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Undergraduate Program

Major Requirements

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers an undergraduate program leading to an accredited BS degree in mechanical engineering (ME). (Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.).

This page is only meant to be a guide. Students should meet with their advisor for updated department information and for help with academic planning.

Requirements

For graduation, a minimum of 129 credit hours of satisfactory academic work is required. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required, both in mechanical engineering courses and overall. Students are required to take:

Typical four year program:

Fall Semesters

FreshmanSophomoreJuniorSenior
MTH 161MTH 165ME 225ME 204
CHM 131/137/151PHY 122ME 280ME 242
WRT 105ME 110 (2)Nat. Sci. Elec.ME 213
Tech. Elec.ME 121Dist. Req.Dist. Req.
ME 160 (2)
16 credits16 credits16 credits16 credits

Spring Semesters

FreshmanSophomoreJuniorSenior
MTH 162MTH 164ME 223ME 205
PHY 121ME 123ME 241ME 251
Dist. Req.ME 226CircuitsFree Elec.
ME 120ME 260 (2)Dist. Req.Free Elec.
WRT 273 (2)
16 credits16 credits16 credits16 credits

Foundational Courses

Math

  • MTH 161: Calculus IA*
  • MTH 162: Calculus IIA*
  • MTH 165: Linear Algebra with Differential Equations
  • MTH 164: Multidimensional Calculus

*MTH 141, 142, and 143 are equivalent to MTH 161 and 162

Chemistry 

Choose one:

  • CHM 137: Chemical Principles for Engineers (recommended)
  • CHM 131: CHM Concepts, Systems, Practice I

Physics

Choose one sequence:

  • PHY 121: Mechanics and PHY 122: Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHY 141: Mechanics (Honors) and PHY 142: Electricity and Magnetism (Honors)

Circuits Course

  • ECE 210: Circuits and Microcontrollers For Engineers (recommended)

Mechanical Engineering Core Courses

ME 110: Introduction to CAD and Drawing (2 credits)
ME 120: Engineering Mechanics I
ME 121: Engineering Mechanics II
ME 123: Thermodynamics
ME 160: Engineering Computation I (2 credits)
ME 204: Mechanical Design
ME 205: Advanced Mechanical Design
ME 213: Mechanical Systems
ME 223: Heat Transfer
ME 225: Introduction to Fluid Dynamics
ME 226: Introduction to Solid Mechanics
ME 241: Fluids Lab
ME 242: Solids and Materials Lab
ME 251: Heat Power Application
ME 260: Engineering Computation II (2 credits)
ME 280: Introduction to Materials Science

Typical Technical Electives

Students normally take EAS 10X. Alternately one of the following courses may be taken during any year.

  • BME – Any course at the 200 level or higher except BME 201
  • CS – 170, 171, 172, 173, and any course at the 200 level or higher
  • CHE – 113 and any course at the 200 level or higher
  • ECE – 111, 112, 113, 114, 140 and any course at the 200 level or higher
  • ME – Any course not otherwise required (with the restriction that EAS104/ME104 must be taken in the freshman year)
  • OPT – Any course at the 200 level or higher
  • MTH – 150 and any course at the 200 level or higher
  • STT – 212 and 213
  • If taken during the freshman year, any course listed or cross-listed as EAS 10X, including BME 101, CHE 150, ECE 101, ME104, or OPT 101

Note: In general AP credit may not be used to satisfy this requirement. However please see the text below for additional information. 

Typical Natural Science Distribution Requirement (NSDR)

All ME majors must complete one additional four-credit natural science course.

Typical natural science distribution courses:

  • AST – 111, 142 and any course at the 200 level or higher
  • BIO – 110, 111, 198 and any course at the 200 level or higher
  • CHM – 132 and any course at the 200 level or higher
  • EES – 101, 102, 103, 106, 111, 119 and any course at the 200 level or higher
  • MTH – 150 and any course at the 200 level or higher
  • PHY – 103, 123, 143 and any course at the 200 level or higher

Note: In general AP credit may not be used to satisfy this requirement. However if a student is granted credit for a course on the NSDR list, that course can then be used to fulfill this requirement. Please speak to your academic advisor before attempting to fulfill this requirement with AP credit.

Distribution Requirements

All ME majors must complete a total of four courses* in humanities and/or social sciences. Three of these courses must constitute an approved cluster in humanities or social sciences and must be passed with a 2.0 average or better. See the Cluster Search Engine to review courses and descriptions.

The fourth course can be chosen from any humanities or social science field. Software and computer courses cannot be used to satisfy the additional course requirement.

*A second major or minor in a humanities or social science area will also satisfy the cluster and additional course requirement.

Writing

Students are required to take WRT 105 or its equivalent during their freshman year.

Free Electives

There are two free electives in the program, which can be any four credit courses. It is also possible to combine two 2-credit courses for a single free elective.