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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.

The Mechanical Engineering program offers four concentration areas for students interested in focusing their engineering and technical elective course work. The concentration areas include: Aerospace Engineering; Bioengineering; Mechanics of Materials & Structures; and Sustainable Energy. 

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

First YearCredits
CHEM 031 General Chemistry 114  
ENGR 002 Graphical Communication2  
ENGS 001 Written Expression3  
MATH 021 Calculus I14  
Gen Ed Elective23 3
CS 020 Programming for Engineers1  3
MATH 022 Calculus II1  4
ME 001 First-Year Design Experience3  2
PHYS 030 Physics Problem Solving I (Optional)  0-1
PHYS 031 Physics for Engineers I1  4
Year Total: 16 16-17
CE 001 Statics3  
MATH 121 Calculus III4  
ME 040 Thermodynamics3  
ME 081 Mech Engr Shop Experience1  
PHYS 123 Physics Problem Solving II (Optional)0-1  
PHYS 125 Physics for Engineers II3  
ME 012 Dynamics  3
ME 014 Mechanics of Solids  3
ME 042 Applied Thermodynamics  3
ME 083 Computational Mech. Engr. Lab  1
MATH 271 Adv Engineering Mathematics  3
Gen Ed Elective2  3
Year Total: 14-15 16
EE 100 Electrical Engr Concepts4  
MATH 122 Applied Linear Algebra
or MATH 124 Linear Algebra
ME 101 Materials Engineering3  
ME 111 System Dynamics3  
ME 123 Thermo-Fluid Lab2  
ME 143 Fluid Mechanics3  
EE 101 Digital Control w/Embedded Sys  4
ME 124 Materials and Mechanics Lab  2
ME 144 Heat Transfer  3
ME 171 Design of Elements  3
STAT 143 Statistics for Engineering  3
Year Total: 18 15
ME 161 Modern Manufacturing Processes3  
ME 185 Capstone Design I3  
ME Elective43  
ME Technical Elective53 3
Gen Ed Elective23 3
ME 186 Capstone Design II  3
Choose two ME Electives4  6
Year Total: 15 15
Total Credits in Sequence: 125-127

Pre-Engineering Technical (PET) requirement: PET courses must be completed with C- or better by the third semester of enrollment in order to continue in engineering coursework.


General Education: Fifteen credits of approved Gen Ed Electives, including the University diversity requirement (three credits of D1 and three credits of D1 or D2).


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: All 200-level (or higher) ME courses.


ME Technical Electives: All 100-level (or higher) courses in ENGR, EE, ME, CS and MATH; STAT 151 or higher; CS 021; or natural sciences with approval of advisor.