Mechanical Engineering B.S.ME.

All students must meet the University Requirements.

The curriculum leading to a degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering offers instruction in design, solid and thermo-fluid mechanics, materials, manufacturing processes and systems, as well as in engineering, life and physical sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

Engineering design is developed and integrated into each student’s program and culminates in a required major design experience which draws upon prior course work and which focuses on the issues and expectations of professional practice.

In the curricular listings that follow, students should make note that MATH 271 is an implicit prerequisite for all 100+ level courses in mechanical engineering.

Mechanical Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The Mechanical Engineering program provides a modern mechanical engineering education with focus in engineering decision-making; foundations of mathematics, physical science, engineering science and design; and an appreciation of societal impact of engineering practice, which prepares graduates to:

  1. Excel as practicing mechanical engineers in a wide range of careers in industry, government service, and consulting;
  2. Participate in continuous learning throughout their careers, both in more advanced engineering and in other areas of study;
  3. Communicate and work effectively with teams of people with diverse educational and cultural backgrounds;
  4. Take on leadership roles in their profession;
  5. Practice their profession in an ethically, socially, economically, and environmentally responsible manner.

The Curriculum for the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Students must meet University requirements. Note that the University's Sustainability (SU) requirement is built into the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum. Minimum of 126 credits required.

University/Mechanical Engineering General Education Requirements (18 credits)
Univ FWIL: Foundational Writing & Information Literacy3
Univ D1: Diversity 13
Univ D1/D2: Diversity 1 or Diversity 23
ME General Education Electives 19
Mathematics & Statistics Requirements (21 credits)
MATH 021Calculus I4
MATH 022Calculus II4
MATH 121Calculus III4
MATH 122Applied Linear Algebra3
or MATH 124 Linear Algebra
MATH 271Adv Engineering Mathematics3
STAT 143Statistics for Engineering3
Computing & Science Requirements (14 credits)
CS 020Programming for Engineers3
CHEM 031General Chemistry 14
PHYS 031Physics for Engineers I4
PHYS 125Physics for Engineers II3
Mechanical Engineering Course Requirements (54 credits)
ME 001First-Year Design Experience 22
ME 003Introduction to Robotics1
ME 012Dynamics3
ME 014Mechanics of Solids3
ME 040Thermodynamics3
ME 042SU: Applied Thermodynamics3
ME 081Mech Engr Shop Experience1
ME 083Computational Mech Engr Lab1
ME 101Materials Engineering3
ME 111System Dynamics3
ME 123Thermo-Fluid Lab2
ME 124Materials and Mechanics Lab2
ME 143Fluid Mechanics3
ME 144Heat Transfer3
ME 171Design of Elements3
ME 185Capstone Design I3
ME 186Capstone Design II3
ME Electives 312
Additional Engineering/Technical Course Requirements (19 credits)
CE 001Statics3
EE 100Electrical Engr Concepts4
EE 101Digital Control w/Embedded Sys4
ENGR 002Graphical Communication2
Technical Electives 46
Optional/Recommended Courses (0-3 credits)
ENGR 050First Year Engineering Seminar0-1
PHYS 030Physics Problem Solving I0-1
PHYS 123Physics Problem Solving II0-1

ME General Education Electives: 9 credits of approved general education electives.


First-Year Design Experience: Transfer students without applicable transfer credit have the option of either taking ME 001 or replacing the credits with engineering course work at the 100-level or higher.


ME Electives: ME 161 and all 200-level (or above) ME courses.


Technical Electives: All 100-level (or higher) courses in BME, CE, EE, ENGR, ME, CS, CSYS, MATH, ASTR, BIOC, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, MMG & PHYS; STAT 151 or higher; CS 021.