accepted in this major at the transfer institution. To see which four-year institutions offer this TTP major and guarantees a seamless transfer, visit the Tennessee Transfer Pathway website at www.tntransferpathway.org.

Articulation agreements exist between other private and non-TN public institutions. These agreements are available at www.columbiastate.edu/admissions/transfer-information.

Program Requirements

Students may be required to take additional Learning Support courses.

Natural Sciences Requirement

Mathematics Requirement

Requirements for Graduation Include:

  • earning 25% of total program credits in residence at Columbia State.
  • earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • taking the Exit Exam.

If you have completed TN eCampus courses, run a degree audit from the student tab in myChargerNet to determine how these courses apply to this program.

Mechanical Engineering, A.S. Sample Academic Plan - Total Credit Hours: 67

Students requiring MATH 1130  and MATH 1730  should take these courses prior to beginning the following pathway to ensure timely completion.

First Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 15

First Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 14

First Year - Summer Semester - Total Credit Hours: 6

Second Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 17

Second Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 15


*Critical Course - Higher achievement in identified courses is predictive of graduation success.

The Associate of Science Civil Mechanical Major requires 67 college-level credits. This is a transfer program which was granted an exception to the 60-hour limit requirement reached through Tennessee Board of Regents consensus. The exception was granted due to additional hours needed to adequately cover the necessary learning outcomes in the program. Some courses have prerequisites and corequisites. See the Columbia State Catalog for more information.

For more information contact:
Dr. Ryan Badeau at
rbadeau@columbiastate.edu or 615.465.5752
Barbara Cowan at
bcowan2@columbiastate.edu or 931.540.2703
Science, Technology & Math Division Office at 931.540.2710

Columbia State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution,is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution. CoSCC- MECH-ENGR-02-14-18

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