Mechanical Engineering

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The curriculum has been designed to first educate students in calculus and differential equations, physics and chemistry, the basic elements of a strong foundation in all engineering education. Students then are educated in the engineering fundamentals, Newtonian mechanics, strength of materials, computer usage, materials, and electric circuits. The core concepts of a mechanical engineering curriculum are then taught through courses in both the energy stem and the structures/motion stem. At the same time, students take laboratory courses, computer courses and other associated courses that broaden their education. Finally, in the senior year, students take their final design experience and elective courses that will help them meet their individual career objectives. Throughout the five years, students take the necessary courses to fulfill the humanities and social sciences requirements of the college. Students who enter the program with significant advanced standing are encouraged to take courses that may lead to a minor in mathematics or in another academic program. Throughout the curriculum, students are exposed to modern technology and are required and encouraged to use the computer as a tool to solve problems and communicate effectively with others.

The faculty of the mechanical engineering program has spent significant time and effort to ensure that students are exposed to engineering design. At the beginning of the process, projects are of limited scope. As the students progress in technical competence, they are engaged in more challenging design projects.

Students are required to work on design projects in both the energy stem and the structures/motion stem of the curriculum. The design experience for mechanical engineering students starts in the fourth semester. Both the courses Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines, and Fluid Mechanics, have design as part of their requirement. In each subsequent semester, students are challenged by design projects.

Co-op also plays an integral part in exposing students to real-world design experience. As a part of most students’ co-op experience, they are also exposed to design projects.

The final experience for students in the mechanical engineering program is the Design Clinic. This two-semester sequence serves as the "capstone" experience. In the first semester, students are instructed in the design process, communications, ethics, originality, and other design needs. Guest speakers are used to reinforce topics. In the second semester, students work on industrial projects. They are assigned a company monitor and a faculty mentor who help them through the design process

Curriculum Sheets

Notes on the Curriculum Sheet

The Curriculum Sheet above is for students on a standard schedule and may need to be modified for students on irregular schedules.

The college numbers of the courses shown are not given except for 36 PD 120.

All other courses for which an area name is specified must be taken from the College of Engineering and Applied Science which has a college number of 20. The exception is 36 PD 120, whose college number is already given as 36.

BoK courses may be taken from any college of the University. 

All other elective courses must be approved by the student's departmental advisor.


You are strongly encouraged to meet with your academic adviser if you currently have any curricular deficiencies or have any other reason to follow a modified program. Failure to follow an approved program may lead to Academic Probation, delay of graduation, or other more serious problems.

Substitute Course Work for Required Course Work during a Study Semester

In general, a student may not take a course from another UC college during a study semester as a substitute for a required course in his or her curriculum. However, if there is an unusual reason to do so, a student may request to take a substitute course. Submit a request to the Committee on Academic Standards using the form Petition to use A Substitute Course.

A student may not register for the substitute course until after receiving approval of his or her petition. Failure to petition for approval may result in no credit for the course toward the student's degree requirements and the course may have to be repeated.

Substitute Course Work for Required Course Work during a Co-op Semester

Students are allowed to take up to six credits during a co-op semester if the class does not interfere with the co-op assignment. Approval must be secured from the Department advisor, the Professional Practice advisor, and the Chairman of the Committee on Academic Standards before registration is permitted. If a student needs to make up a class or wishes to take a class during the normal hours of a co-op assignment, then a petition must be submitted along with a letter from the employer stating that the employer is aware that the student needs to take the course, the company has a flextime policy for all employees (not just the student involved), and that the student can make up the hours in order to work a minimum of 40 hours per week. Submit a request to the Committee on Academic Standards using the form Petition to use A Substitute Course.