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College Catalog & Student Handbook 2019-2020 
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Offered at Ottumwa Campus

Program Learning Outcomes

The Engineering transfer program is intended primarily for students who choose to study at Indian Hills to establish the groundwork necessary for a bachelor’s degree in engineering before transferring to a four-year program. The program curriculum is designed to provide these students with a strong foundation in communications, mathematics, natural sciences, and the fundamentals of engineering.

Indian Hills has an articulation agreement with The University of Iowa College of Engineering. Provided that the student maintains a 3.0 grade point average or higher for all core program courses during Indian Hills’ one and one-half year curriculum, Iowa will accept transfer credit for these courses leading toward a B.S. in Engineering. As a result, students will enter The University of Iowa as a second-semester sophomore. For more information on the articulation agreement, visit www.engineering.uiowa/ess/indian-hills-community-college-transfer-agreement.

Students planning to transfer to other four-year institutions are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the engineering program at the institution to which they plan to transfer and work with an academic advisor and the IHCC engineering program coordinator to devise a study plan comprising of courses that would count towards those requirements.

Students who complete the curriculum for the engineering focus area will:

  1. understand the facts, concepts, theories, and vocabulary of chemistry and physics.
  2. develop analytic and problem-solving skills.
  3. know how to apply learned principles to new problems and real-world situations.
  4. be prepared to succeed in upper-level engineering courses.


Students in the Engineering program are strongly encouraged to pursue an internship. An internship provides the opportunity to observe first-hand the daily activities of a professional engineer and to put knowledge acquired in the classroom to work in a real-world work environment. This valuable experience is also an advantage when applying for employment upon graduation. Students in the program are introduced to engineering companies in the region through field trips, where they tour engineering facilities and meet the engineering staffs of these companies. Students can contact an academic advisor or the Engineering program coordinator to discuss how an internship can fit into their program of study.

Career Possibilities

Job opportunities are found in both government and in the industrial sector and include aerospace, chemical, computer, electrical, electronic, marine, mechanical, mining, and nuclear engineering. Engineering careers are available in research, design, development, production, consulting, and technical sales.

Preparation for IHCC

Prospective students should have a strong background in math, science, writing, and reading skills. At least two years of high school algebra, one year of high school geometry, one-half year of trigonometry, four years of high school English, and one year of high school laboratory science are highly recommended.

Program Total: 81 Credits

Term I Fall (First Year)

Total: 16 Credits

Term II Winter

Total: 13 Credits

Term III Spring

Total: 17 Credits

Term IV Summer

Total: 15 Credits

Term V Fall (Second Year)

Total: 14 Credits

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