Engineering Mechanics

AA - Program Requirements

Michael Ratliff, Ph.D., Chair, Division of Science

Jim & Helen Lee Fugitte Science Center, Room 212

(270) 384-8110


Mark L. McKinnon, Ph.D., Program Coordinator

Jim & Helen Lee Fugitte Science Center, Room 323

(270) 384-8092


Full-time program faculty: Tim Curry, M.S.; D. Scott Dillery, Ph.D.; Kalvin J. Gregory, Ph.D.; Brian Hilker, Ph.D.; Andrew Johnson, Ph.D.; John D. LaGrange, Ph.D.; Mark L. McKinnon, Ph.D.


Mission Statement

The mission of the engineering mechanics program is to encourage students to develop the analytical skills and knowledge to succeed in an engineering discipline.

The Associate of Arts degree in engineering mechanics provides the curriculum necessary to become prepared to succeed in an engineering discipline. This two-year program is designed to provide the foundational material in both lecture and laboratory settings for the first two years of the undergraduate curriculum in engineering. The student will then complete the bachelor’s degree in engineering by transferring to a school of engineering for the remaining undergraduate work.

This program is designed in conjunction with the University of Kentucky’s College of Engineering, but students who complete this curriculum are also prepared to enter many other engineering schools. A student interested in engineering or actively pursuing this program should consult often with the program coordinator. In addition, students intending to continue study in engineering should consult the engineering entrance requirements for the institution in question in order to ensure that admission issues are properly addressed.

Graduation Requirements

Some courses taken for the major may simultaneously fulfill general education requirements. Please see the Graduation Requirements (associate degrees) section of this catalog for information on the general education program.


Program Requirements: 42-51 hours

Along with the general education program, students must complete the major’s core and related studies requirements.


A.    Prerequisites: 0-7 hours

  • College Algebra (MATH 1013) is a prerequisite for CHEM 1214 unless waiver requirements are met – 3 hours
  • Precalculus (MATH 1124) is a prerequisite for MATH 2315 and PHYS/MATH/CIS 2713 – 4 hours


B.    Core Requirements: 36 hours

  • General Physics I (PHYS 2414) – 4 hours
  • General Physics II (PHYS 2424) – 4 hours
  • Introduction to Computational Science (PHYS/MATH/CIS 2713) – 3 hours
  • General Chemistry I with Lab (CHEM 1214) – 4 hours
  • General Chemistry II with Lab (CHEM 1224) – 4 hours
  • Analytic Geometry & Calculus I (MATH 2315) – 5 hours
  • Analytic Geometry & Calculus II (MATH 2325) – 5 hours
  • Calculus III (MATH 3314) – 4 hours
  • Differential Equations (MATH 3323)  or  Engineering Mathematics (MATH/PHYS 4303) – 3 hours


C.        Program Electives (select from the following): 6-8 hours

  • Linear Algebra (MATH 3003) – 3 hours
  • Statics (PHYS 3103) – 3 hours
  • Dynamics (PHYS 3203) – 3 hours
  • Electrodynamics (PHYS 3404) – 4 hours
  • Thermodynamics (PHYS 3614) – 4 hours
  • Modern Physics (PHYS 3703) – 3 hours
  • Science, Technology & Society (SCI 4303)  or  Hard Decisions in STEM (SCI 4313) – 3 hours


Exit Assessment

Program assessments are integrated into the course examinations during the final courses of the program (MATH 3323, PHYS 3103, PHYS 3203, PHYS 3404, and PHYS 3614).