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Barbara Whitten 
Department of Physics
(719) 389-6579

PC210: Investigations in Engineering Half-Block Final Presentation


Engineers design our world, from wind turbines and bridges to DNA sequencing technology and computer chips.

There is a branch of engineering that applies the ideas of every science: mechanical and electrical engineering for physics, chemical engineering for chemistry, biomedical engineering for biology and biochemistry, petroleum engineering for geology, computer engineering for mathematics. As well as architectural, civil, environmental, systems engineering, and so on. Whatever your interests and skills, you can find a branch of engineering that fits your needs.

As a liberal arts college, Colorado College does not have an engineering school, but CC students can become engineers in several ways. There are three main paths into a career in engineering: (1) The 3-2 and (2) 4-2 cooperative programs with Columbia University, University of Southern California, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and (3) a BA from CC followed by graduate school in engineering. CC students from several different majors have followed each of these paths, and are now pursuing successful engineering fields. Each has advantages and disadvantages; which is best for you depends on your skills and interests. To learn more look at our Paths into Engineering page.

Engineering Half-Block!


Build It!

The world of design is a border town. Its inhabitants compelled to split their time between the worlds of form and function. This is the home of the structural engineer. Their intrinsic desire is to allow the efficient realization of the architects dream. Beauty for beauty’s sake is not justification enough for these individuals. Their art is of a different kind. Their art is an experiment to push their limits of constructability while maintaining a pure aesthetic. This pursuit has led to structural engineers being praised for their production of some of humanities most cherished sculptures and monuments. The pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, the Gateway Arch, and the tensegrity sculptures are just a handful of examples of impressive works enabled by the structural engineer.


Class time will be split between lectures on the fundamentals of structural engineering and assembling a structurally challenging sculptural piece.

Affiliated Engineering Schools

Colorado College has cooperative agreements with the following schools. For more information on a particular program check the web sites or contact the school representatives listed below.

Columbia University

Director of Combined Plan Program Admissions
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Columbia University
212 Hamilton Hall, MC 2807
1130 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-854-2522

Engineering Program Website
Combined Program Information

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

RPI Undergraduate Admissions
110 8th St.
Troy, New York 12180
Phone: 518-276-6216

Engineering Program Website
Combined Program Information

University of Southern California

USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Office of Admission
Ronald Tutor Hall, Room 110
3710 S. McClintock Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2900
Phone: 800-526-3347

Engineering Program Website
3/2 Program Website