The Pre-Engineering (3/2) Program at Baker University



 

 

 










The Pre-Engineering (3/2) Program at Baker University

 

Baker University, one of the region's best liberal arts colleges, has a pre-engineering program in several engineering fields. We offer a 3/2 pre-engineering program. The way it works, is that we have articulation agreements with Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas (KU) or Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri (Wash U) . Because of these agreements you can spend 3 years at Baker then transfer to KU or WashU. After two more years in one of these two schools you get two degrees: A Bachelour of Science degree from Baker University and an Engeineering Degree from KU or WashU. This program usually takes 3+2 years to complete: 3 years at Baker and 2 years at KU or Wash U, which is why it is also known as the 3/2 program. This program has many advantages over traditional engineering programs (see below).

 For students with limited background in mathematics (that is: ACT less than 20 AND grade C or lower in your last non-AP math class) we offer a longer program.

 

The 3/2 Advantage

The 3+2 combination has several advantages.This program is a great idea if you are interested in a liberal arts education, including participation in arts, music and sports, while going to college. Another advantage is the additional degree in one of the fundamental sciences, that makes you highly marketable as an engineer.  Many of our students are also interested in the small class size  (up to 24 students) for freshman and sophomores, a rare treat in larger schools.

In addition, the program has the advantage of flexibility. Most engineering schools require that you choose a field of engineering in the first year of study. In our program you learn about the differnt fields without having to commit yourself to one. You may also choose not to go to engineering, and complete a degree in Physics, CS, Chemistry or math in four years. See FAQ 5 below for more details.

 

You do have the option of completing 4 years and then transferring to KU or WashU (you may want to do that, for example, if you want to complete your years of eligibility with a sports team). However, we prefer that you follow the suggested program in any case. We cannot guarantee that you will finish the engineering program in less than two years once you are done at Baker University. Also, in some cases, accomodations have been made for strong students to continue their extra-curricular activities at Baker while at KU.

 


Faculty

Coordinator: Ran Sivron
Associate Professor of Physics and the Coordinator of the 3/2 Program
203 Mulvane Science Hall, Baker University
Phone: (785) 594-4501
email:
rsivron@bakeru.edu
Personal Web page: www.bakeru.edu/faculty/rsivron

For other Faculty, look in the respective departmental web pages
Chemistry
Computer Science
Mathematics
Physics

 

Suggested Courses

 


Suggested Program:


             The choice that you have to make your freshman year is if you should take an elective. This will probably depend on your other activities at Baker. If you have a demanding fall schedule, for example as a member of the football team, we suggest that you take the basic 15 credit hours. In special cases your advisor in consultation with the pre-engineering advisor will let you take lighter or heavier loads.

 

Freshman Year - Fall  

 

Hours

MA171 Calculus I, MA172 Calculus II, or MA272 Calculus III depending on background

 

4.0

PC 225 - General Physics I

 

4.0

CH 137 - Chemistry I*

 

4.0

LA 101 - Critical thinking and effective writing

 

3.0

FY 100 First Year Experience

 

2.0

Electives

 

3.0-6.0

 

Total Hours..

16.0-19.0

 

By the spring of your Freshman year we strongly advise that you make some decisions about possible majors. For example, you will have to take Chemistry II if you intend to be a chemistry major. You will have to take C++ if you are to become a computer science major. You will be encouraged to meet with the Pre-Engineering coordinator to see if your choice of major fits your desired engineering career.

 

Freshman Year - Spring

 

 

MA172 Calculus II or MA 291 Linear Algebra

 

4.0

PC 226 - General Physics II 

 

4.0

LA 102 - Ideas and Exposition

 

3.0

CS 175 Introduction to Computer Science C++

 

3.0

And/Or: CH 138 & CH 140 Chemistry II

 

5.0

Electives

 

0.0-3.0

 

Total Hours....

14.0-19.0

 

Starting with your sophomore year you will have to decide on a major. The recommended major for pre-Mechanical and pre-Civil Engineering students is physics. If you are trying to go to Electric Engineeering the decision is probably between physics and computer science. Chemistry is the recommended major if you are trying to go for a career in Chemical or Petroleum Engineering. Math is a good choice for a major in any of these fields if you have the aptitude. We recommend that you consult with one of our Math professors and the pre-engineering coordinator before making that choice. Courses will strongly depend on chosen major.

 

If you got this far, you are smart enough to figure what course is needed for what major!

 


Sophomore Year - Fall

 

 

MA 271 Calculus III And/Or MA372 Differential Equations

 

3.0-7.0

And/Or: CH 251 Organic Chemistry I

 

4.0

PC 325 - General Physics III

 

3.0

Or: MA 291 Introduction to Higher Math
(if interested in Math or CS Major)

 

3.0

Electives (Also CS175 in special cases )

 

3.0 -9.0

 

Total Hours...   

