Our History

Much has changed since we were the Colorado Agricultural College 150 years ago. The land-grant mission of the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering – teaching, research, and outreach as well as monitoring the weather – remains the same.

Walter Scott, Jr.

“As we get older, I think it’s natural to think about the generations that will follow. And in a technological age, it’s important that our top students have the opportunity to study at strong research universities.”

Walter Scott, Jr., 2017
Alumni, Civil Engineering, 1953

Our Timeline

"We need to be motivated by service as well as by profit. We serve best by finding out what people want and helping them work to realize their dreams."

Maurice Albertson
Professor, civil engineering

Maurice Albertson, CSU professor of civil engineering

Department and Program History

Foothills campus 1967
Ag/Chem photo from 1970
  • Chemical engineering program launched in 1977.
A view an an early electrical lab 1912
  • 1902-1903 – First Electrical Engineering courses appear in the university catalogue and efforts to organize a department are made by L.D. Crain.
  • 1907-1908 – Course catalogs first acknowledge the availability of a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering
Female mechanical engineering student using a lathe in 1943
  • 1879 – Classes begin at the State Agricultural College of Colorado; Ainsworth Blount is appointed professor of mechanical arts.
  • 1883 – Colorado Agricultural College rolled out its first mechanical engineering courses on such things as “steam engine structure” and “transmission of power.”
Biomedical Engineering