Mechanical Engineering Degree Requirements
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Mechanical Engineering. Though the curriculum is rigorous and challenging, a Mechanical Engineering degree will provide many opportunities for a rewarding and meaningful career.
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- Maintain a cumulative University of Utah GPA of 2.5 or higher for students starting in the 2012/2013 catalog year;
- Complete the following technical coursework (all courses must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a grade of ‘C-’ or higher):
- MATH 1210, 1220, 2210, 2250, 3150;
- PHYS 2210, 2220; CHEM 1210, 1215;
- ME EN 1000, 1010, 1300, 2080, 2500, 2510, 2660, 3000, 3200, 3210, 3300, 3600, 3650, 3700, 4000, 4010, 4060;
- ECE 2210; MSE 2160.
- Earn a ‘C’ (2.0) average in the courses associated with the four basic areas listed below, and receive no grade below a ‘C-’ in any of these courses:
- Mathematics: MATH 1210, 1220, 2210, 2250, 3150;
- Thermal-Fluids: ME EN 2510 (or 2300), 3600, 3650, 3700;
- Solid Mechanics: ME EN 1300, 2080, 3300;
- Mechatronics: PHYS 2210 and 2220, ECE 2210, ME EN 3200 and 3210.
- Complete the ME EN 3900 Professionalism and Ethics Seminar (graded CR/NC).
- Complete twelve technical elective credit hours;
- Pass the nationally administered Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam.
Students must be accepted to Intermediate Status in order to take ME EN 1000, 1010, 1300, 2080, 2300, 2450 and 2655/2660. Placement into MATH 1210 Calculus I is required for acceptance to Intermediate Status. In general, freshman admits will be accepted to Intermediate Status. Transfer admits will also be accepted to Intermediate Status if they have not yet completed all of the following courses: ME EN 1000, 1010, 1300; MATH 1210, 1220; CHEM 1210, 1215; PHYS 2210.
Students must be accepted to Full Major Status in order to take upper division (ME EN 3000-5999) coursework. Acceptance to Full Major Status is based on completion of the courses listed below with a GPA of 2.7 or higher and no individual grade below a C-. All courses must be taken for a letter grade. Courses may be repeated only once, and the second grade will replace the first grade.
Courses Required for Full Major Status
|Course #’s||Course Names|
|MATH 1210 and 1220||Calculus I and II|
|PHYS 2210||Physics for Engineers I|
|CHEM 1210 and 1215||General Chemistry and Lab|
|ME EN 1000 and 1010||Introduction to Robotic Systems Design I and II|
|ME EN 1300||Statics and Strength of Materials|
During fall semester, all second-year students are reviewed for Full Major Status. Eligible students are accepted to Full Major Status and notified by November 1. Students ineligible for Full Major Status during fall semester should meet with their advisor after completing the required coursework.
Transfer students are evaluated for Full Major Status as part of the admissions process.
A student who is ineligible for Full Major Status because his/her technical GPA is below 2.7 may remain in Intermediate Status, repeating courses to improve GPA. A student who fails to earn a C- or better in any of the courses listed above after two attempts will lose Intermediate Status and will not be allowed to continue in the Mechanical Engineering program.
Technical electives are the final phase of undergraduate education in Mechanical Engineering. Considerable latitude is allowed in the selection of technical electives. The objectives of the technical electives are to synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired in required ME EN courses and to broaden the student’s knowledge in other related technical areas.
Technical Elective Requirements
- Twelve technical elective credit hours are required.
- All technical electives must be:
- Upper division courses (3000-5999);
- Taken for a letter grade (except ME EN 5910 Co-op);
- Satisfactorily completed with a ‘C-’ or better.
- Six of the twelve technical elective credits must be completed within the department.
Approved Technical Elective Courses
- All 5000-level courses in the College of Engineering;
- MATH: 4200, 4750, 5010, 5040, 5050, 5080, 5090, 5250, 5410, 5420, 5440, 5600, 5610, 5620, 5650, 5710, 5720, 5740, 5750;
- PHYSICS: 3610, 3620, 5010, 5110, 5420, 5450, 5460;
- Other upper division courses from the College of Science and the College of Mines & Earth Sciences may be petitioned to count for technical elective credit;
- Courses numbered higher than 5999 are generally not acceptable for undergraduate credit;
- Technical writing courses are not acceptable for technical elective credit.
