What is a hands-on, design-based degree?

Woven throughout the degree, students have the opportunity to take hands-on, design-based versions of the traditional courses offered through various CEAS departments. Both versions of these courses cover the same material, but e+ versions are taught by our faculty and include hands-on design, where students get to put theory into practice and learn by doing. Students in e+ are required to complete four project courses: GEEN 1400 (First-Year Projects), GEEN 2400 (Engineering for the Community), GEEN 3400 (Invention and Innovation) and Capstone Senior Design in the department of your e+ Emphasis. Through these unique classroom experiences, students gain valuable engineering skills including communication, teamwork, understanding of the engineering design process and a variety of computer tools such as spreadsheets, dynamic modeling software, computer-aided design (CAD) and more.

What sets Engineering Plus apart from traditional engineering degree programs?

Engineering Plus students essentially design their own degree with the amount of choice and flexibility in an e+ Emphasis and e+ Concentration. Additionally, e+ requires four project courses, one each year, teaching students skills in leadership, collaboration and communication. Finally, e+ students can mold and combine different interests into an engineering degree, which is often challenging in traditional engineering programs. Students have the same foundational engineering skills as traditional programs, but they set themselves apart through the additional fields of study woven throughout the program.

What is the Engineering Core?

The Engineering Core is a set of courses all e+ students take, regardless of the chosen emphasis. These courses are the heart of an e+ degree and are fundamental to the skills needed to develop as a top engineer. The Core includes project courses, statics, circuits and many more. Many of the core courses offer the opportunity to take the traditional departmental courses or to take a hands-on version of the same course, taught by e+ faculty. While both courses cover the same material, the e+ version of the course is taught with a hands-on, design-based approach.

When are the e+ Emphasis and e+ Concentration declared?

It’s important to declare your emphasis by the end of your first-year at the latest to keep on track for graduation. Students work with the e+ academic advisor, once an emphasis is declared, to start an academic plan that helps maximize opportunities and interests. Typically, students declare their concentration by the end of their sophomore year.

Can I pursue an e+ Emphasis that is not already offered?

Students must complete one of our six disciplinary emphases:

At this time, there are no additional emphasis options.

I'm getting a major in X and a minor in Y.  How is e+ different than this?

Engineering Plus is different in a few ways. First, hands-on project courses are required each year of the program. These not only equip students with skills to lead team-based initiatives, but is also an opportunity for them to put theory into practice. Second, e+ students can pursue their other passions without the additional cost/time of a second major or minor. Students often find it easier to pursue a minor in the e+ program, when compared to traditional engineering degree programs, especially if the minor is located in a different academic college. Many e+ students pursue more than one passion by choosing a concentration and also pursing a minor through the free electives required by the program.

Finally, many of our concentrations take the interest areas a step further. For instance, in the Pre-Medical Concentration, students can take courses like molecular biology and organic chemistry, which can be challenging to merge with traditional engineering programs.

What will it say on my transcript?

Your degree would read as follows:

  • Major in Engineering Plus
  • Emphasis in (selected area of engineering)
  • Concentration in (selected area of interest)

In Engineering Plus, we see the value of teaching interdisciplinary skills that help make students uniquely qualified in the job market and prepare them for a broad range of opportunities post-graduation.

Do e+ students graduate sooner?

While Engineering Plus provides an innovative approach to an engineering degree, it won’t allow students to graduate early. It still requires completion of the 128 credit hours needed for graduation from the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Additionally, each course needs to be completed with a C or higher and students are required to have a cumulative GPA of 2.25.

Are there jobs for Engineering Plus graduates?

Yes! There are many job opportunities for Engineering Plus graduates. Graduates of e+ pursue a variety of jobs in industry, teaching, business and more. Many students go onto graduate school and professional programs post-graduation. With the program focus in leadership, collaboration and communication, students are equipped with skills to lead in a broad range of opportunities. Recent graduates have become managers within Arrow Electronics or are monitoring avalanches for the State of Colorado.

Is Engineering Plus accredited with ABET?

Engineering Plus meets the standards of excellence expected from all CU Boulder engineering degrees. In order to seek ABET accreditation, the program had to wait on the first graduates of the program. We are seeking ABET accreditation in 2017. All Engineering Plus graduates are required to complete the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam prior to graduation. The FE Exam is the first of two examinations that engineers must pass in order to be licensed as a Professional Engineer in the United States.

How do I switch my major to Engineering Plus?

It’s easy for students to switch their major to Engineering Plus! Students should have their current academic advisor and the e+ advisor complete a change of major form.

Once the form above is completed, it can to be turned in at the Dean’s Office in the CEAS lobby.