Curriculum - Mechanical Engineering

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 through robotics and human joint replacements.) 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 combinedwith 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 Seminar 00
Ma 110 Introduction to Linear Algebra 22
Ma 111 Calculus I 44
Ch 110 General Chemistry 33
EID 101 Engineering Design and Problem Solving 33
CS 102 Introduction to Computer Science 33
HSS 1 Literary Forms and Expressions 33
Total Credits Fall Semester 1818
Spring Semester: 
ESC000.2 Professional Development Seminar 00
Ma 113 Calculus II 44
Ph 112 Physics I: Mechanics 44
EID 103 Principles of Design 33
Ch 111 General Chemistry Laboratory 1.51.5
Ch 160 Physical Principles of Chemistry 33
HSS 2 Texts and Contexts: Old Worlds and New 33
Total Credits Spring Semester 18.518.5


Sophomore Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
ESC000.3 Professional Development Seminar 00
Ma 223 Vector Calculus 22
Ma 240 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equation 33
Ph 213 Physics II: Electromagnetic Phenomena 44
Ph 291 Introductory Physics Laboratory 1.51.5
ESC 100 Engineering Mechanics 33
ESC 110 Materials Science 33
HSS 3 The Making of Modern Society 33
Total Credits Fall Semester 19.519.5
Spring Semester: 
ESC000.4 Professional Development Seminar 00
ESC 121 Basic Principles of Electrical Engineering 22
Ma 224 Probability 22
Ph 214 Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics 33
ESC 101 Mechanics of Materials 33
ESC 161 Systems Engineering 33
ME 155 Design and Prototyping 22
HSS 4 The Modern Context: Figures and Topics 33
Total Credits Spring Semester 1818


Junior Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
ESC 130 Engineering Thermodynamics 33
ESC 140 Fluid Mechanics & Flow Systems 33
ME 100 Stress and Applied Elasticity 33
ME 151 Feedback Control Systems 33
Engineering or Science Elective 33
Humanities/Social Sciences Elective 33
Total Credits Fall Semester 1818
Spring Semester: 
ME 101 Mechanical Vibrations 33
ME 130 Advanced Thermodynamics 33
ME 142 Heat Transfer 33
ME 160 Engineering Experimentation 33
Engineering or Science Elective 33
Humanities/Social Sciences Elective 33
Total Credits Spring Semester 1818


Senior Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
ME 120 Design Elements 33
ME 141 Fundamentals of Aerodynamics 
ME 163 Mechanical Engineering Projects 33
ME 312 Manufacturing Engineering 33
Free Electives 44
Total Credits Fall Semester 1313
Spring Semester: 
ME 164 Capstone Senior Mechanical Engineering Design 33
ME 320 Mechanical Design 33
ME 300 Space Dynamics 
Free Electives 66
Total Credits Spring Semester 1212
Total credits required for degree 135135



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