Mechanical Engineering - University of Colorado Partnership


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For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

 CHEM 121 - General Chemistry for Engineers (3 cred.)

A single semester general chemistry course designed for engineering students. Previous experience with chemistry is expected.

 CS 191 - Computer Science II (3 cred.)

A continuation of CS 190 taught in C++. Students develop applications of increasing sophistication. Topics include control structures, I/O, functions, strings, arrays, files, objects and classes, elementary searching and sorting algorithms. Emphasis is placed on software engineering and an introduction to object-oriented programming. Prerequisite: CS 190 with a minimum grade of “C-”.

 MATH 151 - Calculus I (4 cred.)

A study of differential calculus, including limits, continuous functions, Intermediate Value Theorem, tangents, linear approximation, inverse functions, implicit differentiation, extreme values and the Mean Value Theorem. This course also introduces Integral calculus including anti-derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Prerequisite: ACT math score of 27 or above; SAT math score of 630 or above; MATH 141 with a minimum grade of C-; or Accuplacer university-level mathematics test with a score of 95 or above. GT-MA1

 MATH 251 - Calculus II (4 cred.)

Topics include techniques of integration, area computations, improper integrals, infinite series and various convergence tests, power series, Taylor's Formula, polar coordinates, and parametric curves. Prerequisite: MATH 151 with a minimum grade of "C-."

 MATH 252 - Calculus III (4 cred.)

Topics include calculus of functions of several variables, differentiation and elementary integration, vectors in the plane and space. Prerequisite: MATH 251 with a minimum grade of "C-."

 PHYS 200 - General Physics I (with laboratory) (4 cred.)

A quantitative lecture and laboratory introduction to the basic principles of physics, using the concepts of calculus as a tool. Topics covered include the motions of particles, forces in nature, field concepts, energy, conservation laws, many-particle systems, and thermodynamics. A student may not receive credit for both PHYS 170 and PHYS 200. Additional course fee applies. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MATH 151. GT-SC1

 PHYS 201 - General Physics II (with laboratory) (3 cred.)

A continuation of PHYS 200 dealing with electromagnetism, light, and the atomic structure of matter. A student cannot receive credit for both PHYS 171 and 201. Additional course fee applies. Prerequisite: PHYS 200.

Faculty & Staff


Holly  Brunkal, Ph.D. headshot
Lecturer in Geology
Phone: 970.943.2180
Office Location: Hurst Hall 018
Robert A. Cohen, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Mathematics, Chair of the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
Phone: 970.943.2111
Office Location: Hurst Hall 210
Kim Fix, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Mathematics
Phone: 970.943.3234
Office Location: Hurst Hall 216
John Mason, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Physics
Phone: 970.943.2142
Office Location: Hurst Hall 116
Suzanne Taylor, Ph.D. headshot
Associate Professor of Physics
Phone: 970.943.2155
Office Location: Hurst Hall 118


Program-Based Scholarships

Rady Merit Scholarship


To maintain their scholarship award, students must remain:

  • In the partnership program
  • Eligible for transfer to CU Boulder by earning a B average or better in transfer coursework


This is a two-year, full-tuition Western scholarship. The number of scholarships awarded is based on fund availability.

Institutional Scholarships

Common Scholarships

Western offers approximately 70 common scholarships for which a wide variety of students are eligible (e.g., locals, veterans, transfers). Apply for any number of these common scholarships using Western’s Common Scholarship Application, which is due April 1. For more information, visit our scholarships page.

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

Western Colorado University alumni can nominate prospective students for a $500 scholarship ($250 per semester) for first year only. Application deadline is typically June 1. For more information, visit

Neighboring States Program

Students with a permanent address from one of the seven contiguous neighboring states to Colorado who have demonstrated financial need are automatically considered for a special $1,000 per year grant, totaling $4,000 over four years.

The Western Neighboring States program can be added to WUE, CP or merit scholarships. So, if you are a permanent resident of one of those seven states—and show financial need—you are eligible.

For more information about the Neighboring States program, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Presidential Promise

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Tuition Discount Programs

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Western Merit Scholarship

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship. 

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

A college education is more than just taking courses. Meet new people, apply your skills and stretch beyond your comfort zone. Make your education an experience.

  • Advising Night: Once a semester, the Academic Resource Center arranges a meeting between students and their Rady School Academic Advisor to plan classes for next semester and navigate the CU Boulder transfer process as a group.
  • Annual CU Boulder STEM Career & Internship Fair: Students can connect with recruiters to learn about internships and job opportunities in the fields of computer science, robotics, math, statistics, technology and engineering. This is also an opportunity for Gunnison-based students to network with CU Boulder students, faculty and alumni.
  • Peer Support: Mechanical Engineering freshmen who meet the prerequisites take Chemistry 121: General Chemistry for Engineers together their first semester. This brand-new course is designed specifically for engineering students. 
  • Residence Hall Community-Building: Most Rady School students live in Ute Hall during their first year at Western, allowing them to strengthen bonds with fellow students outside of class. Ute Hall houses designated study spaces and a computer lab for students. Staff host educational and community-building initiatives throughout the academic year. 
  • Study Group: The "Nerd Corner" is located in Leslie J. Savage Library. Students can dive deeper into STEM-related coursework in an informal, collaborative environment.

Mechanical engineering degrees offer exceptional career versatility and are in great demand. Mechanical engineers are at the heart of engineering. They work in many industries, including the biomedical, aerospace, automotive and energy sectors. They are projected to have the second highest new job growth of all engineering fields from 2016 to 2026.

Mechanical Engineering students have an unparalleled opportunity through Western’s unique partnership program. Students complete their initial two years as Western students, then transfer to University of Colorado Boulder to finish their final two years in the program—all while attending classes at Western's campus in Gunnison. Graduates of the partnership program receive their Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder's College of Engineering & Applied Science.

To learn more about the application process and CU Boulder's transition requirements, please visit our Partnership Admissions Process page.

Learn More

Reach out for more information about the program.

Hannah Montoya
STEM Recruiter
Office Location: 
Denver, Colorado

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