Department of Engineering

BS in Mechanical Engineering

The mechanical engineering program is accredited by the EAC (Engineering Accreditation Commission) of ABET (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology).

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.

Minimum number of credits required for the major: 128.5. Course requirements are as follows (concurrent core curriculum requirements are noted for reference):

Mathematics
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 Programming
EGN 160 Introduction to Programming: The C Language; or
COS 160 Structured Problem Solving: Java; and
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 or HON 175 Oral Interpretation of Texts

Engineering Core
EYE 112 Built Environment: Energy (Core: Entry Year Experience)
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)
EGN 402 Senior Design Project (Core: Capstone)
ELE 216 Circuits I: Steady-State Analysis
ELE 217 Circuits II: System Dynamics
ELE 219 Circuits Laboratory
ELE 323 Electromechanical Energy Conversion
ITP 210 Technical Writing

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 (300-level or higher ELE, EGN or MEE), in addition to those courses 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.

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. Admitted students who are not ready for Calculus may enroll in the Transfer Program in Engineering and may take classes to make progress toward an engineering degree. Those students will be eligible to transfer into Mechanical Engineering for the completion of the degree once Calculus readiness is demonstrated.