Business & Technology

Degree awarded: Associate in Science

Program Narrative

Northampton's Engineering program is designed primarily for transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in engineering. If your goal is to earn a bachelor's degree in engineering, our program can be an affordable and convenient way to get started. Many of our students transfer and complete degrees at Lehigh and Drexel Universities, Lafayette College, Penn State, Rutgers, Northeastern and many other engineering schools. By beginning your studies at Northampton, you could save thousands of dollars.

If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution, we encourage you to check with that institution to see what its requirements are. Then carefully select your courses here with the help of an advisor to be sure that they will meet your transfer school's requirements. Historically, our transfer students generally perform as well or better in their transfer school as they did when they were enrolled at Northampton.

As a graduate of our program you may also choose to transfer into engineering technologies or go directly into industry in a position that requires math, science, and computing skills.

Program Features

Engineering students at Northampton take courses designed to develop skills common to all engineering specialties - chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, and more. Our curriculum parallels that of the first two years in typical engineering schools.

Your professors are full-time and will conduct both the lecture and lab segments of your studies. You can also look forward to small class sizes, which ensures personal attention when you need it. As part of our program, you will have access to a full range of student services, including career and personal counseling, transfer counseling, tutoring, and job placement.

More importantly, you may study full-time or part-time. Courses in this program are offered primarily during the day; however, many have evening sections.

Program Requirements

Engineering is one of the most demanding and challenging of all college majors. Most students pursuing an engineering degree have strong background in math (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus), physics, and chemistry. If you feel you need help or haven't had classes in these areas, NCC advisors can help you schedule specific courses to prepare you for engineering study.

For further information contact the Admissions Office at 610-861-5500 or e-mail us at .

Program Outcomes

Graduates of NCC's Engineering Program will:

  • Transfer to a four-year engineering program in any engineering discipline.
  • Move directly into industry in a position requiring math, science, and computing skills.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently and collaboratively as a team.
  • Demonstrate basic skills common to all engineering specialties.
  • Effectively research and collect data using various published resources and the Internet.
  • Analyze and present data in an acceptable, methodical, and standardized manner.
  • Demonstrate competent technical knowledge in engineering-related areas.
  • Demonstrate competent speaking skills when working with diverse groups.
  • Demonstrate observational, integrative, and synthetic skills.
  • Demonstrate a basic framework of technical vocabulary and graphical interpretation skills.
  • Successfully apply mathematics (algebra, trigonometry, geometry and calculus) to solving engineering problems.


Associate in Science Degree

Course Code Course Title Credits
First Semester
CHEM 120 General Chemistry I 4
CMTH 102 Speech Communication 3

ENGL 101 English I 3
MATH 180 Calculus I 4
Second Semester
CISC 115 Computer Science I 4
ENGL 151L English II (Literature) 3
MATH 181 Calculus II 4
PHYS 215 Physics for Science & Engineering I 5
Third Semester
MATH 210 Calculus III 4
PHYS 225 Physics for Science & Engineering II 5
------------ Engineering Elective + 3/4
------------- Technical Elective ++ 3/4
Fourth Semester
MATH 211 Differential Equations 4
------------- Engineering Elective + 3/4
------------- Arts & Humanities Elective (AH) 3
------------- Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior Elective (SSHB) 3
------------- Social Science: Societies and Institutions over Time Elective (SIT) 3
Total Credits 61/64

+ Engineering Elective options: ENGG 201, 251, 252, 191, 192, 193, 194 or a course approved by the Engineering Department.
++ Technical Elective options: any Engineering Elective (above list); ENGG 100; CHEM 201, 220; CISC 125, 230; or a course approved by the Engineering Department.

  • One course should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness (D).
  • One General Education Elective (AH, SIT or SSHB) must be taken in Writing Intensive (WI) section. The program-related writing intensive competency is satisfied by the combination of PHYS 215 and PHYS 225.
  • All electives must be chosen from the list of courses which are applicable to AA and AS degrees.

Career Potential: Transfer program, leading to Engineer

NCC students have transferred to: Lehigh University, Lafayette College, Drexel University, Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University, Northeastern University, and others . . .