Mechanical Engineering and Design, BSME

The combined major in mechanical engineering and design is designed to educate students in topics of both disciplines and the interface between them. 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. Today, engineers also play a primary role 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. Design is the discipline that shapes human experiences in specific situations to improve quality. Designers pose important questions about—and provide significant answers to how we live. Designers are needed when we don’t know what is needed as well as when we think we do. Students in this program will combine the disciplines in order to address complex problems with human-centered solutions.

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.

Engineering Requirements

Required Engineering
ME 2340
and ME 2341
Introduction to Material Science
and Lab for ME 2340
5
ME 2350Statics4
ME 2355
and ME 2356
Mechanics of Materials
and Lab for ME 2355
5
ME 2380
and ME 2381
Thermodynamics
and Recitation for ME 2380
4
ME 3455
and ME 3456
Dynamics
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
Senior Capstone Design Project
MEIE 4701Capstone Design 11
MEIE 4702Capstone Design 25
Technical Electives
Complete three of the following:12
Mechanical Engineering Computation and Design
Mechanical Engineering Design
System Analysis and Control
Thermal Systems Analysis and Design
Supplemental Credit
2 semester hours from the following course count toward the engineering requirement:2
Cornerstone of Engineering 1
3 semester hours from the following course count toward the engineering requirement:3
Cornerstone of Engineering 2

Supporting Courses: Mathematics/Science

Complete all mathematics/science courses with a minimum of 30 semester hours.

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
Supplemental Credit
1 semester hour from the following course counts toward the mathematics/science requirement:1
Cornerstone of Engineering 1

Professional Development

Professional Development
GE 1000Introduction to the Study of Engineering1
or ARTF 1000 Art and Design at Northeastern
ENCP 2000Introduction to Engineering Co-op Education1
ENCP 3000Professional Issues in Engineering1
Additional Required Courses
1 semester hour from the following course counts toward the professional development requirement:1
Cornerstone of Engineering 1
1 semester hour from the following course counts toward the professional development requirement:1
Cornerstone of Engineering 2

Design Requirements

ARTF 1122Color and Composition4
Complete one of the following: 4
Conceptual Drawing
Form and Structure
Movement and Time
Experience and Interaction
Design Requirements
ARTG 1250Design Process Context and Systems4
ARTG 2250Typography 14
Complete one of the following design options:8
Interactive Design Option
Interaction Design 1: Responsive
Interaction Design 2: Mobile
Graphic and Information Design Option
Graphic Design 1
Graphic Design 2
Experience Design Option
Experience Design 1
Experience Design 2
Art + Design Electives
Art + Design History Elective4
Complete any ARTH course. Recommend selecting an ARTH course that fulfills both NUpath IC and SI.
Design Elective8
Complete two ARTG courses (at least one at 3xxx-level or higher).
Art + Design Elective4
Complete any one ARTG, ARTE, ARTD, ARTH, ARTS course.

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 4 semester hours of academic, nonremedial, nonrepetitive courses. Recommend selecting a course to fulfill NUpath DD.4

Integrative Courses

This course is already required above and also fulfills the integrative requirement.
Capstone Design 2

Program Requirement

143 total semester hours required

Sample 4 Years, Two Co-ops Curriculum Outline (Co-op in Summer 2/Fall)

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Students will need to have AP credit for Calc.AB (MATH 1341, Calculus 1)4MATH 23214ME 23504Vacation0
MATH 13424PHYS 1151
and PHYS 1152
and PHYS 1153
5Art + Design fundamental4 
CHEM 1151
and CHEM 1153
4GE 15024  
ARTF 1000 or GE 10001ARTF 11224  
GE 15014   
ENGW 11114   
 21 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 23414ME 2355
and ME 2356
5ME 3475 or 34804Co-op0
PHYS 1155
and PHYS 1156
and PHYS 1157
5ME 2380
and ME 2381
4ARTG 22504 
ME 2340
and ME 2341
5ME 3455
and ME 3456
5  
ARTG 12504ENCP 20001  
 Design option 14  
 18 19 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0ME 4505
and ME 4506
5MEIE 47011Co-op0
ENGW 3302 or 3315 (to be taken online)4Engineering tech elective 14Engineering tech elective 24 
 Design option 24Art + Design elective4 
 Art + Design history elective4  
 ENCP 30001  
 4 18 9 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0MEIE 47025  
General elective (NUpath DD)4Engineering tech elective 34  
 Design elective 14  
 Design elective 24  
 4 17  
Total Hours: 143

Sample Five Years, Three Co-ops Curriculum Outline (Co-op in Summer 2/Fall)

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Students will need to have AP credit for Calc.AB (MATH 1341, Calculus 1)4MATH 23214Vacation0Vacation0
MATH 13424PHYS 1151
and PHYS 1152
and PHYS 1153
5  
CHEM 1151
and CHEM 1153
4GE 15024  
ARTF 1000 or GE 10001ARTF 11224  
GE 15014   
ENGW 11114   
 21 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 1155
and PHYS 1156
and PHYS 1157
5ENCP 20001Vacation0Co-op0
ME 23504MATH 23414  
ARTG 12504ME 2340
and ME 2341
5  
General elective (NUpath DD)4ME 2380
and ME 2381
4  
 Art + Design fundamental4  
 17 18 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0ME 2355
and ME 2356
5ME 3475 or 34804Co-op0
 ME 3455
and ME 3456
5ARTG 22504 
 ENGW 3302 or 33154  
 Design option 14  
 ENCP 30001  
 0 19 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0ME 4505
and ME 4506
5MEIE 47011Co-op0
 Engineering tech elective 14Engineering tech elective 24 
 Design option 24Art + Design elective4 
 Art + Design history elective4  
 0 17 9 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0MEIE 47025  
 Engineering tech elective 34  
 Design elective 14  
 Design elective 24  
 0 17  
Total Hours: 143