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Department of Physics
PC210: Investigations in Engineering Half-Block Final Presentation
Engineers design our world, from wind turbines and bridges to DNA sequencing technology and computer chips.
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.
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.
Director of Combined Plan Program Admissions
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
212 Hamilton Hall, MC 2807
1130 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10027
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
RPI Undergraduate Admissions
110 8th St.
Troy, New York 12180
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