Undergraduate Program Objectives & Outcomes
Mechanical Engineering BS
Program Educational Objectives
Within a few years of earning the baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering, graduates are expected to achieve one or more of the following program educational objectives:
- Develop successful careers as mechanical engineers, demonstrate professional engineering competence via positions of increasing responsibility and/or assignments.
- Complete or pursue graduate education in engineering or related fields, participate in professional development and/or industrial training courses and/or obtain engineering certification.
- Participate in research and development and other creative and innovative efforts in science, engineering and technology; and/or pursue entrepreneurial endeavors.
- If not in a mechanical engineering career, successful transition into an education, business, legal, medical or government career.
- Demonstrate a commitment to the community and profession through involvement with community and/or professional organizations.
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Degrees Awarded (Academic Year)
The program must have documented student outcomes that support the program educational objectives. Attainment of these outcomes prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.
Student outcomes are:
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
- An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
- An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
- An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
- An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategy.
Mechanical Engineering Program Specific Criteria
By the time of graduation students must also be able
- To apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations);
- To model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components or processes; and prepare students to work professionally in either thermal or mechanical systems while requiring topics in each area.
The Program Educational Objectives, Student Outcomes & Program Specific Criteria are presented in the 2021-2022 course catalog.
The Mechanical Engineering BS program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/