Mechanical Engineering, BSME

Mechanical engineering involves the design, development, and manufacture of machinery and devices to transmit power or to convert energy from thermal to mechanical form in order to power the modern world and its machines. Its current practice has been heavily influenced by recent advances in computer hardware and software.

Mechanical engineers use computers to formulate preliminary and final designs of systems or devices, to perform calculations that predict the behavior of the design, and to collect and analyze performance data from system testing or operation.

Traditionally, mechanical engineers have designed and tested devices, such as heating and air-conditioning systems, machine tools, internal-combustion engines, and steam power plants. Today they also play primary roles in the development of new technologies in a variety of fields—energy conversion, solar energy utilization, environmental control, prosthetics, transportation, manufacturing, and new-materials development.

The curriculum in mechanical engineering focuses on four areas: applied mechanics, thermofluids engineering, materials science, and controls. Applied mechanics is the study of the motion and deformation of structural elements acted on by forces in devices that range from rotating industrial dynamos to dentists’ drills. Thermofluids engineering deals with the motion of fluids and the transfer of energy, as in the cooling of electronic components or the design of gas turbine engines. Materials science is concerned with the relationship between the structure and properties of materials and with the control of structure, through processing, to achieve desired properties. Practical applications are in the development of composite materials, metallurgical process industries, and advanced functional materials. Controls are critical to any engineered system in which sensors and actuators of several types communicate and function.

Courses in each area form the foundation for advanced analytical and creative design courses that culminate in a two-semester capstone design project. Faculty encourages students throughout the curriculum to use computer-aided design tools and high-performance computer workstations.

More than 90 percent of department undergraduate students take advantage of the cooperative education program. Cooperative education assignments increase in responsibility and technical challenge as students progress through the program. Initial positions may involve computer-intensive CAD/CAM assignments or programming tasks, while more advanced jobs will place students in charge of design, quality-control systems, and performance testing of equipment.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

NUpath requirements Interpreting Culture (IC), Societies and Institutions (SI), and Differences and Diversity (DD) are not explicitly satisfied by required engineering courses. Students are responsible for satisfying these requirements with general electives.

Engineering

Complete 69 semester hours in engineering as indicated below:

Required Engineering
EECE 2210
and EECE 2211
Electrical Engineering
and Lab for EECE 2210
5
ME 2340
and ME 2341
Introduction to Material Science
and Lab for ME 2340
5
ME 2350Engineering Mechanics and Design4
ME 2355
and ME 2356
Mechanics of Materials
and Lab for ME 2355
5
ME 2380Thermodynamics4
ME 3455
and ME 3456
Dynamics and Vibrations
and Lab for ME 3455
5
ME 3475Fluid Mechanics4
or ME 3480 International Applications of Fluid Mechanics
ME 4505
and ME 4506
Measurement and Analysis with Thermal Science Application
and Lab for ME 4505
5
ME 4508Mechanical Engineering Computation and Design4
ME 4550Mechanical Engineering Design4
ME 4555System Analysis and Control4
ME 4570Thermal Systems Analysis and Design4
MEIE 4701Capstone Design 11
MEIE 4702Capstone Design 25
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Technical Elective
Complete one technical elective in one of the following subject areas:4
EMGT, ENGR, IE, ME, or MEIE
Supplemental Credit
3 semester hours from the following course counts toward the engineering requirement:3
Cornerstone of Engineering 1
3 semester hours from the following course counts toward the engineering requirement:3
Cornerstone of Engineering 2

Professional Development

Required Professional Development
GE 1000Introduction to the Study of Engineering1
MEIE 2000Introduction to Engineering Co-op Education1
MEIE 3000Professional Issues in Engineering1
Additional Required Courses
The remaining credit from the following course will apply to the professional development area:1
Cornerstone of Engineering 1

Supporting Courses: Mathematics/Science

Complete 35 semester hours in mathematics and science as indicated below:

Required Mathematics/Science
CHEM 1151
and CHEM 1153
General Chemistry for Engineers
and Recitation for CHEM 1151
4
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 1342Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2321Calculus 3 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2341Differential Equations and Linear Algebra for Engineering4
PHYS 1151
and PHYS 1152
and PHYS 1153
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
5
PHYS 1155
and PHYS 1156
and PHYS 1157
Physics for Engineering 2
and Lab for PHYS 1155
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1155
5
Science/Math Elective
Complete one of the following:4-5
General Biology 1 for Engineers
and Lab for BIOL 1115
Integrated Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1117
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
and Recitation for CHEM 2311
Probability and Statistics
Discrete Mathematics
Modern Physics
Classical Dynamics
Electricity and Magnetism
Supplemental Credit
1 semester hour from the following course counts toward the mathematics/science requirement:1
Cornerstone of Engineering 2

Writing Requirements

A grade of C or higher is required in each course:
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
ENGW 3302Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions4
or ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Required General Electives

Complete six academic, nonremedial, nonrepetitive courses, each equivalent to 4 semester hours.24

Course Work That Does Not Count Toward the Engineering Degree

Students in engineering are allowed to count a maximum of two pass/fail courses toward their degree program. Only general electives outside the College of Engineering may be taken on a pass/fail grading basis. A maximum of one pass/fail course is allowed per semester.

