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Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Degree Programs

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Engineering Common Curriculum:

The engineering common curriculum in all three disciplines (mechanical, computer, and electrical) is the same for the first 5 quarters.  There is no need for a student to declare his/her major until the spring quarter of the sophomore year. All choices remain available up until that time.

Course of Study:

  • The mechanical engineering curricula is highly structured, with very little flexibility in the order in which courses must be completed, and there are few general electives.
  • Most engineering courses are offered only once a year; therefore, following the program plan is important.
  • Although a high percentage of our students graduate in four years, it should be noted that, nationwide, nearly half of all engineering graduates take more than four years to complete their degrees; therefore, students should not become discouraged if more time is needed. The additional year may also be used to acquire additional expertise.
  • Our dual-degree programs offer students the opportunity to earn either BSME/MS or BSME/MBA degrees concurrently in 5 years.  See below for more information.

View the most recent Undergraduate Engineering Bulletin for more detailed information on the undergraduate engineering programs.

Degree Program Plans

To view specific engineering bachelor's and dual-degree program plans go to the program plan for your entrance year. If you wish to follow a more recent degree program plan than the one you entered on, please see the department chair.

2010-2011 (MME Program Plans Pages. 21-21) 
2011-2012 (MME Program Plans Pages. 21-24)
2012-2013 (MME Program Plans Pages. 13-15)
2013-2014 (MME Program Plans Pages, 12-14)
2014-2015 (MME Program Plans Pages, 12-16)

 Degree Programs (BSME, BSME/MS and BSME/MBA)

Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering (BSME) Four-Year Program 

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) is designed to teach and train a student to be a mechanical engineer. All engineering students begin with a two-year common curriculum where the students learn the fundamentals and take courses from each of the three engineering disciplines (mechanical, electrical and computer). After the initial 5 quarters, the students work on more advanced work in mechanical engineering and continues to work on integrated engineering projects and designs. A student desiring to achieve some depth in a special area may do so by taking several technical electives in the same area. 

Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering & Master of Business Administration (BSME/MBA) Five-Year Program
  • The Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department and the Daniels College of Business also offer programs leading to the BSME/MBA.  This program can be completed in 5 years total.
  • Students must take the GMAT and apply for admission to the DCB graduate program prior to October 15 of the third (junior) year to assure admission for the following autumn. Upon acceptance, the student may begin courses in the MBA program in the winter quarter of the third year.
  • Typically, a minimum score of at least 590 on the GMAT is required for admission, as well as a 3.00+ GPA over the previous two years of study.
  • The two degrees are conferred concurrently.
  • While this program sacrifices some of the diversity available if both degrees are taken separately, it can be enriched in either engineering or in business if additional courses are taken in extra quarters. 
  • The minimum number of credits required in this course of study is 240 for the BSME/MBA. The MBA requires 64 credits 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 taking an extra 8 credits, if the 8 credits in required business electives are part of their concentration.
  • 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 credits toward the undergraduate degree.
  • As these programs must meet the standards of two different accrediting agencies, there may be changes made to the curricula as stated in this bulletin. Students must check with advisors in both engineering and the Graduate School of the Daniels College of Business during preregistration periods to ensure that they are taking the required courses for both degrees.
Bachelor of Science in Math, Science or Engineering & Master of Science in Engineering (BSME/MS) Five-Year Program:
  • Student will decide during their junior year whether they are interested in earning both Bachelor's and Master's degrees, concurrently.
  • Program application should occur after the student has junior-level standing. Early planning for these programs is very important especially for students who are not working toward an engineering BS degree. A student interested in these programs should speak to their engineering adviser as early as possible in order to avoid extending the time necessary to complete both degrees.
  • Students must fulfill all the requirements for the bachelor's degree in his/her chosen field, and also complete all the requirements for the engineering MS of choice.
  • The minimum number of required credits for completing both degrees is 228 (183 + 45). engineering BS degrees require 192 credits.
  • Each engineering discipline requires 8-12 hours of technical electives. Since many technical electives are also co-listed with graduate-level courses, engineering students can count up to 9 credits of graduate-level courses for both the undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees. Engineering students, as a result, also have a minimum requirement of 228 (192 - 9 + 45) credits.
  • During the student's fourth and fifth years, a combination of graduate and undergraduate courses will be taken to fulfill the requirements of both degrees since many of the graduate engineering courses are offered every other year.
  • Note that not all combinations of degrees will be possible within five years. (For example, a student who is taking physics and Differential Equations in the junior year, and desires a MS in mechanical engineering with a specialization area in solid mechanics, will not be able to complete the desired program in 5 years. The same student might be able to complete another combination, however.)

