Curriculum - Mechanical 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 Computer Programming for Engineers2
EID 102 Engineering Graphics1
HSS 1 Freshman Seminar3
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
ME 112 Statistics3
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
ME 211 Dynamics3
ME 241 Materials Science3
HSS 3 The Making of Modern Society3
Total Credits Fall Semester 19.5


Spring Semester: 
ESC000.4 Professional Development Seminar0
ESC 221 Basic Principles of Electrical Engineering2
Ph 214 Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics3
ME 212 Mechanics of Materials3
ME 222 Engineering Thermodynamics3
ME 232 Systems Engineering3
ME 242 Design and Prototyping2
HSS 4 The Modern Context: Figures and Topics3
Total Credits Spring Semester 19


Junior Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
ME 311 Stress and Applied Elasticity3
ME 321 Fluid Mechanics & Flow Systems3
ME 331 Feedback Control Systems3
ME 333 Process Control Labratory1
Ma 224 Probability2
Engineering or Science Elective3
Humanities/Social Sciences Elective3
Total Credits Fall Semester 18


Spring Semester: 
ME 316 Mechanical Vibrations3
ME 328 Advanced Thermodynamics3
ME 340 Heat Transfer3
Engineering or Science Elective3
Humanities/Social Sciences Elective3
Total Credits Spring Semester 18


Senior Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
ME 323 Advanced Thermodynamics3
ME 343 Manufacturing Engineering3
ME 347 Mechanical Engineering Projects3
ME 300- or 400-level Lecture Course3
Free Elective3
Total Credits Fall Semester 15


Spring Semester: 
ME 348 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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