Undergraduate Program

Program Overview

DiggerLoop carThe 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 an undergraduate degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME).

The program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The enrollment and graduation data for the Mechanical Engineering program and other Mines programs can be found on the homepage of the Office of Institutional Research.

Program Educational Objectives

The Mechanical Engineering program prepares graduates within three to five years of completing their degree to:

  • Apply their Mechanical Engineering education as active contributors in the workforce or graduate school;
  • Effectively communicate technical information in a diverse and globally integrated society;
  • Demonstrate their commitment to continued professional development through training, coursework, and/or professional society involvement;
  • Exemplify ethical and social responsibility in their professional activities.

Wind projectThe 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. Enrollment and graduation information is found here.

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.

Prospective Students

Prospective students may ask, “Why Mechanical Engineering (ME) at Mines?” We feel based on the strength of our program and faculty that the better question is, “Why not Mechanical Engineering at Mines?”

Our Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program is designed not only to provide students with a strong knowledge and skill base in core Mechanical Engineering fields, but also an opportunity to explore areas of more advanced topics in exciting fields like energy, biomechanics, robotics, engineering design, and materials. In addition, the BSME program focuses on helping students develop effective technical communication skills and a curiosity that leads to lifelong learning. Mine’s ME degree program is challenging, but our faculty work closely with students to make the academic challenges they face a rewarding and enriching experience.

When exploring different colleges and universities across the country, many prospective students and their families want to know what distinguishes Mines, specifically the Mechanical Engineering program, from other highly competitive schools. Mines’ 2015-16 Career Center Annual Report statistics and ME departmental highlights speak for themselves:

  • Mines’ ME students are highly sought after by noteworthy employers and offered great professional opportunities upon graduation
    • Job placement of 83%, with an average starting salary of $63,314.
    • 232 employers participated in Career Day for Fall 2016.
    • 6th best school in the nation for 30-year Return on Investment by Forbes magazine (2013).
  • Mines continues to see growing diversity amongst its students.
    • 2015 Freshman Class: 30.6% female vs. 25.3% in 2014.
    • Resident to Non-Resident split 50/50 (2015).
    • Mines is home to the largest student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers in the country.

ME undergraduate students have access to opportunities outside of the classroom that greatly enhance their professional development.

  • The department and campus have a vibrant record for undergraduate research opportunities in labs such as the Robotics Laboratory, the Fuel Cell Center, and other laboratories.
  • Student clubs and chapters such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Society for Automotive Engineers, the Robotics Club, Society for Women Engineers, and many others provide opportunities for networking beyond campus, service, and fun.
  • Competition teams abound and provide rewarding challenges to compete against other top-notch universities in arenas such as the Shell Eco-Marathon, NASA’s Lunabotics, Formula SAE, DOE’s Wind Turbine Competition, and the Mini-Baja team.

We are excited about what we have to offer our students and hope if you feel the same way, you will consider applying to Mines and joining our department.


Core Engineering Courses

Course descriptions, course offerings, co-/pre-requisites are found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

  • CEEN241 Statics 3 credits
  • EGGN250 Multidisciplinary Engineering Lab I 1.5 credits
  • EGGN350 Multidisciplinary Engineering Lab II 1.5 credits
  • EGGN450 Multidisciplinary Engineering Lab III 1 credit
  • EGGN491 Senior Design I 3 credits
  • EGGN492 Senior Design II 3 credits
  • EENG281 Introduction to Electrical Circuits, Electronics and Power 3 credits
  • EENG307 Introduction to Feedback Control Systems 3 credits
  • MEGN200 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering 3 credits
  • MEGN201 Mechanical Field Session 3 credits
  • MEGN 312 Introduction to Solid Mechanics 3 credits
  • MEGN315 Dynamics 3 credits
  • MEGN351 Fluid Mechanics 3 credits
  • MEGN361 Thermodynamics I 3 credits
  • MEGN381 Manufacturing Processes 3 credits
  • MEGN424 Computer Aided Engineering 3 credits
  • MEGN471 Heat Transfer 3 credits
  • MEGN481 Machine Design 4 credits

Technical Electives

The list of approved Mechanical Engineering Electives appears below. Students are required to take three (3) of these courses, and at least one (1) must be from Advanced Engineering Sciences. In addition to theses courses, any graduate course taught by a member of the Mechanical Engineering faculty will also count as a Mechanical Elective.

