The course sequence for the Mechanical Engineering major follows a pattern of successive building and bolstering of disciplinary knowledge and transferable skills, per the program goals for learning and student outcomes:

  • ENGR 150 Engineering Seminar: This course serves as an introduction to the field of engineering and engineering careers, and introduces students to engineering issues such as ethics, communication, leadership and project management. The goal of this course is to prepare students for careers in engineering by exposing them to the fundamental engineering design tasks and activities, and participating in design projects using the engineering design process. Topics covered include computer aided design of components and assemblies, systems design, software applications, engineering documentation, and project management. Students may take ENGR 150 in their 1st or 2nd year as long as they are full-time students enrolled in an Engineering, Science or Mathematics program, or by permission of instructor. 2 Lecture Hours.
  • ENGR 250/L System Design and Analysis with Lab: This course focuses on the specification and design of engineering systems, expanding on the system engineering fundamentals covered in in ENGR 150. One of the goals of this course is to further develop within students the ability to ‘think like an engineer’, by critically analyzing engineering problems and developing creative solutions. By participating in design challenges, students will develop skills related to developing alternative design solutions, applying foundational scientific and mathematical principles, functioning within a team environment and communicating effectively. Special emphasis is placed on the use of sensors and actuators, graphical user interfaces, and system software development. Students will attend laboratory sessions that incorporate developing and analyzing software simulations and electro-mechanical systems as assigned, and will culminate with student generated solutions to complex system designs. Prerequisite: ENGR 150. 3 Lecture Hours and 3 Project Hours.
  • ENGR 350/L Engineering Materials with Lab: This course examines the structures, properties, processing of engineering materials and the relationship between them. Discussion topics include physical, thermal and mechanical properties as well as strengthening and failure mechanisms of materials. Emphasis is on metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and their engineering applications. Prerequisite: CHEM 113/L, PHYS 113/L and PHYS 114/L. 3 Lecture Hours per week and 3 Laboratory Hours every two weeks.
  • ENGR 360 Probability and Engineering Statistics: This course focuses on the fundamental concepts of probability and the application of inferential statistical models used in analysis of engineering data. Topics include sampling, descriptive statistics, probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypotheses testing, regression and curve fitting, design of experiments, and use of statistical software. Consideration is given to practical issues in data collection, presentation, and analysis, as well as drawing conclusions based on data. Prerequisite: MATH 231 or permission of instructor. 3 Lecture Hours.
  • CS 111/L Programming for Science and Engineering with Lab: This course is an introduction to the practice of problem solving using spreadsheets and MATLAB, with an emphasis on the types of problems encountered in science and engineering. Topics include problem solving, control structures, simple data structures, basic numerical algorithms, and data visualization and analysis, with particular emphasis on using the extensive MATLAB libraries for solving these types of problems. Pre/co-requisite: Math 129. 2 Lecture Hours and 2 Laboratory Hours
  • ME 200/L Introduction to Mechanical Engineering with Lab: A broad introductory course in which students use the conceptual design process to explore what mechanical engineers do and why it matters. Strategies for using information in the design process. Legal, ethical, and social considerations that arise in mechanical engineering practice. Prerequisite: ENGR 150. 3 Lecture Hours per week and 3 Laboratory Hours every two weeks.
  • ME 250 Thermodynamics: Introduces application of conservation laws to thermo-fluid systems. Properties, energy, entropy, efficiency, and psychrometrics. Applications such as power plants, engines, refrigerators, heat pumps, and air conditioning systems. Prerequisite: MATH 130. 3 Lecture Hours.
  • ME 320/L Manufacturing Systems with Lab: This course explores the technology behind different types of manufacturing operations, and the proper application of processes and techniques to transform raw materials into components, and components into assemblies. This course focuses on the methods used in the manufacturing and processing of metals, plastics and composites: material removal, hot and cold forming, casting and molding, heat treatment, joining and welding, and finishing processes. Prerequisite: ENGR 350/L. 3 Lecture Hours and 3 Laboratory Hours. .