Recommended Technical Elective Courses by Area of Interest
- Aerospace Engineering: ME EN 5710, 5830, 5300, 5500, 5510, 5520, 5400, 5410
- Biomechanics: ME EN 5300, 5100, 7120*; BIOEN 5101, 5201, 5301
- Design and Manufacturing: ME EN 5030, 5040, 5050, 5055, 5060, 5110, 5510
- Dynamics and Control: ME EN 5200, 5205, 5210, 5400, 5410
- Ergonomics and Safety: ME EN 5100, 5110, 5120, 5030, 5040
- Fluid Mechanics: ME EN 5700, 5710, 5800, 5810, 5830, 6720*
- Mechatronics: ME EN 5200,5205, 5240, 5250; ECE 5570, 5780; PHYS 3610, 3620
- Micro/Nanoscale Engineering: ME EN 5050, 5055, 5620; ECE 5201
- Modeling: ME EN 5205, 5510, 5810, 6720*; MATH 5XXX
- Robotics and Control: ME EN 5200, 5220, 5225, 5230
- Solid Mechanics: ME EN 5300, 5500, 5510, 5520, 5530, 5400, 5410
- Thermal Science and Energy Engineering: ME EN 5600, 5800, 5810, 5820, 5830
Co-op, Design, & Research Options
Technical elective credit may be earned for co-op, design and research experiences through the following courses:
- ME EN 4999 – Honors Thesis/Project
- ME EN 5910 – Cooperative Education
- ME EN 5920 – Design Project
- ME EN 5930 – Undergraduate Thesis
- ME EN 5950 – Independent Study
These courses allow the student to have experiences not normally available in regularly scheduled classes.
Students must pass the nationally administered Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam in order to graduate.
- Beginning in January 2014, the FE Exam will be administered via computer at approved Pearson VUE testing centers during four testing windows throughout the year: January-February, April-May, July-August, and October-November.
- Registration for the FE Exam is open year-round via the NCEES website.
- The FE Exam can be attempted only once during any two-month testing window and no more than three times in a 12-month period.
- ME students are encouraged to take the exam at one of the following times: April-May of the junior year, July-August between the junior and senior years, and October-November of the senior year.
All undergraduates must apply in advance for graduation to receive their bachelor’s degree. You must apply through the Office of the Registrar. Application dates are:
|Term||Deadline to Apply|
|Fall Graduation (December)||June 1|
|Spring Graduation (May)||November 1|
|Summer Graduation (August)||February 1|
Additional Mechanical Engineering Academic Opportunities
In addition to the Mechanical Engineering degree requirements listed above, the Department of Mechanical Engineering also offers many academic opportunities to expand your undergraduate studies.
Students graduating in or after Spring 2013 (pending University approval) may elect to complete one of twelve optional emphases within Mechanical Engineering: Aerospace Engineering, Biomechanics, Design and Manufacturing, Dynamics and Control, Ergonomics and Safety, Fluid Mechanics, Mechatronics, Micro/Nanoscale Engineering, Modeling, Robotics and Control, Solid Mechanics, Thermal Science and Energy Engineering. A BSME emphasis, indicated on the student’s transcript, will indicate high academic achievement in the area of specialization.
Any student in the College of Engineering (or related sciences) can earn a certificate in Mechatronics by passing the required classes and 14 semester hours of courses from the list of approved electives, and by completing an approved Mechatronics project. The certificate will be awarded with the bachelor’s degree or at the graduate level.
For undergraduate students interested in vigorous pursuit of research, the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a combined degree program intended to foster undergraduate research and to accelerate progress toward the M.S. degree.
Mechanical Engineering majors can strengthen their Bachelor’s degrees if they choose to complete a minor. There are several minors that complement the mechanical engineering curriculum nicely:
The Honors in Engineering Program in the College of Engineering is designed to provide a challenging, individualized educational experience to high achieving students and to promote life-long learning throughout their careers. The objective is to challenge top students by offering them access to more advanced levels of study, to facilitate the fullest possible use of their creative abilities, to encourage a sustained interest in advanced education and basic research, as well as to foster leadership and fellowship within the engineering community. Honors in Engineering is an undergraduate student honors program that is an option and not mandatory.
The Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation, run out of the office of the Vice President for Research, is a special designation given to students who complete certain research requirements. The designation appears in the awards section of the student’s transcript.
The Innovation Scholar program, run by the Technology Venture Development Office, allows students to explore big questions and problems that each student is interested in. Students may chart a personal direction of finding innovative solutions to these questions. Match your passion with purpose, and invent your future.