Welcome to the Engineering Preparatory Program of Red Rocks Community College.
In a unique partnership with the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), we offer the first two years of an engineering degree with a guaranteed transfer to CSM. The RRCC studies involve Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Humanities, Social and Behavior Sciences, and Communication. Upon transfer to CSM, you will focus on engineering, usually with a concentration in a particular branch (metallurgy, Chemical, Petroleum, etc.). In addition to CSM, pre-engineering credits earned with a 3.0 GPA or better will transfer to the University of Colorado and Colorado State University.
Engineers apply the theories and principles of science and math to research and develop economical solutions to practical problems. Their work links scientific discoveries and commercial applications. They can design everything from tiny computer chips to skyscrapers, develop extraction processes for gold or oil, develop new materials for autos or airplanes, harness energy from the sun, or work in myriad ways to improve our health care, food safety and computer systems. People who are successful in the engineering field are creative, inquisitive, analytical and detail-oriented. They can function as part of a team and communicate well, both orally and in writing. Most engineers specialize in a particular area.
There are more than 25 major specialties, including aerospace, chemical, mining and metallurgical, mechanical, architectural, electrical and systems. Engineers consider many factors when developing a new product or process. They take into account the desired function, design, components, equipment required, cost, reliability and safety. Many engineers use computers to produce and analyze designs, simulate and test machines or systems, generate blueprints for parts, monitor product quality. They write reports and consult with other engineers, as complex projects often require interdisciplinary teams. Some work in office buildings, laboratories, industrial plants, at construction sites, mines, oil and gas exploration sites, or other locations. Many travel extensively.
Engineering Preparatory is a program within the Math department, which is located at the Lakewood campus, 2nd floor, Room 2618. (Students finishing the Engineering Preparatory program may only be two courses from an AS degree at RRCC.)
Colorado School of Mines EPICS 151
RRCC has an articulated transfer agreement with the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). As part of this agreement RRCC students are eligible to register for the CSM class EPICS 151 (Engineering Practices Introductory Sequence) through RRCC. More.
Future Engineers Begin Math Path at RRCC
Math assessment is key for success when students seek an engineering degree. Appropriate course placement for students is one of the goals of the faculty who teach in the Math Department at Red Rocks Community College. The qualified faculty members who teach in this department continually examine and work on improving assessment projects that directly impact the student population.
Many of the students who complete Math courses at Red Rocks Community College transfer to the Colorado School of Mines successfully, to complete Bachelors- Degrees in the field of Engineering. (Back to Academic Excellence Page)