Nov 30, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Mechanical Engineering BS

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The mechanical engineer is concerned with satisfying the needs of society using a combination of material, human and economic resources. Mechanical engineering covers a wide spectrum of activities in the engineering profession. These activities include the conversion and transmission of energy and associated power processes; the kinematic, dynamic, strength and wear considerations, as well as economic aspects of the development, design and use of materials, machines and processes; and the analysis, synthesis and control of entire engineering systems.

The program offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Colorado Denver can be completed in the afternoon and evening hours to accommodate both working and traditional students. The department seeks to graduate a diverse population of students with a bachelor’s degrees who within a few years of graduation are able to:

  1. be employed by a diverse group of industries, research laboratories and educational institutions
  2. pursue careers in engineering, interdisciplinary areas, research and education
  3. pursue postgraduate education and advanced degrees

The mechanical engineering curriculum begins with a strong emphasis on mathematics, physics and chemistry. It continues with a concentration in engineering sciences, including solid and fluid mechanics; thermodynamics, heat and mass transport; materials; and systems analysis and control. It concludes with laboratory and design courses that demonstrate the ways in which scientific knowledge is applied in the design and development of useful devices and manufacturing processes.

The mechanical engineering program may be roughly subdivided into two-year groupings. In the first two years, the program emphasizes the fundamentals of mathematics and basic science that are essential for an understanding of most branches of engineering. In the last two years of the program, the curriculum emphasizes engineering science and design and provides technical electives in the following areas:

  • thermodynamics
  • heat transfer
  • fluid mechanics
  • solid mechanics
  • motorsports engineering
  • power
  • biomechanics
  • dynamics and controls
  • computer-aided design and manufacturing
  • thermomechanical systems
  • composite materials
  • additive manufacturing

Program Delivery

  • This is an on-campus program.

Declaring This Major

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General Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Program Requirements

  1. CVEN 2121  and CVEN 3111  may be substituted for MECH 2023  and MECH 2033  respectively.
  2. Not all courses may be offered every semester.
  3. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in all courses applying to major requirements.
  4. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in all MECH courses attempted.
  5. Students must complete a minimum of 128 semester hours of course work.
  6. The last 30 hours must be earned as a degree-seeking student in the College of Engineering, Design and Computing at CU Denver.

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