Engineering Mechanics, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics


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Current Program Educational Objectives


The Engineering Mechanics program at Illinois (accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET) is a major that focuses on the principles of mechanics that underpin design and engineering in diverse industries including materials, energy, biotechnology, civil, and aerospace to name a few. Students learn rigorous mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles in subject areas such as statics, dynamics, strength of materials, and fluid dynamics. Further, Engineering Mechanics students learn how to apply these basic principles in modern engineering design through laboratory and project work. The program also benefits from a cohesive secondary field which students can tailor to fit their academic and career objectives. Engineering Mechanics is well suited for students with an interest in analysis and design, and physical principles.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics


Graduation Requirements

Minimum Technical GPA: 2.0

TGPA is required for required Engineering courses and any technical elective courses. See Technical GPA to clarify requirements.

Minimum Overall GPA: 2.0


Minimum hours required for graduation: 128 hours


General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement. ME 470 and TAM 324 will each satisfy a core course requirement and the Campus General Education Advanced Composition requirement.


Orientation and Professional Development

ENG 100Grainger Engineering Orientation Seminar (External transfer students take ENG 300.)1
TAM 195Mechanics in the Modern World1
ME 290Seminar0
Total Hours2

Foundational Mathematics and Science

CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
MATH 221Calculus I (MATH 220 may be substituted. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus. 4 of 5 credit hours count towards degree.)4
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MATH 257Linear Algebra with Computational Applications3
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

Engineering Mechanics Technical Core

CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci (CS 124 or ECE 220 may be substituted.)3
ECE 205Electrical and Electronic Circuits (ECE 110 and either ECE 210 or ECE 211 may be substituted.)3
ME 170Computer-Aided Design3
ME 200Thermodynamics3
ME 470Senior Design Project3
TAM 211Statics3
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
TAM 251Introductory Solid Mechanics3
TAM 252Solid Mechanics Design1
TAM 270Design for Manufacturability3
TAM 324Behavior of Materials4
TAM 335Introductory Fluid Mechanics4
TAM 412Intermediate Dynamics4
TAM 445Continuum Mechanics4
TAM 470Computational Mechanics3
Total Hours47