Advanced Engineering Sciences (at least 1)
  • MEGN412 Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • MEGN416 Engineering Vibrations
  • MEGN451 Fluid Mechanics II
  • MEGN461 Thermodynamics II
Mechanical Electives (at least 2)
  • MEGN330 Intro to Biomechanical Engineering
  • MEGN430 Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
  • MEGN435 Modeling and Simulation of Human Movement
  • MEGN436 Computational Biomechanics
  • MEGN441 Introduction to Robotics
  • MEGN466 Intro. to Internal Combustion Engines
  • MEGN469 Fuel Cell Science & Technology
  • MEGN485 Manufacturing Optimization w/ Network Models
  • MEGN493 Engineering Design Optimization
  • MEGN498 (A-C) Special Topic
  • MEGN5XX Any MEGN graduate level course
  • CEEN405 Design of Steele Structures
  • CEEN406 Finite Element Methods for Engineers
  • EBGN321 Engineering Economics
  • EENG389 Fundamentals of Electrical Machinery
  • EENG417 Modern Control Design
  • EGGN401 Projects for People
  • MTGN311 (w/lab) Structures of Materials/ Lab
  • MTGN445 (w/lab) Mechanical Behavior of Materials/ Lab
  • MTGN450 Statistical Control of Material Processes
  • MTGN463 Polymer Engineering
  • MTGN464 (w/lab) Forging & Forming/ Lab
  • MTGN475 (w/lab) Metallurgy of Welding/Lab
  • NUGN520 Reactor Thermal Hydraulics
  • PHGN300 Physics III-Modern Physics
  • PHGN350 Intermediate Mechanics
  • PHGN419 Principles of Solar Energy Systems
2017-2018 Undergraduate Curriculum

Freshman Year

FallCourse TitleCredit Hours
PAGN1XX-2XXPhysical Education0.5
LAIS 100Nature and Human Values4
CSM 101Freshman Seminar0.5
DS Elective*Distributed Science Elective4
CHGN 121Principles of Chemistry4
MATH 111Calculus I4
Total Credits17
SpringCourse TitleCredit Hours
PAGN 1XX-2XXPhysical Education0.5
CHGN 122 or 125Principles of Chemistry II (Pre: CHGN 121)4
PHGN 100Physics I (Pre: MATH 111; Co: MATH 112)4.5
MATH 112Calculus II (Pre: MATH 111)4
EPIC 151Design I3
Total Credits16

Sophomore Year

FallCourse TitleCredit Hours
PAGN1XX-2XXPhysical Education0.5
LAIS 200Human Systems (Pre: LAIS 100)3
PHGN 200Physics II (Pre: PHGN 100; Co: MATH 213)4.5
MATH 213Calcuculs III (Pre: MATH 112)4
CEEN 241Statics (Pre: PHGN 100; Co: MATH 112)3
MEGN 200Intro to Mechanical Engineering (Pre: EPIC 151)3
Total Credits18
SpringCourse TitleCredit Hours
PAGN 1XX-2XXPhysical Education0.5
MTGN 202Engineering Materials Systems (Pre: CHGN 122 or 125, MATH 112, PHGN 100)3
EENG 281Intro to Circuits (Pre: PHGN 200)3
MATH 225Differential Equations (Pre: MATH 112)3
MEGN 361Thermodynamics I (Pre: MATH 213)3
Total Credits15.5


Summer ICourse TitleCredit Hours
MEGN 201Field Session (Pre: MEGN 200)3

Junior Year

FallCourse TitleCredit Hours
MATH 307Introduction to Scientific Computing (Pre: MATH 213, MATH 225)3
MEGN 315Dynamics (Pre: CEEN 241, MATH 225)3
EBGN 201Principles of Economics3
EGGN 250MEL I (pre: PHGN 200)1.5
MEGN 351Fluid Mechanics (Pre: CEEN 241)3
MEGN 424CAE (Pre: MEGN 312)3
Total Credits16.5
SpringCourse TitleCredit Hours
MEGN 381Manufacturing Processes (Pre: MTGN 202, MEGN 312, MEGN 201)3
EGGN 350MEL II (Pre: EGGN 250; Pre/Co: MEGN 351, MEGN 312)1.5
MEGN 471Heat Transfer (Pre: MATH 307, MEGN 351, MEGN 361)3
EENG 307Feedback Control (Pre: EENG 281, MATH 225)3
MEGN 481Machine Design (Pre: MEGN 424, MEGN 315)4
Total Credits17.5

