2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Dean Marc Ingber
Associate Dean for Research Ken Ortega
Associate Dean for Student Affairs Bruce Janson
Assistant Dean for International Education Chengyu Li
North Classroom 3034
1200 Larimer Street, 3rd Floor
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Campus Box 104
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
Fall: August 1
Spring: December 1
Summer: May 1
The College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Denver meets the needs of the Denver metropolitan area by providing nationally accredited engineering education programs in a flexible format that suits both students and employers. Recognizing the importance for students to pursue professional studies and related employment simultaneously, the college offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in bioengineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science and engineering through evening studies or through a more traditional schedule of day classes.
A listing of the fields in which engineers work would have hundreds of entries. The following list is a brief summary of the engineering fields available at CU Denver.
Bioengineering offers opportunities for interdisciplinary undergraduate training for a bachelor of science degree and graduate training for master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees. Our programs are uniquely integrated with the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Students enjoy opportunities to learn from clinicians and engineers and to perform research or medical device design in world-class hospitals and clinical research labs. Bioengineering is one of the fastest growing job markets this decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A degree in this area provides numerous opportunities to work in health care, biomedical industry, government regulatory agencies and academia.
Civil engineering offers an interesting and challenging career in the design and construction of buildings, bridges, dams, aqueducts and other structures; in transportation systems including highways, canals, pipelines, airports, rapid transit lines, railroads and harbor facilities; in the distribution of water and the regulation of rivers; in the development of water resources for urban use, industry and land reclamation; in the control of water quality through water purification and proper waste treatment; in the construction and contracting industry; and in the problems concerned with our physical environment and the growth of cities.
Computer science and engineering offers graduates the solid foundation needed for jobs in computing and information technologies. Career paths in computer science involve designing and implementing software, devising new applications of computers and developing effective ways to solve computing problems. Computer engineers design and develop computer hardware and supervise its manufacture and installation.
Electrical engineering offers professional careers that include research in development of new electrical or electronic devices, instruments or products; design of equipment or systems; production and quality control of electrical products; and sales or management for private industry or government. There are numerous specialties within electrical engineering. Among them are the design and application of computer systems and digital engineering; electromagnetic fields and microwave devices; control systems; communication theory and signal processing; electrical integrated circuits and electron devices; and energy and power systems.
Mechanical engineering offers a wide range of interesting and challenging career opportunities in research, design, development, manufacturing, testing and marketing for either private industry or government. Mechanical engineers help develop a wide range of products such as engines, transmissions, compressors, pumps, computer disk drives, oil field drilling rigs, missiles, space satellites, earth-moving equipment, container-manufacturing machines, medical equipment and many other products encountered in daily life.
College of Engineering and Applied Science Educational Goals
The College of Engineering and Applied Science has established the following goals and objectives for undergraduate education:
- successful completion of the fundamental core courses, primarily lower division, in mathematics and the physical sciences
- successful completion of the required upper-division courses in engineering science, analysis and design
- successful completion of real-world engineering design projects that require integration of engineering, economic and social skills
- successful completion of a series of humanities and social science courses that introduce the student to societal problems and historical perspectives
- evidence, through close student/faculty contact, of development of professionalism, ethics and concern for the multifaceted human element of engineering
- evidence, from successful completion of a full engineering curriculum, of the ability to maintain professional competency through lifelong learning
- evidence, through successful completion of a series of communications oriented courses and project presentations, of an ability to communicate effectively with professionals and lay persons alike
The undergraduate degree programs in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The undergraduate program in computer science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET. The undergraduate degree program in bioengineering will apply for accreditation as soon as it is eligible in 2017.
The College of Engineering and Applied Science encourages all students to develop their skills in using the computer as a tool, not only for solving technical problems but for use in all other facets of their careers. Students are encouraged to explore computer courses other than the fundamental programming course required in their curriculum.
Fundamentals taught in the freshman year are of critical importance in the more advanced classes. Special attention should be given to taking courses in the proper sequence. (Course requirements for freshmen are detailed within the typical curriculum given under each department.) All students are urged to consult their instructors whenever they are experiencing difficulties with course materials or for questions related to the class.
Internships are a way for students to gain professional experience while studying at CU Denver. Many internship positions lead to permanent employment opportunities upon graduation. Please contact the Experiential Learning Center at 303-556-6656 for information on the specific eligibility requirements.
The college receives an annual allocation of state funds for Dean’s Scholarships; these funds are awarded to students who apply and meet scholarship and community service criteria. Additional funds for scholarships and loans are obtained through contributions from alumni and friends. Enrollment in the College of Engineering and Applied Science makes the student eligible for these scholarships. Scholarship application forms are available online through the CU Denver Scholarship Resource Office. Students must apply by March 1 for scholarships beginning in the upcoming academic year. Students can apply for all industry scholarships and Dean’s Scholarships using the general application form. Scholarship application forms require information about the applicant’s participation in school related activities, community activities and work. Dean’s Scholarship applicants must qualify for in-state tuition and have at least a 3.0 GPA, but do not need to show unmet financial need.
For additional information on other types of financial aid, consult the Tuition/Financial Aid section.
Summer session courses are offered for regular students and those who have course deficiencies. Courses are also offered for high school graduates who wish to enter as freshmen and need some additional preparatory work. For some students, there are advantages in starting their college careers during the summer session. Some required freshman and sophomore courses and many elective courses are offered at CU Denver during the summer. The summer session gives students a head start and enables them to take a lighter load during the fall semester or take additional courses to enrich their programs.
Programs of Study
(For Graduate Programs please refer to the Graduate catalog.)
College of Engineering and Applied Science