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Undergraduate Program

BSME: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Degree Program


SOPHOMORE YEAR - The sophomore program emphasizes concepts and techniques which define the core of engineering analysis. The second year curriculum continues to expand students' mathematics and science background, to explore interests in the humanities and social sciences and to attain an introduction to basic fabrication and instrumentation concepts. Topics include ES3-Introduction to Electrical Systems, ES5-Introduction to Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics, ES7-Thermodynamics, ES9-Applied Mechanics (Strength of Materials), as well as ME1-Mechanical Design and Fabrication.

JUNIOR YEAR - The third year program completes the foundation essential to modern Mechanical Engineering and also provides the first opportunities for specialization and depth. These include required concentration courses such as ES8-Fluid Mechanics, ME16-Heat Transfer, ME25-Engineering Materials, ME37-Dynamics and Vibration, and ME80-System Dynamics & Controls. Laboratory experiences are also an important part of the junior year program with coursework in ME18-Instrumentation and Experiments as well as an introduction to project work and open-ended problem solving techniques in ME42-Machine Design II. Natural Science Elective courses taken in the third year help the student customize their program. Also, students who have already fulfilled junior year requirements due to an accelerated program or advanced placement might consider taking advanced level courses.

SENIOR YEAR - The senior year curriculum is structured to encourage students to acquire some degree of specialization and introductory professional design experience. Examples include concentration in applied mechanics, human factors, materials and manufacturing, system control and design, and thermal-fluid-sciences. Required coursework includes ME43-Senior Design Project. Elective courses fall within several groups: ME Concentration Electives, Humanities/Arts and Social Science (HASS) Electives and Free Electives. Students are encouraged to consider independent project work as part of a coordinated program of study. Students who want to pursue a project for more than a single semester are expected to do so by writing an undergraduate thesis.

A typical BSME Program of Study can be found on Page 3 of the degree sheet.