CU-Boulder has partnered with Mesa State College in Grand Junction to offer the first engineering baccalaureate degree on Colorado's Western Slope.
The new coordinated degree program, which offers a CU degree in mechanical engineering to students at Mesa State College, attracted a first cohort of 46 pre-engineering students last fall. The students must meet CU-Boulder's admissions requirements either at the outset or by the beginning of their sophomore or junior year.
Students will take their first two years of classes, including math, science, humanities, social sciences, writing, and basic engineering classes from Mesa State faculty. Upper-level mechanical engineering classes, including lecture, laboratory, and capstone design coursework needed to fulfill the engineering degree requirements, will be taught by CU-Boulder faculty at Mesa State beginning in fall 2010.
Western Slope business leaders have expressed strong interest in hiring engineering students and believe that a program delivered in Grand Junction will not only help stimulate local economic growth but also increase the likelihood that program graduates will seek employment within the region