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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

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The program prepares students to take a responsible leadership role in shaping the future of our highly technical society. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a broad range of courses in mathematics, the basic sciences, the engineering sciences, the humanities and social sciences, as well as the mechanical engineering disciplines.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to prepare exceptional engineers.

Program Education Objectives

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program will:

  1. have successful careers in mechanical engineering or related fields;
  2. pursue advanced degrees in engineering or related fields;
  3. engage in service and leadership to their local, national, and global communities

The mechanical engineering curricula prepares students to solve diverse and challenging problems without imposing on the employer the need to teach engineering fundamentals. In addition, it provides those students desiring to enter research or graduate school with a sound preparation in mathematics, science and engineering sciences, on which a greater professional competence in the field of engineering selected can be built. The programs aim to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a fundamental engineering education on which to build continuously after graduation.

Student Outcomes

Consistent with the program’s objectives, students will have:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. 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
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Major Requirements

In addition to having satisfied the College-wide institutional and distribution requirements, students who seek a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree must satisfy the following requirements or their equivalents:

Four Courses in the Basic Sciences

One Course in Computation from the List Below

One Course in Engineering Communications

Four Courses in Engineering Science

Depth Electives

A minimum of eight credit hours of depth electives as shown below. Depth electives are 4000 or 5000 level mechanical engineering courses beyond those required within the major. Department approved civil engineering courses may be counted as Depth Electives. See your advisor for a list of approved courses. These include:

Technical Elective

A minimum of four credit hours in area which supports and/or expands the student’s technical and/or communication skills. The choice of course must be approved by the student’s advisor.

Senior Seminar

Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

Students must register for and take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination, administered by the National Council of Engineering Examiners, in order to graduate.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

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MAJOR GPA. Please consult the department to determine what courses are included in the calculation of the GPA for this major.

MINOR. No minor is offered in mechanical engineering.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year



Senior Year




  1. Limited course substitutions for those listed above are permitted for students who have sound educational plans that, in the judgment of the department, justify the substitutions.
  2. Students must register for and take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination.
  3. Students must also fulfill the college diversity requirement. There are many courses which simultaneously satisfy one of the history, social science and arts & literature distribution requirements and the diversity requirement.

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