Physics

Physics lab photo

This program is for individuals wishing to pursue a B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. in physics. Three or four years of high school math, high school chemistry and high school physics are recommended prerequisites.

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Engineering

What is engineering?

Engineering is a broad field of study with many specialized focuses including architectural, agricultural, aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial, mechanical, nuclear and petroleum. Engineers are needed to solve many practical problems in daily life. Engineering is about design in many forms. Hesston College encourages students to design systems that are of interest to them.

Success factors

Students who are mathematically inclined with a strong analytical mind and attention to detail make great engineers. These students love to solve problems and come up with creative designs.

Career possibilities

Mechanical Engineering: Research and development, Product design, Manufacturing, Energy, Acoustics, Vehicle engineering, Thermal systems; Civil and Environmental Engineering: Road design, Transportation, Bridge design, Water supply systems, Surveying, Earthquake engineering, Wastewater control; Electrical and Computer Engineering: Software engineering, Hardware engineering, Network control; Aerospace Engineering: Aeronautics, Astronautics; Agriculture Engineering: Food engineering, Biofuels, Systems engineering; Biomedical; Industrial; Nuclear; Mining; Engineering Technology

Majoring in engineering

  • At Hesston College, engineering is greater than just class work. Students learn the design principles necessary to succeed in the field. Students have helped build solar ovens and robots, and improved efficiency of the college.
  • Hesston College has well-equipped science laboratories including wireless, computerized data gathering equipment in the physics lab. Computer programs, including Mathematica, allow you to graph and analyze your data electronically and see the data online.

Engineering curriculum

Hesston College’s engineering program prepares you to transfer into a university engineering program of your choice. The recommended pre-engineering program of study can be adjusted for the specific requirements related to specific engineering fields.

Sample curriculum – associate degree in engineering

Engineering Technology – Computer Systems

What is engineering technology – computer systems?

Computers systems technology builds on foundations of computer science and applies these concepts to today’s business environment.

Success factors

In order to successfully compete for technology positions, students should strive to achieve the following twelve practices of excellence.

  1. Demonstrate high personal standards
  2. Maintain a positive outlook
  3. Take personal responsibility for all you do
  4. Be decisive and persistent
  5. Demonstrate urgency and a sense of imperative
  6. Be a team player—cooperate and collaborate
  7. Ask questions and be curious
  8. Be service and result oriented
  9. Pursue self-development and keep learning
  10. Communicate effectively—verbally and written
  11. Promote new ideas—share your knowledge, time and skills
  12. Be there every time and on time

Career possibilities

The Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts an overall 17 percent growth rate in computer occupations for 2012-22. Since the Hesston College Engineering Technology program provides a common core of knowledge used in these occupations, you will be well prepared to continue on to a four-year degree in any of the following fields/ occupations:

  • Computer architecture
  • Systems development
  • Network technology
  • Database administration
  • Internet
  • Graphics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computational science
  • Software engineering
  • Computer education
  • Information security analyst
“An important aspect that drew me to Hesston was the one-on-one attention that students receive. I am in a tough field of study and was looking for a college that has a good student to instructor ratio. Classes at Hesston are fun because instructors are enthusiastic in the classroom and obviously love what they do. My academic experience at Hesston made me more passionate about my major.”
— Sarah Hostetler, class of 2015, chemical engineering student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Majoring in engineering technology – computer systems

  • Hands-on training in the well-equipped Computer Information Technology lab integrates theory, practice and professional techniques.
  • The science department has well-equipped laboratories including wireless, computerized data gathering equipment in the physics lab. Computer programs, including Mathematica, allow you to graph and analyze your data electronically.
  • Hesston College is a member of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA), allowing you to eceive much of the Microsoft software we use at no charge
  • Computer programming is a key skill of the computer engineer. You’ll be introduced to programming using animation software called Alice. You’ll even program your own game! While “playing” with pictures and sounds, you will learn key programming concepts while transitioning to Java and C++, two of the most popular and powerful programming languages in the world.

Sample curriculum – associate degree in engineering technology – computer systems

Engineering Technology – Electronic and Computer

What is engineering technology – electronic and computer?

Engineering technology graduates apply their knowledge and practices to the solution of specific technical and standard design problems, in this case in the computer area. Graduates become “implementers” as hardware or software engineers. All engineering technology programs focus on application and practice with a balance of theory and laboratory experience.

Success factors

In order to successfully compete for technology positions, students should strive to achieve the following twelve practices of excellence.

