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Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Undergraduate Program Overview

The Engineering Departments at the University of Denver (DU) are creating and educating today's and tomorrow's engineers by providing a solid and well diversified undergraduate education emphasizing cross-disciplinary knowledge. Our distinguished faculty is creating and delivering multidisciplinary education and research programs that focus on both depth and breadth of knowledge. We pride ourselves on anticipating technological trends in research and industry and laying the foundation for creating and promoting cutting-edge technologies and innovation. 

All of our undergraduate degree programs encompass several key components:


Two distinct features of our programs, which make them unique compared to what other Universities offer are: common curriculum at the first and second year levels, and integrated engineering design curriculum encompassing all four year levels. The common curriculum and the integrated design curriculum are shared by the ECE Department and Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) Department. The common curriculum ensures a common foundation for all EE, CpE and Mechanical Engineering (ME) students; whereas the integrated design curriculum promotes integrative multidisciplinary thinking and engineering practice. To build on these elements of the EE, CpE and ME curricula, the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering offers a Electrical Engineering degree program with a concentration in Mechatronics Systems Engineering (MSE) and a Electrical Engineering degree program with a concentration in Electrical Power and Energy Systems (EP&ES).


For those undergraduate students in the ECE Department who desire to extend their studies at DU to the graduate level we offer two dual degree programs.

Special Requirements for Dual Engineering Degrees (BSCpE, BSEE, and MS) Programs

Prior to entering the fourth year of study, the student must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and apply to be admitted to the Graduate Engineering Program. Prior to completing the graduate application, the student must work with an engineering advisor or advisors (for the case of different disciplines) to develop a plan for completing both degrees. The curriculum plan is to be submitted along with the application. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required for admission to the program.  

The MS degree requires 45 credit hours and up to 9 of these hours can be counted toward the technical elective requirement of the undergraduate engineering degree. As a result the minimum number credit hours required to complete both degrees is 228 (192 - 9 + 45) for the BSME, 234 (198 – 9 + 45) for the BSEE and BSCpE, and 238 (202 – 9 + 45) for the BSEE with a concentration in Mechatronic Systems Engineering.

Special Requirements for the Coordinated Engineering/MBA Programs

Prior to entering the fourth year of study, the student must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and apply and be admitted to the Graduate School of the Daniels College of Business. Typically, a minimum score of at least 590 on the GMAT is required for admission, as well as a 3.00+ grade point average over the previous two years of study. It is strongly recommended that students take the GMAT and apply prior to October 15 of the third year to assure admission for the following fall. An orientation is required just prior to entrance into the MBA Program. For students entering in the Autumn Quarter, this session occurs the weeks just preceding the Autumn Quarter and for the Spring Quarter it is held during Spring Break.

The MBA requires 64 credit hours with 12 credits to fulfill the Daniels Compass courses, 44 credits for the MBA core, and 8 credits in 4000-level business electives.  A student may get a concentration by fitting in an extra 8 credits, if the 8 credits in required business electives are part of their concentration. The degrees are awarded concurrently upon completion of the requirements for both. For purposes of financial aid, the student is considered an undergraduate while completing both degrees. A student can complete the requirements for both degrees in a total of five years because an MBA engineering student can count a total of 16 graduate credit hours toward the undergraduate degree.

As these programs must meet the standards of two different accrediting agencies and are subject to change. Students must check with advisors in both engineering and Daniels College of Business during preregistration periods to ensure that they are taking the required courses for both degrees.


Electric Power and Energy Systems

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) of the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Denver offers an undergraduate concentration leading to a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) with a specialization in Electric Power and Energy Systems (EP&ES). All graduate level courses count toward the requirements for a PhD degree in ECE. Courses are designed to provide breadth and depth in essential topics leading to optimizing operations of EP&ES.

BSEE with a concentration in EP&ES: All students enrolled in this program must have taken ENEE 2211Electronics or an equivalent course. Required course sequence: ENGR 3510 Renewable & Efficient Power & Energy Systems, ENGR 3530 Intro to Power & Energy Conversion Systems, ENGR 3535 Electric Power Engineering Lab, ENGR 3540 Electric Power Systems, and ENGR 3545 Electric Power Economy.

MSEE with a specialization in EP&ES: All students must enroll in the following two required core courses: ENGR 3620 Advanced Engineering Mathematics; ENEE 4640 Electromagnetic Compatibility. The specialization area in EP&ES covers the depth requirement for the degree, while the breadth requirement may be filled by taking additional courses in the EP&ES specialization area or any other courses offered from within the department. Depth requirement courses are chosen from the provided list. Students may follow either the thesis or the non-thesis option. Fellowships, teaching and research assistantships are offered only to students following the thesis option. For more information, click here.

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