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Curricular Overview

The program provides students with a broad academic base complemented by hands-on laboratory activities and cooperative education experience. Students devote their first two years to the study of mathematics, physics, chemistry, liberal arts, and engineering sciences, while the third and fourth years emphasize engineering science, design, and systems.

A student may then specialize by choosing appropriate technical and free elective courses in an area of interest. Each of the listed technical electives includes a significant design project. In the fifth year, each student is required to complete the capstone design courses, Senior Design I and II (MECE-497, 498).

The liberal arts component of the mechanical engineering program consists of 36 credit hours of study in accordance with the university’s liberal arts general education requirements. In the third year, all students must demonstrate writing competency in the English language by successfully completing a college writing exercise evaluated by faculty from the Institute Writing Committee. For some students, this may require work with the Academic Support Center, the English Language Center, or additional course work in the College of Liberal Arts.

Mechanical engineering, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2015

Course

Credit Hours

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 – Ethical **

3

 

Perspective II – Artistic

3

MECE-305

Materials Science and Apps

3

MECE-306

Materials Science and Apps Lab 1

 

First-Year Seminar/Year one

0

 

Wellness Education *

0

Second Year

MATH-231

Differential Equations

3

MATH-219

Multivariable Calculus

3

MECE-110

Thermodynamics

3

MECE-210

Fluid Mechanics I

3

MECE-203

Strength of Materials I

3

MECE-204

Strength of Materials Lab

1

MECE-205

Dynamics

3

EGEN-099

Cooperative Education Preparation

0

MECE-211

Engineering Measurements Lab 2

 

Physical Science Elective I

3

 

Perspective III

3

 

Perspective IV - Social

3

 

Arts and Science Immersion I**

3

Third Year

MATH-326

Boundary Value Problems

3

EEEE-281

Circuits I

3

PHYS-212

University Physics II

4

MECE-317

Numerical Methods

3

MECE-320

System Dynamics

3

 

Arts and Science Immersion II**

3

MECE-499

Cooperative Education (fall or spring)

Co-op

MECE-499

Cooperative Education (summer)

Co-op

Fourth Year

MATH-241

Linear Algebra

3

MECE-310

Heat Transfer

3

MECE-301

Engineering Applications Lab

2

MECE-348

Contemporary Issues 3

MECE-3xx

ME Extended Core Elective I***

3

 

Physical Science Elective II

3

MECE-499

Cooperative Education (fall or spring)

Co-op

MECE-499

Cooperative Education (summer)

Co-op

Fifth Year

MECE-497

Senior Design I

3

MECE-498

Senior Design II

3

MECE-4xx

ME Applied Elective I, II***

6

MECE-4xx,3xx

ME Applied Elective III or ME Extended Core Elective II

3

STAT-205

Applied Statistics

3

 

Arts and Science Immersion III**

3

 

Free Elective I, II

6

Total Semester Credit Hours

129

***Please refer to the Mechanical Engineering Department Undergraduate Student Handbook for more information about extended core and applied electives.

**Please see General Education Curriculum  for more information on the Foundation Elective, the Perspectives course sequence and the Arts & Immersion course sequence.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

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