Secondary Field Option Electives

Secondary field electives selected from departmentally approved courses for Secondary Field Options. 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 each are listed below. To add flexibility to the program and to accommodate particular interests, the student may fashion an individualized secondary field option. The only requirements are that the courses be related to mechanics, form a coherent and cohesive group, include at least two engineering courses, and total at least 12 hours of advanced-level coursework that are distinct from required courses in the Engineering Mechanics curriculum. This can include 500-level courses, if the student has the adequate preparation, for any of the secondary field elective courses. Each student must formally declare their choice of secondary field with a Mechanical Science and Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office advisor using a Secondary Field Options form. 12
Biomechanics
Required Courses
MCB 150Molec & Cellular Basis of Life4
MCB 151Molec & Cellular Laboratory1
TAM 461Cellular Biomechanics4
Approved Courses
ECE 473Fund of Engrg Acoustics3 or 4
ECE 380Biomedical Imaging3
ME 481Whole-Body Musculoskel Biomech3 or 4
ME 482Musculoskel Tissue Mechanics3 or 4
ME 483Mechanobiology4
BIOP 401Introduction to Biophysics3
TAM 497Independent Study1 to 3
Computational Mechanics
Required Courses
CS 357Numerical Methods I3
ME 471Finite Element Analysis3 or 4
Approved Courses
CS 450Numerical Analysis3 or 4
CS 457Numerical Methods II3
ME 412Numerical Thermo-Fluid Mechs2 to 4
TAM 497Independent Study1 to 3
Engineering Science and Applied Mathematics
Required Courses
MATH 446Applied Complex Variables3-4
or MATH 448 Complex Variables
Any 400 level MATH course, excluding MATH 415, MATH 441, and MATH 4423 or 4
Approved Courses
AE 353Aerospace Control Systems3
AE 402Orbital Mechanics3 or 4
CEE 491Decision and Risk Analysis3 or 4
ECE 329Fields and Waves I3
ECE 330Power Ckts & Electromechanics3
ECE 473Fund of Engrg Acoustics3 or 4
PHYS 402Light3 or 4
TAM 497Independent Study1 to 3
Experimental Mechanics
Required Courses
TAM 456Experimental Stress Analysis3
ECE 206Electrical and Electronic Circuits Lab1
Approved Courses
CS 357Numerical Methods I3
ECE 473Fund of Engrg Acoustics3 or 4
ME 360Signal Processing3.5
PHYS 402Light3 or 4
TAM 497Independent Study1 to 3
Fluid Mechanics
Required Courses
TAM 435Intermediate Fluid Mechanics4
ME 410Intermediate Gas Dynamics3 or 4
Approved Courses
AE 412Viscous Flow & Heat Transfer4
CEE 451Environmental Fluid Mechanics3
CEE 453Urban Hydrology and Hydraulics4
ECE 473Fund of Engrg Acoustics3 or 4
ME 412Numerical Thermo-Fluid Mechs2 to 4
TAM 497Independent Study1 to 3
Mechanics of Materials
Required Courses
TAM 424Mechanics of Structural Metals3 or 4
TAM 428Mechanics of Composites3
Approved Courses
CEE 310Transportation Engineering3
MSE 401Thermodynamics of Materials3
MSE 455Macromolecular Solids3
MSE 489Matl Select for Sustainability3 or 4
NPRE 330Materials in Nuclear Engineering3
TAM 497Independent Study1 to 3
Solid Mechanics
Required Courses
TAM 424Mechanics of Structural Metals3 or 4
TAM 451Intermediate Solid Mechanics4
Approved Courses
CEE 360Structural Engineering3
CEE 460Steel Structures I3
CEE 461Reinforced Concrete I3
CS 357Numerical Methods I3
ECE 473Fund of Engrg Acoustics3 or 4
TAM 497Independent Study1 to 3
Free Electives
Additional course work, subject to the Grainger College of Engineering restrictions to Free Electives, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree.11
Total Hours of Curriculum to Graduate128

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics


Sample Sequence

The curriculum sequence below is a sample sequence, as all Grainger Engineering students work with a department academic advisor to achieve their educational goals, specific to their needs and preparation. The curriculum sequence can also be viewed via dynamic and static curricular maps, which include prerequisite sequencing.

General Education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.  ME 470 and TAM 324 will each satisfy a core course requirement and the Campus General Education Advanced Composition requirement.

Free Electives: Additional course work, subject to the Grainger College of Engineering restrictions to Free Electives, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree.

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
TAM 1951CS 101 (CS 124 or ECE 220 may be substituted.)3
MATH 221 (MATH 220 may be substituted. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus. 4 of 5 credit hours count towards degree.)4MATH 2313
CHEM 1023PHYS 2114
CHEM 1031General Education Elective3
RHET 105 (if UIN is even) or ME 170 (if UIN is odd)4-3ME 170 (if UIN is even) or RHET 105 (if UIN is odd)3-4
ENG 100 (External transfer students take ENG 300.)1 
Free Elective3 
 17-16 16-17
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
TAM 2113TAM 2123
MATH 2573MATH 2414
CHEM 1043PHYS 2124
CHEM 1051TAM 2513
TAM 2703TAM 2521
ME 2900Free Elective2
General Education Elective3 
 16 17
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
TAM 3354TAM 3244
MATH 4413 TAM 4124
ME 2003PHYS 2132
ECE 205 (ECE 110 and either ECE 210 or ECE 211 may be substituted.)3PHYS 2142
Free Elective3TAM 4454
 16 16
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ME 470 (if UIN is odd) or Secondary Field Elective (if UIN is even)3Secondary Field Elective (if UIN is odd) or ME 470 (if UIN is even)3
MATH 4423Secondary Field Elective3
TAM 4703Secondary Field Elective3
Secondary Field Elective3General Education Elective3
General Education Elective3Free Elective3
 15 15
Total Hours 128