BA Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies

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Program Learning Objectives

Graduates of the Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies program receive a solid foundation in engineering and scientific principles, as well as a cultural appreciation that supports them in careers requiring significant levels of technical and cultural fluency. To support these goals, the primary learning objectives are to:

  1. Think critically and creatively in the process of solving techno-social problems considering philosophical, aesthetic and expressive concerns.
  2. Communicate effectively through a variety of media in diverse, multicultural perspectives and facilitate communication between technical and non-technical collaborators.
  3. Use mathematics, science, and engineering principles to produce solutions to problems within the student's Liberal Arts and Engineering concentrations.
  4. Function effectively as a member of interdisciplinary or international teams, formulating sustainable solutions to problems at the intersection of technology and society.
  5. Demonstrate ethical and professional responsibilities associated with the creation, use and integration of technology.
  6. Serve as informed and responsible citizens in a global culture and remain involved with learning and helping society improve.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • 2.0 GPA
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major, support or concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

MAJOR COURSES
CHEM 124General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering I (B3/B4) 14
ENGL 149Technical Writing for Engineers (A3) 14
LAES 301Project-Based Learning in Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies4
LAES 302Advanced Project-Based Learning in Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies4
LAES 461Senior Project in Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies4
LAES 462Capstone Senior Seminar in Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies4
MATH 141Calculus I (B1) 14
MATH 142Calculus II (B1) 14
MATH 143Calculus III (B5) 14
MATH 241Calculus IV4
MATH 244Linear Analysis I4
PHYS 141General Physics IA4
PHYS 132General Physics II4
PHYS 133General Physics III4
STAT 312Statistical Methods for Engineers4
or STAT 321 Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
or STAT 350 Probability and Random Processes for Engineers
Study Abroad or Global Perspectives courses
300-400 level8
Engineering Concentration or Individualized Course of Study
Minimum 12 units at 300-400 level 234-35
Liberal Arts Concentration or Individualized Course of Study
Minimum 12 units at 300-400 level 224
GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)
(See GE program requirements below.)40-52
FREE ELECTIVES 2, 3
Free Electives1-14
Total units180
1

Required in Major; also satisfies GE

2

Students must complete 60 upper-division units and a total of 180 units overall. Additional units may be required.

3

If GE courses are used to satisfy Support or Concentration requirements, additional units may be required to complete the 180 total unit requirement or 60 units of upper division.

Concentrations

LAES students must select one concentration from Engineering and one from Liberal Arts. Students may choose to follow an individualized course of study in Engineering or the the Liberal Arts constructed in consultation with LAES advisors.

Engineering (select one)

Individualized Course of Study in Engineering

Consists of 34 units of an advisor-approved integrated course of study from courses offered in the College of Engineering designed to meet the LAES learning objectives, with at least 12 of the units at the upper division level. Courses must be drawn from at least two engineering disciplines.


Liberal Arts (select one)

Individualized Course of Study in the Liberal Arts

Consists of 24 units of an advisor-approved integrated course of study from courses offered in the College of Liberal Arts designed to meet the LAES learning objectives, with at least half of the units at the upper division level.

Students may complete a minor program selected from pre-approved minors. These minors include any minor offered by the College of Liberal Arts, as well as interdisciplinary, cross-college minors in which students complete a minimum of half of the units in the College of Liberal Arts (e.g., Indigenous Studies in Natural Resources & the Environment; Sustainable Environments).

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 20-32 of which are specified in Major, depending on concentration.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300-400 level.
Area A Communication
A1 Expository Writing4
A2 Oral Communication4
A3 Reasoning, Argumentation, and Writing (4 units in Major) 10
Area B Science and Mathematics
B1 Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Major) 10
B2 Life Science4
B3 Physical Science (4 units in Major) 10
B4 One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B5 (4 units in Major) 10
Area C Arts and Humanities
C1 Literature4
C2 Philosophy4
C3 Fine/Performing Arts (may be in concentration)0-4
C4 Upper-division elective (may be in concentration)0-4
Area D/E Society and the Individual
D1 The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2 Political Economy4
D3 Comparative Social Institutions4
D4 Self Development (CSU Area E)4
D5 Upper-division elective4
Area F Technology Elective
F Upper-division elective (may be in concentration)0-4
Total units40-52
1

Required in Major; also satisfies GE