The Applied Engineering Program is designed to inspire and promote curiosity in this diverse field while exposing students to various disciplines from traditional engineering fields (such as Civil and Mechanical) to more modern engineering fields (such as Biomedical, Environmental, and Chemical).


Students interested in learning more about engineering are encouraged to review the following information regarding MSA’s Applied Engineering Program.  Multiple facets of academia are incorporated into the Applied Engineering Program curriculum all of which are in line with the school mission of a continued emphasis on “mind, hands, and heart”.  A full program description, including required and recommended activities, is listed below.  As you can see, credits earned are based on both academic and co-curricular activities.


To gain entry into the Applied Engineering Program students must submit an application which includes a questionnaire and three brief essays.  The program is open to students in all grade levels.  Those who complete the program successfully, in addition to meeting MSA graduation requirements, will receive a Major or Minor Certificate of Completion upon graduation based on how many Applied Engineering Program credits a student achieves during their tenure at MSA.


Additionally, graduates from the Applied Engineering Program will have the distinct advantage of having a robust Applied Engineering Portfolio that may be presented during the selection process to prospective colleges and universities.  This portfolio will allow program graduates the opportunity to showcase the wide-range of engineering-related achievements that they have accomplished during their tenure as MSA Applied Engineering students.

Colleges and Universities are specifically looking for students who have taken full advantage of every opportunity given to them.  The MSA Applied Engineering Program has been uniquely designed to allow students to do just that.  As you can see, AP courses are listed in the required coursework section as strongly recommended.  It is important to note that most engineering colleges expect students to use their STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) AP coursework in high school to add breadth and depth to their academic foundation.  However, most engineering colleges will require students to retake most, if not all, of these STEM-based AP courses in college.  Lastly, it is important to note that obtaining a MSA Applied Engineering Program Certificate of Completion does not guarantee admission into a college-level engineering program.


The goal of MSA’s Applied Engineering Program is broad reaching.  Initially, the goal of the program is to inspire and promote curiosity for engineering.  It is through this awareness that students’ perspectives are opened to the wide-reaching avenues of engineering.  After students have been “hooked” on the general notion of engineering, the Applied Engineering Program is designed to expose students to various engineering disciplines from traditional engineering fields such as Civil and Mechanical to more modern engineering fields such as Biomedical, Environmental, and Chemical.  During this process, Applied Engineering students will explore the Engineering Method and how it differs from the Scientific Method.  Additionally, students will learn the basics of 3D CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software and modeling along with its various applications within nearly all engineering fields.  All of these goals culminate in the final goal of preparing students for their upcoming search for a suitable engineering college followed by the academic rigors that await them as they pursue their engineering interests at the next level.


  • Applied Engineering Program Certificate Requirements:

    The intent of the Applied Engineering Program is to expose students to as many different aspects and facets of the engineering profession and its many fields of study.  To that end, there are no specific requirements that must be fulfilled in order to complete the program. Rather, the program has been structured to reward students with credits as they enroll in, and complete, a wide variety of engineering-related and themed activities. Click here to review the Applied Engineering Program credit sheet.

    An Applied Engineering Program Major Certificate is awarded after successfully earning 26 credits.

    An Applied Engineering Program Minor Certificate is awarded after successfully earning 18 credits.


    Applied Engineering 4.0
    Independent Study 4.0
    AP Biology 3.0
    AP Chemistry 3.0
    AP Physics 1 3.0
    AP Physics 2 3.0
    AP Calculus AB 3.0
    AP Calculus BC 3.0
    AP Statistics 3.0
    DE Anatomy and Physiology 3.0
    Chemistry 2.0
    Physics 2.0
    Pre-Calculus 2.0
    Calculus 2.0
    Statistics 2.0
    Environmental Science 2.0
    Design/Build I 2.0
    Design/Build II 2.0
    Design/Build III 2.0
    Design/Build IV 2.0
    Computer Programming 2.0
    Land Management 2.0


    For non-coursework, it is possible to receive multiple credits for completing an activity more than once.  For example, if you participate on the Engineering Team in the fall two times, you are eligible to receive 1.0 credit for EACH season for a total of 2.0 credits.  

    WWOWW (Engineering related) Courses (0.2 for each class taken)
    Professional Experience (credit varies)

    Professional experiences come in many forms.  For instance, a summer spent assisting with a research project at either a business or a university could qualify as a professional experience.  Professional experiences do not have to be in the form of paid positions. Oftentimes, internships with little or no compensation can be as valuable (or more!) than a paid opportunity.  To earn Applied Engineering Program Credits for professional experiences, a written summary of those experiences must be submitted. As each professional experience varies depending on the types of activities performed as well as the assignment duration, please see Mr. Henry to discuss the specific requirements of the written summary as well as how many credits may be awarded

    Service Group (Engineering related) (0.5 for each year of service)
    Engineering Team (1.0 for Fall or Spring season, 1.5 for Winter season)
    Field Trips/Activities (Engineering related) (0.2 for each field trip/activity)
    PVCC/CBIC Tech Tour
    North Anna Nuclear Power Plant
    PVCC STEM Saturday
    College/University Engineering Open House or Lab Tour (UVA, VT, JMU, etc.)
    Maker Faire (C’ville or other)
    Science Olympiad (at MSA)
    FRC Robotics (or other)
    UVA Bio-Med Tech-Girls
    UVA McCormick Observatory
    UVA SWE High School Visitation
    UVA Ladies in the Lab
    SPARK! Hackathon
    SWE club at MSA
    Charlie Black Steam Engine
    Other field trips as offered
    Additional Recommended Activities
    Summer Camps
    Engineering Competitions



Ryan Henry
Physics & Engineering
☏ 434-823-4805, ext. 265

Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Clarkson University

MSA allows students to live out their dreams. Making something is more than possible, it is encouraged. If you have an idea, you can work with your teachers and get it done.
— Almero Hemming, Engineering Student

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