The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program provides the strong foundation in basic engineering that enables students to explore advances in mechanical engineering, ranging from the small world of nanotechnology and micro-electromechanical systems to the vastness of space systems.  

Bachelor of Science in
Mechanical Engineering

Students work on a jet dragster.

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program provides the strong foundation in basic engineering that enables students to explore advances in mechanical engineering, ranging from the small world of nanotechnology and micro-electromechanical systems to the vastness of space systems.

Along with a basis in engineering fundamentals, the program gives students the opportunity to learn about robotics, controls, machine design, and numerical modeling. With curriculum tracks in either robotics, propulsion or energy, students can focus on uninhabited aerial vehicles, planetary rovers and autonomous space vehicles, design propulsion systems like jet engines or develop new energy conversion systems.

The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree is housed in the Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering.

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Excerpt taken from the Online Course Catalog

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program requires successful completion of a minimum of 129 credit hours. The program may be completed in eight semesters assuming appropriate background and full-time enrollment. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is needed for all required AE, EGR, ES, and ME courses, excluding technical electives. The courses necessary to earn this degree are listed below.

Students should be aware that many courses have prerequisites and/or corequisites. Students should be aware that they must have a C or better in all prerequisites for the following courses. In addition, students must have a C or better in MA 241 to enroll in ES 201, Statics.

ES 201
Statics
ES 202
Solid Mechanics
ES 204
Dynamics
ES 206
Fluid Mechanics
ES 305
Thermodynamics

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
Credits
CEC 220 Digital Circuit Design 3
CEC 222 Digital Circuit Design Laboratory 1
COM 122 English Composition 3
EC 225 Engineering Economics 3
EGR 101 Introduction to Engineering 2
HU/SS Lower-level Humanities OR Social Sciences * 3
HU 14X Lower-level Humanities 3
MA 241 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4
MA 242 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II 4
PS 150 Physics for Engineers I 3
PS 160 Physics for Engineers II 3
UNIV 101 College Success **(1)
 Credits Subtotal32
Sophomore Year
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
EGR 115 Introduction to Computing for Engineers 3
EGR 200 Computer Aided Conceptual Design of Aerospace Systems 3
ES 201 Statics 3
ES 202 Solid Mechanics 3
MA 243 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III 4
MA 345 Differential Equations and Matrix Methods 4
PS 250 Physics for Engineers III 3
PS 253 Physics Laboratory for Engineers 1
Select one of the options below. 7
 Credits Subtotal34
Junior Year
Select one of the options below. 33-34
 Credits Subtotal33-34
Senior Year
Select one of the options below. 29-30
 Credits Subtotal29-30
 Credits Total 129

Propulsion Option

Sophomore Year
Credits
ES 206 Fluid Mechanics 3
ES 305 Thermodynamics 3
ME 200 Machine Shop Laboratory 1
 Credits Subtotal7
Junior Year
AE 430 Control System Analysis and Design 3
CHM 105 General Chemistry I 4
CHM 105L General Chemistry I Laboratory 0
EE 335 Electrical Engineering I ***2
EE 336 Electrical Engineering I Laboratory ***1
ES 204 Dynamics 3
ES 320 Engineering Materials Science 2
ES 321 Engineering Materials Science Laboratory 1
ES 403 Heat Transfer 3
ME 309 Airbreathing and Rocket Propulsion 3
ME 313 Instrumentation and Data Acquisition 2
ME 314 Instrumentation and Data Acquisition Laboratory 1
ME 417 Advanced Propulsion 3
ME 446 Thermal-Fluid Science and Energy Measurement 1
ME 446L Thermal-Fluid Science and Energy Measurement Laboratory 1
Technical Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal33
Senior Year
Upper-level Humanities OR Social Sciences * 3
COM 420 Advanced Technical Communication I 1
COM 430 Advanced Technical Communication II 2
MA 412 Probability and Statistics 3
ME 304 Introduction to Machine Design 3
ME 305 Machine Design Laboratory 1
ME 400 Vibration and Acoustics 3
ME 403 Thermal Power Systems 3
Technical Electives 3
Preliminary Design 4
Detail Design 4
 Credits Subtotal30

Robotics Option

Sophomore Year
Credits
ES 204 Dynamics 3
EE 223 Linear Circuits Analysis I 3
EE 224 Electrical Engineering Laboratory I 1
 Credits Subtotal7
Junior Year
Upper-level Humanities OR Social Sciences * 3
AE 430 Control System Analysis and Design 3
CHM 105 General Chemistry I 4
CHM 105L General Chemistry I Laboratory 0
ES 206 Fluid Mechanics 3
ES 305 Thermodynamics 3
MA 412 Probability and Statistics 3
ME 302 Introduction to Robotics I 3
ME 304 Introduction to Machine Design 3
ME 305 Machine Design Laboratory 1
ME 404 Mechatronics 3
ME 404L Mechatronics Laboratory 1
ME 406 Robotics II 3
ME 406L Robotics II Laboratory 1
 Credits Subtotal34
Senior Year
COM 420 Advanced Technical Communication I 1
COM 430 Advanced Technical Communication II 2
ES 320 Engineering Materials Science 2
ES 321 Engineering Materials Science Laboratory 1
ES 403 Heat Transfer 3
ME 400 Vibration and Acoustics 3
ME 403 Thermal Power Systems 3
Technical Electives 6
Preliminary Design 4
Detail Design 4
 Credits Subtotal29

