Mechanical Engineering Degree Plan

Earn a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from CU Boulder

The following plan lists all the specific course requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree at Western Colorado University and the University of Colorado. The order in which these courses are taken may vary with course availability. Students are responsible for completing all course prerequisites. Please note that this is a suggested degree program; your program may vary.

This program is still under development and subject to change

Suggested First Year

Course Hours
MATH 151 Calculus 1 4
PHYS 200 General Physics 1 w/lab 4
CS 191 Computer Science 2 3
CHEM 121 General Chemistry for Engineers 3
HWTR 100 Headwaters 1
Total 15

Course Hours
MATH 251 Calculus 2 4
PHYS 201 General Physics 2 w/lab 4
ENGR 131 Introduction to Engineering Design 3
H&SS lower-division or Foreign Language 3
Free Elective 3
Total 17

Suggested Second Year

Course Hours
MATH 252 Calculus 3 4
PHYS 250 Statics 3
PHYS 320 Modern Physics 3
ENGR 197 Computer Aided Design & Fabrication 4
ENGR 224 Material Science 3
Total 17

Course Hours
MATH 358 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 4
PHYS 251 Dynamics 3
PHYS 335 Fluid Mechanics 3
ENGR 265 Engineering as a Profession 1
ENGR 363 Mechanics of Solids 3
ENG 302 Technical Writing 3
Total 17

Suggested Third Year

Course Hours
MCEN 3012 Thermodynamics 3
MCEN 3017 Circuits & Electronics for Mechanical Engineers 3
MCEN 3025 Component Design 3
MCEN 3030 Computational Methods 3
MCEN Technical Elective 3
Total 15

Course Hours
MCEN 3032 Thermodynamics 2 3
MCEN 3047 Data Analysis & Experimental Methods 4
MCEN 4026 Manufacturing Processes & Systems 3
MCEN Technical Elective 3
H&SS lower-division or Foreign Language 3
Total 16

Suggested Fourth Year

Course Hours
MCEN 3022 Heat Transfer 3
MCEN 4043 System Dynamics 3
MCEN 4045 Mechanical Engineering Design Project 1 3
MCEN 4086 Writing  for Design 1
General Technical Elective 3
H&SS lower-division or Foreign Language 3
Total 16

Course Hours
MCEN 4085 Mechanical Engineering Design Project 2 3
General Technical Elective 3
H&SS upper-division 3
H&SS upper-division 3
Free elective 3
Total 15