Mechanical Engineering Partnership Program Degree Requirements

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

The Mechanical Engineering program requires 128 cumulative credits applied to the degree, which includes courses from Western Colorado University (Western) and the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder.

This program provides a seamless transfer of coursework from the Gunnison residential campus for a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering awarded by CU Boulder.   A student must meet the requirements for the CU Boulder College of Engineering & Applied Science (CEAS) and may apply for admission when they have established a successful collegiate record as a Western student.  This is demonstrated through academic requirements outlined at https://western.edu/program/mechanical-engineering-university-colorado-partnership/transition-to-cu-boulder/

Students are expected to follow the Academic Policies of the respective University/Universities at which they are registered.

Western: https://catalog.western.edu/undergraduate/policies/

CU Boulder College of Engineering & Applied Science: https://www.colorado.edu/engineering-advising/get-your-degree/academic-expectations-policies

Planned Western coursework is outlined below in red font and course numbers are all three digits, while CU Boulder coursework is outlined below in black font and course numbers are all four digits.  Students must complete 45 credits of CU Boulder coursework.

Degree Requirements, Courses

Composition (total of 3 credit hours)
  • ENG 302: Technical Writing – 3 credits
Mathematics (total of 16 credit hours)
  • MATH 151: Calculus I (GT-MA1) – 4 credits
  • MATH 251: Calculus II – 4 credits
  • MATH 252: Calculus III – 4 credits
  • MATH 358: Introduction to Differential Equations with Linear Algebra – 4 credits
Computer Science and Engineering Courses
  • CS 191: Computer Science II – 3 credits
  • ENGR 131: Introduction to Engineering Design – 3 credits
  • ENGR 161: Computer-Aided Design – 3 credits
  • ENGR 197: Fabrication – 1 credit
  • ENGR 224: Materials Science – 3 credits
  • ENGR 265: Engineering as a Profession – 1 credit
  • ENGR 397/PHYS 335: Fluid Mechanics – 3 credits
  • ENGR 363: Mechanics of Solids – 3 credits
  • MCEN 3012: Thermodynamics – 3 credits
  • MCEN 3107: Circuits and Electronics for Mechanical Engineers – 3 credits
  • MCEN 3022: Heat Transfer – 3 credits
  • MCEN 3025: Component Design – 3 credits
  • MCEN 3030: Computational Methods – 3 credits
  • MCEN 3032: Thermodynamics II – 3 credits
  • MCEN 3047: Data Analysis and Experimental Methods – 4 credits
  • MCEN 4026: Manufacturing Processes and Systems – 3 credits
  • MCEN 4043: System Dynamics – 3 credits
  • MCEN 4045: Mechanical Engineering Design Project 1 – 3 credits
  • MCEN 4085: Mechanical Engineering Design Project 2 – 3 credits
  • MCEN 4086: Writing for Design – 1 credit
  • Technical Electives (12 credits hours)
    • Choose 6 credit hours of ME Technical Elective coursework
    • Choose 6 credit hours of General Technical Elective coursework
Sciences (total of 20 credits)
  • CHEM 121: General Chemistry for Engineers – 3 credits
  • PHYS 200: General Physics I (with laboratory) (GT-SC1) – 4 credits
  • PHYS 201: General Physics II (with laboratory) (GT-SC1) – 4 credits
  • PHYS 250: Statics – 3 credits
  • PHYS 251: Dynamics – 3 credits
  • PHYS 320: Modern Physics – 3 credits
Humanities/Social Sciences
  • Complete 15 credits of approved humanities and social science coursework, 6 credits of which must be upper-division.
Free Elective Courses
  • Additional coursework is necessary to bring the cumulative total credit hours to at least 128. The number of credits needed may vary based on options selected to complete other requirements