Math readiness: The implications for engineering majors

Lloyd R. Heinze, James M. Gregory, John Rivera

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Good Math skills are essential to obtain academic success in engineering majors in college. Timing of when these skills are developed, while not a requirement for success is highly correlated with success in engineering programs. At Texas Tech University, Calculus III is a required course for all programs in the College of Engineering except for degrees in the Engineering Technology Department. Success of a "C" or better grade in Calculus III is usually associated with a future engineering graduate. An analysis was made to determine the probability of completing a "C" or better grade in Calculus III as a function of starting position in math as an incoming freshman. Texas Tech University has a well established math placement process that regulates the starting position based on math skills. The results of over 4,000 engineering students are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication33rd Annual Frontiers in Education
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering as a Human Endeavor: Partnering Community, Academia, Government, and Industry, FIE 2003 - Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)0780379616
StatePublished - 2003
Event33rd Annual Frontiers in Education, FIE 2003 - Westminster, United States
Duration: Nov 5 2003Nov 8 2003

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Conference33rd Annual Frontiers in Education, FIE 2003
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Assessment exam
  • Engineering
  • Math placement
  • SAT


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