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Dual Degree – BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering

In addition to the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs, a combined BS/MS degree program is also available for exemplary mechanical engineering students. The program offers outstanding students an opportunity to earn both a bachelor's and a master's degree within approximately five years of entry to the BS program. The BS/MS program has a strong research-oriented focus, and is primarily directed toward students planning on completing a doctoral degree. All students enrolled in the BS/MS program are required to complete a graduate thesis and conduct scholarly research.

The four elements of study within the MS program include core courses, courses required within an elected focus area, selected elective courses, and a thesis. A minimum of 30 credits are required for the MS degree. At least 21 credit hours of graduate-level course work, including the core and focus area courses, must be taken in the mechanical engineering department. All full-time MS students are required to attend the weekly graduate seminar each quarter they are on campus. A minimum of 30 credits are required for the MS degree. Nine credits may be upper-level undergraduate electives (a course number beginning with MECE-600), or may be taken as technical courses outside of the department with prior approval. Typical out of department courses include advanced engineering, mathematics, and science courses.

Core Courses: All graduate students in the MS program are required to complete two required core courses: MECE-601 Mathematics for Engineers I and MECE-602 Mathematics for Engineers II (or an alternative course approved by the adviser and department head).

Focus Courses: All graduate students in the MS program must develop a graduate focus area of study, with prior approval from their adviser and the department head. The focus area should consist of at least 12 credits of graduate study in mechanical engineering, (MECE-600 or higher) and be related to the student's technical and professional development interests. Examples of focus areas include controls, materials science, thermo/fluids, and mechanics/design.

Elective Courses: All graduate students in the MS program must complete a minimum of 9 credits of elective courses.

Thesis:  Students considering the BS/MS program may take a “Research Methods” class in fall of their fourth year to begin working on their literature review and identify a thesis topic. Students must complete an acceptable thesis proposal and literature review by the end of Fall of their fourth year to be eligible for the BS/MS program. Upon completion of an acceptable thesis proposal, students may change programs from the BS/MEng program into the BS/MS program. Admission to the BS/MS program reflects a commitment on the part of both the student and faculty advisor, and is generally not reversible. Upon acceptance into the BS/MS program, students are eligible to enroll in and complete Senior Design I and II beginning in the Spring of Year 4.

Mechanical engineering, BS/MS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

First Year

MATH-181

Project-based Calculus I

4

MATH-182

Project-based Calculus II

4

MECE-102

Engineering Mechanics Lab

3

MECE-103

Statics

3

MECE-104

Engineering Design Tools

3

ENGL-150

Writing Course

3

 

Foundation Elective**

3

 

Perspective I, II, III**

9

 

First-Year Seminar

0

 

Wellness Education*

0

Second Year

MATH-231

Differential Equations

3

MATH-219

Multivariable Calculus

3

MECE-110

Thermodynamics I

3

MECE-210

Fluid Mechanics I

3

MECE-203

Strength of Materials I

3

MECE-204

Strength of Materials I Lab

1

MECE-205

Dynamics

3

MECE-305

Material Science with Applications

3

MECE-306

Material Science with Applications Lab

1

EGEN-099

Cooperative Education Preparation

0

 

Physical Science Elective I

3

 

Perspective IV**

3

Third Year

MATH-326

Boundary Value Probability

3

EEEE-281

Circuits I

3

MECE-xxx

Contemporary Issues in Mechanical Engineering (WI)

3

MECE-317

Numerical Methods

3

MECE-211

Engineering Measurements Lab

2

 

Arts and Science Immersion I**

3

 

Arts and Science Immersion II**

3

 

Free Elective I

3

MECE-310

Heat Transfer I

3

MATH-241

Linear Algebra

3

MECE-3xx

ME Extended Core Elective I***

3

MECE-499

Cooperative Education

Co-op

Fourth Year

MECE-320

System Dynamics

3

MECE-601

Math I for Engineers

3

MECE-602

Math II for Engineers

3

MECE-301

Engineering Applications Lab

2

PHYS-212

University Physics II

4

STAT-205

Applied Statistics

3

 

Physical Science Elective II

3

 

Free Elective II

3

 

Arts and Science Immersion III**

3

MECE-499

Cooperative Education

Co-op

Fifth Year

MECE-497

Multidisciplinary Senior Design I

3

MECE-498

Multidisciplinary Senior Design II

3

MECE-6xx/7xx

Grad Focus I, II, III***

9

MECE-6xx/7xx

Graduate Elective I, II, III***

9

MECE-790

Thesis

6

Total Semester Credit Hours

150

 

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