Jul 23, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

University Parallel, A.S. - Mechanical Engineering (TTP)

Degree: Associate of Science
Major: University Parallel
Area of Emphasis: Mechanical Engineering

For more information, contact the Math and Science division at 615-230-3261 or at mathscience@volstate.edu.

This pathway is for students planning to continue their education to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.  A mechanical engineer designs, develops and tests all aspects of mechanical components, equipment, and machinery. Mechanical engineers apply knowledge of engineering principles to design products such as engines, instruments, controls, robots, machines, etc. They are also routinely involved in fabrication, operation, application, installation, and/or repair of mechanical products.

Transfer Options
Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) are advising tools designed to help community college students plan for transferring to a Tennessee public university or select regionally accredited, non-profit Tennessee private colleges and universities to complete their baccalaureate degree. The TTPs also constitute an agreement between community colleges and four-year colleges/universities confirming that community college courses meet major preparation requirements. For transfer to other four-year institutions, contact an advisor at the senior institution.  Note: Due to the transferability to a four-year institution, there are to be no course substitutions where a specific course is required in the TTP curriculum guide.  

All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the E-Proficiency Profile (EPP) to meet graduation requirements. More information can be found at https://www.volstate.edu/graduation/exit-exams.

CIP Code: (16) 24.0101.01

General Education Requirements - Credits (42)

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (66)


Students transferring to UTK or UoM should take ECON 2100:  Macroeconomics as one of their Social/Behavioral Science general education courses.

2 Students transferring to UTC will need to to complete at least one course in non-Western Cultures.

Students transferring to UTC will need to take an Introductory Statistics Course.  MATH 2010:  Introduction to Linear Algebra is not required at UoM, UTC, or UTK.  


Students are strongly encouraged to complete a course in Mechanics of Materials, also known as Strength of Materials, before transferring to a university.

Courses in engineering technology do not fulfill any of the requirements for the Area of Emphasis in Mechanical Engineering.

Although it is possible to complete the B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering in four semesters after earning the associate degree, students typically need five or six semesters to complete requirements.

Recommended Schedule

This is a recommended schedule. Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule.  See your advisor to create a degree plan.

DegreeWorks, along with the correct catalog, should be utilized by students for all of their educational planning.  Students can monitor their progress toward a degree or certificate and view missing requirements with the DegreeWorks audit, which is accessible through My Volstate.

First Year - Fall Semester - Credits (17)

First Year - Spring Semester - Credits (17)

Second Year - Fall Semester - Credits (17)

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (15)