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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING IN
THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008


Dean Ben Streetman of the College of Engineering has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. The faculty and the dean of the college approved the proposed changes on October 24, 2005, and November 3, 2005. The dean submitted the changes to the secretary on November 15, 2005. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.

The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on April 19, 2006, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on April 20, 2006. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on May 1, 2006, recommending approval. The authority to grant final approval on behalf of the General Faculty resides with the Faculty Council.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by noon on May 8, 2006.

Greninger signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on May 1, 2006. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.

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CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING IN
THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008


On pages 173-176, under the heading DEGREES, in the College of Engineering chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

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PROCEED (PROJECT-CENTERED EDUCATION)

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CURRICULUM

Course requirements are divided into three categories: basic sequence courses, major sequence courses, and other required courses. Enrollment in major sequence courses is restricted to students who have received credit for all of the basic sequence courses and have been admitted to the major sequence by the College of Engineering Admissions Committee. (Requirements for admission to a major sequence are given on pages 134–135.) Enrollment in other required courses is not restricted by completion of the basic sequence.

[A member of the mechanical engineering faculty must approve courses used to fulfill the career gateway elective requirements before the student registers for them.] Courses that fulfill the social science and fine arts/humanities requirements are listed on pages 142–143.

COURSES

SEMESTER
 HOURS


Basic Sequence Courses
Chemistry 301, 302, Engineering Mechanics 306, 319, Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, Mechanical Engineering 302, 205, 311, 111L, 324, 326, Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, 103N,
Rhetoric and [Composition] Writing 306
47
Major Sequence Courses
Mechanical Engineering 333T, 335, 336, 136L, 338, 339, 139L, 340, 140L,343, 344, [244L,] 144L, 353, 366J, 266K, 266P
[35] 38

Other Required Courses

  [Electrical Engineering 331,] English 316K,
[12] 9
  Mechanical Engineering 218, 330, 130L
9
  Approved career gateway electives
6
  American government, including Texas government
6
  American history
6
  Approved fine arts or humanities elective
3
  Approved mathematics elective
3
  Approved natural science/mathematics elective
3
  Approved social science elective
3
MINIMUM REQUIRED
127


BRIDGES TO THE FUTURE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

The Bridges to the Future certificate program offers highly qualified senior-level undergraduate students an opportunity for in-depth study and research in an emerging area of mechanical engineering. Upon completion of the requirements given below, students receive a certificate and a letter from the department chair that describes

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the program and the work completed. These, plus supporting letters from supervising faculty and graduate mentors, are valuable assets for students applying to graduate school and pursuing competitive job opportunities.

Students may earn a certificate in the following areas:

  • Advanced design
  • Advanced energy systems
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Advanced materials engineering
  • Automotive engineering
  • Biomechanical engineering
  • Foundations of nanotechnology
  • International affairs and engineering
  • Mechatronics, robotics, and control
  • Nuclear and radiation engineering
  • Systems engineering and optimization

Students must apply for admission to the certificate program during the junior year; they must have completed all basic sequence courses with a grade of at least C in each and must have been admitted unconditionally to the major sequence in mechanical engineering. Students admitted to the program must complete fifteen hours of coursework in the specific area of certification. This coursework includes nine hours of undergraduate courses that fulfill the career gateway elective requirement described below, a three-hour graduate course, and a three-hour undergraduate research course, in which the student completes an independent project under the direction of a faculty member. In most cases, the graduate course may be reserved for credit toward a University master’s degree. For the program in international affairs and engineering, part of the coursework must be completed abroad; detailed information is available from the International Studies Office in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Details on course offerings and admission procedures are available from the Department of Mechanical Engineering undergraduate office.

CAREER GATEWAY ELECTIVE OPTIONS

The mechanical engineering curriculum includes nine hours of career gateway electives, which are to be selected by the student to support his or her career goals. [Before registering for these courses, students must prepare a career plan statement and a list of relevant electives in consultation with a faculty mentor; this plan must be approved by the undergraduate adviser.] These courses must be chosen carefully and must be pertinent to each other and to the student’s career goals.

