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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Engineering and Engineering Technology

The “art” of applied science - using science to create real world solutions. 

Engineering Technology is an applied engineering program. It combines scientific and engineering knowledge with professional methods and technical skills. Engineering Technology has a practical thrust, enhancing classroom studies with extensive hands-on laboratories. Engineering Technology graduates have an aptitude for analytical work with an inclination toward practical applications. Engineering Technologists apply their skills in a wide array of careers including: manufacturing, construction, sales, service, installation, and professional services.

The Engineering Technology program provides students with a Bachelor of Science degree which contains a calculus-based foundation, enabling graduates to perform well in a wide variety of employment situations. An internship program enables the student to combine on-the-job work experience with classroom studies. MSU Denver students graduate with an extensive engineering technology education enabling them to be valuable contributors in many industries both established and emerging. MSU Denver offers day and evening courses to accommodate working students’ schedules.

Under the revised rules and regulations of the Colorado State Board for Registration for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors, MSU Denver Engineering Technology students within 30 semester hours of graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree may take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination. The FE is the first step of becoming a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Colorado.

All three Engineering Technology Bachelor of Science major programs are accredited by The Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202, Telephone (410) 347-7700, abet.org.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (1998) wrote the following about the difference: “In addition to the standard engineering degree, many colleges offer degrees in engineering technology, which are offered as either 2- or 4-year programs. These programs prepare students for practical design and production work rather than for jobs that require more theoretical, scientific and mathematical knowledge. Graduates of 4-year technology programs may get jobs similar to those obtained by graduates with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Some employers regard them as having skills between those of a technician and an engineer.” “Many 4-year colleges offer bachelor’s degrees in engineering technology, but graduates of these programs are often hired to work as technologists or applied engineers, not technicians.”

Civil Engineering Technology (CET) msudenver.edu/cet

The program prepares students for a career in civil engineering technology. Graduates of the CET program are employed in all levels of government, design and construction firms, manufacturing, sales and testing companies. The typical job description for CET graduates includes: planning, designing and constructing structures such as  buildings, bridges, airports, highways, railroads, reservoirs, dams, and water and sewerage systems.

Within the civil engineering technology area, available programs include:


A concentration, instead of an external minor, is required.  Choose from either of the following:

1. Construction Concentration

2. Structures Concentration 


Computer Engineering Technology (CPE) msudenver.edu/cpe

Within the computer engineering area, available programs include:


Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) msudenver.edu/eet

The electrical engineering technology curriculum provides a foundation of knowledge in technology by merging the analytic skills of the engineer with the practical skills of the technician. The combination of theory and application prepares graduates for a transition to rewarding employment in a variety of industries, including, but not limited to: manufacturing, technical services, computers and public utilities. Concentrations in computer engineering technology, communications, and power & control systems are offered in addition to the core curriculum. With departmental approval, students may also pursue a variety of options; for instance, a minor in biology would make for a good match for someone seeking employment in Bio-Med. 

Within the electrical engineering technology area, available programs include:


A concentration, instead of an external minor,1 is required.  Choose from any of the following:

1. Computer Engineering Technology Concentration

2. Communications Concentration

3. Power and Controls Concentration




1In select cases, with prior approval of an EET advisor, a minor in another area may be substituted for a concentration.

Environmental Engineering Technology (EVE) msudenver.edu/eve

The Environmental Engineering (EVE) program at Metropolitan State University of Denver is a multidisciplinary degree between engineering and earth and atmospheric sciences offering a customized degree tailored to the students’ interest and flexible to an ever-changing job market.  Students may choose to take electives (15 credit hours minimum) in either department so they can gain practical experiences in a wide range of disciplines including civil engineering, geospatial sciences, meteorology and climate change, physical geography, geology, water resources, and/or sustainable systems.  The EVE program integrates with other MSU Denver programs, centers such as Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Political Science, Business Management, Communication Arts and Sciences, One World One Water (OWOW) etc.

The goal of the program is to prepare graduates for the future to identify, analyze, formulate, and design solutions to Civil/Environmental Engineering problems, both independently and in a team environment, apply considerations of technical, legal, regulatory, social, environmental, and economic factors towards managing multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary projects, communicate effectively in both technical and non-technical settings with co-workers, professional clients, and the public and demonstrate commitment and progress in lifelong learning, professional development, and leadership, including participation in continuing education courses, workshops, and/or graduate study, and the pursuit of licensure as a Professional Engineer.

Within the environmental engineering area, available programs include:


Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) msudenver.edu/met

The mechanical engineering technology focus emphasizes both theoretical and practical applications, providing MSU Denver students with a solid foundation in engineering fundamentals, as well as hands-on laboratory work. This emphasis allows students to experience the integration of engineering theory and practice, which is an enhancement to traditional scientific educations. The MET program offers state-of-the-art, computer-aided, engineering technology courses to keep students current with industry standards. MET graduates have a strong interest in mechanical devices and the desire to apply mathematics and computer science to engineering analysis and design. In addition to the core curriculum, concentrations in manufacturing and mechanical are offered.

Within the mechanical engineering technology area, available programs include:


A concentration, instead of an external minor, is required.  Choose from either of the following:

1. Manufacturing Concentration

2. Mechanical Concentration 



Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE) msudenver.edu/sse

Sustainable Systems Engineering focuses on the interactions of society, engineering and ecological systems. Specifically, the program studies the relationship of engineering to economic development, environmental impact, social structure, and the sustainability of natural resources. The program examines how social, political, and engineering activities influence human wellbeing as a whole complex system and provides students with knowledge and methods to analyze and solve sustainable development problems. The educational approach of the SSE program incorporates theory and hands-on learning to reinforce theoretical concepts. The engineering core component will provide solid training on the majority subjects required by Fundamental Engineering (FE) exam.

Within the sustainable systems engineering area, available programs include:


Contact Information

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Department of Engineering and Engineering Technology
Campus Box 29
PO Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362 


Phone: 303-615-0499