Mar 24, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Technology and Aviation (Polytechnic Campus)

Verna M. Fitzsimmons, CEO and Dean
R. Kurt Barnhart, Associate Dean of Research and Engagement
Alysia Starkey, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

K-State Polytechnic Campus
2310 Centennial Road
Salina, KS 67401–8196
Fax: 785-826-2627

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Accreditation and Certification

The bachelor’s degree in engineering technology – electronic and computer engineering technology option and mechanical engineering technology option are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The aircraft maintenance program is certified as an “Aviation Maintenance Technician School No. BZ9T052R” by the Federal Aviation Administration. The professional pilot program is certified as an approved “Pilot School Number KKCS017” by the Federal Aviation Administration. The baccalaureate degree program in professional pilot is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International, 3410 Skyway Drive, Auburn, AL 36830, 334-844-2431.

Kansas State University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; 30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602, 1-800-621-7440. Credit earned at K-State is transferable to other institutions.

Prerequisite courses

Before attempting a course originating in the College of Technology and Aviation, a grade of C or better must be earned in the prerequisite courses.

Minors and Secondary Majors

Students at K-State Polytechnic are eligible for any of the minors and secondary major offered by Kansas State University. Students completing all requirements for a minor and/or secondary major will receive official recognition on their academic records.

The Polytechnic campus offers all courses required in the Business Minor and the Gerontology secondary major.

The Polytechnic Campus offers a minor in aviation safety and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), which is available to students seeking or having earned a Kansas State bachelor or graduate degree. The aviation safety minor includes coursework that emphasizes procedures and practices essential to the safety culture expected in the aviation industry. The UAS minor provides a solid grounding in topics that include the current regulatory environment, platform design and field operations with an emphasis on the acquisition of information and processing of data obtained through low altitude remote sensing and surveillance.

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Students at K-State Polytechnic Campus may participate in Air Force ROTC or Army ROTC to become officers in the U.S. Air Force or U.S. Army.

Air Force ROTC program

Army ROTC program


Academic and Student Services

Academic Advising

Kansas State University is committed to providing effective advising services to students as an essential component of their educational experience. Academic Advisors assist students with academic planning, course sequencing, review of curriculum requirements, academic policies/procedures, and major exploration.

Each student at K-State Polytechnic is assigned an academic advisor. Students are responsible for initiating advising contact and preparing for advising sessions. Advisors can help connect students with campus resources in support of their academic and career goals.

K-State Polytechnic Library

The library, located in the Technology Center, meets standards set for college libraries by the American Library Association and Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. The library contains more than 20,000 volumes and provides access to nearly 90 online databases, as well as a collection of up-to-date technical information and reference materials (paper and electronic) covering technological subjects. The library also has computer workstations containing all software found in the college’s computer labs.

Professional Education and Outreach

The Professional Education and Outreach department provides student services to support online and distance students in reaching academic success at K-State Polytechnic. The department utilizes online and distance learning technology to deliver affordable and accessible education option to meet student needs. The department’s faculty services assist instructors who develop and teach online and distance courses.

Student Life

Student Life promotes the educational experience by enhancing the opportunities, safety, and growth of the campus community. Student Life provides and supports campus services, programs, and activities in an effort to strengthen the quality of life within a supportive atmosphere. Student Life also encourages and motivates lifelong healthy choices through the college experience. Student Life encompasses the following areas: Residence Life, Recreational Services, Counseling Services, Student Governing Association, Programming Board, and student clubs/organizations.

Student Support Services

K-State Polytechnic also has a Student Support Services program located in the College Center. Student Support Services is a part of TRiO, a federally funded program to help fulfill the potential of students regardless of gender, race, income level, marital status, or disabilities. SSS provides personal, academic, and professional assistance to eligible participants. SSS services include: counseling/mentoring, tutoring, advocacy, referral services, financial literacy and study skills workshops, and cultural enrichment activities. Student Support Services also has two computer lab locations on campus and assists in the facilitation of the K-State Salina Writing Center.

Writing Center

The K-State Polytechnic Writing Center provides one-on-one tutoring services for students across disciplines, free of charge.  Trained peer tutors are available to consult over writing assignments, proposals, and professional resumes. Tutors can discuss all stages of the writing process from topic development to final editing. The Writing Center’s primary objective is to help students develop their college-level writing abilities. Students are encouraged to sign up for appointments in advance to guarantee that a tutor will be available at their convenience. For additional information, visit the web site or stop by Technology Center 102.

