Engineering Mechanics, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics


department website: http://mechse.illinois.edu/

department faculty: Mechanical Science & Engineering Faculty


overview of college admissions & requirements: The Grainger College of Engineering

college website: https://grainger.illinois.edu/


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

In this program (accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org), students in engineering mechanics develop a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. The program derives its strength from a rigorous curriculum composed of statics, dynamics, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, and mechanics of materials courses. These topics form the basis of all engineering disciplines and have wide applicability in modern engineering. 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, which starts freshman year. Engineering design, communication, teamwork, and laboratory experiences are integrated throughout the entire curriculum. 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.

Students in engineering mechanics also benefit from a built-in area of specialization in one of seven secondary fields within mechanics, such as biomechanics, experimental mechanics, mechanics of materials and more. Alternatively, students may fashion their own area of specialization with departmental approval. At the end of the curriculum, students take the capstone senior design course where the knowledge and skills they have learned are applied to projects submitted to the department by corporate or faculty sponsors, preparing Engineering Mechanics students for their next leap into industry or graduate school.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics


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 290Seminar0
Total Hours1

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

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 205Electrical and Electronic Circuits3
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

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 each are listed below. 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
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 499Senior Thesis3
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 499Senior Thesis3
Engineering Science and Applied Mathematics
Required Courses
MATH 446Applied Complex Variables3 or 4
MATH 448Complex Variables (Or Any 400 level MATH course, excluding MATH 415, MATH 441, and MATH 442)3 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
MATH 423Differential Geometry3 or 4
MATH 447Real Variables3 or 4
MATH 482Linear Programming3 or 4
MATH 484Nonlinear Programming3 or 4
MATH 489Dynamics & Differential Eqns3 or 4
MATH 490Advanced Topics in Mathematics1 to 4
PHYS 402Light3 or 4
STAT 400Statistics and Probability I4
STAT 410Statistics and Probability II3 or 4
TAM 499Senior Thesis3
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 499Senior Thesis3
Fluid Mechanics
Required Courses
TAM 435Intermediate Fluid Mechanics4
ME 410Intermediate Gas Dynamics3 or 4
Approved Courses
AE 412Viscous Flow & Heat Transfer4
CEE 445Air Quality Modeling4
CEE 451Environmental Fluid Mechanics3
CEE 453Urban Hydrology and Hydraulics4
ECE 473Fund of Engrg Acoustics3 or 4
ME 412Numerical Thermo-Fluid Mechs2 to 4
TAM 499Senior Thesis3
Mechanics of Materials
Required Courses
TAM 424Mechanics of Structural Metals3 or 4
TAM 427Mechanics of Polymers3
TAM 428Mechanics of Composites3
Approved Courses
CEE 310Transportation Engineering3
MSE 401Thermodynamics of Materials3
MSE 489Matl Select for Sustainability3 or 4
NPRE 431Materials in Nuclear Engrg3
TAM 499Senior Thesis3
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 499Senior Thesis3

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 entering after the Spring 2018 semester must also complete the campus cultural studies requirement by completing (i) one western/comparative culture(s) course, (ii) one non-western course and (iii) one U.S. minority culture(s) course from the General Education cultural studies lists. Students entering prior to the Spring 2018 semester will need to complete requirements (i) and either (ii) or (iii).  Most students select liberal education courses that simultaneously satisfy these cultural studies requirements. Courses from the western, non-western and U.S. minority culture(s) 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 and ME 470 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

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics


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
TAM 195Mechanics in the Modern World1
MATH 2211Calculus I4
CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
ENG 100Engineering Orientation0
RHET 105 or ME 1702Writing and Research4-3
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours16-15
Second Semester
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
MATH 231Calculus II3
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
ME 170 or RHET 1052Computer-Aided Design3-4
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours17-18
Second Year
First Semester
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec Mag4
MATH 241Calculus III4
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg Sci3
TAM 211Statics3
ME 290Seminar0
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours17
Second Semester
PHYS 213Univ Physics: Thermal Physics2
PHYS 214Univ Physics: Quantum Physics2
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
TAM 251Introductory Solid Mechanics3
TAM 252Solid Mechanics Design1
ECE 205Electrical and Electronic Circuits3
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours17
Third Year
First Semester
ME 200Thermodynamics3
MATH 415Applied Linear Algebra3
ME 270Design for Manufacturability3
TAM 335Introductory Fluid Mechanics3
Free Elective3
 Semester Hours15
Second Semester
TAM 324Behavior of Materials4
MATH 441Differential Equations3 or 4
TAM 412Intermediate Dynamics4
TAM 445Continuum Mechanics4
 Semester Hours15-16
Fourth Year
First Semester
ME 470 or Secondary field elective4Senior Design Project3
MATH 442Intro Partial Diff Equations3 or 4
TAM 470Computational Mechanics3
Secondary field elective43
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours15-16
Second Semester
ME 470 or Secondary field elective4Senior Design Project3
Secondary field elective46
Liberal education elective33
Free elective3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Hours: 127-129