Studies in the Pre-Engineering Associate of Technical Studies (ATS) degree focus upon building a strong background in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry in preparation for entry into a bachelor’s degree engineering program. The Pre-Engineering curriculum meets the minimum and additional general education requirements of the Ohio Transfer Module. The Pre-Engineering degree is a cost effective solution for students who wish to expand their background knowledge before entry into a bachelor’s degree engineering program. Students should consult with any school they might be considering transferring to regarding the ultimate transferability of courses completed at Rio Grande.

The Pre-Engineering associate degree is also a direct pathway into a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (BSIT) or Bachelor of Technical Studies (BTS) at the University of Rio Grande.


The Kidd Math/Science Center opened in 1985. With an award-winning masonry design, the center’s front doors open to a glass atrium with live plants & a trickling pond. A spacious lobby follows with comfortable studying facilities. The center houses three large chemistry labs, three biology labs, one physics lab, one computer lab, lecture rooms, faculty offices and a large bent glass greenhouse that enhances the view of campus. McKenzie Hall opened in 1997, and it provides math/science students, along with the nursing students, two large lecture halls, a variety of lecture rooms, an anatomy lab, three computer labs, faculty offices and a conference room with a beautiful view of campus and the surrounding landscape.

Degree Requirements

Additional Academic Requirements

Graduation requires students to achieve a 2.00 overall grade point average in all coursework.

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