Center of Advanced Technology

Engineering Program at Prince George's Community College

Department of Physical Sciences and Engineering
Division of Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
301 Largo Road
Prince George's Community College
Largo, MD 20774-2199

The Engineering Program at PGCC

Yes, Virginia! There is an engineering program at Prince George's Community College. The engineering program has been active at PGCC for five decades (as old as the school itself) providing students with transferable engineering course work that covers the first two years of any standard four-year university engineering program.

Beyond that the engineering program at PGCC is designed to give a thorough engineering education for the freshman and sophomore years of a University-bound student at a fraction of the cost. Our philosophy is to train a well-rounded engineer who is versatile in engineering and any other field he or she may wish to pursue. Come join us!

Engineering brochure


Prince George's Community College is an active member of the Partnership for Reduced Dimensional Materials (PRDM) through the NSF's Parnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM). Along with Howard University, Cornell University, and Gallaudet University we support the training of scientists and engineers in materials research. This PREM builds on the work done in the previous PREM, but improves and enlarges it original goals.

Partnership for Reduced Dimensional Materials


Prince George's Community College is an active member of the Center for Integrated Quantum Materials (CIQM) Partnership through the NSF's Science and Technology Center Program grant to Harvard Universiy. Along with Howard University, Harvard University, MIT, and others we support the training of scientists and engineers in quantum materials research.

Center for Integrated Quantum Materials


Prince George's Community College was a member of a Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) from 2006 until 2011 with Howard University and Johns Hopkins University (JHU). We support the training of scientists and engineers in materials research. Many of our PGCC's students published papers on material research.

Partnership for Research and Education in Materials

Engineering or Engineering technology, is there a difference?

Engineering programs are different from engineering technology programs. Both of these programs are offered at PGCC. This web site is for the engineering program. The engineering technology department is at the following link:

If you are unsure of which program you wish to pursue you should seek advisement from either the engineering program or the engineering technology department. A brief incomplete description is given in the following paragraphs which should in no way be a substitute for advisement.

Engineering programs delve more into the scientific concepts and usually are more theoretical than engineering technology programs. Engineering programs emphasize design where engineering technology programs emphasize production design and work. Engineering technology degrees usually are two-year degrees however four-year degrees exist, though are not common, that are very similar to engineering degrees. In general engineering programs are more challenging in regards to mathematics and sciences in the first two years.

Pursuing an engineering degree follows the same path as traditional Bachelor of Science degrees (and Master's and PhD). A person in the engineering program at PGCC is expected to complete their final two years at another school. The program is flexible enough that it is usually very easy to switch majors to other programs in your final two years.

Courses for Spring 2017

Courses offered in the Engineering program:

Courses that support the Engineering program (independent courses):

Important resources offered by the STEM division, PGCC, and beyond

Sample schedule for primary engineering fields -- FULL TIME (this is a work in progress):

PGCC offers only the first two years of an engineering degree, thus any schedule involving the traditional core courses is sufficient to continue study at another school. At most usually only 70 credits are transferable.

Note: To get any engineering degree requires a demanding schedule. Five year programs for BS degrees are typical. Hence 2.5 years at PGCC would be considered normal for a full time student.
Please seek advice from the engineering department before embarking on any particular program in engineering. The following contain sample programs that are designed for transferring to a four-year university. A different program is required for getting an AS degree. Seek advisement.

Required for Engineering Degree (for discipline specific use suggested schedules) Suggested schedules for specific disciplines

Sample schedule for pre-engineering fields -- FULL TIME:

If your are not calculus ready at the start of your engineering program, you will be required to follow the pre-engineering schedule below. Deviation from this program must be approved by the engineering department. As always seek advisement before embarking on any program at any college.

Students in developmental courses should follow a general studies with a STEM direction approach. -- This approach has been careful worked out for maximum benefit -- Assumes FULL-TIME:

Current Engineering Professors

Dr. Scott Johnson
Office: CAT-229R

Rocco Mennella
Office: CAT-229R

Fun Links:

Professional Organizations in Engineering:

What an engineer needs sites:

Professional Organizations in Science:

Government Laboratories utilizing engineers and scientists:

Academic Laboratories utilizing engineers and scientists:

Magazines of interest (engineering):

Magazines of interest (science):

Magazines (mostly on-line) of interest for your Kids: