Why Choose DU?

In-Class Experiences

  • Engineering courses are taught by faculty, not graduate students.
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1
  • Students work in laboratory settings in all but 1 quarter of their program; applying course knowledge to real projects.  Our average lab size is 20 students.
  • Meaningful exposure to computer, electrical and mechanical engineering disciplines in the first 5 quarters of study BEFORE students are required to select a major.
  • Students in all engineering majors jointly take both junior and senior design courses (Integration and Engineering Design, respectively), working together on multidisciplinary projects.
  • Opportunity to take Law School courses.
  • Option for either an MS or MBA through our five-year, dual-degree programs; saving both time and money.
  • Choice of math and science electives ideal for pre-med.

Out of Classroom Experiences

  • We strongly encourage students to participate in co-ops and internships.
  • Our program allows and encourages students to participate in the Cherrington Study-Abroad program in the fall of their senior year.
  • There are numerous undergraduate research opportunities during both the academic year and  summer.  The faculty of both the Mechanical & Materials and Electrical & Computer Engineering Departments are heavily involved in research and many utilize our undergraduate students.  The university also supports student research experience through the Undergraduate Research Center.

Out of Classroom Experience

Study Abroad

Ranked in the top five for the number of undergraduates studying abroad, the University of Denver is known for the impact its students make internationally. At the Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science, we share the university's commitment to international learning and strongly encourage our students to participate in Study Abroad programs.

Cherrington Global Scholars Program

Through the Cherrington Global Scholars Program, the university's primary Study Abroad program, you can study abroad for about the same cost as a term at DU.

Planning to Study Abroad

You will want to plan your study abroad experience carefully. Here are a few things to consider:
  • The engineering curricula has been structured so that you can study abroad in the fall quarter of your fourth year, rather than the fall quarter of your third year, as is more typical in other DU programs.
  • To remain on the four-year graduation path, you will need to be "on track" with your degree program at the time you leave for study abroad and you may need to study at an institution that offers equivalent courses.
  • The institutions that offer the required courses are limited, vary depending on degree and may change from one year to the next.

Additional Information

For more information about study abroad as an engineer and the Cherrington Global Scholar Program, contact the Department's undergraduate advisor. To learn more, click here.

Cooperative Program/Internships

Cooperative Education

We at the Ritchie School recognize the value of experiential learning. We have created a paid co-op program which is optional and competitive for our students, ideally suited for current sophomores and juniors. Through this collaborative program between academia and industry, students work full time at a participating company earning valuable work experience.

Internships

Undergraduate Research

An active part of learning at DU includes undergraduate research.  Students are encouraged to think beyond the textbook and apply their knowledge to current projects.

Faculty members eagerly involve students in current research to expand a student’s thought process and allow them to gain “hands-on” experience.

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

We offer a summer undergraduate research experience allowing students to apply their creativity and technical knowledge to current or innovative projects.

  • Summer research funding can be obtained either through the Undergraduate Research Center or directly through faculty funding.
  • This opportunity lasts 2-3 months and includes a stipend for students and supervision by a faculty member.

Pins and Undergraduate Research

You will want to plan your study abroad experience carefully. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Students wishing to participate in faculty research projects during the school year may be eligible for participation in Partners in Scholarship (PINS) or Undergraduate Research Assistantships (URA's).
  • PINS is a university-wide program in which a student performs research in conjunction with a faculty member.
  • URA's work directly with faculty, often for compensation, on current research efforts.
  • Students can read about faculty research interests on their individual faculty pages or look at the list of current faculty research projects to identify a possible match.
  • Such work enhances the student's ability to compete for scholarships, internships, entrance to graduate study and permanent employment.
  • A limited number of these are available and are typically restricted to upper-division students with good academic backgrounds.
  • An agreement with a specific faculty member is required and the URA is requested by, and granted to, the faculty member.

 

 


Curriculum

The engineering common curriculum in all three disciplines (mechanical, computer, and electrical) is the same for the first 5 quarters.  There is no need for a student to declare his/her major until the spring quarter of the sophomore year. All choices remain available up until that time.

View the most recent Undergraduate Engineering Bulletin for more detailed information on the undergraduate engineering programs.

Degree Program Plans

To view specific engineering bachelor's and dual-degree program plans go to the program plan found here for your entrance year. If you wish to follow a more recent degree program plan than the one you entered on, please see the department chair.
 
Our dual-degree programs offer students the opportunity to earn either BSME/MS or BSME/MBA degrees concurrently in 5 years.

Course Descriptions

Please visit the Registrar's page for the list of required courses.


Admissions

To apply for admission please click here.

The Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science is fortunate to have endowed scholarships available for qualifying undergraduate students.

How to Qualify

Scholarships are awarded based primarily on need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and merit. Some donors have established specific requirements for recipients of their scholarships.

How to Apply

By being accepted to the University of Denver, you are automatically considered for these engineering scholarships.  The Office of Financial Aid notifies the Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering department chairs of the students who qualify for the scholarships.  The department chairs make the award decisions.

Current Scholarships

Robert L. Alldredge Endowed Scholarship Fund

Established in 1995 by Robert L. Alldredge, BSCHE '42, the Robert L. Alldredge Endowed Scholarship Fund supports undergraduate students majoring in engineering. Recipients are selected by both engineering department chairs based on academic merit and financial need, and must have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. Recipients are designated as Alldredge Scholars.

Leonard G. and Irene P. Endowed Scholarship Fund

Established in 1991 by Leonard G. Anderson '41, and Irene P. Anderson, the Leonard G. and Irene P. Anderson Endowed Scholarship Fund supports young women majoring in engineering. Recipients shall be selected by Financial Aid on the basis of academic merit and demonstrated financial need, and must have and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or better on a 4.0 scale. Recipients shall be designated as Leonard G. and Irene P. Anderson Scholars.

Mary Jane Creutz Endowed Scholarship Fund

Established in 2000 by Mary Jane Creutz Whitcomb, BS '50, this endowed scholarship supports deserving women pursuing an undergraduate degree in the both engineering departments.

Jones/Savio-Jones Endowed Scholarship Fund

Established in 2011 by Robert L. Jones, BFA, '52, and Dixie L. Savio-Jones, the Robert L. Jones and Dixie L. Savio-Jones Endowed Scholarship Fund for Engineering and Computer Science provides scholarship support to undergraduate students enrolled in The Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science at DU. Scholarship recipients shall be selected on the basis of academic merit and demonstrated financial need. Scholarship recipients shall be designated as Jones/Savio-Jones Scholars.

John Paul Kammer Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established in 1989 by the family of John Paul Kammer, BS '87, the John Paul Kammer Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund supports deserving undergraduate engineering students who are active in campus organizations.

William J. Kunzman Endowed Scholarship Fund

Established in 1997 by William J. Kunzman, BSCH '54, MSCH '61, the William J. Kunzman Endowed Scholarship Fund supports undergraduate students majoring in engineering. Recipients are selected by both engineering department chairs on the basis of academic merit and financial need, and must have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. Recipients are designated as Kunzman Scholars.

Lee and Shirley Nelson Scholarship Fund

Established in 1996 by K. Lee Nelson '50, and Shirley C. Nelson '52, the Lee and Shirley Nelson Scholarship Fund supports undergraduate students majoring in engineering. Recipients are selected by Financial Aid on the basis of academic merit and demonstrated financial need, and must have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. Recipients shall be designated as Nelson Scholars.

Parkinson Family Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2012 by John Parkinson, M.D., the Parkinson Family Endowed Scholarship Fund provides support to undergraduate students enrolled in The Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science. Recipients shall be selected by the Office of Financial Aid on the basis of academic merit and/or demonstrated financial need. Recipients shall be designated as Parkinson Scholars.

Homer G. Thomson Endowed Scholarship Fund

Established in 1990 by the Jane and Lloyd Pettit Foundation, in honor of Homer G. Thomson '19 for his service as a research engineer for the Allen-Bradley Company, the Homer G. Thomson Endowed Scholarship Fund supports undergraduate students majoring in engineering. Recipients shall be selected by Financial Aid.

Bruce Albert Walker Endowed Scholarship Fund

Established in 1997 by Margaret M. Walker, BS '61, and Merrick and Company of Denver, in memory of Bruce A. Walker, BS '60, MBA '61, the Bruce A. Walker Scholarship Fund supports undergraduate students majoring in engineering. Recipients shall be selected by both engineering department chairs on the basis of academic merit and demonstrated financial need, and must have and maintain a cumulative GPA average of 2.8 or better on a 4.0 scale. Scholarship funds will support students up to a maximum award per student of full tuition per student. Scholarship recipients shall be designated as Walker Scholars.

Dean's Undergraduate Scholarship

Discretionary scholarships determined by the Office of the Dean, usually given to undergraduate students or applicants in a less represented demographic, who are ineligible for another scholarship.

Recipients of the above scholarships may meet their donors at the annual Undergraduate Scholarship Reception.


Honors & Distinctions

Make the most of your undergraduate experience in a stimulating academic and social community. When you're accepted into the University Honors Program, you'll enjoy the small classes and close community of a private college along with the opportunities and resources of a research university.

Program Requirements

For a complete list of Honors Program requirements, visit the University Honors Program website.
For information on departmental distinction please click here.


Transfer Students

We welcome transfer students at the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science and have many students who have come to us from schools in the U.S. and abroad.  If you have any questions after reviewing our degree programs and degree plans and reviewed ourcourse descriptions, please feel free to contact our office to schedule an appointment.

Process for Transfer Students

You are welcome to schedule either an in-person or telephone meeting with us by using the "Contact Us" button t to discuss transfer logistics.

You may also schedule a campus visit through the Admissions Office.  When registering for a campus visit you will may request a meeting with a department representative.

Accreditation

To view information on ABET accreditation please visit: Accreditation