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
Pages (from-to)S1D13-S1D17
JournalProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference
StatePublished - 2003
EventEngineering as a Human Endeavor: Partnering Community, Academia, Government, and Industry - Westminster, CO, United States
Duration: Nov 5 2003Nov 8 2003


  • Assessment exam
  • Engineering
  • Math placement
  • SAT


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