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program, or the UHP, encourages students to grow in the intellectual craft of scholarship. Through cultural and performing arts events, skill-development workshops, travel opportunities, and challenging course work, UHP students will increase their intellectual curiosity about the world, its wonders and its complexity. The UHP will challenge students to reach their full potential as scholarly, competent and fulfilled leaders.

Admission requirements

The general criteria for admission to the UHP are as follows:

  1. ACT composite of 29 or greater.
  2. A high school GPA of 3.75 or greater (weighted or unweighted).
  3. Completion of the UHP application through the Honors Administration Link.

Students who have notable extracurricular experience and/or leadership activities and who, for whatever reason, do not quite achieve the GPA and ACT scores are still encouraged to apply. All components of the application are used to reach a final decision.

Current students wishing to enter the UHP should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 (K-State grades only) and are encouraged to visit with the UHP staff.

Because of the high quality and number of applicants, meeting the above criteria does not necessarily guarantee admission.

Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA to remain in good standing and to graduate from the UHP.

University Honors Program - Completion requirements

1. Orientation: One (1) introductory course –1 credit

UHP students will complete the following course:

XXX189 Introduction to University Honors Program [XXX indicated students will enroll by college. All 189 sections will have the same content and format]

2. Courses: Four (4) for-credit academic courses – 12 credits minimum

At least four UHP-eligible courses must be completed for credit for a minimum of twelve credit hours. UHP students will have the flexibility to choose from a menu of three eligible options:

  • UHP-designated courses (e.g., Honors Chemistry, Honors Introduction to the Humanities) that carry course credit.
  • Contract courses (i.e., a regular for-credit course where the student and instructor agree upon additional scholarly expectations and outcomes).
  • Course credits taken for undergraduate research.

3. Experiences: Three (3) co-curricular experiences and/or additional for-credit academic courses – total credits will vary: no minimum.

This requirement accommodates multiple forms of experimental learning, co-curricular enrichment, and/or additional UHP-eligible coursework. Eligible co-curricular experiences will include items such as study abroad, International Service Teams participation, undergraduate research, internships, participation on a university competition team, and work as a teaching assistant.

The UHP will develop and maintain guidelines for what constitutes a qualifying experience, including a menu of options. Other experiences may also be proposed, pending the approval of the relevant College coordinator and the UHP staff.

In brief, eligible experiences will require students to intentionally reference and integrate knowledge from their curriculum in an applied fashion and involve active accountability (supervision, mentorship, instruction, etc.). Thus, eligible co-curricular experiences are not intended to encompass routine participation or leadership in campus clubs or “student life” activities.

Students may also choose to complete additional UHP-eligible and for-credit academic courses in this category.

4. Project: One (1) independent UHP scholarly project – 0-3 credits.

Students can select one of four tracks to complete their UHP Project. Each track emphasizes integrative, independent learning and skill development.

  • a. Research track – A traditional “honors thesis” where students complete research under the supervision of faculty members.
  • b. International track – Project based upon study or service abroad for a minimum duration of ten weeks.
  • c. Professional track –Project based upon a full-time internship or co-op experience for a minimum durations of ten weeks. Two distinct internships with a single employer may also be used as the basis for a project, provided they total at least ten weeks (with UHP approval granted before the second internship).
  • d. Creative track – Project based upon the creation of original creative work, principally for students in the fine and performing arts for whom artistic production is an essential scholarly activity.

All four tracks will require a significant intellectual product that is supervised and approved by a K-State mentor with appropriate expertise. All proposals and completed projects must also be approved by the mentor, the College coordinator and the UHP.

Project approval must be obtained prior to beginning the proposed project.

Additional Notes:

  • Students may not “double dip” by counting any single course or activity in more than one UHP requirement category.
  • In both the “Experiences” and “Project” categories, experiences such as internships, if they are required parts of a student’s declared major, may only satisfy a UHP requirement if an additional enrichment and/or intellectual product is agreed upon and verified.
  • Transfer students who completed Honors coursework at another institution will have the opportunity to petition the UHP Director to apply those credits towards the completion of UHP course requirements.
  • The completion of graduate-level coursework above and beyond the stated requirements of the student’s declared major may be counted for UHP credit through the process of course contracting.

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