Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

CMU/CU Boulder ME Partnership Program

Colorado Mesa University and the University of Colorado 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 largely 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,

ME 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.

Within the first three years after graduation, our alumni will have built on the educational foundation gained through our program by establishing themselves in professional careers and/or pursuing a graduate degree. In addition, within these three years, our alumni should have begun to generate new knowledge and/or exercise leadership in their positions.

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: 

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics,
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors,
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences,
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts,
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives,
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions,
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

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 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19

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:


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Academic Year 2019-2020

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Academic Year 2018-2019

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Academic Year 2017-2018

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Academic Year 2016-2017

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Academic Year 2015-2016

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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.