Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Program

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The LAES degree is now a BS!

We are excited to announce that the Liberal Arts & Engineering Studies (LAES) degree is now a BS!  Beginning Spring 2019, all LAES graduates will receive a Bachelor of Science degree instead of a Bachelor of Arts.

*Approved by the CSU Chancellor’s Office on 9/12/18.

**Neither coursework nor program structure have been altered to accommodate this change from a BA to a BS. As a BA, the LAES degree met all the same requirements as the newly designated BS degree.


Apply for a LAES Travel Grant

Interested in studying abroad? The LAES Program is offering $1,200 travel grants to students participating in Cal Poly-approved programs. (Students with financial need can apply for up to $1,500.) All students must have a cumulative or term GPA of 3.0 prior to going abroad. You can apply through the Cal Poly Scholarships link in your Portal. 

*Once approved for your Study Abroad program, please email your acceptance letter to Jessica Larsen at to confirm your trip abroad. 

Application deadlines:

October 1st – November 15th

For travel in Winter, Spring, Summer

December 1st – January 15th

For travel in Spring, Summer, Fall

May 1st – June 15th

For travel in Fall, Winter, Spring

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LAES 301 Class

Engineering and Art unite in LAES 301 project-based introductory course.

The class is open to all second year and above Cal Poly majors and provides innovative hands-on work, in a team setting, for real-life projects.

Contact us for a permission number.

Class Info (pdf)


The LAES Club exists to bring together students interested in creative technologies, to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects and learn about and network with members of the industry.

About the Club

About LAES

The B.S* degree program in Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies (LAES) is offered by Cal Poly's College of Engineering in collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts 

The program prepares students for a wide range of innovative careers in emerging professional fields that combine skills and interests in the technology, arts, and culture.

*B.S degree begins in Spring 2019 

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