Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

mechse.illinois.edu

Undergraduate Program Office: 154 Mechanical Engineering Building
Fax: (217) 244-6534
E-mail:mechse-ug-advise@illinois.edu

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering may be the most diverse of the engineering fields, embracing many subfields and affecting all aspects of our lives. Mechanical engineers work on new machines, products, and processes that hold the promise of better lives for all of us. They are concerned with both technological and economic aspects in the design, development, and use of their products. Today, one of the challenges is to design efficient, low-cost machines and processes that use the fewest possible natural resources to improve the lives of people throughout the world.

The technical portion of the mechanical engineering curriculum is designed as a sequence of increasingly specialized experiences. The entering student's first year is spent mastering the basics of science: math, chemistry, and physics. Building on this base, in the second year students begin to take fundamental engineering courses such as statics, dynamics, basic circuits and electronics, thermodynamics, and strength of materials. By the third year, students are taking specialized mechanical engineering courses in the subfields of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, dynamic systems and controls, materials, mechanical design, and manufacturing. Finally, during the senior year, students have the opportunity to both broaden and deepen their knowledge of the field through technical elective courses. At the end of the curriculum, students take the capstone senior design course in which the knowledge and skills they have learned are applied to projects submitted to the department by industrial firms or by faculty members. Engineering design, communication, teamwork, and laboratory experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum from the first year to the last year.

A combined B.S.-M.S. Mechanical Engineering degree program is available. Its admission and course requirements are described in the College of Engineering program information section.

Overview of Curricular Requirements

The curriculum requires 128 hours for graduation and is organized as shown below.

Technical grade point average requirements for graduation and advanced-level course registration apply to students in this curriculum. These rules are summarized at the College of Engineering's Undergraduate Advising Website.

Orientation and Professional Development

These courses introduce the opportunities and resources your college, department, and curriculum can offer you as you work to achieve your career goals. They also provide the skills to work effectively and successfully in the engineering profession.

ENG 100Engineering Orientation 10
ME 390Seminar0
Total Hours0
1

External transfer students take ENG 300 instead.

Foundational Mathematics and Science

These courses stress the basic mathematical and scientific principles upon which the engineering discipline is based.

CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
MATH 221Calculus I 14
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
MATH 415Applied Linear Algebra3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
Total Hours29
1

MATH 220 may be substituted, with four of the five credit hours applying toward the degree. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus.

Mechanical Engineering Technical Core

These courses stress fundamental concepts and basic laboratory techniques that comprise the common intellectual understanding of mechanical engineering.

CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci3
ECE 205Elec & Electronic Circuits3
ECE 206Elec & Electronic Circuits Lab1
ME 170Computer-Aided Design3
ME 270Design for Manufacturability3
ME 300Thermodynamics3
ME 310Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics4
ME 320Heat Transfer4
ME 330Engineering Materials4
ME 340Dynamics of Mechanical Systems3.5
ME 360Signal Processing3.5
ME 370Mechanical Design I3
ME 371Mechanical Design II3
ME 470Senior Design Project3
TAM 210Introduction to Statics2
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
TAM 251Introductory Solid Mechanics3
Total Hours52

Technical Electives

The science electives augment the foundational science courses in an area of interest and preparation for later courses. The MechSE, statistics, and additional technical courses stress the rigorous analysis, design, and statistics principles practiced in mechanical engineering.

Science elective(s), chosen from one of the following:4
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II
Molec & Cellular Basis of Life
Univ Physics: Thermal Physics
and Univ Physics: Quantum Physics
MechSE electives chosen from a departmentally approved list. 16
Statistics elective, one course chosen from:3
Analysis of Data
Statistics and Probability I
Technical electives chosen from a departmentally approved list. 26
Total Hours19
1

MechSE electives departmentally approved list.

2

Technical electives departmentally approved list.

Liberal Education

The liberal education courses develop students’ understanding of human culture and society, build skills of inquiry and critical thinking, and lay a foundation for civic engagement and lifelong learning.