Energy Option

Sophomore Year
Credits
ES 206 Fluid Mechanics 3
ES 305 Thermodynamics 3
ME 200 Machine Shop Laboratory 1
 Credits Subtotal7
Junior Year
AE 430 Control System Analysis and Design 3
CHM 105 General Chemistry I 4
CHM 105L General Chemistry I Laboratory 0
EE 335 Electrical Engineering I ***2
EE 336 Electrical Engineering I Laboratory ***1
ES 204 Dynamics 3
ES 320 Engineering Materials Science 2
ES 321 Engineering Materials Science Laboratory 1
ES 403 Heat Transfer 3
ME 312 Alternative Energy 3
ME 313 Instrumentation and Data Acquisition 2
ME 314 Instrumentation and Data Acquisition Laboratory 1
ME 403 Thermal Power Systems 3
ME 432 Advanced Alternative Energy 3
ME 446 Thermal-Fluid Science and Energy Measurement 1
ME 446L Thermal-Fluid Science and Energy Measurement Laboratory 1
 Credits Subtotal33
Senior Year
Upper-level Humanities OR Social Sciences * 3
COM 420 Advanced Technical Communication I 1
COM 430 Advanced Technical Communication II 2
MA 412 Probability and Statistics 3
ME 304 Introduction to Machine Design 3
ME 305 Machine Design Laboratory 1
ME 400 Vibration and Acoustics 3
Technical Electives 6
Preliminary Design 4
Detail Design 4
 Credits Subtotal30

Capstone Design Sequence, Preliminary and Detail Design

ME students have five possible sequences for their capstone sequence:

Aeronautics

Students taking the Aircraft capstone sequence are required to take:

AE 420Aircraft Preliminary Design4
AE 421Aircraft Detail Design4

Astronautics

Students taking the Spacecraft capstone sequence are required to take:

AE 427Spacecraft Preliminary Design4
AE 445Spacecraft Detail Design4

Energy

Students taking the Energy capstone sequence are required to take:

ME 435Energy Engineering Preliminary Design4
ME 440Energy Engineering Detail Design4

Propulsion

Students taking the Propulsion capstone sequence are required to take:

ME 429Propulsion System Preliminary Design4
ME 431Propulsion System Detail Design4

Robotics

Students taking the Robotics capstone sequence are required to take:

ME 407Preliminary Design of Robotic Systems with Laboratory4
ME 420Detail Design of Robotic Systems with Laboratory4

Technical Electives

Three credit hours of technical elective credit must be taken from available upper-level College of Engineering courses not specifically listed in the student’s degree requirements. The remaining three credit hours must be selected from the list below, or an upper-level ROTC course may be substituted.

AE
Upper level, except AE 399, AE 499 ****
Cooperative Education courses
With prior approval of the Aerospace Engineering dept. See Career Advisor for more information
CEC
Upper level, except CEC 399, CEC 499 ****
CS
CS 325
Programming in ADA
CS 420
Operating Systems
EE
Upper level, except EE 399, EE 499 ****
EGR
Upper level
EP
Upper level, except EP 399, EP 499 ****
ES
Upper level, except ES 399, ES 499 ****
MA
MA 348
Numerical Analysis I
MA 432
Linear Algebra
MA 441
Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics I
MA 442
Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics II
MA 443
Complex Variables
ME
Upper level, except ME 399, ME 499 ****
PS
PS 303
Modern Physics
PS 321
Classical Mechanics I
PS 322
Classical Mechanics II
PS 350
Quantum Mechanics I
PS 375
Planetary Science
PS 420
Remote Sensing
SE
SE 300
Software Engineering Practices

Footnotes

*

See General Education Electives section below

**

UNIV 101 is taken in excess of degree requirements or meets open elective credit 

***

EE 223/EE 224 may be substituted for EE 335/EE 336 

****

Must be approved by the Aerospace Engineering Department before taking this course.

General Education Electives

Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Humanities, Mathematics, and Social Sciences may be chosen as specified below, assuming prerequisite and corequisite requirements are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified above in the Aerospace Engineering vertical outline.

Prior approval by the Mechanical Engineering Department Chair is required for any substitutions for general education electives.

Humanities
Lower level
Any HU/L course under 300 level
Upper level
Select one of the following:
HU 330
Values and Ethics
HU/SS399 Study Abroad only
Social Sciences
Lower level
Any EC/SS/PSY/RS course under 300 level
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