Undergraduate Certificate in Global Engineering

“Global diversity is staring us in the face. The more global our company becomes, the more critical our cross-cultural awareness, skills, and behaviors are. If you succeed at educating students to operate in globally diverse environments, we succeed too.”
— Alma Vigo-Morales, Agilent Technologies

The engineering profession has become one in which its practitioners need to be competent in developing systemic solutions with global impact. So whether your career aspirations involve small projects in developing communities, or mega-projects like the expansion of the Panama Canal or developing the next generation aircraft for civil aviation, it's likely that you will be working in a multidisciplinary and international context.

Purpose of the Certificate
The purpose of the new Undergraduate Certificate in Global Engineering is to expand students' understanding of how to operate in an international context from an engineering perspective. This translates to the capacity to work in either an international team from within an office located domestically or internationally. These work environments necessitate that students understand multinational contexts as well as local office and nongovernmental agency contexts.

Admission Requirements
To enroll in the Undergraduate Certificate in Global Engineering Certificate, students must:

  • be admitted to the College of Engineering and Applied Science;
  • be a student in good standing with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA; and
  • complete a certificate enrollment form and submit it to the program manager (Robyn Sandekian).

Curriculum Requirements - revised September 2014*,  new courses added April 2015
The Undergraduate Certificate in Global Engineering includes:

  • one course in world language (at the third- or fourth-semester college level, minimum, depending on the student's prior language coursework/ability);
  • one course in communications, development, economics, or history (COMM 1210, ECON 2020, HIST 1800, or SUST 2800: Engineering for Developing Communities section only);
  • one lower division course and one upper division course in international culture, sociology, or governance (COMM 2400, HUEN 2020, HUEN 2843, IAFS 1000, LDSP 1000, or PSCI 2223, and either GEOG 3682, GEOG 3742, HUEN 3750, or PSCI 3193); and
  • one upper division technical elective course focused on global engineering (examples are CVEN 4838 Special Topics: Design Global, Engineer Local; CVEN 4837 Special Topics: Global Engineering; or CVEN 4147 Civil Engineering Systems)

In addition, certificate students must complete all requirements for their respective engineering majors.

Students are responsible for identifying and completing course prerequisites prior to enrolling in courses listed to meet certificate requirements.

Upon Completion
A certificate advising form should be completed and signed by the student and the student's engineering major advisor. The form must be turned into the Director of Global Engineering Programs (Karey Sabol) in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at least one month prior to graduation.

For additional information, please contact:

Robyn Sandekian, M.S., Ed.S., Ph.D. student
Managing Director, Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities;
Program Manager, Undergraduate Certificate in Global Engineering, and
Graduate Certificate in Engineering for Developing Communities


*Course options were expanded to include coursework in additional areas.  The previously listed Economics courses will still count towards the certificate, however they required extensive pre-requisites so are no longer shown here.  Students may petition to count other courses by contacting the program’s manager, Robyn Sandekian (Sandekian@colorado.edu) and providing a course description.


Revised: April 22, 2015