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Undergraduate Curriculum & Courses

Overview

Students are expected to follow the course sequence presented in the mechanical engineering curriculum table. 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. The department rigorously enforces prerequisite requirements for all courses.

The major components of the curriculum are:

  1. General Education
  2. Mathematics & Basic Sciences
  3. Engineering Topics (including laboratories)
  4. Design & Professional Practice

General Education

The general education requirements cover writing, history, political science, humanities, visual and performing arts, and multi−culturalism. These core requirements are sufficient to provide the breadth needed to appreciate the arts and humanities, to appreciate other cultures and societies, and to place engineering in the broader context of life in the modern world.

Mathematics & Basic Sciences

The required curriculum contains twelve credits of science (including three credits of laboratory) and fifteen credits of mathematics, including differential equations and statistics. The student elects one additional course in math or science. In addition, linear algebra is covered in the junior engineering classes, ME 2315 and ME 3333, and the senior engineering class, ME 4334. This sequence provides a solid grounding in the math and science fundamentals that underpin the engineering science component of the curriculum. The breadth of the mathematics instruction (calculus, differential equations, statistics and linear algebra) is especially strong.

Engineering Topics (including laboratories)

The engineering topics curriculum provides a solid foundation intended to prepare the student for analysis, design work, graduate study and lifelong learning. There are three main integrated stems in engineering topics: mechanics and materials, thermal and fluid systems, and dynamics and controls. These stems provide the technical basis on which our engineering students build and provide an appreciation for the importance of mathematics, science, and analysis in the description of engineering phenomena.

  1. Mechanics & Materials

    This component is a sequence of five courses (fourteen credits) in solid mechanics and material behavior ME 2311 (three credits), ME 2301 (three credits), ME 3403 (three credits), including a two credit laboratory in mechanics and materials, ME 3228 (two credits) and a one credit companion FEA laboratory ME 3164 (one credit) utilizing 3D solid modeling and FEA software to complement the second solid mechanics course. The Mechanics and Materials sequence contains very strong coverage of basic solid mechanics and materials science, including significant laboratory and computational components.

  2. Thermal & Fluid Science

    A sequence of five courses (fifteen credits) covering thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer, including a three credit laboratory that integrates these areas of study. The courses in this sequence are: Engineering Thermodynamics I − ME 2322 (three credits), Engineering Thermodynamics II − ME 3322 (three credits), Fluid Mechanics − ME 3370 (three credits), Heat Transfer − ME 3371 (three credits), and Thermal−Fluid Systems Laboratory − ME 4251 (two credit laboratory).

  3. Dynamics & Controls

    The Dynamics and Controls sequence consists of four courses: Dynamics − ME 3302 (three credits), Systems and Vibrations − ME 3333 (3 credits), and Control of Dynamic Systems − ME 4334 (three credits), and a companion laboratory, Systems & Controls Laboratory − ME 4234 (two credit laboratory) in which students gain hands−on experience in the modeling and control of dynamic systems. This sequence provides strong coverage in dynamics, vibrations, systems, and controls. The course in controls has significant design content and also includes some laboratory work.

Design & Professional Practice

The goals of the design component of the curriculum are as follows:

  1. to provide an early and integrated exposure to the type of thinking needed to undertake design situations
  2. to provide a senior capstone design experience that provides intensive, in−depth work in design. A two−tiered structure is employed in the Mechanical Engineering curriculum to accomplish these objectives

In the first tier, meaningful design content is incorporated into a number of courses throughout the curriculum, starting with the first semester:

  1. Introduction to Engineering (ENGR 1315): Introduction to the design process, dealing with open ended or vaguely defined design problem.
  2. Computer Aided Analysis (ME 2315): Engineering design applications of numerical methods and via software packages such as MatLab.
  3. Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Laboratory (ME 3165): A one credit CAD laboratory utilizing 3D solid modeling and FEA software to teach students to combine fundamentals of solid mechanics with realistic simulation to solve design problems
  4. Fluid Mechanics (ME 3370): A comprehensive viscous fluid dynamics design project and a one credit companion laboratory, Computational Fluids Laboratory (CFD) (ME 3165), in which the students learn computer−based analysis and design of fluid/thermal systems.
  5. Heat Transfer (ME 3371): An open-ended design project incorporating one or more of the three mechanisms of heat transfer.
  6. Engineering Thermodynamics II (ME 3322): An open-ended design project typically concerning power cycle design.

The second tier of the design curriculum involves a three-course sequence (10 credits total) taken in the final three semesters:

  1. Introduction to Design (ME 3365) which covers classical topics such as the design process, mechanical component design, fatigue, failure, economic aspects, etc.
  2. This sequence is followed by a two−semester sequence which embodies the senior capstone design experience (ME 4370, ME 4371). The first semester is devoted to the pedagogy of design and to topics related to economics, professionalism, ethics, legal aspects, teamwork, etc., as well as to selection of a design project by student teams of usually two to four students. In the second course the emphasis is on the process of conceptual design, analysis, testing, troubleshooting and redesign of the device, system, or process involved.

Other required course work that supports the engineering design sequence includes Engineering Economics (IE 2324) and Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering (ECE 3301).

