Mechanical Engineering

Brief Description of Concentration

Mechanical enginemechanical engineeringering is a discipline of engineering that uses the principles of physics and materials science for the analysis and design of mechanical and thermal systems. Mechanical engineering is critical to the success of many human enterprises - it plays a central role in the generation and distribution of energy, transportation, manufacturing, and infrastructure development. Nearly every product or service in modern life has been touched in some way by a mechanical engineer.

Learning Objectives

Upon graduation, students in the Mechanical Engineering concentration should demonstrate the following student outcomes:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environmental, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Gateway Courses

  • ENG-SCI 51: Computer-Aided Machine Design, fall and spring
  • ENG-SCI 50: Intro to Electrical Engineering, spring (ENG-SCI 153 can also fulfill the electronics requirement) 
  • Math, begin according to placement (Math Ma, b, 1a, b; Applied Math 21a,b or Math 21a,b)
  • Physics (Applied Physics 50a,b or Physical Sciences 12a,b or Physics 15a,b)