What is Engineering Math - GEEN 3830?

Engineering Math is a course students take in combination with Pre-Calculus or Calc 1A to gain experience in applying engineering problems and calculus concepts, early on in their time in the College of Engineering. In Engineering Math, you’ll explore math concepts through hands-on labs that explore common engineering contexts and techniques used across all engineering majors and disciplines. Each week, you’ll see how a specific math skill from Pre-Calc, Calc 1, Calc 2, Calc 3, or Differential Equations is critical for such things as understanding circuits or predicting the behavior of mechanical systems.

Who is Eligible?

Incoming students who are planning to take APPM1235 or MATH 1150 (Pre-Calc) or APPM1340 (Calc 1A) in their first semester here at CU are eligible for the course. Any students wanting more practice with fundamental math concepts as illustrated through hands-on engineering applications are also welcome to enroll!

What can students expect in this class?

Students will delve into engineering math in a team-based, hands-on environment; will be introduced to multimeters, oscilloscopes, and sensors; will learn to program in MATLAB; collect and analyze experimental data in interesting ways, all the while working collaboratively with other engineering students. There are three lectures, one recitation, and one lab period each week where students will absorb math content and gain understanding by working through real engineering problems using real engineering equipment and tools to solve.

Is this course required?

Yes, the course is required for all incoming students to Pre-Calc (APPM1235 or MATH 1150) or Calc 1A (APPM1340). If you have conflicts with course times you may be eligible to petition out of the class. Consult your academic advisor.


Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact your academic advisor or the Engineering Math course instructor, Janet Tsai (janet.tsai@colorado.edu).