BSME in Mechanical Engineering
Degree Program Description
The mechanical engineering curriculum provides students a foundation in mathematics, the basic sciences, and engineering. Students take core courses in the mechanical sciences (dynamics, engineering materials, manufacturing, dynamic systems and control, and machine element design) and the thermal-fluid sciences (thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer). In addition, students obtain laboratory experience through three lab courses focused on instrumentation and measurements, materials and manufacturing, and thermal-fluid systems. The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) prepares students for employment in industry or government or for further study toward other degrees such as the JD, MD, MS, and PhD.
Major Program Requirements
The MAE curriculum allows students to transfer among departments during the first two years. Students concentrate on departmental requirements at the beginning of the junior year. The senior year includes five MAE electives that allow students to develop individual programs of study. This flexibility enables students to complete a traditional program or create their own with special emphasis on areas such as materials, manufacturing, thermal-fluid systems, dynamics and control, or aerospace. Students are also required to complete one cultural awareness course which is selected from an approved list, created and maintained by the College of Engineering or which meets the Arts and Science (A&S) diversity requirement.
Experience in design is distributed throughout the required courses in the curriculum and culminates in the senior capstone design course. The capstone design experience integrates earlier technical work with economic, safety, ethical, and environmental considerations. The projects are primarily obtained from industrial or private business clients. The presentations of project results are made to a review panel consisting of members of the faculty, the MAE Industrial Advisory Council, and representatives of the client firms.
Major Core Requirements
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
|MATH 1500||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I||5|
|MATH 1700||Calculus II||5|
|MATH 2300||Calculus III||3|
|MATH 4100||Differential Equations||3|
|PHYSCS 2750||University Physics I||5|
|PHYSCS 2760||University Physics II||5|
|ENGINR 1200||Statics and Elementary Strength of Materials||3|
|ENGINR 2100||Circuit Theory for Engineers||3|
|ENGINR 2200||Intermediate Strength of Materials||3|
|ECONOM 2351||Economic Decision-Making||3|
|STAT 4710||Introduction to Mathematical Statistics||3|
|MAE 1100||Introduction to Computer Aided Design||3|
|MAE 2100||Programming and Software Tools||3|
|MAE 2200||Engineering Materials||3|
|MAE 3100||Computational Methods for Engineering Design||3|
|MAE 3400||Fluid Mechanics||3|
|MAE 3500||Manufacturing Methods||3|
|MAE 3600||Dynamic Systems and Control||3|
|MAE 3800||Instrumentation and Measurements Laboratory||3|
|MAE 3910||Machine Element Design||3|
|MAE 4300||Heat Transfer||3|
|MAE 4825||Materials and Manufacturing Laboratory||3|
|MAE 4834||Thermal Fluids Laboratory||3|
|MAE 4980||Senior Capstone Design||3|
|Technical elective in approved area of Engineering, Science, or Math, 3000-level or above||3|
|MAE 4000-level electives||15|
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|ENGLSH 1000||3||MATH 1700||5|
|MATH 1500||5||PHYSCS 2750||5|
|CHEM 1320||4||Humanities/Fine Arts Elective||3|
|MAE 1100||3||US History/US Government||3|
|MATH 2300||3||MATH 4100||3|
|PHYSCS 2760||5||MAE 2100||3|
|ENGINR 1200||3||MAE 2200||3|
|MAE 2300||3||MAE 2600||3|
|ECONOM 2351||3||ENGINR 2200||3|
|Humanities/Fine Arts Elective||3|
|MAE 3100||3||MAE 3600||3|
|MAE 3400||3||MAE 3800||3|
|MAE 3500||3||MAE 3910||3|
|ENGINR 2100||3||MAE 4300||3|
|STAT 4710 ( )||3||Technical Elective||3|
|MAE 4825||3||MAE 4834||3|
|MAE 4000+ Elective||3||MAE 4980||3|
|MAE 4000+ Elective||3||MAE 4000+ Elective||3|
|Humanities/Fine Arts Elective||3||MAE 4000+ Elective||3|
|Behavioral/Social Science Elective||3||MAE 4000+ Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 126|
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