Mechanical Engineering, B.S. (Behrend)

Program Code: MEBC_BS

Entrance to Major

In addition to the Carnegie unit and minimum GPA requirements1 described by University policies, all students applying for entrance to any of the engineering majors at Behrend, Berks, 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, MATH 140, MATH 141, and PHYS 211. These courses must be completed by the end of the semester during which the admission to major process is carried out.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, a minimum of 131 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 107-108

21 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.

Per Senate Policy 83.80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of coursework in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
CMPSC 200Programming for Engineers with MATLAB Keystone/General Education Course3
EDSGN 100SIntroduction to Engineering Design3
EE 211Electrical Circuits and Power Distribution3
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 230Calculus and Vector Analysis4
PHYS 212General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course4
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
EMCH 211Statics3
EMCH 212Dynamics3
EMCH 213Strength of Materials3
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 141Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 220Matrices Keystone/General Education Course2-3
MATH 251Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations4
MATSE 259Properties and Processing of Engineering Materials3
ME 300Engineering Thermodynamics I3
ME 320Fluid Flow3
ME 345WInstrumentation, Measurements, and Statistics4
ME 349Intermediate Mechanics of Materials3
ME 357System Dynamics3
ME 365Materials Testing Laboratory1
ME 367Machine Design3
ME 380Machine Dynamics3
ME 410Heat Transfer3
ME 448Engineering Design Concepts3
ME 449Mechanical Design Projects3
ME 468Engineering for Manufacturing3
PHYS 211General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course4
Additional Courses
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
or ECON 104 Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3
Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics Keystone/General Education Course
Chemical Principles II Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Human Physiology Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 13 credits of program elective courses from school-approved list 113

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Erie

Elisa Wu, Ph.D.
Program Chair, Professor
227 AMIC
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6559
yxw22@psu.edu

Berks

Rungun Nathan
Program Coordinator, Associate Professor
Gaige 223
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6170
rungun.nathan@psu.edu

Harrisburg

Issam Abu-Mahfouz, Ph.D., P.E.
Program Chair
Olmsted Building W239
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6361
iaa2@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Mechanical Engineering, B.S. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110*#†3CMPSC 2003
CHEM 111† 61ECON 102 or 1043
EDSGN 100S† 3,53MATH 141*‡#†4
ENGL 15 or 30H3MATH 220*†2
MATH 140*‡#†4PHYS 211*#†4
General Education Course3 
 17 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EMCH 211*3EE 2113
MATH 2304EMCH 212*3
MATH 251*4EMCH 213*3
PHYS 2124ME 300*3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5PHYS 214† 62
 General Education Course3
 16.5 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 202C‡†3CAS 100‡†3
ME 320*3ME 357*3
ME 345W*44ME 365*71
ME 349*3ME 367*3
ME 380*73ME 410*3
 MATSE 259*73
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ME 448* 13ME 449*23
ME 468*3Program Elective (School Approved List)*3
Lab Elective (300, 400-Level)*1Program Elective (School Approved List)*3
Program Elective (School Approved List)*3General Education Course3
Program Elective (School Approved List)*3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16 16.5
Total Credits 131

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

School-Approved Electives for Mechanical Engineering: This elective list is subject to change.

Mechanical Engineering students at Behrend are required to take four 3-credit courses and one 1-credit lab (13 total credits) of technical electives. The courses must be selected from one of the following two thematic areas:

Technical

Take one Lab Course:

  • ME 308 Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer Laboratory (fall and spring)
  • ME 424 Additive Manufacturing Lab (fall and spring)
  • ME 465 Introduction to Manufacturing Laboratory (fall and spring)
  • ME 492 Dynamics and Vibration Lab (spring)      

Take two courses from Group 1:

  • BME 408 Solid Mechanics of Biological Materials (spring)
  • EMCH 471 Engineering Composite Materials (spring)
  • ME 370 Vibration of Mechanical Systems (fall and spring)
  • ME 401 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (spring)
  • ME 408 Energy Systems (spring)
  • ME 428 Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics (fall)
  • ME 467 Applied Finite Element Analysis (fall and spring)
  • ME 469 Metallic Manufacturing Processes (spring)
  • ME 491 Bioengineering Applications of Mechanical Engineering (fall)

Take one course from Group 2:

