The Bachelor of Science in applied engineering (BS) program at Wichita State University is a hands-on program that prepares graduates to apply mathematical and scientific principles inherent to engineering to the management and design of systems, execution of new product designs, improvement of manufacturing processes, and the management and direction of the physical or technical functions of an organization. The program includes instruction in basic engineering principles, project management, industrial processes, production and operations management, systems integration and control, sustainable and environmental practices, quality control, and statistics. Applied Engineers are are prepared to take a project from design through implementation and are employed in a wide array of industries where they are typically responsible for implementing a suitable and sustainable design, or process improvement. They wear many hats in industry, commanding the necessary resources and personnel to contribute to an organization's bottom line.

The BS in applied engineering curriculum offers three specialized program concentrations:

  • Engineering management;
  • Process automation; and
  • Sustainability and environmental engineering.

Program Educational Objectives

Once our students are out in the workforce, they should be able to:

  1. Pursue gainful careers and practice successfully in appropriate engineering professions.
  2. Remain technically current and adapt to rapidly changing technologies through continuous learning and self-improvement.
  3. Remain curious about our changing world, integrate information from multiple sources to gain insight, and identify opportunities to create value.
  4. Demonstrate independent thinking and function effectively in diverse teams to solve open-ended problems in an industrial environment; and
  5. Communicate effectively and perform ethically and professionally in business, industry, and society.

Sequence of Courses

The applied engineering undergraduate program requires a minimum completion of 120 credit hours for graduation minus advanced placement credit. Technical elective courses enable a student to graduate with a broad background in applied engineering with a focus in one of three concentrations: engineering management, process automation, or sustainability and environmental engineering.

For further program information, please see the program pages in the catalog, visit the Applied Engineering website1 or contact:

Gary Brooking
Director of Applied Engineering
College of Engineering
1845 Fairmount Street
Wichita, KS 67260-0072
Phone: 316-978-7637


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Minors in, or of special interest to, Applied Engineering Students

  • Business Administration — A minor in business administration is available to any student who is not pursuing a degree in the Barton School of Business. Please see the Barton School of Business section of the catalog for detailed minor in business administration requirements.
  • Management — A minor in management is available to any student whose major field or area of emphasis is outside of management. Please see the Barton School of Business section of the catalog for detailed minor in management requirements.
  • Computer Science — The CS minor provides a valuable addition to the process automation major. Please see the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science section of the catalog for minor in computer science requirements.

Courses in Applied Engineering


ENGT subject courses are in the process of changing to subject code APEN (Applied Engineering) at the time of catalog publication. Check with department for list of available courses.