Southern Maryland Co-op Partnership Program in Engineering

CO-OP PROGRAM for Credit Students
College of
Southern Maryland
Associate of Science Degree

A. James Clark School of Engineering,
University of Maryland  
Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division

Southern Maryland Higher Education Center

For questions regarding admission or transfer into UMD's Mechanical Engineering Program, contact Shadei Jones, Pre-Engineering Coordinator, at 301-934-7747, ST 157 or
The College of Southern Maryland (CSM), is proud to offer, in partnership with the University of Maryland (UMD), a seamless pathway to a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. CSM offers the Associate of Science Engineering Degree to its students. Upon completing the engineering curriculum at CSM, students may then transfer with junior status to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering at UMD. Students also have the opportunity to do a cooperative education program (co-op) with the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), a division of NAVAIR, with guaranteed employment opportunities.

Students can take all the classes in Southern Maryland at CSM and then take classes at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC) to complete their junior and senior classes with UMD.

Students enrolled in this program will typically have three classes per semester at SMHEC and one class at UMD’s College Park Campus.

NAWCAD and UMD have established a state-of-the-art Engineering Laboratory dedicated to support junior- and senior-level engineering courses at SMHEC.

  • $4,900 scholarship per semester for tuition and books for up to six semesters
  • $15.75 per hour internship during summer and semester breaks at NAWCAD, Patuxent River Naval Air Station
  • Individualized academic advisement at the College of Southern Maryland
  • Transfer with junior status to UMD with 61 credits completed
  • Full-time permanent employment as an engineer with NAWCAD/DoD following graduation

Cooperative Education Opportunity
Graduates of the Associate of Science in Engineering (Mechanical Pathway) at CSM may also be eligible for the Cooperative Experience Employment Education Program with UMD and NAVAIR.

Students participating in the cooperative education program will have an obligation of full-time permanent employment as an engineer with NAWCAD/Department of Defense (DoD) following graduation for a period of three months for each month paid of education.

Cooperative Education Eligibility Requirements
The prospective student must meet the following requirements:

a) Be at least 16 years of age
b) Be a US citizen
c) Be accepted into junior year status in the  Mechanical Engineering Program at the A. James  Clark School of Engineering, UMD.  A minimum of  a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) is required for transfer students.

University of Maryland, A. James Clark School of Engineering Requirements for Admission
The University of Maryland, A. James Clark School of Engineering has the following minimum transfer requirements (which are the same for UMD students transferring into the engineering school):

  1. Students must have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA in all college-level work  (at all colleges attended).  A 2.99 GPA is NOT acceptable.
  2. Students must have taken the following gateway courses:
    1. ENG-1010 or equivalent
    2. A Gen Ed humanities or social science course
    3. CHE-1350 or CHE-1210/1210L
    4. MTH-1210
    5. PHY-1210
Gateway Grade and Retake Policy
Must have a “C” or better in sub-categories c), d), and e) above.  Only one retake in only one subject is permitted in these technical courses. Taking the course to achieve at least a “C” after one of the following attempts is considered a retake:  audit; withdrawal; grade of F, FX, or D.

CSM Required Courses and Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing the Associate of Science Engineering Degree (Mechanical Pathway) at CSM.  Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual program. Students should consult with an academic advisor for individual program planning.

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