Colorado State University and Adams State University explore establishing a partnership for a new mechanical engineering degree

Colorado State University and Adams State University are in the early stages of developing a partnership to offer a CSU-branded mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree at Adams State.

Students would have the opportunity to earn an ABET-accredited mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree from CSU, delivered in its entirety on the ASU campus in Alamosa, Colorado. ASU would provide all lower-division coursework for the first two years. CSU faculty based in Alamosa would deliver all upper-division coursework for the last two years. A small number of courses, such as senior technical electives, may be offered remotely.

ASU is also exploring the possibility of offering an Associate’s degree that would be linked to the successful completion of the lower-division courses.

“CSU’s leadership sees great strategic value in building the partnership with Adams State University to deliver a mechanical engineering degree in Alamosa,” said Mary Pederson, CSU provost and executive vice president. “CSU is committed to continuing to work through the required approvals to enable this partnership to be successful.”

The overarching goal for developing this program is to support CSU’s land-grant mission by providing a high-quality engineering education and workforce opportunities to historically underserved students in rural Colorado.

ASU is the most diverse public university in Colorado. As Colorado’s premier Hispanic Serving Institution, ASU draws on its rural location to serve and empower all students, especially those from historically underserved populations.

Under the current proposal, ASU would welcome its first cohort of students in fall 2022.

Students interested in the program should contact CSU Mechanical Engineering Manager of Undergraduate Programs Toni-Lee Viney at