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Contact: Dr. Melissa Hornstein, Engineering Instructor, (831) 755-6889, mhornstein@hartnell.edu



Getting started

Choosing your classes

Transferring to a four-year institution








What do engineers do?
Engineers solve problems. Those problems may range from designing medical technology for people who need replacement body parts to solving global warming. Itís all about helping people lead better, more efficient lives.

How do I get started in engineering?
There are no prerequisites/requirements to sign up for Introduction to Engineering (EGN-1) or Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (EGN-3), so you can start by enrolling in either one of these courses. Or you can come to a meeting of the Hartnell Engineering Club or V.I.C.E. Club and talk to the members.

What engineering courses are offered at Hartnell?
You can find out which engineering courses are offered at Hartnell on the Hartnell Engineering website, in the course catalog, or in the schedule of classes.

What sequence should I take the engineering courses in if I want to graduate with an Associate of Science degree?
Check out this neat flowchart! It started out as a drawing on the blackboard during an Intro to Engineering lecture. It helps me to visualize how to get through the engineering program. Use the flowchart to assess what classes you are eligible to take, what you need to sign up for before you graduate, and to develop a strategy to take all these classes. Notice that you are eligible to sign up for all the classes in each column simultaneously. Also, just like reading, you need to start at the left and proceed to the right.
Hartnell Enginering flowchart

What STEM classes are recommended for my particular engineering major?
Required for all Mechanical/Civil/Aero/Manufacturing Electrical Computer
EGN-1
EGN-6
MAT-3A
MAT-3B
MAT-3C
MAT-5
PHY-4A
PHY-4B
PHY-4C
CHM-1A
EGN-2
EGN-4
EGN-8
EGN-MAT
CHM-1A
CSS-4
CSS-4
CSS-2B
CSS-7

What sequence should I take the engineering courses in if I want to graduate in two years with an Associate of Science degree?
Year Semester Course No. Course Title Units
1 Fall CHM-1A
EGN-2
MAT-3A
ENG-1A
General Chemistry I*
Engineering Graphics/CAD
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I*
College Composition and Reading*
5.0
4.0
4.0
3.0
Total 16.0
1 Spring CHM-1B
EGN-1
MAT-3B
PHY-4A
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Engineering and Related Technologies
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
General Physics/Mechanics
5.0
3.0
4.0
4.0
Total 16.0
1 Summer HIS-17A
SPE-1A
***-**
***-**
***-**
United States History A
Speech 1A
Social/behavioral science course
Humanities course
Ethnic groups course
3.0
3.0
3.0
3.0
3.0
Total 15.0
2 Fall EGN-4
EGN-8
MAT-3C
PHY-4B
Materials Science and Engineering
Engineering Statics
Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
General Physics/Electricity and Magnetism
4.0
3.0
4.0
4.0
Total 15.0
2 Spring CSS-4
EGN-6
MAT-4
MAT-5
PHY-4C
Introduction to Scientific Programming
Introduction to Circuits Analysis
Linear Algebra
Differential Equations
General Physics/Waves, Heat, Light and Modern Physics
4.0
4.0
3.0
3.0
4.0
Total 18.0
*To begin these courses, you must take the Hartnell College placement tests and have high school pre-requisite courses completed. You may need to enroll in pre-requisite courses before enrolling math, science & engineering courses. Make an appt. w/ the Math/Science/Engineering Counselor to clarify major courses & transfer planning.

What courses are only offered in the Fall semester or Spring semester?
Fall only Spring only
EGN-3
EGN-4
EGN-8
PHY-4B
CHM-1B
CSS-4
EGN-1
EGN-6
MAT-4
MAT-5
PHY-4C

What courses should I take if I want to transfer to Cal Poly?

What courses should I take if I want to transfer to U.C. Santa Cruz?
Baskin School of Engineering Admission Policy
Engineering majors:
Bioengineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Robotics Engineering

How do I know if my classes will transfer to a four-year university?
Check to see if your classes will transfer on asisst.org and make an appointment to see a counselor.