2017-18 Catalog


Program director. Bruce Thomas, Ph.D., (University of California, Berkley), associate professor of architecture, College of Arts and Sciences. The Arts-Engineering program provides the student with an opportunity to experience the breadth of an arts education and simultaneously follow the focused curriculum of an engineering major. This is a five-year, dual degree program administered by the College of Arts and Sciences. An Arts-Engineering graduate is awarded two bachelors degrees, one from the College of Arts and Sciences and another from the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the latter a professional degree.

A typical freshman year class schedule for an Arts-Engineer is shown below. Note that an Arts-Bioengineering program has a different freshman year class schedule.

First Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
ENGL 0013ENGL 0023
MATH 0214MATH 0224
PHY 011
PHY 012
5ENGR 0052
(Dept) 90 College Seminar or FYC1-4CHM 0304
ENGR 0102Humanities /Social Science Elective3-4
 15-18 16-17
Total Credits: 31-35

Selection of a major in the College of Engineering and Applied Science occurs prior to beginning the sophomore year. A major leading to a degree in the College of Arts and Sciences should be chosen prior to beginning the junior year.

Arts-Engineering candidates should recognize that pursuit of a bachelor of science degree (e.g., biology, chemistry, biochemistry, earth and environmental sciences, mathematics, and physics) or a bachelor of arts program with larger than average credit requirements (e.g., art, architecture, physical sciences, cognitive science, international careers, among others) will severely restrict choices of free electives.

Courses selected must fulfill major and distribution requirements of both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

For all students, very careful planning of the academic program done in consultation with advisers in both colleges is necessary to guarantee completion of all major, distribution and total credit requirements for the two degrees in five years.

When selected properly, courses meet distribution requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences while also satisfying distribution requirements of the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

A course of study in Arts-Engineering may link any College of Engineering and Applied Science discipline degree program with any College of Arts and Sciences major. Please see individual departments for details concerning required courses and sequences for completing discipline – specific degrees and combinations of degree requirements for Arts Engineering. Below is a template listing all courses required for a civil engineering-architecture combination (the most common Arts-Engineering linkage). Please note that the large number of required credits for both degrees means that this combination results in a larger number of total credits than is required for some other combinations.

Civil Engineering - Architecture

A total of 164-169 credits is needed for the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and the Bachelor of Art in Architecture degrees.

First Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
ENGL 0013ENGL 0023
MATH 0214MATH 0224
PHY 0114CHM 0304
PHY 0121ENGR 0102
(Dept) 90 College Seminar or FYC1-4Humanities /Social Science Elective3-4
ENGR 0052 
 15-18 16-17
Second Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
MATH 0234MATH 2053
CEE 0033CEE 0593
CEE 0103PHY 021
PHY 022
ART 0014ARCH 0024
ART 0034ART 0044
 18 19
Third Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
CEE 1233CEE 1172
CEE 0111CEE 2223
CEE 0122ARCH 1434
CEE 1213ECO 0014
ARCH 0434Architectural History Elective14
Basic Science Elective43 
 16 17
Fourth Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
CEE 1423CEE 2023
CEE 1594CEE 2423
ARCH 2434CEE 262 or 2643
ARCH 1574ARCH 3434
 ARCH 2104
 15 17
Fifth Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
CEE 2032CEE 1704
Civil Engineering Approved electives28-9CEE 29033
Architectural History Elective14Civil Engineering Approved elective26
 Art Studio Elective4
 14-15 17
Total Credits: 164-169

One Architectural History elective should be filled by a course designated (SS) in order to fulfill the social science distribution requirement.


Of 17 CEE approved elective credits required for Civil Engineering three credits are satisfied by ARCH 343.


Multidisciplinary teaming versions of CEE 205 or CEE 381 can be substituted with departmental permission.


Basic Science Elective - List of approved courses is available from the CEE department.

Note: The College of Arts and Sciences requires a junior writing intensive course. This may be filled by an appropriate choice of elective.