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Associate of Science in Engineering (ASE) Transfer Students

The following information applies to students who are earning an Associate of Science in Engineering degree from a Maryland public community college.  If you do not fall within this category, please visit our transfer student page.  

About the ASE Degree

The ASE was developed to help ease students’ transfer from two-year to four-year engineering programs and to help expand the pipeline into engineering careers. It is a transfer-oriented degree built around an outcomes-based statewide agreement. The ASE degree is designed to transfer as a degree, rather than on a course-by-course basis, into parallel four-year engineering programs in Maryland.

Please note that currently not all Maryland community colleges offer the ASE degree.  Be sure to check with your community college to make sure the degree is available.  For more information on the degree program, please visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission ASE Website.

Admissions Process

The ASE degree does not guarantee admission into the A. James Clark School of Engineering.  ASE transfer students will need to meet the gateway requirements outlined by the Clark School.  The transfer admissions process for the Clark School of Engineering is handled by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Clark School's Undergraduate Advising Office.  We strongly encourage prospective transfer students to contact these offices so they can learn about the transfer admissions process and the requirements for admissions into the Engineering programs.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Limited Enrollment Programs
Clark School Undergraduate Advising
It is important for incoming ASE Transfer Students to identify themselves in the transfer admissions application as ASE students.

ASE Degree Verification

Upon completion of their program, students must submit official transcripts with the official ASE degree posted.  Please note that without official confirmation of the ASE degree, the student's transfer credits will be subject to a course-by-course evaluation.
We recommend students to also bring a copy of their official transcripts with them to New Student Orientation, especially to those students attending an early orientation program. This will help us verify that you have completed your degree and plan your coursework accordingly.

Curriculum Information

The ASE degree typically covers the first two years of a student's academic program. Only 60 credits of the ASE will be accepted by the University of Maryland.  Upon succesful transfer to the University of Maryland, the student will complete the remaining 300 and 400 level courses.  Students will be expected to complete at least 60 credits at the University of Maryland.
Given the recent changes to our curriculum program, some students may be advised to take ENEE222 Elements of Discrete Signal Analysis and ENEE245 Digital Circuits and Systems Laboratory
Once admitted to the program, ASE students will be taking the following requirements:
ENEE 300 Level Courses:
  • ENEE303: Analog and Digital Electronics (3 credits)
  • ENEE307: Electronic Circuits Design Laboratory (2 credits)
  • ENEE313: Introduction to Device Physics (3 credits)
  • ENEE322: Signal and System Theory (3 credits)
  • ENEE324: Engineering Probability (3 credits)
  • ENEE350: Computer Organization (3 credits)
  • ENEE380: Electromagnetic Theory (3 credits)
  • ENEE381: Electromagnetic Wave Propagation (3 credits)
Required Electrical Engineering Technical Electives - 13 credits
Students must complete 13 credits of upper-level electrical engineering electives from these three different categories:
  • Category A: Advanced Theory and Applications (Minimum 3 credits)
  • Category B: Advanced Laboratory (Minimum 2 credits)
  • Category C: Capstone Design Course(Minimum 3 credits)
The remaining 5 credits may be taken from any one category or combination of categories. For list of approved courses for each category, please see the Electrical Engineering Technical Electives page.
In addition, students must satisfy the Specialization Requirement. This entails completing at least two courses from a single area of concentration within electrical engineering's six Specialization Areas.
General Technical Electives - 12 credits
All students are required to complete one 400-level Mathematics. The remaining 9 credits must be 300 or 400-level courses outside of Electrical Engineering.  For more details, please visit the EE Degree Requirements page.
Engineering Ethics
Because of the strong symbiotic relationship between engineering and society, as well as the important role ethics plays in engineering practice, ECE requires electrical engineering majors to complete the following course: ENEE200: Social and Ethical Dimensions of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (3 credits).
Professional Writing
The required course to satisfy the Professional Writing requirement is: ENGL 393: Technical Writing. NOTE: Engineering students are not exempt from this requirement even if they earn an 'A' in ENGL101.

Sample Plan

The following sample plan provides information about the typical courseload taken by an ASE transfer student:

Contact Information

For more information, please feel free to contact the ECE Undergraduate Studies Office at 301-405-3685 or