2020-21 Catalog

Arts-Engineering

Program co-directors, William Best, MS, (Virginia Tech), professor of practice of mechanical engineering and Jenna Lay, Ph.D. (Stanford University), associate professor of English.  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 0114CHM 0304
PHY 0121ENGR 0102
ENGR 0052HSS Humanities /Social Science Elective3-4
(Dept) 90 College Seminar or FYC1-4 
 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
ENGR 0052HSS Humanities/Social Science Elective13-4
(Dept) 90 College Seminar or FYC1-4 
 15-18 16-17
Second Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
MATH 0234MATH 2053
CEE 0033CEE 0593
CEE 0103PHY 0214
ART 0014PHY 0221
ART 0034ART 0044
 ARCH 0434
 18 19
Third Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
CEE 0111CEE 1172
CEE 0122CEE 12323
CEE 12223CEE 22223
ARCH 1434ARCH 0024
ARCH 1574ARCH 2434
Basic Science Elective33 
 17 16
Fourth Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
CEE 14223CEE 2023
CEE 1594CEE 2423
ARCH 2104CEE 262 or 2643
Art Studio Elective4CEE Approved Elective43
ECO 0014CEE Approved Elective43
 19 15
Fifth Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
CEE 2032CEE 17024
ARCH 34354CEE 29073
Writing Intensive Seminar63-4CEE Approved Elective43
CEE Approved Elective43Architectural History/Theory Elective83-4
CEE Approved Elective42-3 
 14-16 13-14
Total Credits: 162-169

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