Senior Year

FallCourse TitleCredit Hours
ELECTIVEFree Elective3
EGGN 450MEL III (Pre: EGGN 350, MEGN 351, MEGN 312; Co: EENG 307)1
ELECTIVEAdvanced Engineering Sciences Elective3
EGGN 491Senior Design I (Pre: MEGN 201, MEGN 481)3
Total Credits16
SpringCourse TitleCredit Hours
ELECTIVEFree Elective3
H&SS 400 LevelLAIS / EBGN III3
ELECTIVEFree Elective3
EGGN 492Senior Design II (Pre: EGGN 491)3
Total Credits15
2017-2018 Flowchart

BS Mechanical Engineering flowchart 2017-18

Student Outcomes

Within three to five years of completing their degree, graduates will be:

  • Applying their Mechanical Engineering education as active contributors in the workforce or graduate school.
  • Effectively communicating technical information in a diverse and globally integrated society.
  • Demonstrating their commitment to continued professional development through training, coursework and/or professional society involvement.
  • Exemplifying ethical and social responsibility in their professional activities.

The Program Educational Outcomes of the Mechanical Engineering program are the same as those required by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). BSME graduates will demonstrate:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an 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
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Senior Design

Senior Design is a two-semester course that requires students to apply the skills learned over their undergraduate experience to multidisciplinary challenges. Students are taught tools for scoping, planning, and executing complex design projects in 6-8 person teams. These skills are applied to real design challenges provided by school partners.

In the academic year 2016-17, 42 student teams addressed design challenges provided by campus research labs, industry partners, local municipalities, NGOs, and other clients as part of their capstone design course. Recent program clients include:

  • United States Olympic Committee
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Shell
  • Kiewit
  • Holcim
  • Stolle Machinery
  • MillerCoors
  • Baker Hughes
  • Newmont
  • Denver Zoo
  • Chevron Philips Chemical
  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • International Development Enterprises (iDE)

The course sequence has been designed to build and demonstrate mastery of the ABET definition of critical engineering design skills. As part of this course, students learn tools for generating ideas, engineering decision making, exploring feasibility, and many other design methods used to apply engineering rigor to open-ended problems. The first semester of Senior Design (EGGN491) involves a reverse engineering pre-project and instruction in design methods. About eight weeks into EGGN491 students bid on their Senior Design project. Project teams are built based on student interest, as expressed in their project bids. For the last half of EGGN491 and all of the second semester (EGGN492), students focus on the given design challenge exclusively.

Photos from the 2017 Senior Design Tradeshow

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FAQ’s of incoming freshmen:

    • What are the admission statistics of incoming Freshmen?
      • About 12.500 applications received
      • About 4,600 students accepted
      • About 1,010 students enroll
      • SAT Critical Reading and Math 1290-1450
      • ACT Composite 29-33
      • GPA 3.74-4.0 (unweighted)
      • High School students are encouraged to apply EARLY in the fall semester of their Senior year.
    • What is does student enrollment look like?
      • 4.383 Undergraduate
      • 1,290 Graduate and PhD
      • 26% Women
      • 13% Minority
      • 11% International
      • 70% Colorado Residents
      • 30% Non-residents (48 other states and 66 other countries)
    • What are retention and graduation rates?
      • 94% Freshman to Sophomore retention
      • Cohort Retention Statistics
        • 2011 Cohort
          48.2% 4 year
          NA 5 year
        • 2010 Cohort
          47.25% 4 year
          71.65% 5 year
        • 2009 Cohort
          41.0% 4 year
          71.6% 5 year
          75.4% 6 Year
        • 2008 Cohort
          43.9% 4 year
          71.2% 5 year
          72.0% 6 Year
        • 2007 Cohort
          37.4% 4 year
          64.3% 5 year
          72.2% 6 Year
    • What do job placement rates and average starting salaries look like?
      • Job placement of 83%
      • Average starting salary $62,595

FAQ’s about the Mechanical Engineering degree program:

    • Is the degree in Mechanical Engineering accredited?
      • Our BSME degree is fully accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

FAQ’s for the Mechanical Engineering department:

    • Why doesn’t my Mechanical elective course show complete on my degree evaluation?
      • Not all Mechanical elective courses are listed in the Bulletin since classes can be added each semester.  If your course was approved as a Mechanical elective, you can complete the Course Substitution Form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.  The form is available in the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Student Services office (BB 339) or at the office of the Registrar.