The MSE program prepares students from diverse educational backgrounds to function as engineers in advanced projects in mechatronics and railroad engineering areas and to continue their studies and obtain other advanced degrees especially at the doctoral level.
Degree Requirement Components
The MSE program consists of three components:
Core Component: 14
Track Component: 9
Elective Component for non thesis option: 10
Elective Component for thesis option: 7
Total Non Thesis: 33
Total Thesis: 30
When considered as a cohesive whole, these three components constitute the student’s program of study, totaling at least 33 credit hours for the non thesis option and 30 credit hours for the thesis option. Any course that is applied to one of these three components is said to count towards graduation.
The Core Component
The Core Component consists of 14 credit hours in topics relevant to the emphasis area.
Mechatronics Emphasis Core
|EN 507||Virtual Reality||3|
|EN 513||Artificial Intelligence||3|
|EN 561||Advanced Controls||3|
|EN 563||Intelligent Robotics||3|
|EN 593||Graduate Seminar||2|
Railroad Engineering Emphasis Core
|EN 511||Structural Engineering||3|
|EN 531||Railroad Power Systems||3|
|EN 551||Fleet Management||3|
|EN 552||Vehicle Dynamics||3|
|EN 593||Graduate Seminar||2|
The Track Component
The Track Component consists of 9 credit hours of coursework selected by the student and his or her adviser to advance the professional and/or educational goals of the student. In the MSE program, individualized tracks are tailored to the needs of the student. An individualized track must consist of 9 credit hours of graduate coursework subject to the approval of the adviser and department.
In order to count towards graduation, any Special Projects, Special Topics, Graduate Projects or Independent Study course must consist of content appropriate for the track selected. The determination of an appropriate topic is at the discretion of the adviser and department.
The Elective Component
For the non thesis option, the Elective Component consists of 10 credit hours of coursework of courses approved as electives by the department.
For the thesis option the Elective Component consists of 6 credit hours of thesis and 1 credit hour of coursework of courses approved as electives by the department.
Prerequisites for the MS in Engineering
(CSU-Pueblo Course Equivalents)
Note that some of the courses listed below may have prerequisites not listed here.
- Problem Solving for Engineers (EN 103 Problem Solving for Engineers (3 c.h.))
- Engineering Economy (EN 343 Engineering Economy (3 c.h.))1
- Stochastic Systems Engineering (EN 375 Stochastic Systems Engineering (3 c.h.))–railroad engineering emphasis only
- Calculus I and II (MATH 126 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (5 c.h.) and MATH 224 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (5 c.h.))
- Calculus-Based Physics I and II (PHYS 221 General Physics I (4 c.h.) and PHYS 222 General Physics II (4 c.h.))
- Engineering mechanics (statics and dynamics) (EN 211 Engineering Mechanics I (3 c.h.) and EN 212 Engineering Mechanics II (3 c.h.))
- Circuits (EN 231 Circuit Analysis I (4 c.h.) and EN 231L Circuit Analysis I Lab (1 c.h.))
- Controls (EN 360 Control Systems I (2 c.h.))
- Electromechanical devices (EN 263 Electromechanical Devices (3 c.h.))
Any material substituted for EN 343 Engineering Economy (3 c.h.) must include the time value of money topic.
Expected Student Learning Outcomes
Each MSE and MSISE graduate will be able to:
- Demonstrate advanced understanding of the fundamental knowledge which serves as the basis for practice in their chosen specialization.
- Apply those principles in the design and analysis of a system or process to meet specified needs.
- Communicate effectively in writing and orally.
By applying the following rules, the MSE and MSISE programs are designed to ensure these additional learning outcomes:
- Each student who does not have the required prerequisites in the chosen specialization takes the necessary leveling courses.
- Every MSE or MSISE graduate must demonstrate knowledge of material in the core courses in the chosen specialization.
The MSE and MSISE programs are assessed by periodically reviewing the results of various metrics such as final course exams, homework assignments, projects, project report evaluations, presentations, paper evaluations, student surveys, and exit interviews with MSE and MSISE graduated. Assessment results are used to improve the two programs.