Bachelor of Science Degree: Engineering – Mechatronics Track

First Time Freshman Engineering Admission Criteria:
To be admitted to the Hesston College Engineering program as a first time freshman and be eligible to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering, students must meet the following criteria:

  • High school GPA of 3.00 or cumulative college GPA of 2.75 based on a minimum of 12 credit hours;
  • Appropriate test score (minimum ACT composite score of 19, minimum SAT score of 1000)
  • Must have completed mathematics through Pre-Calculus prior to beginning at Hesston College in the fall
  • Other eligibility requirements include social character and legal standards.

Applicants whose native language is not English must also meet one of the following:

  • Earn a score of 525 on the paper-based TOEFL or 70 on the internet-based TOEFL or 5.5 on the IELTS; OR
  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED in the United States.

Students who have not completed mathematics through pre-calculus can be admitted to Hesston College to begin taking pre-engineering courses. These students will then be able to join the engineering program once they have completed pre-calculus.

Engineering Progression Standards:
Qualified engineering students enrolled at Hesston College are granted a guarantee of continued enrollment in engineering coursework provided they meet progression standards:

  • Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours at Hesston College each semester;
  • Achieve grades of C or above in all core Engineering Courses and a cumulative 2.5 GPA in all Hesston College courses;

Transfer Student Admission Criteria
In order to be on track to complete their bachelor’s degree in four years, the student must meet the criteria for the year in which they wish to join. They may transfer if they don’t meet those requirements, but they will take additional semester(s) to complete their degree. For example, a student who has completed two years at another institution but does not meet all the criteria for joining the third year of the program must meet the criteria for the second year.
Transfer Student Admission Criteria-For 2nd Year: (must meet each qualifier prior to Year 2 of Hesston College Engineering coursework)

  1. An academic plan to complete 26 of the 32 liberal education and support course credit hours required in Year 1 of engineering study prior to beginning Year 2- Sophomore level courses (the 6 remaining hours may NOT include Calculus I, Calculus II, and Physics for Scientists and Engineers I);
  2. Grades of C or above in all core engineering courses (calculus track, physics track) and an overall GPA of 2.50 in required courses based on a minimum of 24 college credits;
    and
  3. ACT composite score of 19, or combined SAT score of 1000

Applicants whose native language is not English must provide one of the following:

  • A high school diploma or GED earned in the United States or
  • An iBT with a minimum score of 65

Liberal Education and Support course credit hours
First-Year Experience or equivalent (1 hour) – requirement waived for students with 24 college credits
College Writing I (3 hours)
Speech Communication(3 hours)
humanities course – (3 hours)
social science course – (3 hours)
responsibility course – (3 hours)
Biblical Literature (3 hours)
Lifetime Fitness and Wellness or elective (1 hour)
Calculus I (4 hours)
Calculus II (4 hours)
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (5 hours)
Intro to Engineering (2 hours)
Computer Programming 1 (3 hours)
Engineering Graphics (3 hours)


General Requirements

Total credits: 126 hours including 59 hours of general education, support and elective courses and 67 (minimum) engineering hours.

Grade point average: 2.50 or better in Hesston College courses. Grades of C or better in all courses.

Residency: 30 of final 60 hours must be earned at Hesston College.

Skills Courses (15 hours)

Written Communication (6 hours) – ENGL 125 College Writing I.

Oral Communication (3 hours) – COMM 125 Interpersonal Communication or COMM 206 Speech Communication.

Mathematics (16 hours) – MASC 141 Calculus I, MASC 142 Calculus II, MASC 241 Caluclus III and MASC Differential Equations.

Knowledge Courses (20 hours)

Social Science (3 hours) – One course from the following: ECON 221 Principles of Macroeconomics, PSY 200 General Psychology, POLS 121 American Government and Politics, SOC 202 Cultural Anthropology, SOC 203 Introduction to Sociology.

Humanities (3 hours) – One course from the following: ART 130 Art Appreciation, ENGL 112 Studies in Literature, ENGL 212 World Literature, ENGL 215 Introduction to Film, ENGL 217 Literature of Race, Ethnicity and Gender, HIST 221/222 U.S. History I/II, HIST 251/252 History of World Civilization I/II, MUS 203 Music Appreciation, THAR 103 The Art of Theatre.

Natural Science (15 hours) – CHEM 121 General Chemistry I, BUCS 138 Computer Programming I, BUCS Computer Programming II, PHYS 213 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I.

Responsibility Courses (5 hours)

IDS 101 First-Year Experience, PHED 210 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness and one of the following: BUAD 220 Management, ENGL 212 World Literature, HIST 204 African-American History, HIST 213 Anabaptist History and Thought, HUM 240 European History and Fine Arts, NUTR 210 Principles of Nutrition, PHED 231 Personal and Community Health, RELG 131 Faith and Discipleship, RELG 214 Peacemaking and Justice, SOC 122 Religions of the World, SOC 123 Urban Life and Culture, SOC 215 Social Diversity.

Faith Course (3 hours)

RELG 100 Biblical Literature

Integration Course (3 to 4 hours)

PHYS 214 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II.

Elective Course (3 hours)

(to bring total general education, support and elective hours to 59)

Engineering Core Courses (27 hours)

ENGR 171 Introduction to Engineering, ENGR 207 Engineering Graphics, ENGR 221 Statics, ENGR 285 Internship, ENGR 360 Professional Ethics, ENGR 363 Project Management, ENGR 365 Engineering Economics, ENGR 477 Senior Capstone I, ENGR 478 Senior Capstone II.

Mechatronics Track Courses (40 hours)

ENGR 222 Dynamics, ENGR 231 Circuits, ENGR 261 Manufacturing Methods, ENGR 323 Solid Mechanics, ENGR 331 Digital System Design, ENGR 335 Electronics, ENGR 333 Control Systems, ENGR 371 Fundamentals of Mechatronics, ENGR 372 Mechatronic System Design, ENGR 471 Mobile Robotics, ENGR 425 Introduction to Thermal Sciences, ENGR 422 Dynamics of Machines, ENGR 435 Electrical Power and Machinery.

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