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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Engineering, Design and Computing

Dean Martin Dunn
Associate Dean for Student Affairs Bruce Janson
Associate Dean of Academic Initiatives Keith Jones


North Classroom 3034
1200 Larimer Street, 3rd Floor
Telephone: 303-315-7170
Fax: 303-315-7173

Mailing Address
College of Engineering, Design and Computing
Campus Box 104
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Application Deadlines

Fall: August 1
Spring: January 1
Summer: June 1


The College of Engineering, Design and Computing at the University of Colorado Denver meets the needs of the Denver metropolitan area by providing nationally accredited engineering education programs in a flexible format that suits both students and employers. Recognizing the importance for students to pursue professional studies and related employment simultaneously, the college offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in bioengineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science through late afternoon and evening studies or through a more traditional schedule of day classes.

A listing of the fields in which engineers work would have hundreds of entries. The following list is a brief summary of the engineering fields available at CU Denver.

Bioengineering offers opportunities for interdisciplinary undergraduate training for a bachelor of science degree and graduate training for master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees. Our programs are uniquely integrated with the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Students enjoy opportunities to learn from clinicians and engineers and to perform research or medical device design in world-class hospitals and clinical research labs. Bioengineering is one of the fastest growing job markets this decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A degree in this area provides numerous opportunities to work in health care, biomedical industry, government regulatory agencies and academia.

Civil engineering offers an interesting and challenging career in the design and construction of buildings, bridges, dams, aqueducts and other structures; in transportation systems including highways, canals, pipelines, airports, rapid transit lines, railroads and harbor facilities; in the distribution of water and the regulation of rivers; in the development of water resources for urban use, industry and land reclamation; in the control of water quality through water purification and proper waste treatment; in the construction and contracting industry; and in the problems concerned with our physical environment and the growth of cities.

Computer science offers graduates the solid foundation needed for jobs in computing and information technologies. Career paths in computer science involve designing and implementing software, devising new applications of computers and developing effective ways to solve computing problems. Computer engineers design and develop computer hardware and supervise its manufacture and installation.

Electrical engineering offers careers that include research in development of new electrical or electronic devices, instruments or products; design of equipment or systems; production and quality control of electrical products; and sales or management for private industry or government. There are numerous specialties within electrical engineering. Among them are the design and application of computer systems and digital engineering; electromagnetic fields and microwave devices; control systems; communication theory and signal processing; electrical integrated circuits and electron devices; and energy and power systems.

Mechanical engineering offers a wide range of interesting and challenging career opportunities in research, design, development, manufacturing, testing and marketing for either private industry or government. Mechanical engineers help develop a wide range of products such as engines, transmissions, compressors, pumps, oil field drilling rigs, missiles, space satellites, earth-moving equipment, container-manufacturing machines, medical equipment and many other products encountered in daily life.

College of Engineering, Design and Computing Educational Goals

The College of Engineering, Design and Computing has established the following goals and objectives for undergraduate education:

  • successful completion of the fundamental core courses, primarily lower division, in mathematics and the physical sciences
  • successful completion of the required upper-division courses in engineering science, analysis and design
  • successful completion of real-world engineering design projects that require integration of engineering, economic and social skills
  • successful completion of a series of humanities and social science courses that introduce the student to societal problems and historical perspectives
  • evidence, through close student/faculty contact, of development of professionalism, ethics and concern for the multifaceted human element of engineering
  • evidence, from successful completion of a full engineering curriculum, of the ability to maintain professional competency through lifelong learning
  • evidence, through successful completion of a series of communications oriented courses and project presentations, of an ability to communicate effectively with professionals and laypersons alike


Our undergraduate programs in bioengineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. The undergraduate program in computer science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Freshman Year

Fundamentals taught in the freshman year are of critical importance in the more advanced classes. Special attention should be given to taking courses in the proper sequence. (Course requirements for freshmen are detailed within the typical curriculum given under each department.) All students are urged to consult their instructors whenever they are experiencing difficulties with course materials or for questions related to the class.


Internships are a way for students to gain professional experience while studying at CU Denver. Many internship positions lead to permanent employment opportunities upon graduation. Please contact the Experiential Learning Center at 303-315-7258 for information on the specific eligibility requirements.


The College of Engineering, Design and Computing awards various undergraduate scholarships to support the education of engineering students. These awards are provided through funds generously given by industry, alumni and other donors. Once admitted, students may view and apply for these scholarships through the student portal . Please note that the list of scholarships for which a particular student is eligible automatically populates. For additional information on other types of financial aid, consult the Tuition/Financial Aid FAQs  section.

Programs of Study

(For Graduate Programs please refer to the Graduate catalog.)

College of Engineering, Design and Computing


Go to information for Bioengineering.


Bachelor of Science

Civil Engineering

Go to information for Civil Engineering.


Bachelor of Science


Computer Science and Engineering

Go to information for Computer Science and Engineering.


Bachelor of Science


Electrical Engineering

Go to information for Electrical Engineering.


Bachelor of Science


Mechanical Engineering

Go to information for Mechanical Engineering.


Bachelor of Science