Required Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Courses

  • ME 101 Foundations of Mechanical Engineering 2 hrs.
    Nature of mechanical engineering as a profession and as a technological response to human needs. Emphases: design process, problem solving, and engineering experimentation. Prerequisite: consent of instructor or department chair.
  • ME 102 Engineering Design Graphics 2 hrs.
    Principles and methods of graphic communications, integrated with creative design problem solving: multi-view projections; pictorial drawing; fundamentals of descriptive geometry, sections, and dimensioning. Prerequisite: ME 101 or consent of instructor.
  • ME 273 Computational Methods in ME 3 hrs.
    Computational techniques and programming methods for mechanical engineering problems. Prerequisites: PHY 110; corequisites: CE 250; MTH 224.
  • ME 301 Thermodynamics I 3 hrs.
    Emphasis on concepts, laws, and problem solving methodology; properties of materials, especially gases and vapors; simple equations of state; 1st and 2nd laws; introduction to cycles and systems. Prerequisites: CHM 110, 111; PHY 201; MTH 223.
  • ME 302 Thermodynamics II 2 hrs.
    Continuation of ME 301 with emphasis on engineering applications: including more detailed analysis of vapor cycles, power cycles, refrigeration cycles, and heat pump cycles, enhanced second law analysis, and more complex processes that include mixtures, humidification, combustion, and equilibrium. Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in ME 301.
  • ME 303 Instrumentation and Measurement 3 hrs.
    Theory and practice of measurements and instrumentation. Definition of a measurement system that meets specified needs: identification, selection, and specification of instrumentation components. Weekly laboratory. Prerequisites: PHY 201; prerequisites or concurrent enrollment in ME 301, EE 327, ME 273.
  • ME 308 Thermodynamics of Fluid Flow 4 hrs.
    Thermodynamics of fluid flow. Basic concepts of fluid mechanics; utility of the control volume approach to solving conservation equations governing the behavior of compressible and incompressible fluid flows. Design applications in thermal systems, aerodynamics, and convective heat transfer. Prerequisites: minimum grade of C in ME 301, MTH 224. Corequisite: ME 303.
  • ME 341 Engineering Systems Dynamics 3 hrs.
    Engineering systems dynamics, including mechanical, electrical, fluid, and thermal elements. Concepts of modeling. Mathematical methods for understanding and creating desired response behavior of linear systems. Prerequisites: PHY 201; MTH 224; CE 250.
  • ME 342 Design of Machine Elements 3 hrs.
    Application of stress analysis, deflection analysis, dynamic analysis, and materials to the design of mechanical components and machines. How available manufacturing processes influence nature of machine elements. Prerequisites: minimum grade of C in CE 270 and ME 351; prerequisites or concurrent enrollment in ME 303, ME 344.
  • ME 344 Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines 3 hrs.
    Kinematic and dynamic analysis and synthesis of mechanisms and machines; kinematics of linkages, cams and gearing systems; different analysis methods. Static and dynamic forces; balancing of rotating and reciprocating machines. Integration of these topics in solving open-ended design problems. Prerequisites: ME 273, CE 250.
  • ME 351 Engineering Materials Science I 3 hrs.
    Atomic and crystalline structure of solid materials commonly used in engineering applications. Effects of internal structure on physical properties of materials. Prerequisites: CHM 110, 111; PHY 201.
  • ME 403 Mechanical Engineering Systems Laboratory 2 hrs.
    Student team investigations of thermal and mechanical systems emphasizing definition, planning, design, and execution of experiments involving system modeling and analysis. Written reports and oral presentations are required. Prerequisites: COM 103; minimum grade of C in ME 303, CE 270, ME 308; Prerequisites or concurrent enrollment in 300-level English composition, ME 302, ME 341, ME 415.
  • ME 410 Mechanical Engineering Senior Project I 2 hrs.
    Individual or small team investigation of open-ended engineering problems. Emphasis on problem definition, planning, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. May involve experimentation and/or construction of models. Prerequisites: ME 102, senior standing in ME and consent of instructor.
    Corequisites: ME 403, ME 342.
  • ME 411 Mechanical Engineering Senior Project II 2 hrs.
    Continuation and completion of senior project begun in ME 410. Prerequisites: ME 410 and consent of instructor.
  • ME 415 Introduction to Heat Transfer 3 hrs.
    Steady state and transient conduction; external and internal forced convection and free convection; radiation; heat exchanger design. Prerequisites: ME 302, ME 308.
  • ME 441 Mechanical Control Systems 3 hrs.
    Sequencing control theory of linear feedback control systems; examples taken from applications encountered by mechanical and manufacturing engineers. Time and frequency response techniques. Analysis and design of fluid powered control systems. Microprocessors and computer control applications. Prerequisites: ME 341. Corequisite: EE 328.