The total required credits for the BSE degree is 131 credits for the Mechanical Engineering emphasis. There are four main categories of required credits.
Core Curriculum: 76
Mechanical Emphasis Track Courses 40
Advanced Math Elective 3
Advanced Engineering/Science Electives 12
Total Credits 131
During the first two years (freshman and sophomore) of the BSE degree program, the student completes a set of core courses. These courses cover basic sciences, mathematics, writing and communications (speech), and other general education requirement (GER) courses. These credits total 80 for the Mechanical Engineering track. This provides the student with a broad and solid background in the topics necessary to build a specialization in a field of engineering.
The engineering emphasis track courses are taken mostly in the 3rd and 4th(junior and senior) years. Each track has a series of required courses totaling either 36 credits (Mechanical Engineering track) or 38 credits (Computer Systems and Electrical Engineering). In addition, the student selects an additional 12 credits of advanced engineering or science electives, and a three (3) credit advanced mathematics elective.
Engineering design is introduced early in the curriculum and is emphasized throughout the program. In addition to the seminar series, a three course introductory Engineering Practices series is a required part of the curriculum. It is an outstanding customized coordination of courses that specifically teaches engineering students what they most need to know early in the curriculum. These courses help students become more successful in all of their subsequent courses and to be more effective as practicing engineers. Topics include applied mathematics, computer applications, experimental data gathering and analysis, collaborative teamwork, and report preparation and presentation. Also, a senior capstone design course is required.
Since the BSE program allows for the selection of more electives than the traditional BS engineering programs, students can custom design their curriculum to specialize in the areas of engineering most applicable for their plans. So, students can prepare themselves to specifically meet the needs of specific companies, and state and federal agencies.
Professional registration is emphasized throughout the program. Students attend three professional seminar courses that expose them to multiple experts from education and industry speaking about their field of expertise. All students are encouraged to take the Fundamental of Engineering examination before graduation.
All prerequisites for engineering courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. A student that has a cumulative semester grade point average (GPA) in engineering courses below 2.00 will be placed on academic warning by the School of Engineering. If a student on academic warning status receives a semester GPA for engineering courses of at least 2.00, that student will be removed from academic warning status by the School of Engineering. Otherwise, the student will be dropped from the BSE program and must reapply in order to continue in the BSE program. Re-admittance requires a letter from the student requesting re-admittance with an explanation of the reasons why that is subject to approval by the department head.
A. GENERAL UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS
Complete the General University Requirements for All Baccalaureate Degrees listed at the beginning of this chapter.
B. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Complete the General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees listed at the beginning of this chapter.
C. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
1. Complete the following core courses (61 Credits):
CHEM A105 General Chemistry I (3)
CHEM A105L General Chemistry I Lab (1)
ENGR A151 Engineering Practices I (3)
ENGR A161 Engineering Practices II (3)
ENGR A192 Engineering Seminar I (1)
ENGR A251 Engineering Practices III (3)
ENGR A292 Engineering Seminar II (1)
ENGR A392 Engineering Seminar III (1)
ENGR A438 Engineering Systems Design (3)
ES A208 Engineering Mechanics (4)
ES A302 Probability & Statistics (3)
ESM A450 Economic Analysis & Operations (3)
MATH A200 Calculus I (4)
MATH A201 Calculus II (4)
MATH A202 Calculus III (4)
MATH A302 Ordinary Differential Equations (3)
PHYS A211 General Physics I (3)
PHYS A211L General Physics I Lab (1)
PHYS A212 General Physics II (3)
PHYS A212L General Physics II Lab (1)
2. Complete the following Mechanical Engineering track courses (40 Credits):
CHEM A106 General Chemistry II (3)
CHEM A106L General Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
ES A309 Elements of Electrical Engineering (3)
ES A331 Mechanics of Materials (3)
ES A341 Fluid Mechanics (4)
ES A346 Basic Thermodynamics (3)
ME A302 Mechanical Design I (4)
ME A308 Instrumentation and Measurement (3)
ME A313 Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics (3)
ME A334 Elements of Material Science (3)
ME A403 Mechanical Design II (4)
ME A414 Thermal System Design (3)
ME A441 Heat & Mass Transfer (3)
Advanced Mathematics Elective* 3
Advanced Engineering & Science Electives 12
* ADVANCED ELECTIVES
BSE students are required to take 12 credits of advanced engineering/science electives from an approved list of electives for the particular emphasis area. Also, a 3 credit advanced mathematics elective is required that is selected from a single list common for all emphasis areas. Many elective courses require prerequisite courses that are also elective courses. Thus, in selecting elective courses students are strongly advised to work with their advisor to develop a cohesive set of elective courses. Choice of engineering electives is subject to approval by the student's advisor and the department head.
3. Complete the Advanced Mathematics Elective courses (3 credits):
BSE students are required to take one course from the following list of advanced mathematical elective courses:
MATH A310 Numerical Methods (3)
MATH A314 Linear Algebra (3)
MATH A321 Analysis of Several Variables (3)
MATH A324 Advanced Calculus (3)
MATH A371 Stochastic Processes (3)
MATH A407 Mathematical Statistics I (3)
MATH A410 Introduction to Complex Analysis (3)
MATH A422 Partial Differential Equations (3)
4. Choose from the Advanced Engineering & Science Electives (12 credits):
CE A441 Water & Waste Systems Engineering (3)
CE A442 Environmental Systems Design (3)
CE A603 Arctic Engineering (3)
EQE A600 Fundamentals of Environmental Science & Engineering (3)
EQE A604 Environmental Quality Evaluation (3)
EQE A608 Fundamentals of Air Pollution (3)
ME A408 Dynamics of Systems (3)
ME A664 Corrosion Processes & Engineering (3)
EE/ME A471 Automatic Control (3)
ME A685 Arctic Heat & Mass Transfer (3)
ME A687 Arctic Materials Engineering (3)
A total of 131 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper-division.