Program Requirement

140 total semester hours required

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 1341 (FQ)4MATH 1342 (FQ)4Vacation0Vacation0
CHEM 11514PHYS 1151 (ND)3  
CHEM 11530PHYS 1152 (AD)1  
GE 10001PHYS 11531  
GE 15014GE 1502 (ER)4  
ENGW 1111 (WF)4General elective4  
 17 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ME 23504MATH 23414Vacation0Co-op0
General elective4ME 23554  
PHYS 1155 (ND)3ME 23561  
PHYS 1156 (AD)1ME 23804  
PHYS 11571MEIE 20001  
MATH 2321 (FQ)4General elective4  
 17 18 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0ME 45084ME 34754Co-op0
 ENGW 3302 (WD)4General elective4 
 ME 2340 (WI)4  
 ME 23411  
 ME 34554  
 ME 34561  
 0 18 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0ME 4505 (AD)4ME 45504Co-op0
 ME 45061MEIE 4701 (EI, WI, CE)1 
 ME 45554General elective4 
 ME 45704  
 MEIE 30001  
 Math/science elective4  
 0 18 9 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0MEIE 4702 (EI, WI, CE)5  
 EECE 22104  
 EECE 22111  
 ME or IE technical elective4  
 General elective4  
 0 18  
Total Hours: 140

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 1341 (FQ)4MATH 1342 (FQ)4Vacation0Vacation0
CHEM 11514PHYS 1151 (ND)3  
CHEM 11530PHYS 1152 (AD)1  
GE 10001PHYS 11531  
GE 15014GE 1502 (ER)4  
ENGW 1111 (WF)4General elective4  
 17 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 2321 (FQ)4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
PHYS 1155 (ND)3   
PHYS 1156 (AD)1   
PHYS 11571   
ME 23504   
MEIE 20001   
General elective4   
 18 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 23414Co-op0Co-op0ENGW 3302 (WD)4
ME 2340 (WI)4  ME 34754
ME 23411   
ME 23554   
ME 23561   
ME 23804   
 18 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ME 34554Co-op0Co-op0ME 45504
ME 34561  MEIE 4701 (EI, WI, CE)1
ME 4505 (AD)4  General elective4
ME 45061   
ME 45084   
ME 45704   
 18 0 0 9
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
ME 45554ME or IE technical elective4  
MEIE 30001Math/science elective4  
EECE 22104General elective4  
EECE 22111General elective4  
MEIE 4702 (EI, WI, CE)5   
General elective4   
 19 16  
Total Hours: 140

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 1342 (FQ)4MATH 2321 (FQ)4ME 23504Vacation0
Students will need to have AP credit for Calc. AB (MATH1341-Calculus 1–4 SH)4PHYS 1151 (ND)3General elective4 
CHEM 1151 (ND)4PHYS 1152 (AD)1  
CHEM 11530PHYS 11531  
GE 10001GE 1502 (ER)4  
GE 15014General elective4  
ENGW 1111 (WF)4   
 21 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 23414Co-opCo-opME 34754
PHYS 1155 (ND)3  General elective4
PHYS 1156 (AD)1   
PHYS 11571   
ME 23554   
ME 23561   
ME 23804   
 18 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ME 34554Co-opCo-opME 45504
ME 34561ENGW 3302 (to be taken online during co-op (WD))4 MEIE 4701 (EI, WI, CE)1
ME 4505 (AD)4  General elective 4
ME 45061   
ME 45704   
MEIE 20001   
Elective4   
 19 4 0 9
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
EECE 22104ME 45084  
EECE 22111MIE technical elective4  
ME 45554**Science/math elective4  
MEIE 4702 (EI, WI, CE)5ME 2340 (WI)4  
General elective4ME 23411  
MEIE 30001   
 19 17  
Total Hours: 140

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 1342 (FQ)4MATH 2321 (FQ)4ME 23504Vacation0
Students will need to have AP credit for Calc. AB (MATH1341-Calculus 1–4 SH)4PHYS 1151 (ND)3General elective4 
CHEM 1151 (ND)4PHYS 1152 (AD)1  
CHEM 11530PHYS 11531  
GE 10001GE 1502 (ER)4  
GE 15014General elective4  
ENGW 1111 (WF)4   
 21 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 23414ME 23804ME 34754Co-op
PHYS 1155 (ND)3ME 34554General elective4 
PHYS 1156 (AD)1ME 34561  
PHYS 11571ME 2340 (WI)4  
ME 23554ME 23411  
ME 23561MEIE 20001  
General elective4General elective4  
 18 19 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opME 4505 (AD)4ME 45504Co-op
ENGW 3302 (to be taken online during co-op (WD))4ME 45061MEIE 4701 (EI, WI, CE)1 
 EECE 22104General elective4 
 EECE 22111  
 ME 45704  
 ME 45554  
 MEIE 30001  
 4 19 9 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opME 45084  
 **Science/math elective4  
 MEIE 4702 (EI, WI, CE)5  
 MIE technical elective4  
 0 17  
Total Hours: 140