Undergraduate Degree Program

Sample Schedule

B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Please see the PDF version of the sample schedule. Additional information can be found on the department advising website.

ME Program Specific Course Requirements

Within the ME program, there are five categories of program specific courses. These include ME Core courses, Technical Electives, Specialization Elective, Advanced Math and EECS 314/215.

ME Core Courses

The ME Core courses consist of five categories: Design and Manufacturing, Mechanics and Materials, Dynamics and Controls, Thermal Sciences and Laboratories and Technical Communication. In total, there are 45 credits of required ME Core courses; and together these subjects represent the fundamental technical competencies every mechanical engineering student must learn. The list below outlines the courses from each of the core categories:

  • Design and Manufacturing: ME250, ME350, ME450
  • Mechanics and Materials: ME211, ME382
  • Dynamics and Controls: ME240, ME360
  • Thermal Sciences: ME235, ME320, ME335
  • Labs and Technical Communication: ME395, ME495

Technical Electives (TEs)

All ME students are required to take 9 credits of advanced technical electives (a grade of at least “D” must be obtained in each course). 

The 9 credits of advanced TEs required are broken down into 2 categories. The categories are:

  1. One class (at least 3 credit hours) must be a 400-level or higher class in Mechanical Engineering.  This may include 400-level classes off the core TE list but does not have to. Note that ME490 or ME491 canfulfill this requirement.
  2. Two core TE classes (totaling at least 6 credit hours) must come from the following list:
  • Design and Manufacturing: ME452, ME481, ME483, ME487
  • Mechanics and Materials: ME424, ME440, ME461*
  • Dynamics and Controls: ME305, ME311, ME406, ME412, ME451
  • Thermal Sciences: ME336, ME420, ME432, ME433
  • General: ENGR350**

*EECS460 may fulfill the Specialization Elective requirement (see guidelines below), but students may not take both EECS460 and ME461 for TE and Specialization Elective credit.

**ENGR350 is offered at Technical University of Berlin during the summer only.  For ENGR350 to be counted as an ME Technical Elective, the required sophomore-level ME courses (ME211, ME235, ME240, ME250) must be taken before ENGR350.  Otherwise, ENGR350 counts as a general elective.

Specialization Elective

A Specialization Elective is a course intended to allow students deeply explore a dimension of intellectual endeavor that they elect, in both technical (including engineering) and non-technical fields (across the University). A Specialization Elective is a three hour credit course that meets the requirement of either:

  1. have a 300 level or higher prerequisite
  2. be any  300 level or higher ME course outside of the required ME program courses (ME 320, ME 335, ME 350, ME 360, ME 382, ME 395, ME 455, ME 450, ME 495)

Courses not offered by University departments and experiential courses only count through successful petition to the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Advanced Math

In addition to the CoE Core math courses, the ME department requires students to complete an Advanced Math course (3-4 credits). Students must earn a “D” grade or better to receive credit for the Advanced Math requirement, and it cannot be taken Pass/Fail. The approved list of Advanced Math courses recommended for ME students is provided on the in the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Handbook on the department website.

Electrical Circuits

Also as part of the undergraduate ME degree, students must complete EECS 314 (4) – Electrical Circuits, Systems and Applications. Students must earn a “D” grade or better in EECS 314, and cannot take it Pass/Fail.

Students that wish to complete an Electrical Engineering minor would enroll in EECS 215 (4) – Introduction to Electronic Circuits, which would count in place of EECS 314 and follow the same grading rules. Students who are interested in the Electrical Engineering minor should contact the EE department for more information.


The ME department requires each student to take at least 3 credit hours economic or financial course as part of their Intellectual Breadth requirements.  The approved list of economic/financial courses recommended for ME students is provided in the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Handbook on the department website.  Any course on the supplied list within LSA fulfills the Intellectual Breadth as a LAC.  Any course on the supplied list outside of LSA fulfills the Intellectual Breadth as a Professional & Creative Development Courses (PCDC).

General Electives (GEs)

The ME BSE degree requires 128 credits to graduate. 119 credits are completed via the CoE Core courses, Intellectual Breadth courses, and ME Program Specific courses. General Electives complete the balance of the credits to reach the 128 total credits, which usually amounts to 9 to 12 credits of GE coursework.

For transfer students, students who received credit by exam, or students who transferred one or more courses from another institution, the total number of credits from the other categories may not equal 119 credits. As a result, some students will need to enroll in more or less than 9 general elective credits, depending on how many credits are needed to reach the 128 credits required for graduation.

For the description of what courses count as General Electives, please see the CoE Bulletin.