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Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science

Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science

Frequently Asked Questions


What do the all acronyms mean?

RSECS - Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science
CS - Computer Science
ECE - Electrical and Computer Engineering
MME - Mechanical and Materials Engineering
MSE - Mechatronic Systems Engineering (ECE Dept.)

BA - Bachelor of Arts
BS - Bachelor of Science
MA - Masters of Arts
MS - Masters of Science
Admission Test Scores

What are the minimum or average admission test scores for students who are accepted into the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science?

Undergraduate Averages
ACT - 28
SAT - 1180
GPA - 3.5
Graduate Minimums
Requirements for the GRE are specific to the department and/or degree.
MME: Verbal - 140; Quantitative - 154; Analytical - None
ECE: Verbal - 145; Quantitative - 154; Analytical - 3.0
CS MS: Verbal - None; Quantitative - 152; Analytical - 2.0
CS PhD: Verbal - 146; Quantitative - 156; Analytical - 3.5 

A TOEFL or IELTS score is required of all graduate student applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of citizenship status.
TOEFL - 550 (80 internet-based)
IELTS - 6.0

Computer Engineering vs Computer Science

What is the difference between Computer Engineering and Computer Science?

While both disciplines overlap in areas, Computer Engineering is an extension of Electrical Engineering and deals with interfacing physical hardware components and software into a unified system. This includes understanding the integrated circuit design, digital logic, and processor interfacing.
Computer Science, on the other hand, primarily focuses on writing software and implementing theory. Computer Scientists try to come up with the best ways to automate tasks which includes areas such as numerical analysis, security, and machine learning.

Is a lot of programming involved in Computer Engineering?

There is less programming involved in Computer Engineering than in Computer Science, however, both disciplines learn how to program in some of the same languages (Java and C/C++). A Computer Engineer also learns to program in assembly, and hardware description languages.

Computer Requirements

What type of computer am I required to have?

Please visit the University Technology Services site for the latest information on laptop requirements for the Computer Science department and Engineering departments. You do not have to worry about buying/installing software until you arrive on campus. We will inform you as to what software to buy, where to go for the best pricing, and what we will provide free access to in the classes that need the software.
Employment Rates

What do the employment rates look like after graduating from the RSECS program?

The most current at-graduation employment reports can be found below: 

Transferring Credit

Do you accept AP and/or IB credits?

The University of Denver accepts AP and IB credits. Depending on the course, you must earn a score of 4 or 5 to transfer the credit. To see a detailed list of courses and scores required visit the Admissions website.

How do we convert quarter hours in a quarter-based system to credit hours in a semester-based system?

1 semester hour is equivalent to 1.5 quarter hours. So, a 3 semester hour class transfers in as 4.5 quarter hours.

Tutoring Available

What if I want extra help? Are tutors available?

The Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science provides FREE tutoring weekdays and weekends for all engineering undergraduate students. You can stop by for clarification on course work, assistance with homework or help with test preparation from third-year, fourth-year and graduate engineering students. Currently we hold tutoring hours in the STEM Help Center in Anderson Academic Commons (DU Library) which is located in the center of campus. Our tutoring schedule is updated quarterly and posted outside the engineering administration offices and on the engineering tutoring Facebook page. In addition to tutoring help, many of our graduate teaching assistants will hold specific engineering course office hours at this same location.