B.S.M.E. Program

Mechanical engineering is the broadest and most versatile of the engineering professions. It utilizes a combination of human, material, and economic resources to translate ideas and theories into realistic problem solutions that satisfy the needs of society. Problems are solved in such varied areas as energy, environment, robotics, assistance for the handicapped, and air, land, sea, and space vehicles. The spectrum of mechanical engineering includes innovation and creation, research, design and synthesis, analysis, development, evaluation, production, and the marketing of machines, systems, and processes. Central to this activity is the design process which leads to the creation of solutions to real-world problems. Therefore the mechanical engineering curriculum integrates design experiences into
all levels of the program and into a majority of the professional courses. This culminates in a required comprehensive design experience which is satisfied by a yearlong senior project and by the selection of a technical elective identified as satisfying this requirement in the program.

Degree Requirements

  • A minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C) must be earned in all courses taken in the College of Engineering and Technology.
  • In addition to the specific requirements for the College of Engineering and Technology, a minimum grade point average of 2.25 in Mechanical Engineering courses must be achieved for graduation.
  • 24 of the last 30 semester-hours must be earned in residence.

Course Requirements

  • Mathematics - Calc I, Calc II, Calc III, and Differential Equations
  • Sciences - University Physics I & II, General Chemistry w/ Lab, Engineering Chemistry.
  • Mechanical Engineering - A wide range of courses in thermal and mechanical systems. See the list of required ME courses.
  • General Engineering - Statics, Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, Engineering Economics, Circuit Theory, Electromechanics & Digital Circuits.
  • General Education (Liberal Arts) - All Bradley Students are required to meet the BU Gen-ED Program.
  • Technical Electives - Five (5) technical elective courses (totaling 15 credit hours) are required in the mechanical engineering program. At least one of these technical elective courses must be a mechanical engineering design technical elective. Non-required ME courses at the 400 and 500 level can be used to satisfy the technical elective requirement. Courses from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and IMET numbered 302 through 599 can also be used as technical electives if they are not part of the student's required coursework. BMA 385 is also an approved technical elective. See also the list of ME Tech Electives.

See also the Checklist of Required Courses.