2018-2019 Catalog 
    Jul 24, 2024  
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering, BS


The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has established the following set of program educational objectives for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering:

  • Graduates will be able to use mechanical engineering principles, proficiencies, and technical information to pursue graduate school or engineering careers, including but not limited to design, development, project management, and technical sales.
  • Graduates will be equipped to pursue continued lifelong growth and development in mechanical engineering, including learning and applying new engineering processes, tools, and technologies.
  • Graduates will be able to contribute to the state-of-the-art in engineering design, research and problem solving, including consideration of professional responsibilities.

Learning Outcomes

Program outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.  These are as follows:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The acquisition of the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  • A knowledge of  contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • An ability to apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations); to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components or processes
  • An ability to work professionally in both the thermal and mechanical systems

The objectives are regularly reviewed by the constituents of the department’s programs, including industrial representatives, students in the program, and the faculty of the department.

The objectives are used to focus the undergraduate degree program and assure the best possible education to our students.

Academic Policies

It is the responsibility of each student to know and follow all Academic policies established by the University and the College of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) that are set forth in the Catalog.

Course Prerequisites

Students are responsible for knowing and completing all course prerequisites.  Course prerequisites are strictly enforced for all classes at UCCS.

Restrictions and Limitations

Students must be admitted into the degree major in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at least 30 credit hours prior to graduation.  Only three hours of Independent Study may count toward the degree.  Work Experience/Military Science/ROTC credit will not apply toward fulfillment of the requirements for a degree from the College of Engineering.

Compass Curriculum

Compass Curriculum is the campus-wide general education program at UCCS.  The Compass Curriculum has multiple components many of which will coincide with the degree requirements listed in this guide.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering requires the following:

  • A minimum of 127 hours must be completed with a cumulative CU grade point average of 2.0; at least 45 of these hours must be at the upper-division level (courses numbered 3000+).
  • The last 30 hours of the degree must be completed while registered in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at UCCS.
  • Courses numbered below 1000 do not count towards degree completion
  • This guide is provided for student use only.  It does not represent an official documentation of a student’s progress towards completion of their degree program. 
  • Students must complete an Exit Interview with the MAE Department to graduate.

Required Courses

Technical Electives (12 Credit Hours)

Complete 12 credit hours of technical electives.  All courses must be numbered 3000 or higher and at least 6 hours must be completed from courses numbered 4000 or higher.  At least 6 hours of the Technical Electives must be taken from MAE courses.  The remaining Technical Electives should be chosen from CS, ECE, MAE, MATH (with at least MATH 1350  as a prerequisite) and PES (with at least MATH 1350  or PES 1110  as a prerequisite).  PES 2130 General Physics III  may be taken as a technical elective.  MAE 3342 Engineering Economy  can count either as a business or a technical elective.

Computing Requirement (3 Credit Hours)

Compass Curriculum (9 Credit Hours)

Complete 6 hours of Humanities/Social Science electives from the following departments: AH, ANTH, COMM, ECON, ENGL (except ENGL 99, 1310, 1350, and 1410), FILM, GRNT, GES 1980 or GES 1990 only, HIST, ID 2000 or 4090, Languages, MUS (except choir or lessons), PHIL, PSC, PSY, SOC, VA, and WEST.  At least 3 hours must be taken at the 2000+ level.

GPS 1010 Gateway Program Seminar  must be completed by all students.

To see a list of all Compass Curriculum courses, please visit: www.uccs.edu/compasscurriculum.

Sample Schedule

Freshman Year

Fall Semester (17 Credit Hours) Spring Semester (16 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester (16 Credit Hours) Spring Semester (15 Credit Hours)

Junior Year

Fall Semester (18 Credit Hours) Spring Semester (16 Credit Hours)

Senior Year

Fall Semester (16 Credit Hours) Spring Semester (15 Credit Hours)

Total Credit Hours: 129