ECON 102Microeconomic Principles3
or ECON 103 Macroeconomic Principles
Electives from the campus General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences list. 3
Electives from the campus General Education Humanities and the Arts list.6
Electives either from a list approved by the college, or from the campus General Education lists for Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities and the Arts.6
Total Hours18

Students must also complete the campus cultural studies requirement by completing (i) one western/comparative culture(s) course and (ii) one non-western/U.S. minority culture(s) course from the General Education cultural studies lists. Most students select liberal education courses that simultaneously satisfy these cultural studies requirements. Courses from the western and non-western lists that fall into free electives or other categories may also be used satisfy the cultural studies requirements.

Composition

These courses teach fundamentals of expository writing.

RHET 105Writing and Research4
Advanced Composition (satisfied by completing ME 470 in the Mechanical Engineering Technical Core)
Total Hours4

Free Electives

These unrestricted electives, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering Advising Website, give the student the opportunity to explore any intellectual area of unique interest. This freedom plays a critical role in helping students to define research specialties or to complete minors.

Free electives. Additional unrestricted course work, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering advising Web site, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree. 6

Suggested Sequence

The schedule that follows is illustrative, showing the typical sequence in which courses would be taken by a student with no college course credit already earned and who intends to graduate in four years.  Each individual's case may vary, but the position of required named courses is generally indicative of the order in which they should be taken.

First Year
First SemesterHours
CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
ENG 100Engineering Orientation0
MATH 2211Calculus I4
RHET 105 or ME 1702Writing and Research4-3
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours15-14
Second Semester
Science electives44
MATH 231Calculus II3
ME 170 or RHET 1052Computer-Aided Design3-4
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg Sci3
 Semester Hours17-18
Second Year
First Semester
MATH 241Calculus III4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec Mag4
TAM 210Introduction to Statics2
ME 270Design for Manufacturability3
ME 390Seminar0
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours16
Second Semester
ECE 205Elec Electronic Circuits3
ECE 206Elec Electronic Circuits Lab1
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
ME 300Thermodynamics3
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
TAM 251Introductory Solid Mechanics3
 Semester Hours16
Third Year
First Semester
MATH 415Applied Linear Algebra3
ME 310Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics4
ME 330Engineering Materials4
ME 340Dynamics of Mechanical Systems3.5
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours17.5
Second Semester
ME 320Heat Transfer4
ME 360Signal Processing3.5
ME 370Mechanical Design I3
Liberal education elective33
Free elective3
 Semester Hours16.5
Fourth Year
First Semester
ME 371Mechanical Design II3
MechSE elective53
Statistics elective63
ME 470 (or Technical elective)7Senior Design Project3
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours15
Second Semester
ME 470 (or Technical elective)7Senior Design Project3
MechSE elective43
Technical elective73
Liberal education elective33
Free elective3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Hours: 128
1

MATH 220 may be substituted, with four of the five credit hours applying toward the degree. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus.
 

2

RHET 105 may be taken in the first or second semester of the first year as authorized. The alternative is ME 170.

3

Liberal education electives must include 6 hours of social & behavioral sciences and 6 hours of humanities & the arts course work from the campus General Education lists. ECON 102 or ECON 103 must be one of the social & behavioral sciences courses. The remaining 6 hours may be selected from a list maintained by the college, or additional course work from the campus General Education lists for social & behavioral sciences or humanities & the arts. Students must also complete the campus cultural studies requirement by completing (i) one western/comparative culture(s) course and (ii) one non-western/U.S. minority culture(s) course from the General Education cultural studies lists. Most students select liberal education courses that simultaneously satisfy these cultural studies requirements. Courses from the western and non-western lists that fall into free electives or other categories may also be used satisfy the cultural studies requirement.

4

Science elective(s) — 4 hours required. Choose from CHEM 104 + CHEM 105, MCB 150, or PHYS 213 + PHYS 214. If MCB 150 is taken, then MCB 151 is also recommended. Note that PHYS 213 and PHYS 214 will normally be taken in the fourth semester or later, since they have PHYS 211 and PHYS 212, respectively, as prerequisites, in addition to MATH 241.

5

MechSE electives — 6 hours required. Choose from a departmentally approved list of MechSE Electives.

6

Statistics elective—3 hours required. Choose either IE 300 or STAT 400.

7

Technical electives—6 hours required. Choose from a departmentally approved list of Technical Electives.