Pathway to Engineering

Begin your Engineering Pathway at RRCC

The Engineering Academy prepares students to transfer to a four-year college or university and complete a degree in engineering or computer science.

Transfer program to Colorado School of Mines

RRCC has an articulated transfer agreement with Colorado School of Mines where students who complete all of the prescribed RRCC coursework and meet minimum cumulative grade point average and course grades may transfer the prescribed coursework upon admission to Colorado School of Mines. This program may take two or more years to complete at RRCC prior to transfer. While at RRCC, students may complete freshman engineering design EGT 140 IDEA at RRCC and transfer it for Cornerstone I at Mines. Students can also complete Statics (EGG 211) at Red Rocks. See the Colorado School of Mines Transfer Guide.

Interested in summer research? Students who have been accepted into Mines can spend the transitional summer doing cross-cutting research at Mines. See more about the Bridge Opportunities for Transfer Student Success (BOTS)

Engineering Pathway Program to University of Colorado - Boulder

Thanks to an integrated partnership, the RRCC to CU-Boulder pathway can be attractive to both community college students, as well as qualified high school students taking concurrent enrollment classes with RRCC. CU-Boulder Engineering and RRCC have designed this pathway to support a more streamlined transition between colleges and give you a detailed view of what your academic plan will look like. Guides to CU's Engineering degrees can be found on the Red Rocks to CU-Boulder Engineering Pathway website. General Colorado community college information into CU Engineering can be found here

Additionally, EGT 140 – IDEA: Introduction to Design and Engineering Applications transfers directly to CU Engineering as Engineering Projects (GEEN 1400).

Interested in summer research on the Boulder camus? Check out the Research Experience for Community College Students (RECCS) or Solar and Space Physics Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Gain Real World Experience in Engineering

EGT 140 - Introduction to Design and Engineering Applications (IDEA) introduces students to engineering, innovation and teamwork while working on a real world challenge. 

In IDEA, students will:

  • Explore engineering disciplines
  • Practice engineering through real world projects
  • Engage in teamwork and collaboration
  • Understand how math and science apply to engineering
  • Understand how creativity fits into engineering

How to register: EGT 140, 3 credits, Introduction to Design and Engineering Applications is offered each fall and spring semester. Pre-requisites: MAT 121. IDEA will transfer to Colorado School of Mines for Cornerstone I and to CU-Boulder Engineering for GEEN 1400 Engineering Projects.

IDEA students use the IDEA Lab to collaborate, prototype their design, engage with mentors and make their videos or podcasts. To use the IDEA Lab, please complete the IDEA Lab membership form.

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