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Associate of Science

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It is said that scientists see the world and engineers create the world.

Engineers are the ones who can look at a problem, imagine a solution and then make it happen, from creating artificial body parts to building new kinds of cars.

If that sounds like you, Tidewater Community College’s Associate of Science in Engineering may be for you.

TCC’s Associate of Science in Engineering is a challenging program that covers an array of theoretical and practical topics including mechanical, electrical and computer engineering; modeling and simulation; materials; circuits and much more.

With a TCC degree you’ll be ready to tackle an engineering program at a four-year college or university. Graduates of TCC’s engineering program have gone on to prestigious programs at Stanford University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Rochester Institute of Technology – and beyond! TCC’s knowledgeable engineering faculty can guide your course selections so you can go where you want to go. 

Engineers are in great demand in business, industry, education, research and government. TCC graduates find careers in aerospace, computer, environmental, civil, electrical, mechanical, mining/metallurgical and nuclear engineering.

Engineering courses are offered at the Chesapeake and Virginia Beach campuses and at the Tri-Cities Center in Portsmouth. Get to know your fellow students by participating in projects with Engineering Clubs on the Chesapeake and Virginia Beach campuses.

Where can you go?

With the required GPA, you can take advantage of guaranteed transfer agreements with colleges and universities including:

  • Virginia Tech
  • Old Dominion University
  • Hampton University
  • Norfolk State University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • University of Virginia See all transfer agreements
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Additional Admission Information

Your acceptance as a Tidewater Community College student does not guarantee admission to the engineering program. To qualify, you must meet general admission standards and satisfy additional requirements through prerequisite course work, or place into College Composition (English 111) and Calculus with Analytical Geometry I (Mathematics 263) or higher based on the Virginia Placement Test (VPT).

You may select the engineering program on your admissions application; however, you will be placed in the general science program until an academic advisor evaluates your additional requirements and approves you for admission into the engineering curriculum.

Download TCC engineering program handbook

What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university. 

TCC's Associate of Science in Engineering consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly on the Virginia Beach or Chesapeake campuses or the Tri-Cities Center in Portsmouth.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
68 credits x $185.35 per credit = $12,603.80 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

2-year transfer grants

First-time college students who meet GPA and other requirements may qualify for a 2-year transfer grant to apply toward tuition. Grants of $1,000 may be awarded for your junior and senior years.

Students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines may be eligible for an additional $1,000 each year. See transfer grant details

Know before you go

If you are planning to transfer to a particular four-year college or university, be sure to familiarize yourself with admission requirements and transferable courses. Speak with a TCC academic counselor and plan your curriculum carefully!

For more information, visit the Transfer Programs page.

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