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The mechanical engineer is concerned with satisfying the needs of society using a combination of material, human and economic resources. Mechanical engineering covers a wide spectrum of activities in the engineering profession. These activities include the conversion and transmission of energy and associated power processes; the kinematic, dynamic, strength and wear considerations, as well as economic aspects of the development, design and use of materials, machines and processes; and the analysis, synthesis and control of entire engineering systems.
The program offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Colorado Denver can be completed in the afternoon and evening hours to accommodate both working and traditional students. The department seeks to graduate a diverse population of students with a bachelor's degrees who within a few years of graduation are able to:
- be employed by a diverse group of industries, research laboratories and educational institutions
- pursue careers in engineering, interdisciplinary areas, research and education
- pursue postgraduate education and advanced degrees
The mechanical engineering curriculum begins with a strong emphasis on mathematics, physics and chemistry. It continues with a concentration in engineering sciences, including solid and fluid mechanics; thermodynamics, heat and mass transport; materials; and systems analysis and control. It concludes with laboratory and design courses that demonstrate the ways in which scientific knowledge is applied in the design and development of useful devices and manufacturing processes.
The mechanical engineering program may be roughly subdivided into two-year groupings. In the first two years, the program emphasizes the fundamentals of mathematics and basic science that are essential for an understanding of most branches of engineering. In the last two years of the program, the curriculum emphasizes engineering science and design and provides technical electives in the following areas:
- heat transfer
- fluid mechanics
- solid mechanics
- motorsports engineering
- dynamics and controls
- computer-aided design and manufacturing
- composite materials
- additive manufacturing
- material science
- computational solid and fluid mechanics
- design engineering and science
- This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Major
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- CU Denver General Graduation Requirements
- CU Denver Core Curriculum
- College of Engineering, Design and Computing Graduation Requirements
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- CVEN 2121 Analytical Mechanics I and CVEN 3111 Analytical Mechanics II may be substituted for MECH 2023 Statics and MECH 2033 Dynamics respectively.
- Not all courses may be offered every semester.
- Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in all courses applying to major requirements.
- Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in all MECH courses attempted.
- Students must complete a minimum of 128 semester hours of course work.
- The last 30 hours must be earned as a degree-seeking student in the College of Engineering, Design and Computing at CU Denver.
|MECH 1025||CAD and Graphics for Mechanical Engineering||3|
|ENGR 1100||Fundamentals of Computational Innovation||3|
|ENGR 1200||Fundamentals of Engineering Design Innovation||3|
|or CVEN 2121||Analytical Mechanics I|
|or CVEN 3111||Analytical Mechanics II|
|ELEC 3030||Electric Circuits and Systems||3|
|MECH 1045||Manufacturing Processes Design||3|
|MECH 2024||Introduction to Materials Science||3|
|MECH 2034||Properties of Engineering Materials||1|
|MECH 3010||Elementary Numerical Methods and Programming||3|
|MECH 3021||Introduction to Fluid Mechanics||3|
|MECH 3022||Thermodynamics II||3|
|MECH 3023||System Dynamics I: Vibrations||3|
|MECH 3028||Laboratory of Mechanical Measurements||1|
|MECH 3031||Fluids/Thermal Laboratory||1|
|MECH 3032||Electric Circuits and Systems Lab||1|
|MECH 3035||Design of Mechanical Elements||3|
|MECH 3042||Heat Transfer||3|
|MECH 3043||Strength of Materials||3|
|MECH 4023||System Dynamics II: Controls||3|
|MECH 4035||Senior Design I||3|
|MECH 4045||Senior Design II||3|
|MECH 4142||Thermal Systems Design||3|
|Select 6 semester hours of the following:||18|
|Special Topics: 2208-2298 1|
|Principles of Additive Manufacturing|
|Numerical Methods for Engineers|
|Internal Combustion Engines|
|Designing with Composites|
|Methods of Engineering Analysis|
|Air Conditioning Design|
|Finite Element Analysis in Machine Design|
|Introduction to Sports Engineering|
|Introduction to Turbomachinery|
|Special Topics (Special Topics)|
|Special Topics (Special Topics)|
|MATH 1401||Calculus I||4|
|MATH 2411||Calculus II||4|
|MATH 2421||Calculus III||4|
|MATH 3195||Linear Algebra and Differential Equations||4|
|ENGR 1130||Chemistry for Engineers||5|
|PHYS 2311||General Physics I: Calculus-Based||4|
|PHYS 2321||Intro Experimental Phys Lab I||1|
|PHYS 2331||General Physics II: Calculus-Based||4|
|PHYS 2341||Intro Experimental Phys Lab II||1|
Intro to Comp Fluid Dynamics, Buckling & Stability, Prototyping, Low Speed Aerodynamics, Feedback and Optimal Control, Tribology, Intermediate Controls, Road Vehicle Dynamics, IC Engines, Linear Optimal Control, Experimental Mechanics, Vehicle Instrumentation, LA Green Roof, Introduction to Aerodynamics, Vehicle Design, Polymer Viscoelasticity, Robotics
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