  1. Demonstrate high personal standards
  2. Maintain a positive outlook
  3. Take personal responsibility for all you do
  4. Be decisive and persistent
  5. Demonstrate urgency and a sense of imperative
  6. Be a team player—cooperate and collaborate
  7. Ask questions and be curious
  8. Be service and result oriented
  9. Pursue self-development and keep learning
  10. Communicate effectively—verbally and written
  11. Promote new ideas—share your knowledge, time and skills
  12. Be there every time and on time

Career possibilities

The Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts an overall 17 percent growth rate in computer occupations for 2012-22. Since the Hesston College Engineering Technology program provides a common core of knowledge used in these occupations, you will be well prepared to continue on to a four-year degree in any of the following fields/ occupations:

  • Computer architecture
  • Systems development
  • Network technology
  • Database administration
  • Internet
  • Graphics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computational science
  • Software engineering
  • Computer education
  • Information security analyst
“An important aspect that drew me to Hesston was the one-on-one attention that students receive. I am in a tough field of study and was looking for a college that has a good student to instructor ratio. Classes at Hesston are fun because instructors are enthusiastic in the classroom and obviously love what they do. My academic experience at Hesston made me more passionate about my major.”
— Sarah Hostetler, class of 2015, chemical engineering student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Majoring in engineering technology – electronic and computer

  • Hands-on training in the Computer Information Technology lab integrates theory, practice and professional techniques.
  • The science department has well-equipped laboratories including wireless, computerized data gathering equipment in the physics lab. Computer programs, including Mathematica, allow you to graph and analyze your data electronically and see the data online. Students also do research and publish their finding on web pages.
  • Hesston College is a member of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA), allowing you to eceive much of the Microsoft software we use at no charge.
  • Computer programming is a key skill of the computer engineer. You’ll be introduced to programming using animation software called Alice. You’ll even program your own game! While “playing” with pictures and sounds, you will learn key programming concepts while transitioning to Java and C++, two of the most popular and powerful programming languages in the world.

Sample curriculum – associate degree in engineering technology – electronic and computer

Engineering Technology – Mechanical

What is mechanical engineering technology?

Mechanical engineering technology prepares students for a broad range of technical positions with an emphasis on the practical application of engineering principles to actual industrial problems. Mechanical engineering technology concepts are used in a multitude of industries and are directly applied to product design and manufacturing.

Success factors

Students that love to build systems and learn with their hands are a good fit for this program of study. These students should have an aptitude for mathematical and an attention to detail.

Career possibilities

  • Research and development
  • Product design
  • Manufacturing
  • Energy
  • Acoustics
  • Vehicle engineering
  • Thermal systems
“An important aspect that drew me to Hesston was the one-on-one attention that students receive. I am in a tough field of study and was looking for a college that has a good student to instructor ratio. Classes at Hesston are fun because instructors are enthusiastic in the classroom and obviously love what they do. My academic experience at Hesston made me more passionate about my major.”
— Sarah Hostetler, class of 2015, chemical engineering student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Majoring in mechanical engineering technology

  • At Hesston College, engineering is greater than just class work. Students learn the design principles necessary to succed in the field. Students have helped build solar ovens and robots, and improved efficiency of the college.
  • Hesston College has well-equipped science laboratories including wireless, computerized data gathering equipment in the physics lab. Computer programs, including Mathematica, allow you to graph and analyze your data electronically and see the data online.

Mechanical engineering technology curriculum

The mechanical engineering technology program provides students with a strong foundation in applied engineering, science, mathematics, communications, humanities, social sciences and business. The program is designed to meet the diverse needs of the local, national and global industry workforce. Academic advisors work one-on-one with students to ensure requirements are met for a seamless transition to continuing education and professional careers.

Sample curriculum – associate degree in mechanical engineering technology

Physics

What is physics?

Physics is the study of the motion of matter through space and time, with concepts including mechanics, optics, electricity and magnetism, and thermodynamics.

Success factors

Physics students possess an analytical mind, attention to detail, and strong mathematical skills. They seek to understand what equations through theory and experiment.

Career possibilities

  • Theoretical research physicist
  • Experimental research physicist
  • College or university faculty
  • Secondary education teacher
  • Government laboratory scientist
  • University research associate
“I feel that the biggest strength of Hesston College’s math and science department is that the instructors get to know you and they encourage your interests. They are willing to work with you rather than just lecturing and giving assignments. That kind of personal attention is hard to come by.”
— Chellie Ramer, class of 2002

Majoring in physics

  • Hesston College has well-equipped science laboratories including wireless, computerized data gathering equipment in the physics lab. Computer programs, including Mathematica, allow students to graph and analyze data electronically and see the data online.
  • Physics II students also do a hands-on research project.

Sample curriculum – associate degree in physics

As a physics student, you will enroll in a physics plan of study which includes a number of science and math classes that provide the basis to transfer with a major in physics. Academic advisors work one-on-one with students to ensure requirements are met for a seamless transition to continuing education and professional careers.

Goals

The Hesston College Physics Department educates students in the principles of physics for the purpose of general education and for transfer in a number of professional and pre-professional programs.

Facilities

Hesston College has well-equipped science laboratories including wireless, computerized data gathering equipment in the physics lab. Computer programs, including Mathematica, Excel and LoggerPro, allow you to graph and analyze your data electronically and see the data online.

Alumni

Graduates of the physics and pre-engineering programs have attended Georgia Tech, Kansas State University, West Virginia University, Wichita State University and Colorado School of Mines. Career opportunities include mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, software engineer, research scientist and more!