13.0-19.0

 

 

Notice that beginning your Sophomore year things are starting to get complicated. Your choice of courses will depend on load, major, preferred engineering field and availability. You MUST consult the pre-engineering coordinator before you sign up for classes.

 

 


Sophomore Year – Spring

 

 

 PC 480 Advanced Mechanics****

 

3.0

 And/Or PC 340 Astrophysics 

 

3.0

And/Or PC 332 Electronics

 

4.0

And/Or MA 281 Introduction to Linear Algebra

 

3.0

Or CH 252 Organic Chemistry II

 

4.0

Electives

 

3.0-6.0

 

Total Hours...  

15.0-18.0

 

Junior Year – Fall

 

 


MA 472 - Advanced Statistics

 

3.0

And/Or PC 470 Advanced Electricity & Magnetism****

 

3.0

AND/OR CH/PC 361 Thermodynamics**

 

3.0

And/Or PC441 Nuclear Physics****

 

3.0

LA 401 and Electives

 

3.0 - 9.0

 

Total Hours..  

12.0-18.0

 

Junior Year – Spring

 

 


PC332 Electronics

 

4.0

And/Or PC 340 Astrophysics

 

3.0

And/Or PC 480 Advanced Mechanics

 

3.0

OR PC 490 Quantum Mechanics

 

3.0

PC 491 Senior Project

 

1.0-3.0

Or: CH 491 Chemistry Seminar

 

3.0

Or: Math Seminar

 

1.0-3.0

Electives

 

3.0-9.0

 

Total Hours..

13.0-19.0

 

Pre-Engineering students interested in Aeronautical, Chemical, Petroleum, Bio Engineering, and Architectural Engineering are encouraged to contact the program coordinator directly regarding a recommended program.

 

Also:

 

* Some engineering programs may not require chemistry their first semester.
** If you are a chemistry major you will actually have to take CH 361 that includes a lab. Also, to take CH361/PC361 Thermodynamics you will need to have taken CH138 (lecture part) Chemistry II.
***
This is recommended but not required for highly successful students

**** To take this course you would have to take MA372 Differential Equations first

FAQs:

 

1. I like the atmosphere of a small, private, liberal arts colleges, but if I'm serious about engineering is that really an option for me?

 

Yes, it is. Baker University, one of the region's best liberal arts colleges has a 3/2 program in several engineering fields that makes this option real. We have a very active program in which you can get your engineering degree from either Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas or Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri (Wash U.)

 

You also get a Bachelour of Science degree from Baker University. This combination has several advantages.

 

This program is a great idea if you are interested in a liberal arts education, including participation in arts, music and sports, while going to college.

 

2. Two degrees

 

You will receive a bachelor of science degree in physics, mathematics, computer science or chemistry from Baker University, and a bachelor of science degree from KU or WashU. The problem solving skills, mathematical skills, and other skills you get from a degree in physics are considered valuable by most engineers (From AIP survey 1). There is also evidence of strong corellation between dual degrees and promotion (AIP Survey 2). Even without these factors you get ~ $2000 more than other engineers in your field (AIP Survey 3).

 

3. Location

 

The ties students develop during their first years at college last lifetimes. Baker is in Baldwin City, just 15 miles south of KU in Lawrence, so the friendships and professional relations you begin at Baker won't be left behind when you transfer to KU. Transferring to Washington University may not have the exact same benefit, but at present that university is considered one of the top 5 engineering schools in the country.

 

4. Faculty Guidance

 

Quality coursework and academic advising at Baker will prepare you properly for engineering study at KU and WashU. A program coordinator at Baker serves as advisor to pre-engineering students and is the liason with the KU School of Engineering and the Washington University Dual Degree office. You will know want course you will take each semester, and can be certain that you'll be prepared for the transition to engineering studies at KU and Wash U.

 

5.  Transfer Details (From 3 to 2)

 

In order to transfer to KU or Washington University you will need to complete a minimum of 93 credit hours out of which at least 31 hours taken at Baker. You will also need 27 upper college courses (numbered 300 or above), and one interterm course for each year of residency at Baker. You will need one writing course for every 30 credit hours at Baker. You will need to complete the bulk of the general education requirements at Baker, but some classes may transfer back.

 

6.  After Transfer (The 2 part of the 3/2)

 

Our program strives to get at least enough recognized credit hours so that KU and Washington University will let you finish your engineering degree in two additional years. In several cases in the past our students finished all their engineering degree in less than the two extra years.

You should get your degree from Baker once you are cleared for graduation at your engineering department at KU or Washington University. In order to make sure that you get the degree you have to complete all your requirement  for Baker. For example: If you have a General Education requirement that you completed at KU you have to make sure that the credit is transferred back.

This is an easy process: You will still have access to your Baker email account and our "Campus Connect" system where you can view your status. To help us clear you for graduation at Baker we will need you to send us your transcripts from KU or Washington University.  We will pay for the transcripts charge.



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