Undergraduate Program Overview
General Academic Requirements
Students are expected to follow the course sequence presented in the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum. Students whose high school courses do not include chemistry, physics, mathematics through analytical geometry, and at least two credits of a foreign language will be required to take additional coursework during an adjusted first year of study. All students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses used toward the mechanical engineering degree. The Department rigorously enforces prerequisite requirements for all courses.
To gain admission into mechanical engineering, entering freshmen or transfer students with less than 12 hours of transferable college work must meet the University Freshman Admission Requirements. Students who are interested in declaring mechanical engineering as their major, but do not meet the assured admission requirements, will enter with the major of pre−engineering. Note that while not eligible for admission to mechanical engineering, these students may be eligible for admission to other engineering programs at Texas Tech.
Transfer students to Texas Tech or students who wish to change their major to mechanical engineering from pre−engineering or another major at Texas Tech must have completed a minimum of 12 hours of transferable college work that includes Calculus I (MATH 1351) and Chemistry I (CHEM 1307/1107) with a GPA of 2.5. Students must also meet the University Transfer Admission Requirements.
Mechanical Engineering Curriculum
Mechanical engineering is the broadest of the engineering disciplines and its curriculum provides a strong foundation in mathematics and the physical sciences of chemistry and physics, followed by an in−depth education in five of the principal engineering sciences: thermal science, fluids engineering, mechanics and materials, dynamics and controls, and mechanical design. The program in mechanical engineering provides students the ability to apply their engineering, mathematics, and science knowledge to design mechanical systems and to solve engineering problems. Students learn to design and conduct experiments, to communicate effectively, to function in teams, and to utilize modern engineering tools. Students gain an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities as engineers. Perhaps most important, students are prepared for the lifelong learning necessary to function effectively as the practice of engineering evolves.
Enrollment in Mechanical Engineering Courses
Enrollment in ENGR 1315, Introduction to Engineering, is open to all students accepted for admission to Texas Tech University. Enrollment in any mechanical engineering course beyond ENGR 1315 requires official admission to the Department of Mechanical Engineering or another engineering program at Texas Tech University. Students in the engineering undecided program are not eligible for enrollment in mechanical engineering courses beyond ENGR 1315.
Selecting Elective Courses
The flexibility of the elective courses is designed to allow the student to explore areas outside of the mechanical engineering discipline. The Department will accept upper−division courses and their prerequisites for elective credit from other departments in the Whitacre College of Engineering, the Rawls College of Business, the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geosciences, Physics, and Mathematics and Statistics, without prior approval. Students can request approval in other areas by contacting the advising office.
Selecting a Minor
Students who are interested in obtaining a minor will find that, through the application of the electives and dual credit for specific courses, most 18−hour minors can be completed with no more than an additional 3−6 hours beyond the minimum degree requirements. The Department encourages minors in the following areas: business, bioengineering, nuclear engineering, petroleum engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, computer science, geology, mathematics, and physics. For more detailed information on how to incorporate a minor into the mechanical engineering degree, see the example degree plan on the departmental website or contact the Department Advisor.
150−Hour Combined BS/MS Degree Program
The Department has recently implemented a combined B.S./M.S. program that will allow qualified students to obtain a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E.) degree through an additional 12−15 months of study beyond the BS degree. Students enrolled in the program will follow the standard undergraduate mechanical engineering curriculum for course work through the first seven semesters. In the final undergraduate semester, two graduate courses will be substituted for the mechanical engineering and design electives, which will be waived. At this time, the student receives the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.) degree. The two graduate courses taken in the final undergraduate semester are applied to the student’s master’s program. In addition, during the final undergraduate semester, the student will be expected to contact faculty in the Department in order to identify possible research areas for the master’s thesis. The completion of the M.S.M.E. program would then typically require an additional 12-15 months of study. Applications to the program must be submitted prior to completion of the junior year. For more information and applications for admission to this program, visit the 150-Hour Combined BS/MS Degree page.
Mechanical Engineering Graduates
Graduates with a degree in mechanical engineering will find employment opportunities covering a wide spectrum, including the aerospace, automotive, petroleum production, and refining industries, petrochemicals, electrical power, electronics, semiconductors, computers, manufacturing, and production, as well as research positions in industry and government laboratories. Problem−solving techniques learned in the mechanical engineering curriculum are also applied to continued educational pursuits or graduate study in engineering, as well as in areas such as law, medicine, business administration, and other professions.
Mechanical engineering students are encouraged to consider the Whitacre College of Engineering Co−Op program. This normally involves three work assignments in industry for a cumulative duration of one year. These work assignments are normally completed prior to the start of the senior year. Each Co−Op experience earns 1 credit hour and, together, the three Co−Op experiences may be used to satisfy a 3−credit hour elective requirement. Co−Op students gain valuable real−world engineering experience that enhances the academic experience on campus and provides excellent preparation for a career in industry.
For more information, contact the Engineering Opportunities Center.
Mechanical engineering students are encouraged to consider study abroad opportunities administered by the Engineering Opportunities Center in the Whitacre College of Engineering. The study abroad program enhances a student’s academic experience. There is a growing demand for mechanical engineering graduates with international experience. The program allows students to earn credits while studying for a semester outside the United States. The college has exchange agreements with institutions in Czech Republic, France, Germany, Mexico, and Sweden. There are also faculty−led study abroad programs and classes. In these programs, students enroll in Texas Tech classes that are taught by Texas Tech faculty in locations in Central America, Europe, and South America.
For more information, contact the Engineering Opportunities Center.