Before registering for any potential career gateway elective, students must prepare a career statement and a list of relevant, related courses, and a mechanical engineering faculty mentor must provide preliminary approval. Ultimately, the faculty undergraduate adviser in mechanical engineering must provide final approval before the student’s first degree audit for graduation.

By the beginning of the semester in which he or she will take the first potential career gateway elective, the student must have completed all basic sequence courses with a grade of at least C in each and must have been admitted unconditionally to the major sequence in mechanical engineering.

Career gateway electives may include traditional upper-division technical courses from mechanical engineering and other engineering departments, [approved courses in business, computer sciences, and] approved advanced courses in natural sciences, and preparatory courses for graduate study in the health professions. [Students who pursue the Business Foundations or Elements of Computing programs may count the program’s required courses as career gateway electives.] Highly qualified students are encouraged to combine the career gateway electives with the Bridges to the Future certificate program described above.

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Students who pursue the Business Foundations or Elements of Computing program may count nine hours of required upper-division coursework in either program as career gateway electives. The approval process is the same as that for other career gateway elective options. It is expected that students will complete the program and receive a certificate. The Business Foundations Program is described on pages 47-48 and the Elements of Computing Program is described on page 415. For additional information, contact the Department of Mechanical Engineering undergraduate office.

Career gateway elective [programs] options may include [up to] a total of three hours of special topics coursework (Mechanical Engineering 179M, 279M, 379M) without special approval [and] or projects coursework (Mechanical Engineering 177K, 277K, 377K) [without special approval] with special approval by the undergraduate adviser. Students who wish to count additional topics or projects for credit must petition for consent by the undergraduate adviser. [Programs] Options may also include [three hours in] either Mechanical Engineering 325L or Mechanical Engineering 225M.

With special approval of the Engineering Honors Program director, a mechanical engineering student in the honors program may include Mechanical Engineering 679H in the career gateway elective option.

Some possible career gateway elective options and related courses are listed below.

BIOMECHANICAL ENGINEERING

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DYNAMICS AND CONTROL

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MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN

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MATERIALS [SCIENCE AND] ENGINEERING

The design and manufacture of most engineering devices and systems is heavily constrained by materials properties and the availability of materials. This option allows students to obtain a concentration in materials [science and] engineering as a basis for practice and graduate study in this field. Relevant courses include

Mechanical Engineering 349, Corrosion Engineering
Mechanical Engineering 359, Materials Selection
Mechanical Engineering 378C, [Ceramic Engineering] Electroceramics
Mechanical Engineering 378K, Mechanical Behavior of Materials
Mechanical Engineering 378P, Properties and Applications of Polymers
Mechanical Engineering 378S, Structural Ceramics
Approved materials-related engineering and natural science electives

NUCLEAR AND RADIATION ENGINEERING

{no changes}

OPERATIONS RESEARCH AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING

{no changes}

THERMAL/FLUID SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

{no changes}

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[CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS]

[Mechanical engineering students can earn certification in the Business Foundations Program and the Elements of Computing Program. Up to nine hours of coursework required for these programs may be counted toward the career gateway elective requirement for the BSME degree. These programs will be of special interest to students who wish to consider careers and graduate study in business, computer sciences, and related fields.]

[Mechanical engineering students may develop added breadth in their education through either the Business Foundations Program or the Elements of Computing Program.]

[Business Foundations Program. Students who would like to learn about fundamental business concepts and practices may take supplemental coursework that leads to a Business Foundations Certificate, awarded by the Red McCombs School of Business. The Business Foundations Program is described on pagse 47–48; for more information, contact the program office or the Department of Mechanical Engineering undergraduate office.]

[Elements of Computing. Students who would like to learn about computer sciences may take the coursework that leads to a certificate in the elements of computing, awarded by the Department of Computer Sciences. The Elements of Computing Program is described on page 415; for more information, contact the Department of Computer Sciences or the Department of Mechanical Engineering undergraduate office.]


RATIONALE: The Bridges to the Future certificate program is added to stimulate student interest in pursuing advanced work beyond the bachelor’s degree. The remaining changes are needed to update the curriculum.