Engineering: Earth System Science, AS

Room: E-Building, E-223

Phone: (718) 482-5710


The Engineering Science program is a dual-joint program offered by LaGuardia and the City College of New York (CCNY). This program prepares students during the first two years of their engineering education in the following tracks: Civil, Earth System Science & Environmental, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. The program will provide students with the requisite critical thinking, technical, and analytical skills along with a strong mathematical and science background for future study in four-year engineering schools, enabling them to ultimately succeed as engineering professionals.

Environmental Engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in efforts to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and water and air pollution control.

Are You Interested In...

  • Solving problems and puzzles?
  • Thinking of new ways to do things?
  • Understanding how mechanical devices, machines, electronics and computers work?
  • Building things?
  • Understanding computers, circuits, structures such as bridges and tunnels, and processes?

Skills You Will Learn

  • C++ Programming
  • Circuit Analysis
  • Multisim Circuit Simulator
  • MATLAB Programming

What makes this major unique?

This program is one of the only “dual/joint” degrees at LaGuardia and will allow students to seamlessly continue their studies at City College

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Career Possibilities

Students completing this major will need to transfer to a 4-yr college to complete a bachelor’s in engineering for most career possibilities in the field.

  • Mechanical or Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Civil, Electrical, Environmental or Mechanical Engineer
  • Senior Engineer
  • Engineering Manager
  • Director or Vice President

Transfer Possibilities

  • City College – Bachelor of Engineering (Dual Degree Program)
  • Columbia University – BS in Engineering
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute – BS in Engineering

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 14 credits

  • English: 6 credits
    • ENG101 English Composition I – 3 credits
    • (or ENA101 depending on placement scores)
    • ENG259 Technical Writing – 3 credits
  • Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 4 credits
    • MAT201 Calculus I – 4 credits
  • Life and Physical Sciences: 4 credits
    • SCP231 General Physics I – 4 credits


B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 20 credits

Select one course from each Flexible Core category and one additional course from Scientific World. Note: The recommended courses for Scientific World are listed.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World – Students are required to select MAT202 Calculus II and SCP232 General Physics II.
  • Students are advised to select one Urban Study course to complete college requirement.

To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed in the program handbook.

Students are advised to take MAT 115 (College Algebra and Trigonometry) or MAT117 (Algebra and Trigonometry) and MAT 200 (Pre-calculus) as they are prerequisite courses for MAT 201 (Calculus I).

Courses Credits
Math Engineering & Computer Science: 4 Credits
ECF090 First Year Seminar for Engineering and Computer Science 0
MAT203 Calculus III 4
Earth System Science & Environmental Engineering Core: 15 Credits
MAE101 Engineering Lab I/Internship I 1
MAC102 C/C++ Programming 3
MAE106 Earth System Science & Eng. 4
MAE213 Electrical Circuits 3
MAE217 Systems Analysis of the Earth 4
Natural Sciences: 8 Credits
SCC201 General Chemistry I 4
SCC202 General Chemistry II 4
Unrestricted Electives: 2 Credits

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