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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 College of Engineering degree programs for students who were not initially admitted into the College of Engineering and who 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, completion of Calculus 1 (General Calculus for CNSM) with a C or better, and completion with C or better or concurrent enrollment in DEN 161, 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 various K-State engineering curricula include coursework in the following areas:

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

Most of the College of Engineering curricula begin 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 time to complete all graduation requirements. Students are advised to review the specific curricula for the degree program(s) of their interest to better understand which courses will and will not apply for degree requirements.

Engineering Pathways students will be advised by their alternative 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. Specific requirements, courses, curricula and degree requirements for each of the degree programs are subject to periodic review and change without formal notice. Final approval for accepted credit is determined by each of the academic departments within the college after students are admitted. Not all courses may apply to satisfy degree program requirements.

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
  • DEN 161 - Engineering Problem Solving (1)
  • 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) (Students interested in CNSM should take MATH 205)
  • CHM 210 - Chemistry 1 (4) or BIOL 198 - Principles of Biology (4)
  • 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.