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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineers are directly and broadly concerned with the engineering systems used to control and transform energy to meet the needs of humanity. They design, develop, and produce devices and systems from space probes to washing machines, from turbojet engines to lawn mowers, from automatic machine tools and vending machines to computer-controlled systems. Because mechanical engineering is one of the broadest-based fields of technical study, it is also an excellent foundation for further education in business, law, medicine, and other professions that require a good working knowledge of science and technology.
In addition to the physical sciences, mathematics, and the engineering sciences, mechanical engineering majors study the humanities and social sciences to understand more fully the engineer's relationship and responsibilities to society. Through advanced courses in engineering design and synthesis, they cultivate the ability to apply this knowledge to the analysis and solution of significant engineering problems.
The mechanical engineering curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation in analysis, problem-solving, engineering design, and communication that graduates can use to further their professional goals through practice or graduate study in engineering or the pursuit of further professional education in another field. Because engineering is a constantly evolving profession, the curriculum seeks to give students the study and organizational skills that support lifelong learning.
Graduates of the program are expected to be able to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering; design and conduct experiments and engineering tests, as well as analyze and interpret data; design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs; function on multidisciplinary teams; identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems; understand professional and ethical responsibilities in the practice of engineering; communicate effectively using oral, written, and graphical expressions, including technical reports; appreciate the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context; recognize the need for and have the ability to engage in independent study and lifelong learning; understand contemporary issues and the ways they affect the practice of engineering; use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools, including computers, that are appropriate for good engineering practice.
Containing the following elements, the technical curriculum provides both breadth and depth across a range of topics.
Mechanical engineering students may develop added breadth in their education either through the Business Foundations Program or through Elements of Computing, a program in computer sciences for non-computer sciences majors.
Business Foundations Program. Students who would like to learn more about business concepts and practices may take the coursework that leads to a Business Foundations Certificate, awarded by the Red McCombs School of Business. The Business Foundations Program is described in chapter 3; for more information, contact the program office or the Department of Mechanical Engineering undergraduate office.
Elements of Computing. Students who would like to learn more 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 in chapter 9; for more information, contact the Department of Mechanical Engineering undergraduate office or the Department of Computer Sciences.
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 in this chapter.) Enrollment in other required courses is not restricted by completion of the basic sequence.
Courses used to fulfill technical and nontechnical elective requirements must be approved by the mechanical engineering faculty before the student enrolls in them. Courses that fulfill the social science and fine arts/humanities requirements are listed in this chapter.
Technical Area Options
Each student must choose one of the technical area options described below. Those who wish to develop some specialization within mechanical engineering should choose the option from areas I through VI; those who wish to obtain a broader background should choose area VII, general mechanical engineering.
Area I, Biomedical Engineering
There are many areas of biotechnology in which mechanical engineers play an important role. These include biomaterials, biomechanics, fluid flow, heat transfer, mechanical design, nuclear science, and systems analysis. This option also can be tailored to provide a background for professional education in medicine or dentistry or for advanced study in biomedical engineering. Mechanical Engineering 354 and 354M are required in this option.
Mechanical Engineering 337D, Radiation and Radiation Protection
Area II, Materials Science and Engineering
Many current mechanical engineering applications and designs are restricted because of limitations imposed by materials properties and by the availability of materials. This option allows students to obtain the BSME with a concentration in materials science and engineering and also provides the basis for pursuing advanced study in this field.
Mechanical Engineering 347, Processing of Materials
Area III, Mechanical Systems and Design
This option focuses on a number of topics related to mechanical systems and design. Courses are available to support study in analysis and design of control systems, machine design, manufacturing, robotics and automation, electromechanical devices, design methodology, and computer-aided design.
Mechanical Engineering 335M, Electric Machinery and Magnetic Devices
Area IV, Nuclear and Radiation Engineering
Engineers with a background in nuclear and radiation engineering find opportunities providing electrical power in safe, efficient, and environmentally benign ways for commercial or defense purposes; extending nuclear reactor plant life, in materials analysis; developing new ways of producing and using radioisotopes in medical physics for organ imaging or cancer therapy; developing new industrial applications for neutron or gamma-ray radiation use; and developing long-term strategies for radioactive waste disposal.
Students may take either of the following options.
Option 1: Nuclear Engineering
Mechanical Engineering 337C, Introduction to Nuclear Power Systems
Option 2: Radiation Engineering
Mechanical Engineering 337D, Radiation and Radiation Protection
Area V, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering
Today's industrial planners and technical managers commonly use quantitative decision-making techniques. This option melds traditional industrial engineering and its modern outgrowth, operations research. Emphasis is on mathematical modeling, applied statistics, and the use of the computer to assist the decision maker. Students electing this option are expected to take at least nine hours of technical area electives from the following list.
Mechanical Engineering 366L, Operations Research Models
Area VI, Thermal/Fluid Systems
A traditional field of mechanical engineering is the design and manufacture of systems for the production, transmission, storage, and use of energy. This option emphasizes study in thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermal energy conversion, and thermal systems design.
Aerospace Engineering 362K, Compressible Fluid Mechanics
Area VII, General Mechanical Engineering
This option allows a student to choose courses from any of the preceding six areas and from the supporting electives listed below. No more than one of the following supporting electives may be included without approval of the undergraduate adviser: Mechanical Engineering 325L, 371K, 277K, 377K.
Mechanical Engineering 325L, Cooperative Engineering
Suggested Arrangement of Courses
First Year--Fall Semester
First Year--Spring Semester
Second Year--Fall Semester
Second Year--Spring Semester
Third Year--Fall Semester
Third Year--Spring Semester
Fourth Year--Fall Semester
Fourth Year--Spring Semester
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