Curriculum - Mechanical Engineering

The below curriculum represents the 2015/2016 academic year. We are in the process of revising this curriculum for the 2016/2017 academic year and will update this page soon.

Program description

Mechanical engineering is concerned with the devices and phenomena related to the generation, transmission, application and control of power. Mechanical engineering grew up with the Industrial Revolution and is today the broadest of the engineering disciplines, encompassing many activities and fields of interest. Mechanical engineers may be involved with research and development, design, manufacturing, sales, application and service, administration and management, as well as teaching and consulting. Fields of interest include solid mechanics, materials, fluid mechanics, vibrations and acoustics, heat transfer and thermodynamics, combustion, control systems, manufacturing, CAD/CAM and robotics or combinations of these as is often the case in the design and development work of complex projects. (Examples: the space shuttle, the investigation of alternate energy from renewable resources, the development of completely automated factories, robotics and biomedical engineering systems.) At the Albert Nerken School of Engineering, the mechanical engineering faculty and students have been, and continue to be, involved in these and other exciting new developments through their project work, research work or consulting.

Mechanical engineering is an ideal foundation for careers in the aerospace industry, ocean engineering, marine engineering, biomedical engineering, the automobile industry, the power and utility industries and virtually any area of activity that requires  analytical abilities combined with a strong background in design practice.

The sequences of courses shown in the undergraduate curriculum table emphasize the fundamental engineering sciences as well as their applications in a computer environment and professional design practice. By the selection of electives and of their design and research projects, students have a large degree of flexibility in exploring their own interests.

Graduate Program
Areas of research include computer-aided design and engineering, robotics, biomedical engineering, automotive systems, mechatronics, thermoelectric power generation, vibrations and acoustics, combustion and other interdisciplinary areas of engineering.

Freshman Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
ESC000.1 Professional Development Seminar0
Ma 110 Introduction to Linear Algebra2
Ma 111 Calculus I4
Ch 110 General Chemistry3
EID 101 Engineering Design and Problem Solving3
CS 102 Introduction to Computer Science3
HSS 1 Literary Forms and Expressions3
Total Credits Fall Semester 18
Spring Semester: 
ESC000.2 Professional Development Seminar0
Ma 113 Calculus II4
Ph 112 Physics I: Mechanics4
EID 103 Principles of Design3
Ch 111 General Chemistry Laboratory1.5
Ch 160 Physical Principles of Chemistry3
HSS 2 Texts and Contexts: Old Worlds and New3
Total Credits Spring Semester 18.5


Sophomore Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
ESC000.3 Professional Development Seminar0
Ma 223 Vector Calculus2
Ma 240 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equation3
Ph 213 Physics II: Electromagnetic Phenomena4
Ph 291 Introductory Physics Laboratory1.5
ESC 100 Engineering Mechanics3
ESC 110 Materials Science3
HSS 3 The Making of Modern Society3
Total Credits Fall Semester 19.5
Spring Semester: 
ESC000.4 Professional Development Seminar0
ESC 121 Basic Principles of Electrical Engineering2
Ma 224 Probability2
Ph 214 Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics3
ESC 101 Mechanics of Materials3
ESC 161 Systems Engineering3
ME 155 Design and Prototyping2
HSS 4 The Modern Context: Figures and Topics3
Total Credits Spring Semester 18


Junior Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
ESC 130 Engineering Thermodynamics3
ESC 140 Fluid Mechanics & Flow Systems3
ME 100 Stress and Applied Elasticity3
ME 151 Feedback Control Systems3
Engineering or Science Elective3
Humanities/Social Sciences Elective3
Total Credits Fall Semester 18
Spring Semester: 
ME 101 Mechanical Vibrations3
ME 130 Advanced Thermodynamics3
ME 142 Heat Transfer3
ME 160 Engineering Experimentation3
Engineering or Science Elective3
Humanities/Social Sciences Elective3
Total Credits Spring Semester 18


Senior Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
ME 163 Mechanical Engineering Projects3
ME 312 Manufacturing Engineering3
ME 300- or 400-level Lecture Course3
Free Electives 44
Total Credits Fall Semester 13
Spring Semester: 
ME 164 Capstone Senior Mechanical Engineering Design3
ME 300- or 400-level Lecture Course3
Free Electives6
Total Credits Spring Semester 12
Total credits required for degree135



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