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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Engineering and Engineering Technology

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

The Department of Engineering and Engineering Technology (EAET) offers Bachelor of Science degrees in engineering and engineering technology, and Bachelor of Art degree in Construction Project Management.

Engineering is the creative application of science, mathematical methods, and empirical evidence for the benefit of humankind. Engineering technology is even more “applied” and less theoretical than engineering, though in a broad sense both have a focus on practical application.

Engineering programs focus on theory and conceptual design, while engineering technology programs usually focus on application and implementation. Engineering programs require additional, higher-level mathematics, including multiple semesters of calculus and calculus-based theoretical science courses, while engineering technology programs focus on algebra, trigonometry, applied calculus, and other courses that are more practical than theoretical in nature.

All Engineering and Engineering Technology programs provide students with a Bachelor of Science degree in corresponding disciplines. Internship and Co-op programs enable the student to combine on-the-job work experience with classroom studies. MSU Denver students graduate with an extensive engineering and engineering technology education enabling them to be valuable contributors in many industries both established and emerging. Many EAET graduates also pursue their graduate studies in various universities. Engineering and engineering technology programs at MSU Denver offer day and evening courses to accommodate working students’ schedules.

Currently EAET offers three engineering programs, three engineering technology programs, and a construction project management program.

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.”

Engineering Programs Offered

Computer Engineering (CPE)


The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering is a discipline with historical foundations in computer science and electrical engineering. This major is an ideal match for students who are interested in computer hardware, integrating hardware and software, or developing software tools. Students will design and manufacture computer hardware, design and operate networks and communication systems, or design and program embedded systems found in airplane, security system, automobile, robot, appliances, phone and other smart devices, etc.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that computer engineering is the fastest growing engineering discipline. Students majored in CPE are in high demand for employment after graduation. They have the option of working as hardware or software engineers, or combination of the two. And they work in almost every industry – from health care and gaming to banking and online shopping. Typical industries hiring computer engineers include financial services, chemical companies, defense contractors, consulting, transportation, manufacturing, government, and consumer goods. Computer engineering undergraduates are also positioned to pursue graduate programs in computer science or electrical engineering or computer engineering.


Environmental Engineering (EVE)


The Environmental Engineering program at Metropolitan State University of Denver is an interdisciplinary 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 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.


Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE)


Sustainable Systems Engineering program 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 well-being 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.


Engineering Technology Programs Offered

Civil Engineering Technology (CET)


The program prepares students for a career in civil engineering technology and related areas. 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.


A concentration is required. Choose from either of the following:

  1. Construction Concentration
  2. Structures Concentration 


Electrical Engineering Technology (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, government 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. 


A concentration or an external minor1 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.

Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET)


The Mechanical Engineering Technology program 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.


A concentration is required. Choose from either of the following:

  1. Manufacturing Concentration
  2. Mechanical Concentration 



Other Programs

Construction Project Management (CPM)


Construction Project Management is an interdisciplinary major created to support a workforce initiative for the fast growing industry of construction. This major offers core classes along with a concentration in Computer Information Systems or Management. The students are also required to earn a minor, with the following disciplines recommended: Architecture, Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Leadership Studies or Spanish. If you have journeyman credentials, you will be awarded 30 lower-division credit hours which can be used in lieu of a minor.


A concentration and an external minor1 are required. Choose from either of the following:

  1. Computer Information Systems
  2. Management

1Recommended minors include: Architecture, Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Computer Science, Environmental Studies. Students are encouraged to consult with their advisor about minor selection.

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