The Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering offers students the opportunity to prepare for careers in traditional, new, and emerging technologies related to the practice of Mechanical Engineering, which is a versatile and broadly-based engineering discipline. Mathematics and basic sciences, such as physics and chemistry, form the foundation of mechanical engineering, which requires an understanding of diverse subject areas, such as solid and fluid mechanics, thermal sciences, mechanical design, structures, material selection, manufacturing processes and systems, mechanical systems and control, and instrumentation.
The five areas of concentration within the Mechanical Engineering program are:
- General Mechanical Engineering
- Energy, Thermal and Fluid Systems
- Manufacturing Engineering and Systems
- Mechanical Systems and Design
- Mechanics and Materials
The Mechanical Engineering curriculum provides education and basic engineering training in all specializations through the required coursework. Students may develop a degree of specialization and depth in one of the concentration areas through the selection of technical elective courses. The design experience is integrated throughout the program. Development of open-ended, problem-solving skills is a part of many mechanical engineering courses. Design projects with formal report writing are included in many courses. In addition, a substantial portion of all technical elective courses is devoted to the design of systems and components. A capstone design sequence at the senior level provides an opportunity to apply and integrate the knowledge gained throughout the curriculum to the development of an instructor-approved project.
The laboratory requirements are designed to provide hands-on experience in basic measurement and instrumentation equipment and the application of classroom theory. Students may receive additional hands-on experiences by selecting technical elective courses with laboratory components.
Opportunities exist for students to participate in research and design projects. All students are eligible to participate in undergraduate research, through the independent study courses. Students also have an opportunity to participate in an approved co-op program and may receive up to 3 semester credit hours for their experience.
The program educational objectives of the Bachelor of Science degree in the Mechanical Engineering program are to provide graduates with opportunities to:
- Have engineering careers in industry or government and/or pursue advanced graduate or professional degrees.
- Apply their engineering skills to their careers.
- Continue to advance their knowledge, communication and leadership skills by using technology, continuing education, solving problems, and serving in technical or professional societies.
- Apply their understanding of societal, environmental, and ethical issues to their professional activities.
The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree is 128, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level. All candidates for this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements, the General Engineering requirements, and the degree requirements, listed below.
Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering must fulfill the University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both major requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for the degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.
MAT 1214 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics, as well as one of the General Engineering requirements. CHE 1103 and PHY 1903 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Natural Sciences, as well as two of the General Engineering requirements. COR 1203 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Science.
General Engineering Requirements>
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering must complete the following 22 semester credit hours:
CHE 1103 General Chemistry I
EGR 2323 Applied Engineering Analysis I
MAT 1214 Calculus I
MAT 1224 Calculus II
PHY 1903, 1911 Engineering Physics I and Laboratory
PHY 1923, 1931 Engineering Physics II and Laboratory
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering must complete the following semester credit hours, as well as the Core Curriculum requirements and General Engineering requirements:
- 61 semester credit hours of required foundation and general mechanical engineering courses:
EE 2213 Electric Circuits and Electronics
EGR 2103 Statics
EGR 2513 Dynamics
EGR 3323 Applied Engineering Analysis II
ME 1302 Mechanical Engineering Practice
ME 1402 Mechanical Engineering Practice and Graphics
ME 2173 Numerical Methods
ME 3113 Measurements and Instrumentation
ME 3244 Materials Engineering and Laboratory
ME 3263 Manufacturing Engineering
ME 3293 Thermodynamics I
ME 3543 Dynamic Systems and Control
ME 3663 Fluid Mechanics
ME 3813 Mechanics of Solids
ME 3823 Machine Element Design I
ME 4293 Thermodynamics II
ME 4313 Heat Transfer
ME 4543 Mechatronics
ME 4733 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory
ME 4812 Senior Design I
ME 4813 Senior Design II
- 9 semester credit hours of Mechanical Engineering elective courses. Students are encouraged to choose courses from a specific concentration listed below.
- 3 semester credit hours of approved mathematics or basic science elective courses. A list of acceptable courses is available in the College of Engineering Undergraduate Advising Center.
Concentration: Energy, Thermal and Fluid Systems
ME 4183 Compressible Flow and Propulsion Systems
ME 4323 Thermal Systems Design
ME 4343 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Design
ME 4593 Alternative Energy Sources
ME 4613 Power Plant System Design
ME 4623 Internal Combustion Engines
ME 4663 Fluid Systems Design
Concentration: Mechanical Systems and Design
ME 3323 Mechanical Vibration
ME 4133 CAD/CAE
ME 4433 Machine Element Design II
ME 4553 Automotive Vehicle Dynamics
ME 4673 Mechanical Systems Design
ME 4723 Reliability and Quality Control in Engineering Design
ME 4773 Fundamentals of Robotics
Concentration: General Mechanical Engineering
Courses selected from any of the previous areas
EGR 4993 Honors Research*
ME 4953 Special Studies in Mechanical Engineering*
Graduate Courses in Mechanical Engineering†
*With prior approval, these courses may be used as a technical elective.
†Graduate courses require approval. Forms are available in the College of Engineering Undergraduate Advising Center.
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering – Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan
|First Semester||Second Semester|
|CHE 1103 (core and major)||3||MAT 1224||4|
|COR 1203 (core)||3||ME 1402||2|
|MAT 1214 (core and major)||4||PHY 1903 (core and major)||3|
|ME 1302||2||PHY 1911||1|
|WRC 1013 (core)||3||WRC 1023 (core)||3|
|U.S. History & Diversity core||3|
|Total semester hours||15||Total semester hours||16|
|Third Semester||Fourth Semester|
|EGR 2103||3||EGR 2513||3|
|EGR 2323||3||EGR 3323||3|
|ME 2173||3||ME 3244||4|
|PHY 1923||3||ME 3293||3|
|PHY 1931||1||Math/Science elective||3|
|U.S. History & Diversity core||3|
|Total semester hours||16||Total semester hours||16|
|Fifth Semester||Sixth Semester|
|EE 2213||3||ME 3113||3|
|ME 3543||3||ME 3263||3|
|ME 3663||3||ME 3823||3|
|ME 3813||3||ME 4313||3|
|ME 4293||3||POL 1013 (core)||3|
|Literature core||3||Visual & Performing Arts core||3|
|Total semester hours||18||Total semester hours||18||Seventh Semester||Eighth Semester|
|ME 4543||3||ME 4813||3|
|ME 4733||3||ME Technical elective||3|
|ME 4812||2||ME Technical elective||3|
|ME Technical elective||3||Economics core||3|
|POL 1133 or 1213 (core)||3||World Society & Issues core||3|
|Total semester hours||14||Total semester hours||15|