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BS in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers apply the principles of math, science and engineering for the design, analysis, manufacturing, testing and maintenance of mechanical systems.

The bachelor of science in mechanical engineering prepares students for a range of careers in the field of mechanical engineering. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop and manufacture industrial equipment and machinery, energy systems, transport systems, aircraft, watercraft, robotics, medical devices and more.

Educational Objectives + Student Outcomes

Educational Objectives:
Within four to seven years after graduation, mechanical engineering majors are expected to attain:

  • Position(s) of responsibility in which they:
    • work effectively in teams
    • manage resources
    • solve complex problems
    • communicate information
    • influence decisions
    • act ethically
    • balance constraints
  • Self-development through formal and informal learning opportunities.
  • Sustained employment and/or further education in a technical/professional field.
  • Capacity to engage independently in meaningful creative endeavors.

Student Outcomes:
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of math, science and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze data.
  • An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, ethical.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problem.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Enrollment + Graduation Data

Student Enrollment:

  • 2014-15: 59
  • 2013-14: 34
  • 2012-13: 8

Number of Mechanical Engineering Program Graduates:
First Graduating class scheduled for 2015-16 academic year.

Curriculum + Requirements

The bachelor of science in mechanical engineering requires 133 credits as outlined below.

University Curriculum (46 credits)

Course Title Credits
University Seminars
QU 101 Individual in the Community 3
QU 201 Seminar on National Community 3
QU 301 Seminar on Global Community 3
English Composition
EN 101 Elements of Composition I 3
EN 102 Elements of Composition II 3
Fine Arts 3
Quantitative Literacy
MA 141 Calculus of a Single Variable I 3
Scientific Literacy
CHE 110/110L General Chemistry I with lab 4
CHE 111 General Chemistry II
or BIO 101 General Biology I 3
Social Science
EC 111 Principles of Microeconomics 3
Social Science Elective 3
Humanities 6
University Curriculum Elective
MA 142 Calculus of a Single Variable II 3
MA 229 Linear Algebra 3

Foundational Courses for Mechanical Engineering (25 credits)

Course Title Credits
MA 241 Calculus of Several Variables 3
MA 242 Integral Calculus and Differential Equations 3
MA 365 Ordinary Differential Equations 3
CHE 111L General Chemistry Lab II
or BIO 101L General Biology I Lab 1
PHY 121 University Physics I 4
PHY 122 University Physics II 4
CSC 110 Programming and Problem Solving 4
MA 285 Applied Statistics 3

Common Engineering Curriculum (7 credits)

Course Title Credits
ENR 110 The World of an Engineer 3
ENR 210 Engineering Economics and Project Management 3
ENR 395 Professional Development Seminar 1

Mechanical Engineering Courses (55 credits)

Course Title Credits
MER 210/210L Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design with lab 4
MER 220/220L Mechanics of Materials with lab 4
MER 221 Dynamics 3
MER 230/230L Engineering Materials with lab 4
MER 250 Computer Aided Design 3
MER 310 Thermal-Fluid Systems I 3
MER 320 Thermal-Fluid Systems II 3
MER 330/330L Introduction to Circuits with lab 4
MER 340/340L Manufacturing/Machine Component Design with lab 4
MER 350 ME Design 3
MER 360 Heat Transfer with lab 3
MER 470/470L Dynamic Modeling and Control with lab 4
MER 490 Engineering Professional Experience 1
MER 498 ME Capstone Design 3
Mechanical Engineering Electives (3 courses) 9


View program information in the University catalog.