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2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog 
2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog

Physical Sciences & Math, Engineering (Pre) Emphasis Area, AS

Location(s): Scottsbluff

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The physical sciences and math represent the foundations upon which all sciences are established. Each of the emphasis areas focus on the physical, chemical, and mechanical aspects of life and provide specific insights into the physical world.

Program Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the mastery of course work considered fundamental to the training of a scientist. Required competencies may include the accumulation of knowledge in earth and space science, general biology, general chemistry, introductory physics, and organic chemistry. Stimulate interest in physics and fields related to physics.
  • Research program requirements at transfer institutions and implement into the planning of their programs, courses and activities appropriate for transfer to four- year institutions to continue their chosen field of study.
  • Demonstrate the ability to transfer to an equivalent program at a four-year institution specifically for continuation and study of their chosen field.
  • Use knowledge of basic scientific principles to summarize and support a critical analysis of current scientific advances (primary literature and popular accounts), legislative issues, environmental issues, technological advances, and demonstrate knowledge of contemporary social and ethical issues related to scientists and the professional responsibilities of a scientist.
  • Understand the relationship between science and other subject areas, including interdisciplinary approaches to global issues and the relationship of core concepts from biology, mathematics, and other disciplines to physical science concepts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to find, read, and critically evaluate appropriate scientific literature and resources.
  • Function successfully within laboratory settings, including use of basic equipment (measurement devices, and computer technologies); developing and utilizing appropriate safety protocols; and putting into practice conceptual understandings of the research process illustrated by the scientific method.
  • Utilize a variety of skills to communicate scientific information effectively, including gathering of data/information; oral and written communication skills clarifying concepts and confirming understandings; utilization of computer resources including computer presentation.
  • Apply skills and abilities identified as WNCCs five major general education goals.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the College’s general education requirements for the Associate of Science degree.


  • Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university should consult their faculty and transfer advisors early in their WNCC career to determine a curriculum best suited to their transfer goals.
  • Dependent upon the choice of electives, it is possible that the total credits earned for the AS degree will exceed the required 60 credits.
  • Students should understand that the courses included in the lists of core requirements and recommended electives will be required by receiving institutions at some point in their journey to the bachelor’s degree.

Engineering (Pre) Emphasis Area

AS.1401 (60-69 credits)

The pre-engineering emphasis area is designed for those students who are interested in the field of engineering. This emphasis area offers knowledge and skills in science, mathematics, engineering, and general education that are common to many engineering disciplines and normally required of freshman and sophomore engineering students. This program is in alignment with the STEP program for direct transfer to the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL).


  • Students and advisors should note that although math options exist for students, depending on the math level upon entering WNCC, only Calculus I (MATH-1600  ) and above will be applicable toward a four-year engineering degree.
  • Substitutions in the science/math courses listed can be made depending on the area of interest. Please see a faculty advisor and/or curriculum lead of the Division of Math and Science for possible substitutions.

Program Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements for the AS degree, 28 credits of core courses and 14 hours of elective credit are required for the emphasis area in pre-engineering. A total of 60-69 credits are required for the Associate of Science degree in this emphasis area

AS General Education Core: 34 Credits

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  • Written Communication Credits: 6
  • Oral Communication Credits: 3
  • Humanities Credits: 3
  • Math Credits: 3 *
  • Lab Science Credits: 4 *
  • Personal Development Credits: 3
  • Social Science Credits: 3

* A total of 15-16 combined math/science credits are the minimum requirement for an AS degree. This must include a minimum of three (3) credits of math and four (4) credits of science from BIOS, CHEM, or PHYS options.

Note: Some general education requirements may be satisfied by program requirements. Please consult with an advisor for details.

Total AS Requirements: 60-69 Credits

Recommended Plan of Study

1st Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15-18

2nd Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15-18

3rd Semester

Total Semester Credits 14-17

4th Semester

Total Semester Credits: 14-16

Total AS Credits (Min): 60-69

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