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University of Colorado Denver - 2016

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Engineering Information

Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

A minimum of 130 semester hours is required for students seeking a civil engineering degree; a minimum of 128 semester hours is required for bioengineering, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering degrees.

At least 30 semester hours of course work applicable to a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering must be taken at CU Denver while a declared student in good standing at the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Students must be enrolled in the college for at least the final two semesters prior to graduation. NOTE: The electrical engineering program requires at least 40 hours of course work applicable to a bachelor of science degree in engineering, which must be taken at CU Denver while a declared student in good standing at the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Non-degree students may apply 12 semester hours of course work (or up to 18 if taken in one semester) toward a bachelor’s degree in engineering from CU Denver.

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) is required for all courses attempted, for all required courses and for all courses taken from the student’s major department.
The recommendation of the faculty of the department offering the degree and the approval of the faculty of the College of Engineering and Applied Science is required.

Master's Degree Requirements

The minimum requirements of graduate work for a Master of Science (MS) degree may be fulfilled by completing a minimum of 30 semester credits. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 is required for all courses attempted. Graduate courses with grades below B- cannot be applied toward the completion of the graduate degree. For the MS in computer science and mechanical engineering there are three plans: Plan I (Master’s Thesis) requires 24 credit hours of graduate-level course work and 6 credit hours of master’s thesis work. Plan II (Master’s Report) requires 27 credit hours of graduate-level course work and 3 credit hours of master’s report work. Plan III (Course Only Option) requires 30 credit hours of graduate-level course work. For the MS in civil engineering students may choose between Plan I (Thesis) or Plan II (Report). For the MS in electrical engineering students may choose between Plan I (Thesis) or Plan III (Course Only).

The masters of engineering (MEng) is an interdisciplinary degree that enables students to combine advanced engineering course work with graduate-level non-engineering courses such as business administration, environmental sciences, social sciences, biological sciences or public administration. A minimum of 30 semester hours of academic work are required for the MEng degree. At least 15 of these hours must be at the 5000 level or above and must be specific to the primary program of study (civil, electrical or mechanical engineering). A maximum of 12 semester hours may be taken outside of engineering. In addition to course work, a written report is required as a final project (3 semester hours).

All students must satisfactorily complete a written comprehensive exam and an oral defense of either the master’s thesis or master’s report to a committee of three or more graduate faculty members. Degree programs must be completed within seven years from the date the degree is started. Degrees taking longer than seven years will require course recertification.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate courses and 30 semester hours of dissertation credit are required for the PhD degree. Each PhD program will require, at least, comprehensive and final examinations. A dissertation based upon original investigation, showing mature scholarship, critical judgment, and familiarity with the tools and methods of research must be written upon a subject approved by the student's major department. After the dissertation has been accepted and approved, a final examination of the dissertation and related topics will be conducted. This examination will be wholly or partially oral, the oral portion being open to anyone. The examination will be conducted by a committee consisting of at least four members of the graduate faculty, one of whom must be from outside the student's department. An eight-year maximum limit is in effect for doctoral studies. The PhD degree in civil engineering is offered through a coordinated program with CU-Boulder. The PhD CSIS Program is a joint doctor of philosophy degree program in computer science and information systems (CSIS). Students apply either to Computer Science and Engineering or the Business School.

The Engineering and Applied Science Doctor of Philosophy (EASPhD) program is a multidisciplinary program consisting of studies in engineering and engineering-related disciplines. The degree is conferred by the College of Engineering and Applied Science. However, students enter the program through one of four “host departments,” which is chosen based on the student’s intended primary concentration of study. The secondary concentration may be chosen from any remaining department with the College or may also be chosen from another school/college at CU Denver. The minimum degree requirements consist of 30 semester hours of course work in the primary and secondary areas of concentration, as well as 30 semester hours of research/dissertation credit. Each candidate for the degree is expected to take a preliminary examination by the end of the second year. After successful completion of this exam, the student is required to take the comprehensive examination and the doctoral dissertation defense examination. Additional requirements are outlined in the Rules and Regulations document that each student signs after being admitted to the program. Each student must also satisfy the degree requirements of the CU Denver Graduate School.