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2005-2009 Program Requirements
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering (BSE ME), and minors in General Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The program is a fully accredited Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering degree program.
Students are introduced to principles of mathematics, chemistry and physics during the first two years of study. The third year of study largely focuses on courses that apply these basic sciences in an engineering context. During the fourth year, students take more advanced courses, including technical electives that are more focused on mechanical engineering analysis and design.
The program focuses on the design of systems related to transfer of thermal and mechanical energies where topics such as machine design and thermal systems, including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R), are covered in detail.
Students have the opportunity for hands-on experience in a state-of-the-art manufacturing lab with rapid prototyping through three dimensional printers and CNC machining.
Students also take courses on written and oral communication, humanities, social sciences, and fine arts to improve their communication skills and to put their profession into a broader societal context.
All undergraduate students are encouraged to meet with their academic faculty advisor each semester for the purpose of reviewing their academic progress and planning future courses. It is particularly important for students to meet with their advisor whenever academic difficulties arise.
All prerequisites for engineering courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. A student that has a cumulative semester 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.
The total required credits for the BSE degree is 132 credits. There are five main categories of required credits: 1) General Education Requirements (GER), 2) Core Courses, 3) Specialization Courses, 4) Advanced Mathematics Elective, and 5) Advanced Engineering Electives.
1. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Complete the General Education Requirements (GER) for Baccalaureate Degrees listed at the beginning of this chapter. All GER requirements (a minimum of 37 total credits in 8 different categories) are built into the required courses for the BSE degree. There are 15 GER credits in three different categories that the student may select.
Fine Arts (3)
Social Sciences (6)
It is very important that students should see their faculty advisors and review the rules for selecting these 15 credits. A website with the rules is linked on the main School of Engineering website.
1. Complete the following core courses (96 credits):
CHEM A105 General Chemistry I (3)
CHEM A105L General Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
CHEM A106 General Chemistry II (3)
CHEM A106L General Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
ENGL A212 Technical Writing (3)
ENGR A105A Engineering Computer-Aided Design I (1)
ENGR A105B Engineering Computer-Aided Design II (1)
ENGR A105C Engineering Computer-Aided Design III (1)
ENGR A151 Introduction to Engineering (1)
ENGR A161 Engineering Practices II (3)
ES A209 Engineering Statics (3)
ES A210 Engineering Dynamics (3)
ES A302 Engineering Data Analysis (3)
ES A309 Elements of Electrical Engineering (3)
ES A331 Mechanics of Materials (3)
ES A341 Fluid Mechanics (3)
ES A341L Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (1)
ES A346 Basic Thermodynamics (3)
ESM A450 Economic Analysis and Operations (3)
MATH A200 Calculus I (4)
MATH A201 Calculus II (4)
MATH A202 Calculus III (4)
MATH A302 Ordinary Differential Equations (3)
ME A280 Solid Modeling for Engineers (3)
ME/EE A306 Dynamics of Systems (3)
ME/EE A308 Instrumentation and Measurement (3)
ME A313 Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics (3)
ME A334 Materials Science (3)
ME A334L Materials Science Lab (1)
ME A403 Machine Design (3)
ME A414 Thermal System Design (3)
ME A414L Thermal System Design Lab (1)
ME A438 Design of Mechanical Engineering Systems (3)
ME A441 Heat and Mass Transfer (3)
ME A441L Heat and Mass Transfer Lab (1)
PHYS A211 General Physics I (3)
PHYS A211L General Physics I Laboratory (1)
PHYS A212 General Physics II (3)
PHYS A212L General Physics II Laboratory (1)
2. Choose from the following advanced mathematics electives: 3
MATH A314 Linear Algebra (3)
MATH A321 Analysis of Several Variables (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)
MATH A423 Advanced Engineering Mathematics (3)
MATH A426 Numerical Methods (3)
3. Choose from the following advanced engineering electives: 12 credits
Students are required to take 12 credits from the following list of approved advanced engineering electives. Of the 12 credits, at least 6 of them must be from classes with the ME prefix.
AEST A608 Fundamentals of Air Pollution (3)
CE A403/A603 Arctic Engineering (3) or ES A411 Northern Design (3)
Note: Only one of CE A403 or CE A603 or ES A411 can apply to the degree.
CE A441 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering and Applied Environmental Science (3)
CE A442 Environmental Systems Design (3)
ME A408/A608 Mechanical Vibrations (3)
Note: Only one of ME A408 or ME A608 can apply to the degree.
ME A415/A615 Composite Materials (3)
Note: Only one of ME A415 or ME A615 can apply to the degree.
ME A442/A642 Advanced Fluid Mechanics (3)
Note: Only one of ME A442 or ME A642 can apply to the degree.
ME A450 Manufacturing Design (3)
ME A453/653 Renewable Energy Systems Engineering (3)
Note: Only one of ME A455 or ME A655 can apply to the degree.
ME A455/A655 HVAC Systems Optimization (3)
Note: Only one of ME A455 or ME A655 can apply to the degree.
ME A459/A659 Fracture Mechanics (3)
Note: Only one of ME A459 or ME A659 can apply to the degree.
ME/EE A471 Automatic Control (3)
ME A664 Corrosion Processes and Engineering (3)
ME A685 Arctic Heat and Mass Transfer (3)
4. A total of 132 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper division.