Begin Date: Summer Session 1994
End Date: Spring Semester 1999
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 problems during their senior year.
For the B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, a minimum of 133 credits is required.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(21 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 108 credits
(This includes 21 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses;
3 credits of GWS courses.)
PRESCRIBED COURSES (93 credits)
CHEM 012 GN(3), 014 GN(1), ED&G 100(3) (Sem: 1-2)
E MCH 011(3), 012(3),013(3), MATH 140 GQ(4), 141 GQ(4), 231(2), 251(4), PHYS 201 GN(4), 202(4), 203(3) (Sem. 1-4)
ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem. 3-6)
ME BD 230(3), 240(3), 241(3), 245(1),320(4), 340(3), 443(4), 445(3), 446(4), MTHBD 371(3) (Sem. 5-6)
ME BD 329(3), 343(3), 449(3), 455(3), 480(3), 481(3) (Sem. 7-8)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or 201F GQ(3) (Sem. 3-6)
E E 220(3) or 251(3) (Sem. 3-4)
ECON 002 GS(3) or 004 GS(3) (Sem. 1-6)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits of technical courses from school-approved list. (These credits must be selected to fulfill the engineering science and design requirements of the major.) Sem. 7-8)
 A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
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The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.
Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1994
Blue Sheet Item #: 22-01-185
Review Date: 6/8/99 (General Education Update)