Thematic Electives

Occasionally, co-curricular and academic activities are integrated into thematic elective courses. These programs are focused on engineering challenges for the 21st century and are developed in response to the specific needs and interests of first year students. These unique courses expose CoRe students to issues at the leading edge of engineering research and practice.

Cultures of Creativity in Detroit, Michigan

Study Away in Detroit is July 26 - August 2, 2014

Cultures of Creativity is a special, integrative two-course sequence for Engineering and RCAH students that starts with a dynamic freshman seminar away in Detroit, Michigan July 26 - August 2, 2014. The focus of this sequence will be the way that professionals from technical and artistic backgrounds work together to achieve creative solutions to real-world problems in both the corporate and community-based settings.  Engineering and RCAH students will be automatically enrolled in a special section of EGR 100 or RCAH 395 during Fall semester.  Students enrolled in the EGR 100 and RCAH 395 linked courses will meet jointly several times during the fall semester to work collaboratively on community-based projects that require creative solutions. A major goal of the class will be for students from artistic and technical backgrounds to work together.

For more information, please see the Cultures of Creativity page.

Special Topic: Energy for the 21st Century

Offered Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

  • One credit course which exposes students to the importance of energy for the future of modern societies.
  • The course blends hands on learning with class discussions to understand personal energy usage and the carbon footprint.  Students will expand on this knowledge to create proposals and plans to reach energy independence and utilize renewable/sustainable energy to sustain current lifestyles.
  • Prerequisites: None

Special Topic: Spatial Visualization

Offered Fall 2014

  • One credit course designed to supplement skills in spatial visualization and rotation, a skill known to be critical for success in engineering.
  • The course will utilize proven strategies including hands-on activities in a small group setting.
  • Prerequisite: Enrollment based upon approval of an engineering advisor.