Rock Valley College

Associate in Engineering Science (A.E.S.) Degree

Degree Conferred: Associate in Engineering Science (A.E.S.), 65 credits
Program Contact: Department of Engineering and Technology, (815) 921-3101 

Program Overview

The Associate in Engineering Science Degree is designed to provide graduates with transfer credits to a baccalaureate engineering degree program. The degree supports A.E.S. graduates’ ability to complete a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree depending in large part on the requirements of the four-year institution. The student should identify his/her engineering major and target institution as soon as possible. Students who are unsure of a major in engineering may wish to pursue an Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree. Although students completing an A.S. Degree can complete all of the general education requirements at Rock Valley College, they may be required by the program prerequisites at the transfer school to take three years to complete the baccalaureate engineering program. 

College Requirements

  • Semester Hours: A minimum of 65 credit hours completed as specified in the following sections.
  • Grade-Point: A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 (“C” average) in all course work taken.
  • “C” or better in each engineering specialty course and elective.

General Education Requirements

The completion of the AES degree does not fulfill all general requirements of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) General Education Core Curriculum. Consequently, students must complete the remainder of their general education requirements at the institution to which they transfer. Given the rigor associated with most four-year engineering programs, this program helps to provide students with more balanced semester course loads during their junior and senior years.