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.
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.
Code | Title | Hours |
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ENG 100 | Engineering Orientation ^{1} | 0 |
TAM 195 | Mechanics in the Modern World | 1 |
ME 290 | Seminar | 0 |
Total Hours | 1 |
Foundational Mathematics and Science
These courses stress the basic mathematical and scientific principles upon which the engineering discipline is based.
Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|
CHEM 102 | General Chemistry I | 3 |
CHEM 103 | General Chemistry Lab I | 1 |
CHEM 104 | General Chemistry II | 3 |
CHEM 105 | General Chemistry Lab II | 1 |
MATH 221 | Calculus I ^{2} | 4 |
MATH 231 | Calculus II | 3 |
MATH 241 | Calculus III | 4 |
MATH 415 | Applied Linear Algebra | 3 |
MATH 441 | Differential Equations | 3 |
MATH 442 | Intro Partial Diff Equations | 3 |
PHYS 211 | University Physics: Mechanics | 4 |
PHYS 212 | University Physics: Elec & Mag | 4 |
PHYS 213 | Univ Physics: Thermal Physics | 2 |
PHYS 214 | Univ Physics: Quantum Physics | 2 |
Total Hours | 40 |
Engineering Mechanics Technical Core
These courses stress fundamental concepts and basic laboratory techniques that comprise the common intellectual understanding of engineering mechanics.
Code | Title | Hours |
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CS 101 | Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci | 3 |
ECE 205 | Electrical and Electronic Circuits | 3 |
ME 170 | Computer-Aided Design | 3 |
ME 200 | Thermodynamics | 3 |
ME 470 | Senior Design Project | 3 |
TAM 211 | Statics | 3 |
TAM 212 | Introductory Dynamics | 3 |
TAM 251 | Introductory Solid Mechanics | 3 |
TAM 252 | Solid Mechanics Design | 1 |
TAM 270 | Design for Manufacturability | 3 |
TAM 324 | Behavior of Materials | 4 |
TAM 335 | Introductory Fluid Mechanics | 4 |
TAM 412 | Intermediate Dynamics | 4 |
TAM 445 | Continuum Mechanics | 4 |
TAM 470 | Computational Mechanics | 3 |
Total Hours | 47 |
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.
Code | Title | Hours |
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Secondary field electives selected from departmentally approved courses for Secondary Field Options. | 12 | |
Biomechanics | ||
Required Courses | ||
MCB 150 | Molec & Cellular Basis of Life | 4 |
MCB 151 | Molec & Cellular Laboratory | 1 |
TAM 461 | Cellular Biomechanics | 4 |
Approved Courses | ||
ECE 473 | Fund of Engrg Acoustics | 3 or 4 |
ECE 380 | Biomedical Imaging | 3 |
ME 481 | Whole-Body Musculoskel Biomech | 3 or 4 |
ME 482 | Musculoskel Tissue Mechanics | 3 or 4 |
ME 483 | Mechanobiology | 4 |
BIOP 401 | Introduction to Biophysics | 3 |
TAM 499 | Senior Thesis | 3 |
Computational Mechanics | ||
Required Courses | ||
CS 357 | Numerical Methods I | 3 |
ME 471 | Finite Element Analysis | 3 or 4 |
Approved Courses | ||
CS 450 | Numerical Analysis | 3 or 4 |
CS 457 | Numerical Methods II | 3 |
ME 412 | Numerical Thermo-Fluid Mechs | 2 to 4 |
TAM 499 | Senior Thesis | 3 |
Engineering Science and Applied Mathematics | ||
Required Courses | ||
MATH 446 | Applied Complex Variables | 3 or 4 |
MATH 448 | Complex Variables (Or Any 400 level MATH course, excluding MATH 415, MATH 441, and MATH 442) | 3 or 4 |
