Accreditation & Educational Objectives

The University of Colorado Boulder Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the ​​​Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET:

Educational Objectives and Outcomes

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.

The educational objective of the undergraduate program in mechanical engineering is to prepare graduates so that they will build on the educational foundation gained through our program by establishing themselves in professional careers and/or pursuing a graduate degree within three years of graduation. In addition, within these three years, students should have begun to generate new knowledge and/or exercise leadership in their positions. 

Each graduate of the mechanical engineering program is expected to:

  • apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • use computers to solve engineering problems
  • use modern instrumentation
  • design and conduct experiments, including the use of probability and statistics
  • analyze and interpret data
  • design systems, components or processes to meet desired needs
  • understand the processes used to manufacture products
  • understand contemporary issues in mechanical engineering
  • demonstrate professional conduct in academic and workplace environment
  • demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills
  • function effectively on multidisciplinary teams
  • understand professional and ethical responsibility
  • understand the impact of engineering in a global and societal context
  • engage in lifelong learning


Accreditation is a process of continuous improvement that uses a series of assessment tools which measure how well the program is achieving the objectives and outcomes listed here. As a student, you will take part in evaluations of courses and and programs both during your academic career and after graduation as an alumnus.

You will evaluate every course you take at the end the semester, including an assessment of how well the learning objectives for the course were met. The results of these reviews are available online from the Office of Data Analytics.

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We evaluate our core courses on a rotating basis. As part of that process, you may take part in a 25-minute in-class focus group to gather detailed information on course strengths and areas for possible improvement. You may also be invited to participate in a follow-up task force, which involves meeting with a small group of faculty, staff, and students to evaluate potential changes to the course.

These exams focus on conceptual understanding of the core courses in mechanical engineering. They are administered as at the beginning and end of selected courses. They have been developed and tested to measure learning gains in comparison to national norms.

This national exam is the first step toward professional registration as an engineer. All students are required to take the exam senior year. Contact your Academic Advisor for more information.

In your last semester, you will be asked to fill out a survey measuring how well the program met your learning goals.

After you graduate, we will continue to check-in periodically about your accomplishments and to ask how well your degree prepared you for a career.

Additional accreditation information is available on the College of Engineering and Applied Science Accreditation and Assessment page.