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:

  • 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.
  • 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, and 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 440/L Senior Design with Lab: This course focuses on the design of mechanical or thermo/fluid systems. Teams of students undertake a semester-long design project. Identification of opportunities, development of requirements, conceptual and detail design, codes and standards, fabrication, testing, project management, presentation. 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. Prerequisite: Senior Status. 1 Lecture Hour.