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Engineering Science

The Degree

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Outlook

Engineering is a broad based field that offers opportunities in a range of engineering occupations including:

  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Civil
  • Chemical
  • Biomedical
  • Aerospace
  • Environmental
  • Industrial
  • Ceramic
  • Agricultural

As competitive pressures and advances in technology fuel improvements and updates to product design, manufacturing processes, and productivity, employment opportunities will remain strong in the field. With the use of new computer and communication systems, engineers are better able to produce and analyze product designs rapidly and in collaboration with other engineers throughout the world. The A.S. Engineering Science degree program at Finger Lakes Community College provides a core mathematics and science education and prepares you to pursue a bachelor's degree in any engineering specialty.

The Program

The A.S. Engineering Science degree program is broad enough to accommodate individual interests and career plans within the engineering discipline. After successfully completing the program, you may transfer as a junior into a baccalaureate degree program in engineering or a related field.

Course Work and Facilities: The curriculum offers courses in calculus, physics, chemistry, engineering graphics, computer programming, mechanics, thermal science, electric circuits and engineering design.

Facilities for the program include a well-equipped engineering lab with:

  • Laptops
  • Machining Equipment
  • A Wind Tunnel
  • A Tensile Testing Machine
  • Electronic Devices

As an Engineering Science major, you will also have access to the CAD lab and 3D printer. The majority of the core courses needed for this degree is offered at FLCC's Victor Campus Center.

Honors Courses: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Basic understanding of the different engineering disciplines and how engineering contributes to our modern way of life.
  • Basic understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities.
  • Understanding of the fundamental skills of oral and written communication.
  • Fundamental working knowledge of calculus, physics, and chemistry.
  • Fundamental working knowledge of the basic mechanical and electrical principles of engineering.
  • Fundamental working knowledge of the basic computational methods used in engineering analysis.
  • Understanding of the fundamental skills of engineering graphics and of computer aided design.

The Experience

Design Project: As an engineering student in your second year, you, along with mechanical technology degree program students, will participate in a yearlong project designing and building an autonomous robot that once completed will perform specified tasks. Opportunities for travel to regional and national competitions will be available.

Networking: The Engineering Science degree program is a member of the State University of New York Two Year Engineering Science Association (SUNY-TYESA), allowing for the exchange of ideas between similar programs to maintain an up-to-date, transferable engineering curriculum.

The Graduates

Graduates of the program have successfully transferred to four-year institutions* including:

  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Clarkson University
  • University of Rochester
  • SUNY University Centers at Buffalo and Binghamton
  • Alfred University

Graduates pursuing their baccalaureate degrees have gone on to study mechanical, electrical, civil, ceramic, chemical, aerospace, biomedical, environmental and agricultural engineering.

Careers: Graduates that have obtained a baccalaureate degree have become engineers performing research and development, design, and testing in a variety of settings. It is also possible to attend law school after obtaining a bachelor's degree in engineering and to work toward a degree in patent law.

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which FLCC students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the Educational Planning and Career Services Office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

As an Engineering Science major, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the following scholarships:

  • Bill Parham Memorial
  • Mrs. Elizabeth May Davis Bliss Memorial (female students only)
  • Murrary F. Gardner

For information on these scholarships, contact the FLCC Foundation.

The Faculty

The lead professor and advisor for all students in the Engineering Science degree program is Selim Araci. Dr. Araci earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from SUNY Buffalo. He has carried out research at NASA Glenn Research Center as a NASA Faculty Fellow. In this capacity, he worked with the Instrumentation and Control Division on jet engine research, where he developed a heat transfer model for a cooled first-stage turbine stator. Dr. Araci is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.