About the Program
To achieve the above stated objectives and outcomes, the School of Mechanical Engineering has developed a comprehensive, integrated curriculum to provide students with a broad base on which to build an engineering career. It is founded on basic sciences, including physics, chemistry and mathematics; computer science and computer graphics; and oral and written communications skills.
To this foundation, a core of engineering science and design courses are added in three main curriculum stems: mechanical sciences (statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, and structures and properties of materials), information technologies (electric circuits and electronics, instrumentation, system modeling and controls), and thermal-fluid sciences (thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer).
Throughout the core curriculum, students gain extensive laboratory and computer experience via modern facilities in all basic areas of the discipline. In addition, the curriculum provides an integrated innovation, design and entrepreneurship experience. This experience - which begins with a sophomore-level cornerstone course and culminates with a senior-level capstone course - emphasizes innovation, problem-solving, leadership, teamwork, communication skills, practical hands-on experience with various product design processes and entrepreneurship. Students then specialize by selecting two restricted electives that provide additional depth in two of the three main stems of the curriculum. Students can further specialize with 12 credit hours of technical/professional electives in engineering, mathematics, natural sciences, select management courses or individualized project courses (ME 49700).
Just as design experiences are integrated throughout the mechanical engineering curriculum, so too are opportunities to communicate technical information, both orally and in writing. Students experience a variety of communications opportunities in progressing through the mechanical engineering program.
Visit the School of Mechanical Engineering website for more current information about the undergraduate programs. See Mechanical Engineering, BSME for more information.