Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics

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For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics

Engineering mechanics is the discipline devoted to the solution of mechanics problems through integrated application of mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles. Special emphasis is placed on the physical principles underlying modern engineering design.

The program derives its strength from rigorous treatments of statics, dynamics, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, and mechanics of materials. These topics form the basis of all the mechanical sciences and have wide applicability in modern engineering. Students in engineering mechanics also develop a strong background in mathematics, physics, and chemistry, while specializing in one of several secondary fields within mechanics, such as experimental mechanics.

Special emphasis is placed on advanced dynamics, continuum mechanics, and the rapidly emerging field of computational mechanics. Laboratory experiments in fluid mechanics and mechanics of materials complement an integrated design sequence, starting in the freshman year, which culminates in a team-based design project in one of the professional engineering disciplines, such as aerospace, civil, or mechanical engineering. Students also have the opportunity for independent, creative work in a one-on-one or small group environment under the supervision of a faculty member.

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
TAM 195Mechanics in the Modern World1
ME 390Seminar0
Total Hours1
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
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
MATH 221Calculus I 14
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MATH 415Applied Linear Algebra3
MATH 441Differential Equations3
MATH 442Intro Partial Diff Equations3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
PHYS 213Univ Physics: Thermal Physics2
PHYS 214Univ Physics: Quantum Physics2
Total Hours40
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.

Engineering Mechanics Technical Core

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

CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci3
ECE 205Elec & Electronic Circuits3
ME 170Computer-Aided Design3
ME 300Thermodynamics3
ME 470Senior Design Project3
TAM 211Statics3
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
TAM 251Introductory Solid Mechanics3
TAM 252Solid Mechanics Design1
TAM 302Engineering Design Principles3
TAM 324Behavior of Materials4
TAM 335Introductory Fluid Mechanics4
TAM 412Intermediate Dynamics4
TAM 445Continuum Mechanics4
TAM 470Computational Mechanics3
Total Hours47

Secondary Field Option Electives

This component of the curriculum enables the student to specialize further by electing a secondary field, a coherent group of technical courses in mechanics and closely related subjects. The current secondary fields are:

  • Biomechanics
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Engineering Science and Applied Mathematics
  • Experimental Mechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Solid Mechanics

Each secondary field generally specifies two required courses and two additional courses from a list of approved elective courses. For each of the secondary fields, the required and approved elective courses specified for them are indicated on the Engineering Mechanics Secondary Field Webpage. To add flexibility to the program and to accommodate particular interests, the student may petition to substitute appropriate courses, including 500-level courses if the student has the adequate preparation, for any of the secondary field elective courses. Without petition, a student may select any one course listed as required in one of the secondary field options to satisfy elective course credits in a chosen secondary field.

Secondary field electives selected from departmentally approved courses for Secondary Field Options. 12

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.

Electives from the campus General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences list. 6
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 TAM 324 in the Engineering Mechanics 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 Website, 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
Liberal education elective33
ENG 100Engineering Orientation0
MATH 2211Calculus I4
RHET 105 or ME 1702Writing and Research4-3
TAM 195Mechanics in the Modern World1
 Semester Hours16-15
Second Semester
Liberal education elective33
MATH 231Calculus II3
ME 170 or RHET 1052Computer-Aided Design3-4
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
 Semester Hours17-18
Second Year
First Semester
Liberal education elective33
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg Sci3
MATH 241Calculus III4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec Mag4
TAM 211Statics3
ME 390Seminar0
 Semester Hours17
Second Semester
ECE 205Elec Electronic Circuits3
PHYS 213Univ Physics: Thermal Physics2
PHYS 214Univ Physics: Quantum Physics2
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
TAM 251Introductory Solid Mechanics3
TAM 252Solid Mechanics Design1
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours17
Third Year
First Semester
MATH 415Applied Linear Algebra3
MATH 441Differential Equations3
ME 300Thermodynamics3
TAM 324Behavior of Materials4
TAM 335Introductory Fluid Mechanics4
 Semester Hours17
Second Semester
MATH 442Intro Partial Diff Equations3
TAM 302Engineering Design Principles3
TAM 412Intermediate Dynamics4
TAM 445Continuum Mechanics4
 Semester Hours14
Fourth Year
First Semester
TAM 470Computational Mechanics3
ME 470 or Secondary field elective4Senior Design Project3
Secondary field elective43
Liberal education elective33
Free elective3
 Semester Hours15
Second Semester
ME 470 or Secondary field elective4Senior Design Project3
Secondary field elective46
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. 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 requirements.

4

Selected from departmentally approved lists of Secondary Field Electives.