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CMU/CU-Boulder Mechanical Engineering Partnership Program

Colorado Mesa University and the University of Colorado at Boulder have created an innovative partnership to deliver a mechanical engineering program in its entirety in Grand Junction.   The first two years of the program are taught by CMU faculty and the second two years of the program are taught by CU-Boulder faculty who live permanently in Grand Junction.

The Mechanical Engineering Partnership Program prepares students for careers in a wide range of industries through the rigorous study of mechanical engineering. Students participate in hands-on engineering design projects beginning in their freshman year and continuing through senior design projects.

Residence at CMU provides CU-Boulder engineering students the unique option of small class size and more contact with faculty while experiencing an engineering program equal in quality to that delivered on the CU-Boulder campus.


Students completing the University of Colorado Boulder/Colorado Mesa University Mechanical Engineering Partnership Program will receive a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. The ME Partnership Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (

Partnership Program Educational Objective

Mechanical engineering is a broad engineering discipline that incorporates skills and expertise in the areas of design, manufacturing, mechanics and thermal sciences that are essential to most sectors of industry.

​The Program Educational Objective of the Partnership Program is to prepare graduates so that, within three years of graduation, they will have successfully established themselves in professional careers and/or obtained a graduate degree, and will have begun to generate new knowledge or exercise leadership in their positions to the benefit of society.​

Student Outcomes

In order to fulfill the Program Educational Objective, specific student performance outcomes must be met at the time of graduation.   These Student Outcomes for the Partnership Program are:

a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

c. 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

d. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

f.  An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

g. An ability to communicate effectively

h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic,

    environmental, and societal context

i.  A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

j.  A knowledge of contemporary issues

k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Enrollment in the Partnership Program is defined as the point when a student has been admitted into the BSME degree program offered in Grand Junction and begins taking the majority of their classes from CU-Boulder faculty on the CMU campus.  Enrollment and graduation data are shown in the table below:


Academic Year 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-2015

Enrollment and graduation data that encompasses Partnership Program data is also included on the CU-Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Sciences web site at:


Frequently Asked Questions



Academic Year 2015-2016

Program Sheet                               Curriculum Flow Chart


Beginning with the incoming junior class of Fall 2015, the minimum passing grade for prerequisite and corequisite classes in our curriculum is a C. This includes courses completed outside the department. The minimum passing

grade for standalone classes is a D-. In addition, students need to have a cumulative and major GPA of at least 2.25 in order to graduate from CU-Boulder's College of Engineering.

Academic Year 2014-2015

Program Sheet                               Curriculum Flow Chart

Academic Year 2013-2014

Program Sheet                               Curriculum Flow Chart

Academic Year 2012-2013

Program Sheet                               Curriculum Flow Chart

Academic Year 2011-2012

Program Sheet                               Curriculum Flow Chart


Accepted CMU classes for CU Humanities and Social Sciences Electives


Partnership Orientation 2015

CMU-CU Mechanical Engineering Program Orientation (Ashley Ecklund, CU Undergraduate Advisor)

CMU-CU Mechanical Engineering Orientation Part II (Tim Brower, Partnership Program Director)

CU Tuition/Billing Information

CMU Billing Notes


CU Career Services

CMU Career Services

CU Library Information:  Literature Research for Mechanical Engineers


Partnership Orientation 2014

CMU-CU Mechanical Engineering Program Orientation

Tuition Information


CU Career Services