Engineering students now have seamless transfer option with UH: Articulation agreement helps students pursue engineering degree
07.13.2015 | By Andrea Vasquez
Beginning this Fall, San Jacinto College students will be eligible for a seamless transfer into the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.
San Jacinto College has signed an articulation agreement with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering. This offers San Jacinto College students who are currently taking courses for completion of the Associate of Science in Engineering Science an option to seamlessly transfer into the University of Houston’s engineering program.
“This is an exciting opportunity for students who are interested in a career in engineering,” said Dr. Catherine O’Brien, San Jacinto College associate vice chancellor for learning. “Engineering is a high-skill, high-wage, and certainly a high-demand profession at this time. Mechanical engineering alone is expected to grow more than 21 percent in the Texas labor market between now and 2022.”
Over the last year, San Jacinto College STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) faculty took a look at the existing program, originally created for students pursuing a mechanical engineering pathway, and redesigned the degree so that all associate of science in engineering science students pursuing any field of engineering would receive the first two years of engineering prerequisites needed to transfer into their desired university programs.
“These courses in the associate of science in engineering science program serve as prerequisites to upper-level engineering courses,” said Andrew Vines, San Jacinto College South Campus department chair for chemistry, engineering, geology, and physics. “Therefore, a student will be able to take those freshman and sophomore engineering courses in addition to the math and science course work, allowing them to enter a four-year program prepared.”
Transferring from Virginia Tech’s engineering program and currently in a co-op program with Marathon Petroleum Corporation, San Jacinto College engineering science student Corey Detrick says that the College’s engineering courses are right in line with university programs. “This program is definitely equivalent to the first two years of engineering courses you’d take at a four-year university,” he said. “Once I’m done, I’ll have an engineering associate degree and be completely prepared to enter a university engineering program on track as a junior. I know I’m in a program that’s teaching us exactly what universities and the industry expect.”
Having students enter the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering prepared is what makes this articulation agreement valid on both ends. “This articulation agreement between the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering and San Jacinto College will ensure that the transition process from one campus to another is as seamless as possible for engineering students,” said Dr. Joseph W. Tedesco, University of Houston Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the Cullen College of Engineering. “It will also provide students with a better understanding of the course requirements for transferring to the Cullen College, allowing them to save time and money by making the best course selection choices. I am very excited about this important step toward graduating more world-class engineers into the city of Houston.”
Qualified engineers in every industry continue to be in high demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas continues to rank high for engineering employment. In terms of average annual salaries, Houston ranks as the highest paying metro area for civil engineers ($112,480), chemical engineers ($128,380), and petroleum engineers ($168,280). In February, Forbes.com named the Houston area as the sixth-best city in the United States for engineers, stating that the city has 21 engineers for every 1,000 employees.
The San Jacinto College associate of science in engineering science degree program is available at all three campuses. Students who want to transfer to the University of Houston’s engineering program must complete the associate of science degree in engineering science (60 hours) and meet the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering admission requirements.
For more information on the San Jacinto College associate of science in engineering science program, visit sanjac.edu/engineering.
About the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering
The University of Houston (UH) Cullen College of Engineering, established in 1941, is accredited by the ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, Inc.). UH provides undergraduate degrees, as well as master’s and doctorate degrees, in biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, geosensing systems, industrial, mechanical and petroleum engineering. The college also offers interdisciplinary graduate programs in subsea, aerospace, materials, and computer and systems engineering. Chemical and mechanical engineering have ranked among the top programs nationally.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.