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College of Engineering

Academic Success Center
1093 Fiedler Hall
1701C Platt St.
Manhattan, KS 66506

Fiedler Learning Commons Hours
Monday - Thursday:
8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 1-5 p.m.
Sunday: 1-11 p.m.

Engineering Pathways

The Engineering Pathways program is for K-State students starting out in another college and planning to transfer to the College of Engineering. The program is designed to provide a successful academic foundation and pathway to engineering for students who were not initially admitted into the College of Engineering and intend to transfer to the college after successfully completing required coursework.

After completion of 12 or more hours of academic credit at K-State with a university cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better for all courses completed at K-State and completion of Calculus 1 (General Calculus for CNSM) with a C or better, students may transfer into the College of Engineering.

General information, including grade requirements

Engineering is a profession in which mathematics and natural sciences are applied to develop designs and applications to help people. The K-State engineering curriculum includes coursework in the following areas:

  • mathematics and physical sciences
  • engineering sciences
  • communications
  • humanities and social sciences
  • discipline-specific courses and technical electives

The engineering curriculum begins with classes in calculus and chemistry, followed by Engineering Physics. First-year students who are not ready for Calculus 1 are advised to take College Algebra and Trigonometry in preparation for calculus. However, algebra and trigonometry do not apply to engineering degree requirements, and students who begin with these classes may need extra semesters to graduate.

Engineering Pathways students will be advised by their college; however, supplemental engineering advising is available in Fiedler Learning Commons, 1093 Fiedler Hall. For assistance, contact Dr. Bette Grauer at grauerb@k-state.edu.

Recommended courses

The following courses are suggested for Engineering Pathways students. The recommended courses are provided for information purposes only. General requirements, courses, curricula and degree requirements are subject to constant review and change without notice. Final approval for accepted credit is determined by departments within the college after students are admitted. Not all courses apply to degree programs.

First year

Fall semester

  • MATH 100 - College Algebra (3) or higher level math course
  • DEN 160 - Engineering Orientation (1)
  • COMM 105 - Public Speaking 1A (2)
  • ENGL 100 - Expository Writing 1 (3)
  • EDCEP 111 - The University Experience (1)
  • Humanities/social science elective* (3)

Spring semester

  • MATH 150 - Trigonometry (3), MATH 100 College Algebra (3) or higher level math course
  • ECON 110 - Macroeconomics (3)
  • ENGL 200 - Expository Writing 2 (3)
  • Natural science elective (3)
  • Humanities/social science elective* (3)
Second year

Fall semester

  • MATH 220 - Calculus 1 (4) (MATH 205, CNSM)
  • CHM 210 - Chemistry 1 (4) or BIOL 198 - Principles of Biology (4)
  • DEN 161 - Engineering Problem Solving (1), pre or co-requisite Calculus 1
  • Humanities/social science electives* (4-6)

Spring semester

  • If GPA > 2.5 and grade of a C or above in Calculus 1, transfer to engineering.
  • If grade is below a C in Calculus 1, retake MATH 220
  • BIOL 198 - Principles of Biology (4) or GEOL 100 - Earth in Action (3)
  • Humanities/social science electives* (4-6)
*Humanities and social science electives should be selected from the courses approved by the College of Engineering to complete the requirements of the K-State 8 General Education Program.