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Program Options

Honors 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 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 engineering 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 university honors program 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 28 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.

University honors program

For information about the university honors program, available to all students entering K-State in fall 2006 or later, see the Degrees section of this catalog. Check the honors program website for applications, requirements, current classes, and more: www.k-state.edu/ksuhonors.

Professional experience

Professional experiences include cooperative (co-op) educational programs, industrial internships, and summer employment in an engineering/industrial setting.

The engineering co-op program is a joint work/academic program, sponsored by Kansas State University and industry, where students alternate between work assignments in industry and academic study on campus.

Industrial internships and summer employment opportunities are not as formalized as a co-op experience and vary depending upon the industries' expectations. Students apply and register for a professional experience with Career and Employment Services in Holtz Hall (www.ksu.edu/ces). Students may attend workshops conducted by CES staff to improve job search skills. Opportunities exist for students to interview on campus, review Jobs On-Line listings for employment, or find their own position.

International programs

With the impact of new technologies and global communications on world markets, students are encouraged to gain valuable international experiences by participating in international internships, exchange programs, study abroad, and student societies that emphasize international activities such as the engineering student society, Mentors for International Experiences (MIE). The members of MIE provide assistance to local engineering students to enhance their opportunities and experiences abroad. The organization also assists engineering students who are visiting and studying at Kansas State University.

Minors program

A minors program has been created to enable students to take 15 credit hours or more in an area of special interest outside their major field. Minors may be earned in a variety of areas including chemistry, leadership, business, computer science, and engineering management. Contact the College of Engineering Student Services Office for further information.

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
Required courses
CIS 200Fundamentals of Software Design and Implementation4
CIS 300Data and Program Structures3
CIS 501Software Architecture and Design3
Two additional 500- or 600-level courses in CIS
Minor in manufacturing systems

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.

Required courses
Core courses:
IMSE 250Introduction to Manufacturing Processes and Systems2
IMSE 251Manufacturing Processes Lab1
IMSE 563Manufacturing Processes Engineering4
IMSE 564Product and Process Engineering3
IMSE 662Computer Aided Manufacturing
Elective courses
IMSE 541Statistical Quality Control3
IMSE 623Industrial Ergonomics3
IMSE 633Production Planning and Inventory Control3
IMSE 641Statistical Process Control in Manufacturing3
IMSE 643Industrial Simulation3
IMSE671Topics in Automated Factory Concepts3
IMSE672Robotic Applications3
IMSE 685Principles of Manufacturing Information Systems3

Multicultural Engineering Program

LaVerne Bitsie-Baldwin, 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

Kimberly D. Douglas, Director

The Women in Engineering and Science Program is a jointly sponsored program between the Colleges of Engineering and Arts and Sciences. WESP is a catalyst for building community, promoting awareness, and providing support for female students with an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). While WESP programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of women, many of the offerings are available to all students and make K-State a better place for all students to pursue STEM fields. Program offerings include:

· Women Mentoring Women: a group peer mentoring program designed to link freshmen women with upper-division women to support student retention.

· WESP Distinguished Lecture Series: female engineers and scientists come to campus to provide presentations and serve as role models for all students, particularly female students.

· Making a Difference Awards: recognizes individuals across campus that have had an impact on women pursuing STEM fields.

· GROW: Girls Researching Our World is an outreach program for girls in grades six through eight that provides a wide-range of hands-on exposure to science and engineering.

· EXCITE!: “EXploring sCIence, Technology and Engineering” is a program designed for girls in ninth and tenth grades to gain focused hands-on experience in STEM fields.

· K-State STEP: offers retention programs that employ WESP and MEP students to serve as tutors in STEM fields, a freshmen internship program, hands-on engineering experiences, job shadowing, intensive math experience, and family communications programs.

Leadership certificate program

The leadership in undergraduate technical studies certificate program provides a structured learning experience for undergraduate students interested in exploring leadership abilities, participating in personal and professional development activities, and developing lifelong learning skills. The certificate program combines academic course work, involvement in campus organizations, and a professional experience in industry or an international educational experience. The program requires 15 semester hours and is offered through the dean's office in the College of Engineering.

Integrated BS-MS degree

A five-year integrated program leading to a BS degree in any engineering field at the end of four years and a master of science degree at the end of five years is available for promising undergraduate students.

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 BS and MS 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.

The architectural engineering and industrial and manufacturing system engineering departments offer formal programs in which the BS and MS degrees are completed during the same semester.

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