College of Liberal Arts
Dean’s Office, Clark Building, C138
(970) 491-5421
libartsmajor.colostate.edu
Kevin Foskin, Director

Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building
(970) 491-3366

The Dual Degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts and Engineering Science is a rigorous but flexible five-year program combining an Engineering curriculum with an Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts curriculum. Upon completion students receive degrees in Engineering Science and Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts, having gained 1) a wide degree of exposure to key liberal arts traditions (humanities, social sciences and arts) in a self-designed program of interdisciplinary study, and 2) professional competency and expertise in Engineering Sciences.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Write effectively about the knowledge and perspectives of their field of study
  • Speak effectively in a wide variety of public speaking situations
  • Think critically, analytically and problem solve contemporary issues, particularly within their self-defined liberal arts field of study
  • Apply expertly mathematics, the physical sciences, and engineering fundamentals
  • Define, analyze, formulate, and synthesize engineering problems associated with their professional position, both independently and in diverse, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary team environments
  • Actively contribute to multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary projects with significant legal, ethical, regulatory, social, cultural, environmental, and economic considerations using a broad systems perspective
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues, professional clients, and the public
  • Demonstrate commitment and progress in lifelong learning including further graduate education, professional development including active participation in professional societies, and leadership positions
  • Actively participate in innovative and entrepreneurial related projects
  • Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • Achieve a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Master an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Effective Fall 2018

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
CIVE 102Introduction: Civil/Environmental Engineering 3
CIVE 103Engineering Graphics and Computing 3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B4
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)3A5
Historical Perspectives3D3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
 Total Credits 29
Sophomore
 
CHEM 113General Chemistry II 3
Select one from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in Digital Environments (GT-CO3)2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)2 
Specialized Professional Writing2 
LB 200Liberal Arts Research Methods 1
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)1B4
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists III 4
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)3A5
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Arts and Humanities3B6
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
 Total Credits 32
Junior
 
CIVE 260Engineering Mechanics-Statics 3
CIVE 261Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics 3
MATH 340Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations4A,4B4
MECH 237Introduction to Thermal Sciences 3
STAT 315Statistics for Engineers and Scientists 3
Arts and Humanities/Social Science Electives1 12
Upper-Division Arts and Humanities/Social Science Electives2 6
 Total Credits 34
Senior
 
CIVE 300Fluid Mechanics 3
CIVE 301Fluid Mechanics Laboratory 1
ECE 204Introduction to Electrical Engineering 3
Select one from the following: 3
Documentary Film as a Liberal Art4B 
Narrative Fiction Film as a Liberal Art4B 
Other CLA All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) 4B Course (see list below)3
4B 
LB 492Liberal Arts Capstone Seminar4A,4C3
Technical Electives in Engineering4 6
Upper-Division Arts and Humanities/Social Science Electives2 12
 Total Credits 31
Fifth Year
 
Select one group from the following: 6-8
Group A  
Chemical and Biological Engineering Design I4C 
Chemical and Biological Engineering Design II4C 
Group B  
Senior Design Principles  
Senior Project Design4C 
Group C  
Senior Design Project I  
Senior Design Project II4C 
Group D  
Engineering Design Practicum: I4C 
Engineering Design Practicum: II4C 
Technical Electives in Engineering4 25-27
 Total Credits 33
 Program Total Credits: 159

CLA All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) 4B Course Selection3

