Department of Engineering

BS in Mechanical Engineering

The mechanical engineering program began in the fall of 2006, and has an emphasis on electromechanical systems and materials science. ABET accreditation is currently being pursued. The ABET program objectives in use for the Electrical Engineering program are being extended to the new degree, namely, that graduates of the program are prepared to:

  1. excel as engineers in technologically-intensive environments;
  2. succeed in post-baccalaureate and graduate studies;
  3. transfer their acquired skills to a variety of contexts and endeavors; and
  4. contribute to society as broadly educated, articulate, and ethical professionals and citizens.

These objectives are complementary to and in addition to the general education objectives of the University.

The course requirements are as follows (concurrent core curriculum requirements are noted for reference):

     MAT 152 Calculus A (Core: Quantitative Reasoning)
     MAT 153 Calculus B
     MAT 252 Calculus C (Core: Cluster Alternative)
     MAT 380 Probability and Statistics (Core: Cluster Alternative)

Computer Science
     COS 160 Structured Problem Solving: Java
     COS 170 Structured Programming Laboratory

Basic Science
     CHY 113 Principles of Chemistry I (Core: Science Exploration)
     CHY 114 Laboratory Techniques I (Core: Science Exploration)
     PHY 121 General Physics I
     PHY 114 Introductory Physics Laboratory I
     PHY 123 General Physics II
     PHY 116 Introductory Physics Laboratory II

Creative Expression (Core)
     THE 170 Public Speaking

Engineering Core
     EYE 112 Built Environment: Energy (Core: Entry Year Experience)
     EGN 210 Technical Writing
     ELE 216 Circuits I: Steady-State Analysis
     ELE 217 Circuits II: System Dynamics
     ELE 219 Circuits Laboratory
     EGN 248 Introduction to Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
     EGN 260 Materials Science for Engineers
     EGN 301 Junior Design Project and the Engineering Profession
     EGN 304 Engineering Economics (Core: Professional Practices Cluster)
     ELE 323 Electromechanical Energy Conversion
     EGN 402 Senior Design Project (Core: Capstone)

Mechanical Engineering
     MEE 150 Applied Mechanics: Statics
     MEE 230 Thermodynamics I: Laws and Properties
     MEE 251 Strength of Materials
     MEE 259 Statics and Strength of Materials Laboratory
     MEE 270 Applied Mechanics: Dynamics
     MEE 331 Thermodynamics II: Flows and Cycles
     MEE 339 Thermodynamics Laboratory
     MEE 360 Fluid Mechanics
     MEE 372 Computer-Aided Design of Machine Elements
     MEE 373 Design of Machines and Mechanisms
     MEE 374 Theory and Applications of Vibrations
     MEE 379 Dynamics and Vibrations Laboratory
     MEE 432 Heat Transfer
     MEE 439 Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer Laboratory

Technical Electives

  • Completion of four (4) engineering courses with 3 or more credits each at the junior or senior level (ELE, EGN or MEE >300), in addition to those explicitly required above.

For graduation, mechanical engineering majors must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in engineering courses.

Permission from the student's advisor is required before taking any course outside USM to satisfy a requirement of the major.

University Core Curriculum requirements are outlined elsewhere in this catalog. Some requirements of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program also satisfy Core Curriculum requirements, as noted.

Credits to graduate: 128

Preparation for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program should include a high school transcript with 4 units of English, 2 units of social science, 1 unit of chemistry with lab, 1 unit of physics with lab, and 4 units of mathematics including algebra II and trigonometry. Incoming students who do not satisfy the admission requirements may enroll in preparatory courses provided by the University. Transfer students require a transfer GPA of 2.25.

The recommended course sequence in tabular and in graphical form can be viewed at

The ABET team visited USM in the fall of 2015. The official word regarding accreditation of the Mechanical Engineering Program will be made public along with all other accreditation decisions after the ABET Annual Meeting in July of 2016. The decision will be posted on this page as soon as it becomes available. Please contact the Department of Engineering if you need more information about accreditation of engineering programs.