Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

As an engineer, it's important to understand the impact of your work in a global, economic and environmental context. All of the engineering curriculum is designed to challenge you with solving real-world engineering problems, and allow you to practice engineering in a supportive, inspiring environment.

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Engineering Core Program Requirements (Lower Division)

The Engineering Core Program requirements are a common core of classes that all engineering students must take, regardless of their major. This allows you up to two years to decide which field is best for you.

Freshman Year

Semester I Semester II
ENGR 101 - Intro to Engineering (3) MATH 151 - Calculus II (4)
CHEM 151 & 151L - General Chemistry (4) PHYS 270- Mechanics (4)
MATH 150 - Calculus I (4) ENGR 102 - Intro to Engr. Design Practice (3)
PHIL 101 - Intro to Logic (3) Core Curriculum Elective (3)
Core Curriculum Elective (3) Core Curriculum Elective (3)

Sophomore Year

Semester I Semester II
ENGR 121 - Engr Programming (3) ISyE 330 - Engr Prob & Stat (3)
MENG 260 - Intro Thermal Systems (3) ELEC 201 - Electrical Circuits (4)
PHYS 271 - Electricity & Magnetism (4) MENG 210 - Statics (3)
MATH 250 - Calculus III (4) MATH 310 - Appl Math for Sci & Engr I (3)
Core Curriculum Elective (3) COMM 203 / NAVS 201 - Public Speaking (3)

Mechanical Engineering Program Requirements (Upper Division)

Junior Year

Semester I Semester II
MENG 300 - Appl Thermodynamics (3) MENG 360 & 360L - Fluid Mechanics (4)
MENG 351 - Machine Shop Practice (1) MENG 370 & 370L - Mechanics of Materials (4)
MENG 352 - CAD (1) MENG 350 & 350L - Manufacturing Processes (4)
MENG 375 - Dynamics (3) Mech Engr Elec (3)
ENGR 311 - Material Science (3)
ISyE 220 - Engr Economics (3)
Core Curriculum Elective (3)

Senior Year I

Semester I Semester II
MENG 400 & 400 L- Heat Transfer (4) MENG 492 - Senior Desgin Project II (3)
MENG 430 - Design of Machine Elements (3) Mech Engr Elec (4)
MENG 491W - Senior Design Project I (4) Mech Engr Elec (3)
Mech Engr Elec (3) Core Curriculum Elective (3)
PHIL 342 - Engineering Ethics (3) Core Curriculum Elective (3)

Senior Year II

Semester I
Mech Engr Elec (3)
Core Curriculum Elective (3)
Core Curriculum Elective (3)
Core Curriculum Elective (3)
Core Curriculum Elective (3)

Engineering Professional Preparation Requirements

Each engineering major must develop knowledge and demonstrate abilities in economics, oral communication, and understanding the ethical context of engineering. Some of the following courses may also fulfill requirements within the University Core.

  • Communications – All engineering majors must complete public speaking (COMM 203) or, for those students who are enrolled in NROTC, ROTC, or Air Force ROTC programs, a selected approved military science course (NAVS 201, MILS 301, or AS 300A) that emphasizes oral communications skills.
  • Economics – All engineering majors must complete at least one economics (ECON) or engineering economics (ISYE 220) course.
  • Ethics – All engineering majors must complete a course related to the ethical context of technology in society. This requires either engineering ethics (PHIL 342), or computer ethics (PHIL 345), or selected pre-approved special topics in ethics of technology.

i COMP 150 can be substituted for ENGR 121

ii Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering majors may substitute ECON 101 for ISYE 220

iii ROTC students may make a designated substitution for COMM 203 from their military or naval science requirements