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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Program Electives

The School of Engineering maintains lists of approved electives in the Humanities, Arts, Social Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Natural Sciences. These lists are updated periodically as the Tufts course catalog evolves. Current versions of the allowed elective lists are maintained on the student information system (SIS). To find these lists:

  1. Navigate to SIS
  2. On the login page, select Browse Course Catalog
  3. Set Course Career to AS&E Undergrad
  4. Set Course Attribute to Engineering Requirements
  5. Set Attribute Value to one of the following options:
    • SoE-Engineering
    • SoE-HASS-Arts
    • SoE-HASS-Humanities
    • SoE-HASS-Social Sciences
    • SoE-Mathematics
    • SoE-Natural Sciences

Natural Science or Mathematics Elective

As part of the introductory requirements, students must take one elective with either an SoE-Natural Sciences or SoE-Mathematics attribute. Students minoring in computer science may wish to use Discrete Mathematics (COMP61/MATH61) to fulfill this requirement.

Humanities, Arts and Social Science Electives

A total of 18 SHUs in humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS), including English 1 or 3. Acceptable HASS electives have attributes of SoE-HASS-Humanities, SoE-HASS-Arts, or SoE-HASS-Social Sciences. Courses selected must include a minimum of one course in each area of Humanities (H) and Social Sciences (SS). In addition, at least two HASS courses must be taken in the same department.

Probability, Statistics or Numerical Methods

Within the foundation requirements, students must take a restricted elective in Probability, Statistics or Numerical Methods. One of the following courses should be chosen to fulfill this requirement:

  • EE 024 - Probabilistic Systems Analysis (3 SHUs)
  • ES 055 - Numerical Methods (3 SHUs)
  • ES 056 - Probability and Statistics (4 SHUs)
  • ES 101 - Numerical Methods (3 SHUs)
  • MATH 161 - Probability (4 SHUs)
  • MATH 162 - Statistics (4 SHUs)
  • ME 108 - Statistical Quality Control (3 SHUs)

Foundation Electives

Foundation electives are intended to provide Mechanical Engineers with breadth in the technical disciplines. Two foundation electives are required for the BSME degree. Each foundation elective must either be an engineering management course or have one of the following attributes: SoE-Engineering, SoE-Natural Sciences, SoE-Mathematics.

Recommended Foundation Electives:

  • COMP 011 - Introduction to Computer Science (4 SHUs)
  • ENP 061 - Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics (3 SHUs)
  • ES 004 - Introduction to Digital Logic (4 SHUs)
  • ES 018 - Computer Aided Design with Lab (4 SHUs)
  • Any Engineering Management Course (EM 51, EM 52, EM 54, EM 153, all 3 SHUs)

Concentration Electives

In general, any Mechanical Engineering (ME) course beyond the required BSME coursework can be selected as a concentration elective. The department has structured the electives to offer a great deal of flexibility while maintaining the integrity of the program. Students are encouraged to explore a mix of options that best suit their unique abilities and interests.

Students should consult with their academic advisors to select a concentration elective program that fulfills all Degree Sheet requirements. These requirements are summarized briefly below.

All but two concentration electives must be lecture-based courses offered by the ME department. Lecture-based courses include any ME course except ME 94, 96, 99, 193, or 194.

The remaining two concentration-elective credits may include a combination of lecture-based ME courses and research credits, as specified by the degree sheet. For example, independent research (ME94) could count as one concentration elective. A student interested in pursuing additional research for credit must register for an undergraduate thesis (ME96). No out-of-department courses can be used to count as ME concentration electives. In extraordinary cases, an out-of-department course can be counted as an ME concentration elective, with prior advisor and ABET program director approval through a formal petition. This permission must be obtained in advance of taking a course, and the student is required to outline a rationale for the concentration elective choices as a whole.

More information on non-lecture based courses can be found on the Research and Independent Projects page.

Free Electives

Free Electives are an integral and complementary part of the curriculum and students are urged to consult with their academic advisors in choosing these electives. For example, students may wish to take additional humanities and social science courses preparing them for professional activities and graduate studies in areas such as law, economics, organization and social aspects of engineering, management, and technology and policy. Students may use the free electives to satisfy the requirements of an additional major or minor.

  • ME 99 - Internship in Mechanical Engineering (3 SHUs)
    Effective 07/01/2012 A Mechanical Engineering Internship (ME99) can be taken for course credit, and the student may also receive payment from the internship employer. However, ME99 may only count as a free elective towards the BSME degree.

    The following requirements must also be fulfilled:

    1. The student has junior or senior standing and has declared a major in Mechanical Engineering.
    2. The student must submit a written internship proposal, which must be approved by the academic advisor, the faculty mentor, and Department Chair prior to the semester in which the internship will be performed. Form is available here.
    3. The faculty mentor must have technical control of any work that receives credit in the Department.
    4. A written report must be submitted, to be evaluated by the faculty mentor and the outside institutional supervisor. Work of a proprietary nature cannot be used as a basis for the granting of course credit.