Code Title AUCC Credits
AMST 300/E 300 American Lives-Methods in American Studies 4B 3
ANTH 400 History of Theory-Anthropology and Geography 4B 3
ART 311 Art of West and Central Africa 4B 3
ART 312 Pre-Columbian Art of Mesoamerica 4B 3
ART 314 Women in Art History 4B 3
ART 315 United States Art 1945-1980 4B 3
ART 316 Art of the Pacific 4B 3
ART 410 Greek Art 4B 3
ART 411 History of Medieval Art 4B 3
ART 412 History of Renaissance Art 4B 3
ART 414 History of Baroque and Rococo Art 4B 3
ART 415 History of 19th Century European Art 4B 3
ART 416 History of European Art, 1900 to 1945 4B 3
ART 417 Roman Art 4B 3
D 428 Dance History II 4B 3
E 341 Literary Criticism and Theory 4B 3
ECON 306 Intermediate Microeconomics 4B 3
ECON 492 Seminar 4B 3
HIST 492 Capstone Seminar 4B 3
JTC 415 Communications Law 4B 3
L*** 492 Seminar - Language, Literature, and Society 4B 3
MU 334 Music History I 4B 3
MU 335 Music History II 4B 3
PHIL 462 Capstone Seminar 4B 3
POLS 302 U.S. Political Parties and Elections 4B 3
POLS 303 Politics of Organized Interests 4B 3
POLS 405 Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Politics 4B 3
POLS 420 History of Political Thought 4B 3
POLS 421 Contemporary Political Theories 4B 3
POLS 423 American Political Theories 4B 3
POLS 448 Comparative Racial/Ethnic Politics 4B 3
POLS 449 Middle East Politics 4B 3
SOC 311 Methods of Sociological Inquiry 4B 3
SPCM 311 Historical Speeches on American Issues 4B 3
SPCM 341 Evaluating Contemporary Television 4B 3
SPCM 342 Critical Media Studies 4B 3
SPCM 350 Evaluating Contemporary Film 4B 3
SPCM 411 Contemporary Speeches on American Issues 4B 3
SPCM 412 Evaluating Contemporary Rhetoric 4B 3
TH 355 Directing Seminar 4B 3

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program

TO PREPARE FOR FIRST SEMESTER:  The curriculum for this major assumes students enter college prepared to take calculus. 

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)  3A4
CIVE 102Introduction: Civil/Environmental Engineering   3
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1) X1B4
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1) X3A5
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)  3A1
CIVE 103Engineering Graphics and Computing   3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)  1A3
Historical Perspectives X3D3
Social and Behavioral Sciences X3C3
MATH 160 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   13
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 113General Chemistry II   3
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)  1B4
SPCM 200Public Speaking   3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Global and Cultural Awareness X3E3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
LB 200Liberal Arts Research Methods   1
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists III   4
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)  3A5
Select one course from the following: X 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in Digital Environments (GT-CO3)  2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)  2 
Specialized Professional Writing  2 
Arts and Humanities X3B3
 Total Credits   16
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CIVE 260Engineering Mechanics-Statics   3
MATH 340Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations  4A,4B4
STAT 315Statistics for Engineers and Scientists   3
Arts and Humanities/Social Science Electives (See Requirements Tab)   6
 Total Credits   16
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CIVE 261Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics   3
MECH 237Introduction to Thermal Sciences   3
Arts and Humanities/Social Science Electives (See Requirements Tab)   6
Upper-Division Arts and Humanities/Social Science Electives (See Requirements Tab)   6
 Total Credits   18
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CIVE 300Fluid Mechanics   3
CIVE 301Fluid Mechanics Laboratory   1
LB 492Liberal Arts Capstone Seminar  4A,4C3
Technical Elective in Engineering (See Requirements Tab)   3
Upper-Division Arts and Humanities/Social Science Electives (See Requirements Tab)   6
 Total Credits   16
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ECE 204Introduction to Electrical Engineering   3
Select one course from the following:  4B3
Narrative Fiction Film as a Liberal Art  4B 
Documentary Film as a Liberal Art  4B 
Other CLA All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) 4B Course (See List on Requirements Tab)
  4B 
Technical Elective in Engineering (See Requirements Tab)   3
Upper-Division Arts and Humanities/Social Science Electives (See Requirements Tab)   6
 Total Credits   15
Fifth Year
Semester 9CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:X  3-4
Chemical and Biological Engineering Design I  4C 
Senior Design Principles    
Senior Design Project I    
Engineering Design Practicum: I  4C 
Technical Electives in Engineering (See Requirements Tab)X  12-13
 Total Credits   15-17
Semester 10CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one pairing course:X 4C3-4
Chemical and Biological Engineering Design II  4C 
Senior Project Design  4C 
Senior Design Project II  4C 
Engineering Design Practicum: II  4C 
Technical Electives in Engineering (See Requirements Tab)X  13-14
The benchmark courses for the 10th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   18
 Program Total Credits:   159