Liberal Arts AA and AS Degrees

Emphasis – Physics and Engineering

If you are interested in completing a bachelor’s degree in Physics or Engineering you should consider taking 12 credit hours from the courses listed below as part of your AS degree in Liberal Arts.

Many scholarship and grant opportunities are available for this dynamic major through STEM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

In addition to the AS degree in Liberal Arts for pre-Engineering, Hawkeye also offers an associate degree in Electronics Engineering Technology which can lead to a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology.  Students are advised to meet with their advisor to discuss which options best meet their needs as a student and future employee.

Planning Your Class Schedule

Students should consult with an advisor in Student Services or a faculty advisor to select courses, make a transfer plan, and periodically review their progress towards their degree completion.

Students are also encouraged to contact the admissions office at the college to which they plan to transfer during their first year at Hawkeye in order to obtain specific program and transfer requirements.

Not all courses may be required for or transfer to your future major.

Areas of Specialization

Engineering is not just a single field. Engineering students choose an area of engineering specialization for their major when they pursue a four year degree. Below is a sample list of specialties for engineering majors. This list is not exhaustive.

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

Career Opportunities

There is a significant need for Science and Engineering majors in our state and nation. Besides being a Physicist or Engineer, other careers are also open to students with Physics and Engineering degrees.

Some of these careers require further years of study beyond the four year bachelor’s degree.

  • Teacher
  • Medical Doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Scientific Research
  • Environmental

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