Graduation Requirements

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To be eligible for the baccalaureate degree from the College of Engineering and Applied Science on the Boulder campus, a student must meet all of the following minimum requirements:

  1. The satisfactory completion of the prescribed and elective work in any curriculum as determined by the appropriate academic department. A student must complete a minimum number of semester hours, not less than 128, of which the last 45 must be Boulder coursework earned after admission to the university and this college.
  2. A University of Colorado cumulative grade point average of 2.250 (2.000 for new students pre-Fall 2011) for all courses attempted.
  3. A cumulative grade point average, separately computed, of 2.250 (2.000 for new students pre-Fall 2011) in courses taken from the student’s major department is also required. For students in the applied mathematics program, the major department shall be the Applied Mathematics Department; for students in the engineering physics program, the major department shall be the Physics Department. For students majoring in environmental engineering, all chemical, civil, environmental, and mechanical engineering courses will be considered in lieu of those from a single department.
  4. The recommendation of the faculty of the academic department (or program) offering the degree. The campus designation on the diploma and transcript shall correspond to the campus designation of the academic department initiating the degree recommendation.
  5. The recommendation of the faculty of the college.
  6. The satisfactory completion of all Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS) deficiencies.
  7. Some majors require the successful completion of an outcome measurement prior to graduation (e.g., the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination).

Students should meet with their academic advisor to discuss progress towards degree requirements, and then if appropriate, apply for graduation via the online Student Center according to the timelines posted on the Registrar's website.

May and August baccalaureate, master, and doctoral candidates participate in the May Engineering Graduation Recognition Ceremony.  December baccalaureate, master, and doctoral candidates participate in the December Engineering Graduation Recognition Ceremony.  All degree candidates are encouraged to participate in the Boulder Campus Commencement.  More information about academic regalia used for these various ceremonies, and suggestions for celebrating this special milestone, may be found on the Commencement web site.

Honors at Graduation

Undergraduate students in the college are eligible for two honors designations at graduation:

Latin Honors
If a student's cumulative CU GPA (all coursework in the undergraduate career GPA on the CU transcript) is at least 3.700, and he/she meets all graduation requirements described above, the student will automatically receive a Latinate honor. A GPA of 3.700-3.799 earns the "cum laude" designation, 3.800-3.899 earns "magna cum laude," and 3.900-4.000 earns "summa cum laude."

Engineering Honors Program
Students in the Engineering Honors Program who complete a set of requirements may be eligible to earn "with Honors" at graduation. For more information, see the Engineering Honors Program website or email

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