  Mechanical Engineering Minor for Non-engineering Students

Required courses:

  • Equivalent of MATH 1951 Calculus I, MATH 1952 Calculus II and MATH 1953 Calculus III is required. (Additional courses numbered 2000 or higher must be substituted as replacements for the required courses if the course is required in the student's major or a course in another minor.)
  • Minimum of 20 credits of mechanical engineering courses including three of the following four courses: Engineering Mechanics I (ENME 2510), Materials Science I (ENME 2410),
    Fluid Mech/Heat Transfer I (ENME 2651) Engineering Thermodynamics I (ENME 2710).
  • In addition, at least 11 credits of ENME courses numbered 2000 or higher must be completed. With prior approval of the department, courses outside of the discipline can be applied to the mechanical engineering minor.

Recommended courses: PHYS 1211 University Physics I, PHYS 1212 University Physics II and PHYS 1213 University Physics III. (These courses can be taken to fulfill The Analytical Inquiry, The Natural and Physical World and the Scientific Inquiry, and The Natural and Physical Word requirements for the BA and BS degrees.)

GPA requirements as specified for the BS degree apply to all engineering minor degrees.

A course that appears in more than one discipline may only be counted toward one minor.

Minors for Engineering Students 

  • The minor (20-25 credits) is a program of courses in a secondary area of concentration. Individual departments establish requirements for a minor and these are listed in the University of Denver's Undergraduate Bulletin.  Due to the strict engineering curricula students have minimal opportunities for taking extra courses. Unless a student comes into DU with AP, IB or transfer credit or will take summer courses, adding a minor may mean that additional time is required to complete the degree.
  • Note that a course appearing in more than one discipline may only be counted towards one minor.
  • Most engineering students will be able to qualify for a minor in math without needing to take any additional courses. Students who get a D in one required math course will not be able to meet the minimum requirement for a minor since D's are not counted for a minor. A minor in physics can be obtained by taking 6 additional credits.

Minor in Mechanical Engineering

A student in computer engineering, electrical engineering, or electrical engineering-MSE option can get a minor in mechanical engineering. A mechanical engineering minor requires the student take ENME 2410 Materials Science I or ENME 2651 Fluids I and an additional 17 credits of ENME courses numbered 2000 or higher. With prior approval of the department, courses outside of the discipline can be applied to the minor. ENME courses that are required of all engineering students do not count towards a minor in mechanical engineering.

Minor in Computer Engineering

A student in electrical engineering, electrical engineering with MSE option or mechanical engineering can get a minor in computer engineering. Computer engineering minor requires at least 20 credits of ENCE courses numbered 2000 or higher. With prior approval of the department, courses outside of the discipline can be applied to the minor. ENCE courses that are required of all engineering students do not count towards a minor in computer engineering.

Minor in Electrical Engineering

A student in computer  engineering or mechanical engineering can get a minor in electrical engineering. Electrical engineering minor requires the student take ENEE 2222 Advanced Electronics, ENEE 3111 Signals and Systems, and an additional 13 quarter hours of ENEE courses numbered 2000 or higher. With prior approval of the department, courses outside of the discipline can be applied to the minor. ENEE courses that are required of computer engineering or mechanical engineering students do not count towards a minor in electrical engineering.