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El Camino’s pre-engineering degree program introduces you to the principles of mathematics, physics, and chemistry while also preparing you to continue your education at a university. It’s an accessible, affordable path to a rewarding, in-demand career.

Our Pre-Engineering Associate of Science (AS) degree typically takes two years. Pre-engineering education at El Camino will challenge you to be your best. We’ll be here to help.

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California is one the top states in the nation for employment of chemical engineers.

Choose a Pre-Engineering Degree Designed for Transfer

El Camino students who choose pre-engineering are seeking a broad introduction to mathematics, physics, and chemistry so they can continue their education at a four-year college or university.


This degree gives you the opportunity to develop a solid understanding of mathematics, physics, and chemistry, while also providing an excellent foundation for continuing your studies at a four-year college or university.

  • Solidify your understanding of mathematics, physics, and chemistry.
  • Develop competency in problem solving involving differential and integral calculus, and differential equations and linear algebra.
  • Become proficient in the mechanics of solids, fluids, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, as well as chemical reactions and equations.
  • Prepare yourself with the skills and resources you need to make important academic and career decisions.
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Engineering makes things better by fixing problems that are already there and solving other problems before they happen."

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Pursue an Undergraduate Program in Engineering

As an El Camino pre-engineering graduate, you’ll be ready to pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering at another school. We’ll help you build the scientific knowledge and hands-on skills you’ll need.

  • Develop your proficiency in the basic principles of mathematics, physics, and chemistry.
  • Explore a variety of possible engineering career fields, including aeronautics, computer science, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and industrial engineering.
  • Strengthen your ability to think critically and communicate effectively.
  • Prepare yourself for further study in an engineering bachelor’s degree program.
  • Median salaries for bachelor’s degree holding-employees working in aerospace engineering is $128,000 and $97,000 for those working in biomedical engineering.

Gain Scientific Experience Beyond the Classroom

As an El Camino pre-engineering student, you’ll have many opportunities to explore the sciences outside the classroom setting.

  • Find support from the successful MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) program that provides a peer-based academic community.
  • Join the active Science Club and participate in faculty-led field trips to state/national parks that focus on many scientific disciplines.
  • Explore the sciences in multiple lab settings; don’t miss our on-campus planetarium and observatory with several telescopes.
  • Access a variety of internships and research opportunities in the sciences.
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