The Mechanical Engineering Department prides itself in providing a challenging yet rewarding experience for undergraduate students to develop as engineers, scholars, and citizens. The Department supports two undergraduate degrees: the new primary degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) and the longer-standing Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) with a Specialty in Mechanical Engineering. Details on the BSME degree are provided here, while detailed information on the ABET-accredited BSE degree program can be found under Colorado School of Mines' institutional accreditation.
Undergraduate engineering programs at Mines are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The BSME degree program is not currently accredited, but was evaluated for accreditation by ABET during September 2013. The outcome of that evaluation will be known by the middle of 2014.
The BSME program provides students with a strong background in core sciences and engineering courses. The program builds on this base with mechanical engineering courses in thermodynamics, fluids, mechanics of materials, machine design, computer-aided engineering, and heat transfer. These courses are supplemented by three semesters of related laboratory experience, a year-long senior-design capstone course, and courses from other disciplines including applied math, economics, electrical engineering, and material science.
Our program also expects that students take advanced technical electives of their own choosing, which may be used to focus on an Area of Special Interest or to obtain a Minor in another field.
A flowchart for the BSME degree provides a typical schedule of a four-year program to fulfill the degree requirements.
Beyond the classroom, undergrad students are encouraged to engage in on-campus activities such as student groups, team competitions, and undergraduate research opportunities. The opportunities are plentiful and allow students to express themselves, develop skills, and network with other students and faculty with related interests.