Mechanical Engineering (MEC)

Requirements for Acceptance to the Major in Mechanical Engineering

Freshman and transfer applicants who have specified their interest in the Mechanical Engineering major may be accepted directly into the major upon admission to the University. Students in good academic standing who were admitted to the University but not immediately accepted into the major may apply for acceptance in any semester. Priority for admission to the Mechanical Engineering major is given to those students who have 1) completed MAT 132 and PHY 132 or their equivalents; 2) earned a g.p.a. of 3.0 in all mathematics and physics courses with no more than one grade in the C range; and 3) received completed course evaluations for all transferred courses that are to be used to meet requirements of the major.

Requirements for the Major in Mechanical Engineering (MEC)

The major in Mechanical Engineering leads to the Bachelor of Engineering degree.

Completion of the major requires approx­imately 107 credits.

1. Mathematics
a. MAT 131, MAT 132 Calculus I, II
b. AMS 261 Applied Calculus IIIor MAT 203 Calculus III with Applications
c.  AMS 361 Applied Calculus IV: Differential Equations or MAT 303 Calculus IV with Applications
Note: The following alternate calculus course sequences may be substituted for MAT 131, MAT 132 in major requirements or prerequisites: MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 127 or AMS 151, AMS 161 or MAT 141, MAT 142 or MAT 171

2. Natural Sciences
a. PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134 Classical Physics I, II and Laboratories
b. PHY 251 Modern Physics and PHY 252 Modern Physics Laboratory
or ESG 281 Engineering Introduction to the Solid State
c. ESG 198 Fundamentals of Engineering Chemistry
The following alternate physics course sequences may be substituted for PHY 131/133, 132/134:
PHY 125, PHY 126, PHY 127 Classical Physics A, B, C or PHY 141, PHY 142 Classical Physics I, II: Honors
The following chemistry courses may be substituted for ESG 198:
CHE 131 General Chemistry I or CHE 141 Honors Chemistry I

3. Laboratories
MEC 316 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory I
MEC 317 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory II

4. Mechanical Engineering
MEC 101 Engineering Computing and Problem Solving I
MEC 102 Engineering Computing and Problem Solving II
MEC 125  Fundamentals of Machining
MEC 202 Engineering Drawing and CAD I
MEC 203 Engineering Drawing and CAD II
MEC 214  Probability and Statistics
MEC 220 Practical Electronics Mechanical Engineers
MEC 260 Engineering Statics
MEC 262 Engineering Dynamics
MEC 301 Thermodynamics
MEC 325  Manufacturing Processes
MEC 305 Heat and Mass Transfer
MEC 363 Mechanics of Solids
MEC 364 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics

5. Materials Science
ESG 332 Materials Science I: Structure and Properties of Materials

6. Engineering Design
MEC 310 Introduction to Machine Design
MEC 320 Engineering Design Methodology and Optimization
MEC 410 Design of Machine Elements
MEC 411 System Dynamics and Controls
MEC 422 Thermal System Design
MEC 440 Mechanical Engineering Design I
MEC 441 Mechanical Engineering Design II

7. Engineering Economics
EST 392 Engineering and Manufacturing Economics or ECO 108 Introduction to Economics

8. Technical Electives
Three technical elective courses are required, two mechanical engineering (MEC) courses and one selected from courses offered by any department of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, including MEC. A list of approved technical elective courses may be found in the Department's Undergraduate Guide.

9. Writing and Oral Communication Requirement
MEC 300 Technical Communication in Mechanical Engineering


All courses taken to satisfy requirements 1 through 8 above must be taken for a letter grade. The grade point average for the courses MEC 260, 262, 301, 305, 310, 316, 317, 320, 326, 363, 364, 410, 411, 422, 440, 441, and all technical electives (with the exception of MEC 488) must be at least 2.00. A minimum grade of "C" in PHY 131, PHY 125, MAT 125/MAT 131, MEC 260, and MEC 262 is required for the BE degree. When a course is repeated, the higher grade will be used in calculating this average.

The Minor in Mechanical Engineering

The minor in Mechanical Engineering is offered for students who want the record of their University studies to show a significant amount of upper-division work in the discipline. Entry into this minor presupposes a background in mathematics and physics, represented by the prerequisite requirements for the courses listed below.

Requirements for the Minor in Mechanical Engineering (MEC)

Completion of the minor requires 18-20 credits, of which 12-13 are from required courses and 6-7 from electives.
A student who wishes to pursue this minor should consult with the undergraduate program director in the Department of Mechanical Engineering before registering for the elective courses. All courses must be taken for a letter grade and a g.p.a. of 2.00 or higher is required for the six courses that constitute the minor.

1. Four required courses:
MEC 260 Engineering Statics
MEC 262 Engineering Dynamics
MEC 301 Thermodynamics or ESG 302 Thermodynamics of Materials
MEC 363 Mechanics of Solids

2. Two elective courses chosen from the following: 
MEC 305 Heat and Mass Transfer
MEC 310 Introduction to Machine Design
MEC 320 Engineering Design Methodology and Optimization
MEC 325 Manufacturing Processes and Machining
MEC 364 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
MEC 393 Engineering Fluid Mechanics
MEC 398 Thermodynamics II
MEC 402 Mechanical Vibrations
MEC 411 System Dynamics and Control
Note: Other electives require the appro­val of the undergraduate program director.

The Accelerated B.E./M.S. Degree Program in Mechanical Engineering

The accelerated B.E./M.S. program in mechanical engineering allows students to use up to nine graduate credits taken as an undergraduate toward both B.E. and M.S. degree requirements, thus reducing the normal time required to complete both degrees. The program is designed for upper-division mechanical engineering students with superior academic records. For detailed program require­ments, including admission require­­ments, please refer to the Graduate Bulletin.