Electives

The mechanical engineering program curriculum requires five technical elective courses of at least three credits, each at the 600 or 700 level.  At least three of these courses must be taken in Mechanical or Ocean Engineering.  At most, two may be selected from other 600 or 700 level courses in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences which can include: CS 410, ESCI 501, ECE 543, or a course approved by the department.”

With department approval, the two technical electives outside of Mechanical/Ocean Engineering can be used for studying a focused area/minor, with the restrictions that only one course can be at the 400 or 500 level and the focused area/minor must be in a bachelor degree program.

Students must satisfy the University's Discovery Program requirements. 
The following features are unique to students in the Mechanical Engineering Program:

  • All students are required to take an Inquiry course or an Inquiry Attribute course during their first two years. This can be satisfied with ME 441. Students who are exempted from ME 441 due to prior CAD experience must select an Inquiry 444 course or a course with an Inquiry Attribute.
  • The Discovery Environment, Technology, and Society category requirement is met upon receiving a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • The Discovery Social Science category must be satisfied with either ECON 402 or EREC 411.
  • The Discovery Senior Capstone Experience is satisfied with either ME 755 and 756 or TECH 797.

Some programs may require additional elective courses to reach the minimum of 128 credits required for graduation. Other programs may exceed 128 credits to include all the required courses.