Engineering Pathways

The Engineering Pathways program is for K-State students starting out in another college and planning to transfer to the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering.

It is designed to provide a successful academic foundation and pathway to K-State engineering degree programs for students not initially admitted into the college but who intend to transfer in after successfully completing required coursework.

Students may transfer to the college after

  • compiling 12 or more hours of academic credit at K-State, with a university cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better for all courses completed here,
  • completion of Calculus 1 (General Calculus for CNSM) with a C or better,
  • and completion with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in DEN 161.

General information, including grade requirements

Engineering is a profession in which mathematics and natural sciences are applied to develop designs and applications to solve challenges and help people. K-State’s 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

First-year freshmen and transfer students 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 the courses that 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.

Recommended courses

The following courses are suggested for Engineering Pathways students. These recommendations 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), MATH 150 – Trigonometry (3) or MATH 220 – Calculus 1 (4)
  • DEN 160 - Engineering Orientation (1) if enrolled in MATH 220
  • DEN 161 – Engineering Problem Solving (1) if enrolled in MATH 220
  • DEN 015 – Engineering Student Success Seminar (0) if enrolled in MATH 100 or 150
  • 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) or MATH 220
  • DEN 160 - Engineering Orientation (1) if enrolled in MATH 150 or MATH 220
  • DEN 161 - Engineering Problem Solving (1) if enrolled in MATH 150 or MATH 220
  • ECON 110 - Macroeconomics (3)
  • ENGL 200 - Expository Writing 2 (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 is > 2.5 and you have a 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 K-State engineering (pdf) to complete the requirements of the K-State 8 General Education Program.

Contact information

Amy Betz
Assistant Dean for Retention, Diversity and Inclusion
1093 Fiedler Hall