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, https://www.abet.org.)

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 128 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:

*If you anticipate deviating significantly from this program or declaring an additional major or minor,

please contact Undergraduate Coordinator Sarah Weise

 

Typical Four-Year Program
FIRST-YEAR
Fall Courses (16 Credit Hours)Spring Courses (16 Credit Hours)

ME 104: Engineering of Bridges *highly recommended OR Other Technical Elective

MATH 162: Calculus IIA

CHEM 131: Chemistry Concepts OR CHM 137: Chemical Principles for Engineers

PHYS 121: Mechanics
WRTG 105: Primary Writing RequirementME 120: Engineering Mechanics I – Statics
MATH 161: Calculus IACluster Course #1

 

Typical Four-Year Program
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Courses (16 Credit Hours)Spring Courses (16 Credit Hours)

MATH 165: Linear Algebra with Differential Equations

MATH 164: Multidimensional Calculus

PHYS 122: Electricity and Magnetism

ME 123: Thermodynamics
WRT 273: Communicating Your Professional Identity  (2 Credits)ME 226: Intro to Solid Mechanics
ME 121: Engineering Mechanics II – Dynamics

ME 260: Engineering Computations II

(2 Credits)

ME 160: Engineering Computation I

(2 Credits)
ME 110: Intro to CAD and Drawing (2 credits)

 

Typical Four-Year Program
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Courses (14 Credit Hours)Spring Courses (16 Credit Hours)

ME 225: Intro to Fluid Dynamics

ME 223: Heat Transfer

ME 280: Intro to Materials Science

ME 241: Fluids Lab
ME 240: Fundamentals in InstrumentationOPT 210: Circuits and Microcontrollers for Engineers
Cluster Course #2

Cluster Course #3

 

Typical Four-Year Program
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Courses (16 Credit Hours)Spring Courses (16 Credit Hours)

ME 204: Mechanical Design

ME 205: Advanced Mechanical Design

Natural Science Distribution Requirement (NSDR)

ME 251: Heat Power Application
ME 213: Mechanical Systems – VibrationsElective *if additional credit needed
Additional Course in Social Sciences of Humanities

Elective *if additional credit needed

 

Foundational Courses

Math

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

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

*MATH 171 and 172 are equivalent to MATH 161 and 162

 

Chemistry 

Choose one:

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

 

Physics

Choose one sequence:

  • PHYS 113: General Physics I and PHYS 122: Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 121: Mechanics and PHYS 122: Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 141: Mechanics (Honors) and PHYS 142: Electricity and Magnetism (Honors)

*All students must complete PHYS 099 prior to PHYS 121 or PHYS 122

*Hajim Engineering intro courses (BME 101, CHE 150, ECE 101, ME104, or OPT 101) fulfill the PHYS 099 requirement

 

Circuits Course

  • OPT 210: Circuits and Microcontrollers For Engineers

 

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 240: Fundamentals of Instrumentation
ME 241: Fluids Lab
ME 251: Heat Power Application
ME 260: Engineering Computation II (2 credits)
ME 280: Introduction to Materials Science

Upper Level Writing courses are ME 241, ME 242, ME 204, and ME 205. These courses may not be taken at another institution.

 

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 – 112, 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
  • MATH – 150 and any course at the 200 level or higher
  • STAT – 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:

  • ASTR – 111, 142 and any course at the 200 level or higher
  • BIOL – 110, 111, 198 and any course at the 200 level or higher EXCEPT BIO 214
  • CHEM – 132 and any course at the 200 level or higher
  • EESC – 100, 101, 102, 103, 105, 106, 119 and any course at the 200 level or higher
  • MATH – 150 and any course at the 200 level or higher
  • PHYS – 103, 123, 143 and any course at the 200 level or higher

Note: In general, courses that are not on this list will not be considered. AP and transfer credit do not typically satisfy this requirement unless the offering department has granted equivalency. Please speak to your academic advisor before attempting to fulfill this requirement with AP or transfer 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 WRTG 105 or its equivalent during their freshman year.

Career Elective

Students are required to take WRTG 273. This course helps students explore their professional identity within the field of engineering. Students will enhance their communication skills and learn strategies to fulfill their internship, career, and graduate school goals.

 

Free Electives

There are two general electives built into the program, so students reach the 128-credit minimum required to graduate. ME requirements only total 118 credits. Students are welcome to take any courses of their choice from any discipline to reach 128 credits.