Curriculum Table

First Year

Fall Spring
Course Hours Course Hours
MATH 1451, Calculus I 4 MATH 1452, Calculus II 4
CHEM 1307, Principles of Chem. I 3 PHYS 1408, Principles of Physics I 4
CHEM 1107, Principles of Chem. I (Lab.) 1 ENGL 1302, Advanced College Rhetoric 3
ENGL 1301, Essentials of College Rhetoric 3 ENGR 1206, Engineering Graphics 2
ENGR 1315, Introduction to Engineering 3 Elective (History)* 3
HIST 2300, History of U.S. to 1877 3
TOTAL 17 TOTAL 16

Second Year

Fall Spring
Course Hours Course Hours
MATH 2450, Calculus III 4 MATH 3350, Higher Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists I 3
PHYS 2401, Principles of Physics II 4 ME 2322, Engineering Thermodynamics I 3
ECE 3301, General ECE 3 ME 2302, Dynamics 3
ME 2301, Statics 3 ME 2115, Fundamentals of Computer Programming for Mechanical Engineering Laboratory 1
POLS 1301, American Govt., Org. 3 IE 2324, Engineering Economic Analysis 3
Elective (Oral Communication)* 3
TOTAL 17 TOTAL 16

Third Year

Fall
Spring
Course Hours Course Hours
ME 3403, Mechanics of Solids 4 MATH 3342, Math Stats for Engineers 3
ME 3215, Numerical Methods 2 ME 3333, Dynamic Systems and Vibrations 3
ME 3322, Engineering Thermodynamics II 3 Department Elective** 3
ME 3311, Materials Science 3 ME 3365, Introduction to Design 3
ME 3370, Fluid Mechanics 3 ME 3228, Materials and Mechanics (Lab) 2
ME 3164, Finite Element Analysis (Lab) 1 ME 3371, Heat Transfer 3
    ME 3165, Compu. Fluid Dynamics (Lab) 1
TOTAL 16 TOTAL 18

Fourth Year

Fall Spring
Course Hours Course Hours
ME 4334, Control of Dynamic Systems 3 Elective (Math or Science)** 3
ME 4234, Systems and Controls (Lab) 2 ME 4371, Engineering Design II 3
ME 4370, Engineering Design I 3 Elective (Political Science)* 3
ME 4251, Thermal Fluid Systems (Lab) 2 Department Elective** 3
Elective (Humanities)*^ 3 Elective (Visual/Performing Arts)*^ 3
Department Elective** 3
TOTAL 16 TOTAL 15

TOTAL HOURS: 131

* Choose from Core Curriculum requirements.
** Select from departmentally approved list (below).
^ Choose either a humanities or visual and performing arts course that also meets the multicultural requirement.

All students must satisfy the university foreign language requirement with two years of foreign language credit from high school OR two semesters of college credit.

Department Required Electives

The 9 hours of department electives can be satisfied with any junior or senior level course from the:

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Math/Science Required Electives (3.000 Credits)

Course Name Course Name
ASTR 1400 Solar Systems Astronomy with Lab MATH 4350 Advanced Calculus
ASTR 1401 Stellar Astronomy MATH 4354 Differential Equations II
ATMO 3301 General Meteorology MATH 4356 Elemental Functions of Complex Variables
BIOL 1401 Biology of Plants PHYS 2402 Principles of Physics III
BIOL 1402 Biology of Animals PHYS 3305 Electricity & Magnetism
BIOL 1403 Biology I PHYS 3401 Optics
CHEM 1308 Principles of Chemistry II PHYS 4304 Mechanics
CHEM 3303 Introduction to Organic Chemistry PHYS 4307 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
GEOL 1303 Physical Geology ZOOL 2403 Human Anatomy & Physiology
MATH 2360 Linear Algebra (*fulfills math minor) MATH 3351 Higher Math for Scientists & Engineers II
MATH 4342 Math Statistics

Department Required Electives (9.000 Credits)

Course Course Name Course Catalog
ME 4000 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering Course Catalog
ME 4330 Professionalism in Mechanical Engineering Course Catalog
ME 4330 Bio Fluid Mechanics Course Catalog
ME 4330 Chemical History of a Candle Course Catalog
ME 4330 Wind Energy: Aerodynamics Course Catalog
ME 4330 Solar Energy Thermal Conversion Course Catalog
ME 4330 Nano Materials Course Catalog
ME 4330 Manufacturing Processes Course Catalog
ME 4331 Individual Study in Mechanical Engineering Course Catalog
ME 4335 Robot and Machine Dynamics Course Catalog
ME 4338 Polymeric Composite Materials Course Catalog
ME 4342 Failure Analysis/Forensic Engineering Course Catalog
ME 4345 Probabilistic Mechanical Design Course Catalog
ME 4354 Sustainable Transportation Design Course Catalog
ME 4356 Aerodynamics Course Catalog
ME 4358 Combustion Course Catalog
ME 4360 Sustainable Energy Course Catalog
ME 4375 HVAC System Design Course Catalog
ME 4385 Introduction to Microsystems I (MEMS I) Course Catalog
ME 4386 Introduction to Microsystems II (MEMS II) Course Catalog
ME 4390 Foundations of Nuclear Engineering Course Catalog

Flow Chart

To download a flow chart of the curriculum for the bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, click here.

Accreditation

The bachelor of science in mechanical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

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