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Degrees Offered: BS in mechanical engineering
To prepare graduates for successful engineering and professional careers
and leadership roles with lifelong learning and ethical conduct that will
lead them to be engaged good citizens, engineers, and professionals
in their community and the world.
- Our graduates will be accomplished professionals by being able to
formulate, communicate, and solve problems using engineering principles,
methodologies, and modern tools.
- Our graduates will be professionals and leaders in industry, national
laboratories, academia, and society by employing engineering fundamentals,
design skills, thinking creatively, communicating effectively, working
collaboratively, and implementing emerging and innovative technologies.
- Our graduates will be professionals and leaders who accept and practice
their professional and ethical responsibilities, respect diversity of
opinion and culture, and have a proper understanding and consideration
for a healthy and aesthetic environment.
The Academic Program
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, analyze, and interpret data.
- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
- An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- An ability to communicate effectively.
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a societal context.
- A recognition of the need and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
- A knowledge of Contemporary issues.
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Mechanical engineering (ME) is concerned with the design of all
types of machines, conversion of energy from one form to another,
instrumentation and control of all types of physical and chemical
processes, the manufacturing and utilization of engineering materials,
and control of human and machine environments. Mechanical engineers
conceive, plan, design, and direct the manufacture, distribution,
and operation of a wide variety of devices, machines, instruments,
materials, and systems used for energy conversion, heat and mass
transfer, environmental control, control of human and machine
environment, physical and chemical process control, materials
processing, transportation, manufacture of consumer products,
materials handling, and measurements. Mechanical engineers also
employ Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing
(CAM), Computer Aided Testing (CAT), Computational Fluid Dynamics
(CFD), computer modeling and simulations, novel materials, robotics,
and mechatronics (integration of computers with electromechanical
systems) in their day-to-day activities. Mechanical engineers
find opportunities for employment in every branch of industry
and in a variety of government agencies. Work may involve research,
development, design, analysis, manufacture, testing, marketing,
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The BS degree requires completion of at least 122 credit hours
of course work. The curriculum consists of a group of required
courses chosen to provide the students with the basic tools for
the professional practice of mechanical engineering and to assist
students in developing a sense of responsibility as professionals.
The objectives of the lower division curriculum are to build a
foundation in the basic sciences and mathematics, provide an introduction
to engineering design and professional ethics, develop communications
and computer programming skills, and acquire an appreciation for
the humanities and social sciences. The objectives of the upper
division program are to provide a sound foundation in the engineering
sciences; build on that foundation for applications in the areas
of energy conversion, mechanical systems and control, experimentation,
and manufacturing; and encourage creativity culminating in a “capstone”
design experience. To provide sufficient flexibility, technical
elective courses enable students to acquire additional competence
in areas compatible with their career objectives.
All electives are subject to the approval of an adviser.
Students must complete the College Requirement courses for engineering
(see “Undergraduate Programs” within the College of Engineering).
Students must complete the following coursework:
- CEE 270 Applied Mechanics I (3)
- CEE 271 Applied Mechanics II (3)
- MATH 190 Basic and Fortran Programming (1)
- MATH 302 Introduction to Differential Equations I (3)
- ME 360 Computer Methods in Engineering (3)
- EE 211 Basic Circuit Analysis I (4)
- ME 213 Introduction to Engineering Design II (2)
- ME 331 Material Science and Engineering (3)
- ME 341 Manufactory Processes (3)
- ME 342 Manufactory Processes Laboratory (2)
- ME 371 Mechanics of Solids (3)
- ME 372 Component Design (3)
- ME 374 Kinematics/Dynamics Machinery (3)
- ME 375 Dynamics of Machines and Systems (3)
- ME 311 Thermodynamics (3)
- ME 312 Applied Thermodynamics (3)
- ME 322 Mechanics of Fluids (3)
- ME 422 Heat Transfer (3)
- ME 402 Dynamics Systems Laboratory (2)
- ME 480 Thermofluid Measurements and Design (3)
- ME 481 Design Project I (3)
- ME 482 Design Project II (3)
- Technical electives (9). Three courses that can be selected
from ME 400-level technical electives (3), CEE 405 and another
that can be replaced with a non-ME course (3) (with approval
from chair), and a second that can be replaced with an ME 600-level
course (3) (3.00 GPA minimum and approval from chair) or ME