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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Mechanical Engineering

Penn State Berks (ME BL)
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (ME BD)
Penn State Harrisburg (ME CA)

Built upon a broad foundation in physics, chemistry, and mathematics, this major has the objective of educating graduates to be problem solvers. Graduates of this program will have had opportunities to learn about applying scientific principles, engineering analysis, and engineering design to solve unstructured problems that are typical of those found in mechanical engineering. The major helps prepare graduates for a lifelong productive career, whether they choose professional practice, graduate school, or some other career path. Graduates will have had opportunities to learn how to work with others toward a common goal, to clearly express their ideas in written and verbal form, and to be independent and capable of adapting to the continuously changing technology of the work environment.

After completing the fundamental science core, students may pursue their interest in mechanical engineering by studying fluid and solid mechanics, engineering materials and their properties, thermodynamics and heat transfer, computer-aided design, kinematics and dynamics of machine elements, machine design, finite elements, control systems, electricity, and electronic instrumentation and machinery. The students will be required to analyze and solve a significant mechanical engineering design problem during their senior year.

Entrance Requirement: In addition to the Carnegie unit and minimum GPA requirements described by University policies, all students applying for entrance to any of the engineering majors at either Behrend or Capital college must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA by the end of the semester prior to applying for entrance to the major and have completed, with a minimum grade of C: CHEM 110 GN(3), MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4), and PHYS 211 GN(4). These courses must be completed by the end of the semester during which the admission to major process is carried out.

For the B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, a minimum of 131 credits is required. Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(21 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 107-108 credits
(This includes 21 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (88-89 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], EDSGN 100S(3) (Sem: 1-2)
E E 211(3), E MCH 211(3)[1], E MCH 212(3)[1], E MCH 213(3)[1], M E 300(3)[1], MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], MATH 220(2-3)[1], MATH 230(4), MATH 251(4)[1], PHYS 211 GN(4)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4) (Sem: 1-4)
CMPSC 200 GQ(3), ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 3-6)
M E 320(3)[1], M E 345W(4)[1], M E 349(3)[1], M E 357(3)[1], M E 365(1)[1], M E 367(3)[1], M E 380(3)[1], M E 410(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
M E 448(3)[1], M E 449(3)[1], M E 468(3)[1], MATSE 259(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
ECON 102 GS(3) or ECON 104 GS(3) (Sem: 1-6)
CHEM 111 GN(1) and PHYS 214(2); or CHEM 112 GN(3), or BIOL 141 GN(3) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (13 credits)
Select 13 credits of program elective courses[1] from school-approved list. (These credits must be selected to fulfill the thematic requirements of the major.) (Sem: 7-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 39-04-098

Review Date: 01/11/2011

UCA Revision #1: 8/9/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/30/07

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