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Associate Degree

STEM/Engineering Pathway

STEM/Engineering Pathway Overview

Start your career in science, technology, engineering, or math with the STEM/Engineering Pathway at CVTC. This Associate of Science degree pathway provides you with a broad overview of liberal arts courses with an emphasis on STEM courses that fit into your bachelor's degree plans. Our affordable general education credits and industry-backed, career-focused courses will help you prepare for a STEM or engineering bachelor's degree at a four-year college.

Our STEM pathway program gets you going in the right direction with two years of foundational STEM education for a fraction of the cost of a public or private university. There are many courses to choose from as you work with your academic advisor and transfer-school coordinator to develop a course schedule to meet your educational and career goals. STEM courses you may take include CAD Basic, Engineering Economy, Calculus, and Chemistry.

Complete all your general education courses at CVTC while developing your career skills to be ready to transfer as a third-year student to the college or university of your choice. Take advantage of CVTC's course transfer agreements with many private and public four-year colleges and universities, including UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout, UW-River Falls, UW-Madison, and many more, to earn your full bachelor's degree!

Associate of Science Admissions Requirements

Guided Pathways

Do you already know which transfer school you’d like to go to? Make the transfer even smoother with our guided pathways. CVTC has partnered with UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls, and UW-Stout to create seamless transfer guides in key degree areas including Business, Education, Health, and STEM/Engineering. These guided transfer pathways provide step-by-step support throughout your transfer.

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Just the Facts

STEM/Engineering Pathway
60 Credit Associate Degree

Program Length
Two Years

Delivery Method
Face-to-Face, Online

Program Location
Eau Claire, River Falls

Start Months
August, January, June


Financial Aid Eligible

Estimated Program Cost 

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 What are estimated program costs? Estimated Total: $12,216

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.

You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.

Here are a few of the courses you can take in the STEM/Engineering Pathway program.

Sample Courses

Solid Modeling I
This course introduces the student to the concepts and commands required to develop 3-D solid models using SolidWorks software. Students will learn to constrain models and develop parametric models. Students will also produce 2-D working drawings from the models. Topics will also include dimensioning, orthographic views, and section views.

CAD Basic
Basic computer-aided drafting and design (CAD) uses two-dimensional AutoCAD software and commands to create entities, edit, store, and print CAD drawings. Topics include entity creation of arcs, circles, lines, coordinates, editing functions, scaling, making templates, text detailing, layers and line types, viewpoints, model space layout and paper space practices, dimensioning styles, calculation strategies, blocks, groups, libraries, attributes, bills of materials, and plotting to scale. A final project permits the student to apply technical skills to a detailed mechanical design drawing. All assignments are documented within an AutoCAD portfolio.

Engineering Economy
This course will enable students to apply the principles and techniques of engineering economic analysis. Interest factors are used to perform equivalency calculations on estimated cash flows that account for the time value of money. Students will apply engineering economic analysis to evaluate a single project or to select from multiple alternatives. Students will learn how to create a cash flow diagram, calculate present, future, and annual worth, determine return on investment, calculate a break-even point, determine the payback period, analyze cost and benefit of public sector projects, and estimate costs.

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Benefits of Transfer Pathways

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Save Money

CVTC's University Transfer programs have a lower cost per credit than many universities and colleges.

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Small Class Sizes

CVTC offers small class sizes that allow you to get personal, one-on-one attention from our instructors.

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Transfer to a University

Our university partnership agreements guarantee your credits will transfer.

Associate of Science

University Transfer Pathways

Start here. Go there! Transferring from CVTC to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree is popular for many students. Transfer pathways allow students to build an academic foundation and save money on the cost of college.

Business Pathway  

Along with your general education courses, you will take Statistics, Accounting, Business Law, Marketing Principles, and more, getting you ready for your next step.

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Education Pathway  

Along with your general courses, you will also take Child Development, Behavior Management, Equity in Education, and more, preparing you for success at your next step.

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Health Pathway  

Along with your general education courses, you will take Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, Digital Literacy – Health Care, and more, preparing you for your next step.

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STEM/Engineering Pathway  

Along with your general education courses, you will take Solid Modeling I, CAD Basic, and Engineering Economy, and more, preparing you for success at your next step.

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Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Associate of Science - University Transfer, Associate Degree

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