  • ME 340 Dynamics: This course explores kinematic analysis of rigid bodies in 2D and 3D motion. Relative linear and angular motion. Force, energy, and momentum applied to particles, rigid bodies and mechanisms. Free and forced vibrations of mechanical systems. Prerequisite: PHYS 113/L, PHYS 241. 3 Lecture Hours per week and 3 Laboratory Hours every two weeks. .
  • ME 350 Fluid Mechanics with Lab: Topics to be covered include fluid properties, design and analysis of experiments, scaling analysis, Bernoulli’s equation, Reynolds Transport Theorem, and the Navier-Stokes equations. Applications such as pipe flow, boundary layers, turbulence, turbomachines, and compressible flow. Prerequisite: PHYS 241, MATH 231, and MATH 238. 3 Lecture Hours per week and 3 Laboratory Hours every two weeks.
  • ME 360/L Heat Transfer with Lab: This course explores the transmission of heat via conduction, convection, radiation, thermal resistance, heat exchangers, and boiling and condensation. This course applies thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer to design energy systems. Prerequisite: CS 111/L, ME 350/L, ME 250. 3 Lecture Hours and 3 Laboratory Hours.
  • ME 380/L Mechatronics with Lab: An introductory course that focuses on the development of integrated mechanical systems which transduce sensor inputs into signals, transform signals using circuits, and output signals to actuators for mechanical systems. Sensor response and uncertainty, analog and digital circuits, and analysis and operation of actuators such as electric motors, solenoids, and hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders. Selection of sensors, circuits, and actuators to meet design specifications. Prerequisite: CS 111/L, MATH 238, PHYS 114/L, ENGR 250/L. 3 Lecture Hours and 3 Laboratory Hours.
  • ME 400/L Mechanical Design with Lab: Introduces students to fundamental concepts and considerations when designing mechanical systems. Topics to be covered include stress analysis of machine elements, failure theories and analysis, deformation and stiffness. Students will design components using CAD. Prerequisite: PHYS 242, ME 340; Co-requisite ENGR 350/L. 3 Lecture Hours and 3 Laboratory Hours.
  • ME 410 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: This is a mechanical engineering elective course. Students are required to take ME 410 in either the Fall or Spring semester of their senior year. Topics will vary based on faculty and student interests. Potential topics for this course may include: • Biomedical Engineering • Energy Systems • Process Design and Control • Mathematical Modeling. Prerequisites: Senior Status or permission of instructor. 3 Lecture Hours.
  • ME 420/L System Dynamics with Lab: This course focuses on how systems behave over time, how to determine the characteristics of system behavior, and how to use mathematical analysis to make design choices about systems. Students will analyze mechanical, electrical, and fluid systems, as well as systems that are combined from these domains, such as electric, hydraulic, and pneumatic actuators. Students will use Laplace-domain representations to solve differential equations to find the response of systems over time, determine the response to periodic inputs at different frequencies, and design control systems such as proportional-integral-derivative. Prerequisite: ME 340, ME 380/L and Senior Status. 3 Lecture Hours and 3 Laboratory Hours. .
  • ME 441/L Capstone Design I with Lab: This course focuses on the design of mechanical or thermo-fluid systems. Teams of students begin a year-long design project. Identification of opportunities, development of requirements, analysis and synthesis, generation of multiple solutions, standards. Prerequisite: Senior Status. 3 Lecture Hours and 3 Laboratory Hours.
  • ME 442/L Capstone Design II with Lab: This course focuses on the design of mechanical or thermo-fluid systems. Teams of students complete a year-long design project. Detail design, prototyping, testing, design refinement, evaluation of solutions against requirements. Prerequisite: ME 441/L. 3 Lecture Hours and 3 Laboratory Hours.
  • ME 499 Mechanical Engineering Internship: A work experience for credit, to gain experience in engineering practice. The internship plan requires the student working within a recognized engineering firm or industry setting, under the supervision of practicing engineers. Regular meetings with a faculty coordinator are required. Open to Junior and Senior Mechanical Engineering majors.