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Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Completion of the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Mechanical Engineering

The mission of the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering is to provide students with a balance of intellectual and practical experiences that enable them to address a variety of societal needs. The curriculum encompasses elements from a wide array of disciplines built around the themes of biomedicine, computational engineering, design, energy, and multiscale engineering. Course work may include mechatronics, computational simulation, solid and fluid dynamics, microelectromechanical systems, biomechanical engineering, energy science and technology, propulsion, sensing and control, and nano- and micro- mechanics, and design. The program prepares students for entry-level work as mechanical engineers and for graduate studies in either an engineering discipline or another field where a broad engineering background is useful.

Requirements

Mathematics (24 units minimum1; see Basic Requirement 1) must include:

CME 102/ENGR 155A. Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers

 

or MATH 53. Ordinary Differential Equations with Linear Algebra

5

and

 

CME 106/ENGR 155C. Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers

or STATS 110. Statistical Methods in Engineering

 

or STATS 116. Theory of Probability

3-5

Science (21 units minimum1; see Basic Requirement 2):

CHEM 31X or ENGR 31 (recommended)

Technology in Society (one course from approved ME list;2 see Basic Requirement 4)

3-5

Engineering Fundamentals: (three courses minimum; see Basic Requirement 3)

ENGR 40. Introductory Electronics (required)

5

ENGR 70A (same as CS 106A). Programming Methodology (required)

3-5

Fundamentals Elective3

3-5

Engineering Depth (minimum of 68 Engineering Science and Design ABET units; see Basic Requirement 5):

ENGR 14. Applied Mechanics: Statics

3

ENGR 15. Dynamics

3

ENGR 30. Engineering Thermodynamics

3

ENGR 102M. Technical Writing*

1

ME 70. Introductory Fluids Engineering

4

ME 80. Mechanics of Materials

4

ME 101. Visual Thinking

3

ME 103D. Engineering Drawing*

1

ME 112. Mechanical Engineering Design

4

ME 113. Mechanical Engineering Design

4

ME 131A. Heat Transfer

4

ME 131B. Fluid Mechanics

4

ME 140. Advanced Thermal Systems

5

ME 161. Dynamic Systems

4

ME 203. Manufacturing and Design*

4

*All three courses (ENGR 102M, ME 103D, ME 203) must be taken concurrently in order to fulfill the Writing in the Major (WIM) requirement.

Options to complete the ME depth sequence: see the list of options in the ME major section of the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

These requirements are subject to change. The final requirements are published with sample programs in the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

1 Math and science must total 45 units. Math: 24 units required and must include a course in differential equations (CME 102/ENGR 155A or MATH 53; one of these required) and Statistics (CME 106/ENGR 155C or STATS 110 or 116 is required—STATS 60/160 do not fulfill statistics requirement). Science: 21 units minimum and requires courses in Physics and Chemistry, with at least a full year (3 courses) in one or the other. CHEM 31A/B are considered one course because they cover the same material as CHEM 31X but at a slower pace. CHEM 31X or ENGR 31 are recommended.

2 ME majors must choose their TIS course from the following list: ME 190 (recommended; offered every other year), STS 101, 110, or 115; POLISCI 114S, or CS 281.

3 ME Fundamental elective may not be a course counted for other requirements. Students may opt to use ENGR 14, 15, or 30 from the required depth courses as the third fundamental class. However, total units for Engineering Topics (Fundamentals + Depth) must be a minimum of 68 units; additional options courses may be required to meet unit requirements.

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