Program OptionsHonors program
The honors program in the College of Engineering offers all interested students an intellectual challenge consistent with ability and interests. Entering engineering students with high school averages or entrance examination scores within the top five percent are encouraged to join the program. Transfer students with superior academic records are also eligible and will be invited to join the honors program. Sophomores and juniors enrolled in engineering who are qualified for the honors program may, with the endorsement of a member of the engineering faculty and the approval of the honors program director, join the program.
Because all credits obtained in the honors program are applicable to degree requirements, participation in the honors program will not alter the time required for graduation for most students and should prove to be a stimulating experience. In addition to enrolling in honors sections in many courses, honors students may enroll in a variety of seminars, colloquia, and independent study problems designed to enrich and challenge each participant. The engineering honors program is closely integrated with the honors program of the other colleges at K-State and provides participation in special enrichment activities. Students in the honors program may elect to withdraw from the program at any time.
The college has approved the development of individual programs for students participating in the honors program. Such programs will be developed between the student and a faculty advisor. Engineering advisors are encouraged to seek out students qualifying for the honors program, learn of their academic potential and their special interests, and help them develop programs of study that will meet their academic and professional interests. The academic programs developed must be approved by the student's advisor and department head.
Entering freshmen with a composite ACT score of at least 29 or in the upper five percent of their high school graduating class will be invited to join the honors program. Transfer students with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or greater in at least 12 semester hours and students with a K-State cumulative GPA of 3.50 or greater in at least 12 semester hours will also be invited to join. For a student to remain in the honors program, a minimum 3.50 composite GPA must be maintained. The student may be on probation from the honors program for one semester if the GPA falls below 3.50. A student may be reinstated to the program if the composite GPA is raised to 3.50 or above that semester. Students previously in the honors program but dropped because of a low GPA may be reinstated on petition from an engineering faculty member and with the approval of the director of the engineering honors program.
Diplomas and transcripts of students completing the engineering honors program will be inscribed "Honors Program." To complete the honors program, the student must qualify for an engineering degree with a composite GPA of at least 3.50 and must complete at least 4 semester hours of engineering honors courses including a minimum of 2 honors research hours.
While the program may extend the time required to earn a degree by one year, students may obtain as much as 20 months of experience and earn a significant portion of their college expenses. Applications for the program are accepted through Career and Employment Services any time after the student is enrolled in the College of Engineering. Final selection is made through formal employment interviews with participating companies.
Upon completion of the requirements established by the faculty responsible for the minor field, an appropriate entry will be made on the student's transcript.
Minor in computing and information sciences
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a minor in digital systems. The following courses are required with a grade of C or better.
The minor in embedded systems provides the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience necessary for designing and implementing real-time embedded systems for applications in their field of study.
A minor in ergonomics and safety emphasizes the consideration of the well being of the human being in industrial operations.
A minor in manufacturing systems provides knowledge about efficient manufacturing practices and current manufacturing techniques, methods and technologies. Students take four core courses and select at least one course from the manufacturing systems elective course list.
A minor in operations research develops knowledge of operations research techniques and challenges the student to appropriately apply mathematical models to solve complex engineering and management problems.
Thirkelle H. Howard, Director
The Multicultural Engineering Program is a comprehensive program designed to identify, recruit, retain, educate, and graduate quality students of color with an aptitude for math and science, to provide a support base to foster academic and social growth, and to assist in the transition into corporate society upon graduation.
Multicultural engineering students are involved in key leadership positions within the College of Engineering and throughout the university. The MEP provides: academic advising; scholarships, tutoring, peer counseling, internships, co-op and job placement assistance; leadership training and professional development, math and science workshops; and a study center.
Women in Engineering and Science Program
The Women in Engineering and Science Program is jointly administered by the Colleges of Engineering and Arts and Sciences. WESP has a two-fold mission of recruitment and retention of women in engineering and science from the middle school through post-graduate levels. The program is designed to help create an academic and social climate at K-State that is conducive to both women and men in science and engineering. WESP activities include on-campus speakers, career exploration panels, workforce preparation programs, and social events to facilitate student and faculty contact. Students are also encouraged to become involved in WESP's ongoing research and outreach programs to young women in middle and high school.
Integrated master's degree
Students who have completed the sophomore year and have outstanding scholastic records are invited to join the program. Each student, in consultation with a faculty advisor, will plan an individualized program of study that meets requirements for the B.S. and M.S. degrees. Features of the program include integrated planning, participation in research as an undergraduate, and enrollment in graduate-level courses in the senior year. Students participating in the program will be considered for financial assistance in the form of scholarships, fellowships, research assistantships, and part-time work.