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BS in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers apply the principles of math, science and engineering for the design, analysis, manufacturing, testing and maintenance of mechanical systems.

The bachelor of science in mechanical engineering prepares students for a range of careers in the field of mechanical engineering. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop and manufacture industrial equipment and machinery, energy systems, transport systems, aircraft, watercraft, robotics, medical devices and more.

Educational Objectives + Student Outcomes

Educational Objectives:
Within four to seven years after graduation, mechanical engineering majors are expected to attain:

  • Position(s) of responsibility in which they:
    • work effectively in teams
    • manage resources
    • solve complex problems
    • communicate information
    • influence decisions
    • act ethically
    • balance constraints
  • Self-development through formal and informal learning opportunities.
  • Sustained employment and/or further education in a technical/professional field.
  • Capacity to engage independently in meaningful creative endeavors.

Student Outcomes:
Students graduating with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Enrollment + Graduation Data

Student Enrollment:

  • 2015-16: 82
  • 2014-15: 59
  • 2013-14: 34
  • 2012-13: 8

Number of Mechanical Engineering Program Graduates:
2015-16: 12, Inaugural Class

Curriculum + Requirements

The bachelor of science in mechanical engineering requires 128 credits as outlined below.

University Curriculum (46 credits)

Course Title Credits
Foundations of Inquiry
FYS 101 First-year Seminar 3
Freshman Composition
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
Quantitative Literacy
MA 285 Applied Statistics 3
Disciplinary Inquiry
CHE 110/110L General Chemistry I with lab 4
EC 111 Principles of Microeconomics 3
Humanities Humanities Elective 3
Fine Arts Fine Arts Elective 3
Personal Inquiry
CHE 111 & 111L General Chemistry II with Lab 4
or BIO 101 & 101L General Biology I with Lab 4
Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts 2 Classes, must be from different areas 6
MA 151 Calculus I 4
MA 152 Calculus II 4
Integrative Capstone
UC University Capstone 3


Mechanical Engineering Courses:

Course Title Credits
Foundational Courses for Mechanical Engineering (20 credits)
MA 251 Calculus III 4
MA 265 Linear Algebra and Differential Equiations 4
PHY 121 University Physics 4
PHY 122 University Physics II 4
CSC 110 Programming and Problem Solving 4
Common Engineering Curriculum (7 credits)
ENR 110 The World of an Engineer 3
ENR 210 Engineering Economics and Project Management 3
ENR 395 Professional Development Seminar 1
Mechanical Engineering Courses (55 credits)
MER 210/210L Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design with lab 4
MER 220/220L Mechanics of Materials with lab 4
MER 221 Dynamics 3
MER 230/230L Engineering Materials with lab 4
MER 250 Computer Aided Design 3
MER 310 Thermal-Fluid Systems I 3
MER 320 Thermal-Fluid Systems II 3
MER 330/330L Introduction to Circuits with lab 4
MER 340/340L Manufacturing/Machine Component Design with lab 4
MER 350 ME Design 3
MER 360 Heat Transfer with lab 3
MER 470/470L Dynamic Modeling and Control with lab 4
MER 490 Engineering Professional Experience 1
MER 498 ME Capstone Design 3
Mechanical Engineering Electives (6 credits)
Choose two courses from the following MER technical electives:
MER 387 Introduction to Applied Aerodynamics 3
MER 388 Helicopter Aeronautics 3
MER 450 Environmentally Conscious Design & Manufacturing 3
MER 472 Energy Conversion Systems 3
MER 475 Mechatronics 3
MER 481 Aircraft Performance & Static Stability 3
MER 486 Vibration Engineering 3
MER 489 Advanced Study in Mechanical Engineering 3
MER 491 Biomedical Engineering I 3
Technical Elective (3 credits)
Choose one course from the following technical electives:
One additional MER Technical Elective from above 3
CER 310 Structural Analysis 3
IER 320 Production Systems 3
IER 340 Human Factors & the Workplace 3
IER 420 Industrial Control Systems 3
IER 430 Statistical Process Control 3
Other 200-level or higher CER, IER or SER course with program coordinator approval.

Depending on math sequence taken, additional UC electives may be required.

View program information in the University catalog.