Exploratory Studies: Engineering Interest


Students in this track have applied to a major within the Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering.

Students may continue to work toward admission into Engineering while also exploring other STEM-related majors.

This is a guide and should be used in conjunction with advising.

MATH Placement:

All majors in this track require calculus. Students should complete all pre-calculus courses (or test out of them) in the first semester so that they are calculus-ready for the second semester. Students should complete Math Placement prior to enrollment.

English Composition Placement:

Students should consult the composition placement website to determine if the placement survey is needed and work with an advisor on building it into the first-year plan.  

Foundational First Year Courses

Semester 1

CO150 College Composition (3 credits)*

MATH (4-5 credits) – see placement and consult with advising professional

  • all pre-calculus 1-credit math classes (MATH 117 – 126)
  • MATH127 Pre-Calculus (4-credit, instructor-led course)
  • MATH 160: Calculus 1 (4 credits)

AUCC 3A: Biological & Physical Sciences (2-5 credits)

  • CHEM105: Problem Solving in General Chemistry (if did not test out of MATH118)
  • CHEM111/112: General Chemistry (if tested out of MATH118)

First-Year Seminar (1-3 credits)

AUCC or Exploratory Courses to get to 14-16 total credits

Semester 2

CO150 College Composition (3 credits)* if not taken in 1st semester

MATH (4 credits) –

  • MATH 160: Calculus 1 (4 credits)
  • MATH161:  Calculus 2 (4 credits)

AUCC 3A: Biological & Physical Sciences (5 credits)

  • CHEM111/112: General Chemistry (if not taken in fall)
  • PH141: Physics for Scientists and Engineers 1

AUCC or Exploratory Courses to get to 14-16 total credits

*Remember, CO150 should be done in the 1st year, not necessarilythe 1st semester

Extra-curricular Exploration

Exploratory Studies students should engage in at least 2 exploration activities in each semester

Join the Engineering Learning Community.  

Create of join a study group for your math/science classes.

Tour the CSU Engines lab  

Join an engineering-related student organization

Attend the Engineering Career Fair  

Majors in this Track

Biomedical Engineering * Chemical & Biological Engineering* Civil Engineering* Computer Engineering* Electrical Engineering*

Environmental Engineering* Mechanical Engineering*

Students could also consider majors in the Physical Sciences and Engineering Track

* competitive entry majors *

Exploratory course options

  • CON 101:  Introduction to Construction Management **have to change to pre-CM major**   
  • CS150B: Culture & Coding
  • CS163 or 164: Computer Science 1    
  • ENGR 101: Grand Challenges of Engineering (fall only)  **Must be MATH160-ready  
  • GES 101: Foundations of Environmental Sustainability  
  • GES 120: Water Sustainability in the Western US (fall only)   
  • GES 141: Introduction to Sustainable Energy (fall only)   
  • IU 172: New Student Seminar section for EXPE students (fall only)   
  • MECH103:  Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

6-12 CREDITS AUCC and Exploratory Courses each semester. Depending on foundational credits