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 2.75 or cumulative college GPA of 2.5 based on a minimum of 12 credit hours;
  • Appropriate test score (minimum ACT composite score of 19, minimum SAT score of 1000). International students don’t have to take the ACT or SAT.
  • 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 TOEFL iBT score of 65 or equivalent; OR
  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED in the United States.

Students who have not completed mathematics through pre-calculus and/or do not score a 65 or above on the TOEFL iBT can be admitted to School of Engineering on a 5-year plan. After their first year students will then be reassessed on calculus readiness and language proficiency. If they meet both standards, they will proceed forward with courses in the B.S. in engineering degree path.

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;
  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 earned since high school
College Writing I (3 hours)
Speech Communication (3 hours)
Lifetime Fitness and Wellness or elective (1 hour)
social science course – (3 hours)
humanities course – (3 hours)
intercultural competence course – (3 to 5 hours)
Biblical Literature (3 hours)
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 Engineering Core Courses.

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

General Education course list

Orientation – IDS 101 First-Year Experience.
Communication-written – one course from the general education list.
Communication-oral – COMM 206 Speech Communication.
Quantitative Literacy-mathematics – MASC 141 Calculus I.
Knowledge-lifetime fitness/wellness – PHED 210 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness.
Knowledge-social science – one course from the general education list.
Knowledge-humanities – one course from the general education list.
Knowledge-natural science – BUCS 138 Computer Programming I, BUCS 238 Computer Programming II, CHEM 121 General Chemistry I, PHYS 213 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I.
Intercultural Competence – one course from the general education list.
Faith Values – RELG 100 Biblical Literature.
Critical Thinking – PHYS 214 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

Additional Pre-Engineering Courses

Mathematics – MASC 142 Calculus II, MASC 241 Caluclus III and MASC Differential Equations.

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 333 Process Control, ENGR 335 Electronics, ENGR 371 Fundamentals of Mechatronics, ENGR 372 Mechatronic System Design, ENGR 422 Dynamics of Machines, ENGR 425 Introduction to Thermal Sciences, ENGR 435 Electrical Power and Machinery, ENGR 471 Mobile Robotics.

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