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:
- PHYS 350 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics covers classical thermodynamics, zeroth, first, second and third law of thermodynamics and their applications (law of mass action, heat engines, refrigerators, heat pumps, etc.), kinetic gas theory, and introduction to statistical mechanics. Prerequisites: MATH 231 and PHYS 231 or permission of instructor.
- ME 200/L Introduction to Mechanical Engineering: 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 320/L Manufacturing Systems: 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/L Dynamic: 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 360/L Heat Transfer: This course explores the transmission of heat via conduction, convection, radiation, thermal resistance, heat exchangers, and boiling and condensation. This course extends the application of the laws of thermodynamics and heat transfer to design and engineering systems. Prerequisite: CS 111, ENGR 320/L, PHYS 350. 3 lecture hours and 3 laboratory hours.
- ME 380/L Mechatronics: 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, MATH 238, PHYS 114/L, ENGR 250/L. 3 lecture hours and 3 laboratory hours.
- ME 400/L Mechanical Design: 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, and ME 340/L; Co-requisite ENGR 350/L. 3 lecture hours and 3 laboratory hours.
- ME 420/L System Dynamics: 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/L, ME 380/L and Senior Status. 3 lecture hours and 3 laboratory hours.
- ME 440/L Senior Design: This course focuses on the design of mechanical or thermo/fluid systems. Teams of students undertake a semester-long design project. Research, conceptual and detail design, presentation, fabrication, testing. Prerequisite: Senior Status. 3 lecture hours and 3 laboratory hours.
- ME 480 Senior Mechanical Engineering Seminar: An overview of the impact of mechanical engineering in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts, contemporary issues in engineering, and engineering careers. This course serves as a career planning course and helps prepare students for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) – Mechanical Exam, administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The FE is the first step in the process towards attaining Professional Engineer credentials. Prerequisite: Senior Status. 1 lecture hour.
Mechanical Engineering Electives: mechanical engineering students must choose from one of the following courses:
- ME 410, 411 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering I, II: These are mechanical engineering elective courses. Students are required to take either ME 410 in the Fall semester of their senior year, or ME 411 in the Spring semester. Topics will vary based on faculty and student interests. Potential topics for these courses may include:
- Biomedical Engineering
- Energy Systems
- Process Design and Control
- Mathematical Modeling Prerequisites: Senior Status, or permission of instructor. 3 lecture hours