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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 (


Admissions Requirements

All interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Tim Brower, the Director of the CMU/CU-Boulder Mechanical Engineering Partnership Program, for details on admission requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions


First-Time Students

Applicants who meet both Colorado Mesa University's general admission requirements and CU-Boulder's College of Engineering and Applied Science Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS) and Guaranteed Admission Requirements for Colorado Freshmen  can be admitted to the program as a freshman or first-year student.  Click to view a summary of the admission criteria.

If a first-time student does not meet the CU Engineering admissions criteria, they may be admitted to CMU's pre- engineering track and apply for admission to the CMU/CU-Boulder Partnership Program when the following are achieved:

  • 2.9 GPA for all courses at CMU
  • Complete 2 calculus courses with a grade of 'B' or higher; and
  • Complete 2 physical science courses (calculus-based physics or college level chemistry) with a grade of 'B' or higher.

Students may also apply for admission into the CMU/CU-Boulder, Mechanical Engineering Partnership Program after completion of the sequence of courses listed on the current Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Plan for Freshman and Sophomore Years at CMU with a combined grade-point average in these courses not lower than 2.9, and an overall CMU cumulative grade-point average not lower than 2.9.

Interested students can download a PDF with more details about admission options and should contact the program director for complete details on admission requirements.



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 2014

CMU-CU Mechanical Engineering Program Orientation

Tuition Information


CU Career Services

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 students matriculate to CU-Boulder in the beginning of their junior year. Enrollment and graduation data follows:


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: