First-year engineering program coming to OSUM, will save students $3K

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First-year engineering program coming to OSUM, will save students $3K

The Marion Star
June 28, 2011

Written by Kurt Moore

MARION -- A new program will make it possible for students majoring in engineering at Ohio State University save some bucks by starting out at the Marion Campus.

Additional programs may be announced toward the end of the summer, while building projects other than a new Prairie Nature Center shelter house await funding.

Ohio State Marion is launching a first-year engineering program that will let students take first-year core courses Engineering 181 and 183 on campus. Previously students could take basic courses but could not take engineering courses in Marion.

"After two quarters, there's nothing to take," said Associate Dean Bishun Pandey. "They get behind. This way they are not behind."

Ohio State Marion has hired Gary Maul, a retired Ohio State engineering professor, as an associate professor emeritus to teach the courses.

The campus will also add more mathematics courses, which will benefit education majors as well as engineering majors.

Pandey said Ohio State Marion wanted to add the first-year engineering program because 70 to 100 incoming students each year declare engineering as their major. This way, they can complete a year then transfer to the main campus without being behind in their engineering courses, where previously they would have already been behind engineering students on the main campus who start taking engineering courses their freshman year.

Tuition and fees for the 2011-2012 school year will be $9,735 at the main campus, compared to $6,903 at the regional campuses.

The courses will be offered fall quarter. More first-year engineering courses will be added in the future.

Along with hiring Maul, Pandey said the university will have to renovate a physics lab so it can serve as a combined engineering and physics lab, and make other preparations.

"The class and lab will be exactly the same as they would have at the Columbus campus," he said.

More information is available by calling academic advisor Penny Eyster at 740-725-6246 or emailing Eyster at

Other additions to the Marion Campus may be announced later this year. Ohio State Marion Dean Gregory Rose said Marion and other regional campuses are engaged in a strategic planning process that includes discussion of potential "signature programs" on each campus.

"The notion is each of the regional campuses could distinguish itself from the others," he said.

Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee made similar remarks when he visited the campus in May and spoke about each campus taking on a more defined mission that ties in with the economy of the surrounding area.

Rose said he expects to have more information to release at the end of the summer.

As far as building projects, he said the campus will soon start site preparation on a new Prairie Nature Center shelter house to replace the 1,055 square-foot structure destroyed by arson in 2005. The Prairie Nature Center's Facebook page states completion is expected in September.

Science and biology classrooms on the third floor of Morrill Hall will be renovated soon. Plans to build a new science facility still need funding. The university system has reached its bonding capacity with current projects, which means it can't borrow in order to start new projects without hurting its bond rating.

Gee gave a similar answer in May when asked if residential dorms would be built on campus.

Gee had expressed his support for potential developers or apartment owners who want to build student housing near the campus.

Reporter Kurt Moore: 740-375-5151 or