Approved Courses | ||
AE 353 | Aerospace Control Systems | 3 |
AE 402 | Orbital Mechanics | 3 or 4 |
CEE 491 | Decision and Risk Analysis | 3 or 4 |
ECE 329 | Fields and Waves I | 3 |
ECE 330 | Power Ckts & Electromechanics | 3 |
ECE 473 | Fund of Engrg Acoustics | 3 or 4 |
MATH 423 | Differential Geometry | 3 or 4 |
MATH 447 | Real Variables | 3 or 4 |
MATH 482 | Linear Programming | 3 or 4 |
MATH 484 | Nonlinear Programming | 3 or 4 |
MATH 489 | Dynamics & Differential Eqns | 3 or 4 |
MATH 490 | Advanced Topics in Mathematics | 1 to 4 |
PHYS 402 | Light | 3 or 4 |
STAT 400 | Statistics and Probability I | 4 |
STAT 410 | Statistics and Probability II | 3 or 4 |
TAM 499 | Senior Thesis | 3 |
Experimental Mechanics | ||
Required Courses | ||
TAM 456 | Experimental Stress Analysis | 3 |
ECE 206 | Electrical and Electronic Circuits Lab | 1 |
Approved Courses | ||
CS 357 | Numerical Methods I | 3 |
ECE 473 | Fund of Engrg Acoustics | 3 or 4 |
ME 360 | Signal Processing | 3.5 |
PHYS 402 | Light | 3 or 4 |
TAM 499 | Senior Thesis | 3 |
Fluid Mechanics | ||
Required Courses | ||
TAM 435 | Intermediate Fluid Mechanics | 4 |
ME 410 | Intermediate Gas Dynamics | 3 or 4 |
Approved Courses | ||
AE 412 | Viscous Flow & Heat Transfer | 4 |
CEE 445 | Air Quality Modeling | 4 |
CEE 451 | Environmental Fluid Mechanics | 3 |
CEE 453 | Urban Hydrology and Hydraulics | 4 |
ECE 473 | Fund of Engrg Acoustics | 3 or 4 |
ME 412 | Numerical Thermo-Fluid Mechs | 2 to 4 |
TAM 499 | Senior Thesis | 3 |
Mechanics of Materials | ||
Required Courses | ||
TAM 424 | Mechanics of Structural Metals | 3 or 4 |
TAM 427 | Mechanics of Polymers | 3 |
TAM 428 | Mechanics of Composites | 3 |
Approved Courses | ||
CEE 310 | Transportation Engineering | 3 |
MSE 401 | Thermodynamics of Materials | 3 |
MSE 489 | Matl Select for Sustainability | 3 or 4 |
NPRE 431 | Materials in Nuclear Engrg | 3 |
TAM 499 | Senior Thesis | 3 |
Solid Mechanics | ||
Required Courses | ||
TAM 424 | Mechanics of Structural Metals | 3 or 4 |
TAM 451 | Intermediate Solid Mechanics | 4 |
Approved Courses | ||
CEE 360 | Structural Engineering | 3 |
CEE 460 | Steel Structures I | 3 |
CEE 461 | Reinforced Concrete I | 3 |
CS 357 | Numerical Methods I | 3 |
ECE 473 | Fund of Engrg Acoustics | 3 or 4 |
TAM 499 | Senior Thesis | 3 |
General Education Requirements
Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|
A minimum of six courses is required, as follows: | 18 | |
Social and Behavioral Sciences | 6 | |
Humanities & the Arts | 6 | |
The Grainger College of Engineering Liberal Education course list, or from the campus General Education lists for Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities and the Arts | 6 | |
Cultural Studies: Non-Western Cultures (1 course) | ||
Cultural Studies: U.S. Minorities Cultures (1 course) | ||
Cultural Studies: Western/Comparative Cultures (1 course) |
Non-Primary Language Requirement
Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|
Completion of the third semester or equivalent of a non-primary language is required. Completion of three years of a single language in high school satisfies this requirement. | 0-9 |
University Composition
These courses teach fundamentals of expository writing.
Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|
Choose one: | ||
Writing and Research | ||
Oral & Written Comm I and Oral & Written Comm II | ||
Intro to Academic Writing I and Intro to Academic Writing II | ||
Principles of Academic Writing | ||
Advanced Composition (satisfied by completing TAM 324 and ME 470 in the Engineering Mechanics Technical Core) |
Free Electives
Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|
Free Electives | ||
Free electives. Additional unrestricted course work, subject to certain exceptions as noted by the College, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree. | 6 | |
Total Hours of Curriculum to Graduate | 128 |
^{1} | External transfer students take ENG 300 instead. |
^{2} | 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. |
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 | ||
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First Semester | Hours | |
TAM 195 | Mechanics in the Modern World | 1 |
MATH 221^{1} | Calculus I | 4 |
CHEM 102 | General Chemistry I | 3 |
CHEM 103 | General Chemistry Lab I | 1 |
ENG 100 | Engineering Orientation | 0 |
RHET 105 or ME 170^{2} | Writing and Research | 4-3 |
Liberal education elective^{3} | 3 | |
Semester Hours | 16-15 | |
Second Semester | ||
PHYS 211 | University Physics: Mechanics | 4 |
MATH 231 | Calculus II | 3 |
CHEM 104 | General Chemistry II | 3 |
CHEM 105 | General Chemistry Lab II | 1 |
ME 170 or RHET 105^{2} | Computer-Aided Design | 3-4 |
Liberal education elective^{3} | 3 | |
Semester Hours | 17-18 | |
Second Year | ||
First Semester | ||
PHYS 212 | University Physics: Elec Mag | 4 |
MATH 241 | Calculus III | 4 |
CS 101 | Intro Computing: Engrg Sci | 3 |
TAM 211 | Statics | 3 |
ME 290 | Seminar | 0 |
Liberal education elective^{3} | 3 | |
Semester Hours | 17 | |
Second Semester | ||
PHYS 213 | Univ Physics: Thermal Physics | 2 |
PHYS 214 | Univ Physics: Quantum Physics | 2 |
TAM 212 | Introductory Dynamics | 3 |
TAM 251 | Introductory Solid Mechanics | 3 |
TAM 252 | Solid Mechanics Design | 1 |
ECE 205 | Electrical and Electronic Circuits | 3 |
Liberal education elective^{3} | 3 | |
Semester Hours | 17 | |
Third Year | ||
First Semester | ||
ME 200 | Thermodynamics | 3 |
MATH 415 | Applied Linear Algebra | 3 |
ME 270 | Design for Manufacturability | 3 |
TAM 335 | Introductory Fluid Mechanics | 3 |
Free Elective | 3 | |
Semester Hours | 15 | |
Second Semester | ||
TAM 324 | Behavior of Materials | 4 |
MATH 441 | Differential Equations | 3 or 4 |
TAM 412 | Intermediate Dynamics | 4 |
TAM 445 | Continuum Mechanics | 4 |
Semester Hours | 15-16 | |
Fourth Year | ||
First Semester | ||
ME 470 or SECONDARY FIELD ELECTIVE^{4} | Senior Design Project | 3 |
MATH 442 | Intro Partial Diff Equations | 3 or 4 |
TAM 470 | Computational Mechanics | 3 |
Secondary field elective^{4} | 3 | |
Liberal education elective^{3} | 3 | |
Semester Hours | 15-16 | |
Second Semester | ||
ME 470 or SECONDARY FIELD ELECTIVE^{4} | Senior Design Project | 3 |
Secondary field elective^{4} | 6 | |
Liberal education elective^{3} | 3 | |
Free elective | 3 | |
Semester Hours | 15 | |
Total Hours: | 127-129 |
^{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, (ii) one non-western culture(s) course, and (iii) one 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, non-western, and U.S. Minority 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. |