Degree Requirements

(Total Minimum Credits Required: 68)

Students should check with an Engineering advisor at College of DuPage and consult the Transfer Guide at

Each candidate for an Associate in Engineering Science (A.E.S.) degree shall:

  • Select courses to complete the required 68 credits from:
    • Essential prerequisite courses totaling 36 to 40 credit hours;
    • Engineering specialty courses totaling 8 to 23 credit hours;
    • General education core requirement courses totaling 9 to 18 credit hours;
    • Additional elective coursework1 to bring the total for the degree to 68 credit hours. 
  • Satisfy graduation requirements for all associate degrees.
  • Earn no credit with a satisfactory/fail grade option.
  • Earn no more than 42 credits for the Communication, Physical and Life Sciences, Mathematics, Humanities and Fine Arts, and Social and Behavioral Sciences categories by demonstrated competence through the Advanced Placement Program (AP), designated course-specific subject examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and the College of DuPage Proficiency Through an Instructor Program.

Essential Prerequisite Courses - 36 to 40 credit Hours

Mathematics - 18 Credits
MATH 2231Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (M1 900-1)5
MATH 2232Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (M1 900-2)5
MATH 2233Calculus and Analytic Geometry III (M1 900-3)4
MATH 2270Differential Equations4
Total Credits18
Chemistry - 5 Credits
CHEMI 1551Principles of Chemistry I (P1 902L)5
Total Credits5
Physics - 10 to 14 Credits
PHYSI 2111Physics for Science and Engineering I (P2 900L)5
PHYSI 2112Physics for Science and Engineering II5
PHYSI 2115Physics for Science and Engineering III4
Total Credits10-14
Computer and Information Science - 3 to 4 Credits
CIS 2485C++ for Science and Engineering3-4
or CIS 2541 C++ Language Programming
Total Credits3-4

Engineering Speciality Courses - 8 to 23 credit hours

Engineering Graphics and Design
Mechanics of Materials
Engineering Thermodynamics
Engineering Economy
Circuit Analysis I
Introduction to Digital Systems
Circuit Analysis II
Other Sciences
Principles of Biological Science (L1 910L)
Principles of Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Total Credits8-23

General Education Courses - 9 to 18 credit hours

Communication - 6 credits
ENGLI 1101English Composition I 23
ENGLI 1102English Composition II 23
Total Credits6
Humanities and Fine Arts - 0 to 9 credits
Intermediate Chinese II (H1 900)
Introduction to Literature (H3 900)
Short Fiction (H3 901)
Novel (H3 901)
Poetry (H3 903)
Drama (H3 902)
Film As Literature (HF 908)
Children's Literature (H3 918)
Bible As Literature (H5 901)
Greek Mythology (H9 901)
Multicultural Literatures of the U.S. (H3 910D)
Literature, Gender, and Sexualities (H3 911D)
British Literature to 1800 (H3 912)
British Literature From 1800 Through The Present (H3 913)
American Literature From the Colonial Period to the Civil War (H3 914)
American Literature From the Civil War to the Present (H3 915)
World Literature (H3 907)
Modern European Literature (H3 907)
Shakespeare (H3 905)
Non-Western Literature (H3 908N)
Intermediate French II (H1 900)
Conversation and Composition I (H1 900)
Conversation and Composition II (H1 900)
Intermediate German II (H1 900)
Conversation and Composition I (H1 900)
Conversation and Composition II (H1 900)
Foundations of the European World (H2 901)
Europe in the Modern World (H2 902)
World Civilization Since 1300 (H2 907)
History of Asia (H2 903N)
History and Culture of China (H2 903N)
History and Culture of Russia (H2 908)
History and Culture of Japan (H2 908)
20th Century World History (H2 903N)
History and Culture of England (H2 908)
Introduction to Humanities: Ideas and Values (H9 900)
Introduction to World Mythology (H9 901)
Women in Arts: Cultural and Artistic Expressions of Gender (HF 907D)
Humanities Beyond the U.S. & Europe (HF 904N)
The Arts and Cultural Diversity (HF 906D)
Introduction to Medical Humanities (H9 900)
Intersections of Humanities, Math, And Science (H9 900)
Intermediate Italian II (H1 900)
Intermediate Japanese II (H1 900)
Intermediate Korean II (H1 900)
Motion Picture/Television
Film As Literature (HF 908)
Introduction to Philosophy (H4 900)
Ethics (H4 904)
Environmental Ethics (H4 904)
Logic (H4 906)
Critical Thinking (H4 906)
World Religions (H5 904N)
Ancient Philosophy (H4 901)
Early Modern Philosophy (H4 902)
Philosophy of Religion (H4 905)
Asian Thought (H4 903N)
Religious Studies
Introduction to Religion (H5 900)
Introduction to the Bible: Old Testament (H5 901)
Introduction to the Bible: New Testament (H5 901)
World Religions (H5 904N)
Asian Thought (H4 903N)
Judaism, Christianity and Islam (H5 901)
Intermediate Russian II (H1 900)
Intermediate Spanish II (H1 900)
Spanish for Heritage Speakers I (H1 900)
Spanish for Heritage Speakers II (H1 900)
Conversation and Composition I (H1 900)
Conversation and Composition II (H1 900)
Fine Arts
Art Histories Since 1950 (F2 902)
Social and Behavioral Sciences - 0 to 9 credits
Introduction to Anthropology (S1 900N)
Cultural Anthropology (S1 901N)
Practical Anthropology (S1 904D)
People and Cultures of the World (S1 904D)
Discovering Archaeology (S1 903)
Race, Sex and Human Evolution (S1 902)
Principles of Economics (S3 900)
Macroeconomics and the Global Economy (S3 901)
Microeconomics and the Global Economy (S3 902)
Western World Geography (S4 901)
Eastern World Geography (S4 902N)
Economic Geography (S4 903N)
Cultural Geography (S4 900N)
History of the United States to 1865 (S2 900)
History of the United States Since 1865 (S2 901)
History and Culture of Africa (S2 907N)
History and Culture of South Asia (S2 916N)
African-American History (S2 923D)
United States History Since 1945 (S2 901)
Political Science
Introduction to Political Science (S5 903)
American Politics (S5 900)
State and Local Politics (S5 902)
Comparative Politics (S5 905)
World Politics (S5 904N)
General Psychology (S6 900)
Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence (S6 903)
Developmental Psychology: Adolescence (S6 904)
Developmental Psychology: Adulthood (S6 905)
Developmental Psychology: The Life Span (S6 902)
Social Psychology (S8 900)
Introduction to Sociology (S7 900)
Sociology of Sex, Gender and Power (S7 904D)
Social Problems (S7 901)
Racial and Ethnic Relations (S7 903D)
Sexual Relationships, Marriage & Family (S7 902)



If needed, select remaining elective courses from IAI General Education, Essential Prerequisite Courses and Engineering Specialty Courses to reach 68 credits.


Grade of C or higher required.

Courses listed under Essential Prerequisite Courses and Engineering Specialty Courses, as well as the A.E.S. degree, will transfer from COD based on criteria set by each baccalaureate degree-granting institution. Check with an advisor at College of DuPage and your transfer institution for the appropriate choices in Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Fine Arts for transfer to a chosen program of study.

Biology may be required for Bio-Engineering majors. See a Student Success Counselor for help in choosing the correct biology course.