Design Engineering

Bachelor’s Degree


Bachelor’s Degree

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Design Engineering program become experts in the application of engineering principles to social problems in real-world contexts. The interdisciplinary curriculum combines the fundamentals of mathematics, science and engineering; the insights and analytics perspectives of the humanities, arts and social sciences; and the inspiration and hands-on skills of studio-based design education, which focuses on creativity and technology innovation and allows students to apply their knowledge to collaborative multiyear projects. For their junior and senior years, students select from focus areas, which include energy studies; robotics and automation; water security; music, audio engineering and recording arts; corporate sustainability; and community development. Students can also craft their own course of study.

Engineering, Design and Society website

The Bachelor of Science in Design Engineering curriculum is a rigorous, flexible, interdisciplinary program of study that integrates:

  1. The strength of a Mines’ technical degree with coursework in the fundamentals of mathematics, science and engineering 
  2. A challenging and integrated education in design, innovation, humanities and social sciences
  3. A focus area that allows students to pursue depth of study in an area of personal interest, emerging technologies and/or career interests as part of the core engineering degree

These three components are tied together via a set of unique education experiences built into six integrative design studios, culminating in the Capstone Senior Design Studio.

Engineering, Design and Society Curriculum


Minors Available

  • Engineering for Community Development
  • Leadership in Social Responsibility

Career suggestions for Design Engineering majors:

  • Civil engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Environmental engineering technician
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Architect
  • Drafting and design engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Software developer
Emily Robinson

Emily Robinson

Because of our smaller student body and the fact that all students here are STEM-focused, the community is incredibly friendly and collaborative rather than highly competitive. Everyone wants to see their classmates succeed as well as themselves. This makes coursework not only easier but so much more fun when you get to work with other people. 

Design Engineering with a focus on Community Development

Making Mines
More Affordable.

Mines’ financial assistance program awards more than $60 million per year, and over 82 percent of the student body receives some form of financial aid.










Mines by the Numbers

No. 4
Best Engineering College in the United States, Money Magazine, 2020

No. 2
Public College with Highest Return on Investment, Money Magazine, 2018

A Student Experience Like no Other

At Mines, we inspire students who are driven to be innovators and advance the knowledge of those who want to address today’s greatest challenges.