  • Any course in Group 1
  • IE 405 Deterministic Models in Operations Research (spring only)
  • MATH 412 Fourier Series and Partial Differential Equations (fall only, odd years)
  • MATH 449 Applied Ordinary Differential Equations (spring only, odd years)
  • MATH 455 Introduction to Numerical Analysis I (fall only)
  • MATH 456 Introduction to Numerical Analysis II (spring only, even years)
  • MATH 482 Mathematical Methods of Operations Research (spring only, even years)
  • PHYS 400 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism (fall only, even years)
    PHYS 419 Theoretical Mechanics (spring only, even years)
  • PHYS 458 Intermediate Optics (spring only, odd years)
  • STAT 414 Introduction to Probability Theory (fall only, odd years)

Take one course from Group 3:

  • Any course in Group 1 or 2
  • IE 302 Engineering Economy (spring preferred)
  • ME 494 Research Project*
  • ME 495 Internship*
  • ME 496 Independent Studies*
  • ME 497 Special Topics*
  • MET 457 Lean Manufacturing
  • MGMT 409 Project Management for Engineers (fall and spring)
  • PSYCH 444 Engineering Psychology (fall, NOTE: requires PSYCH 100)
  • QC 450 Quality Control and Quality Improvement (spring)

*Selection of ME 494-ME 497 courses require written approval of the program coordinator.

Engineering Management

Take one Lab Course:

  • ME 308 Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer Laboratory (fall and spring)
  • ME 424 Additive Manufacturing Lab (fall and spring)
  • ME 465 Introduction to Manufacturing Laboratory (fall and spring)
  • ME 492 Dynamics and Vibration Lab (spring)
  • ME 424 Additive Manufacturing Lab (fall and spring)

Take the following two courses:

  • MGMT 409 Project Management for Engineers (fall and spring)
  • IE 302 Engineering Economy (spring preferred)

Take two additional courses from the following list:

  • BME 408 Solid Mechanics of Biological Materials (spring)
  • EMCH 471 Engineering Composite Materials (spring)
  • IE 405 Deterministic Models in Operations Research (spring only)
  • MATH 482 Mathematical Methods of Operations Research (spring only, even years)
  • ME 370 Vibration of Mechanical Systems (fall and spring)
  • ME 401 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (spring)
  • ME 408 Energy Systems (spring)
  • ME 428 Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics (fall)
  • ME 467 Applied Finite Element Analysis (fall and spring)
  • ME 469 Metallic Manufacturing Processes (spring)
  • ME 491 Bioengineering Applications of Mechanical Engineering (fall)

Students in the Engineering Management thematic who also complete either the Operations and Supply Chain Management minor or the Technical Sales minor may substitute 400-level SCM courses for the 6 additional credits of 400-level IE, MATH or ME courses. 

Advising Notes:

  • Only students who have gone through the entrance-to-major process and have been accepted into this major may register for junior and senior-level ME courses.

Career Paths

Because every industry values a mechanical engineer’s problem-solving capabilities, you’ll enjoy tremendous career flexibility in disciplines as varied as research, manufacturing, product and systems design and testing, health care, energy, the military, transportation, and consumer products. A mechanical engineering education also is excellent preparation for technical management, business, law, or technical sales.

Careers

Typical entry-level careers for mechanical engineering graduates are applications engineer, design engineer and mechanical design engineer, test engineer, equipment installation engineering, facilities technician, stress analysis engineer, product development engineer, and project engineer.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Graduate programs in mechanical engineering delve more deeply into areas of specialization such as automotive engineering, robotics, advanced manufacturing, thermal science, computational fluid mechanics, combustion modeling, or biomechanical engineering.

Professional Resources

Accreditation

The B.S. in Mechanical Engineering offered by Penn State Behrend is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, abet.org. ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental accrediting agency for programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology and recognized as an accreditor by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. ABET accreditation is voluntary and provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards of the profession for which that program prepares graduates. The School of Engineering at Penn State Behrend consistently places in the Top 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the nation’s undergraduate engineering programs.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ABET ACCREDITATION

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

Contact

Erie

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
242 Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center
5101 Jordan Road
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6153
engineering@psu.edu

http://behrend.psu.edu/school-of-engineering

Berks

EBC DIVISION
Gaige Building
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6170
rungun.nathan@psu.edu

http://berks.psu.edu/bs-mechanical-engineering

Harrisburg

SCHOOL OF SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND TECHNOLOGY
Olmsted Building, W239
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6116
kmb51@psu.edu

http://harrisburg.psu.edu/science-engineering-technology/me-met/bachelor-science-mechanical-engineering