Undergraduate Degree - Mechanical Engineering

Program:
Mechanical Engineering
Program Code:
2403 Mechanical Engineering
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Science
Start Term:
FQ68


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate Programs
Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers apply the fundamental principles of motion (mechanics) and energy (thermosciences) to serve the needs of people through the creative problem-solving process known as engineering design. These principles are represented in the subjects of solid and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, mechanical systems, and material science. Practicing mechanical engineers work in many application areas, which include such industries as automotive, chemical, energy, consumer product, aerospace, computer and electronic, and biomedical.

The undergraduate mechanical engineering program prepares its graduates for the mechanical engineering profession through a foundation of engineering fundamentals; the development of analytical, computational, and experimental capabilities to recognize, model, and solve engineering problems; and the application of the engineering design method.  Communication and teaming skills are integrated throughout the program.

For students who desire an international experience as part of their education, the department sponsors various programs such as "Mechanical Engineering in Aachen, Germany." During the spring semester, a small group of juniors and seniors pursue their normal studies abroad at the Technical University of Aachen where they have outstanding opportunities to participate in advanced research, explore industrial activities, and experience European culture and lifestyle.

The Bachelor of Science Degree program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 128 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Mechanical  Engineering major is met by completing Mechanical Engineering 332, 412, and 481. Those courses are referenced in item 3. b. (1) below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Engineering may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements for All Majors in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Engineering for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following courses outside the Department of Mechanical Engineering (17 credits):
    CE 221 Statics 3
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    CSE 231 Introduction to Programming I 4
    ECE 345 Electronic Instrumentation and Systems 3
    MSE 250 Materials Science and Engineering 3
    STT 351 Probability and Statistics for Engineering 3
    b. All of the following courses in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (40 credits):
    ME 280 Graphic Communications 2
    ME 222 Mechanics of Deformable Solids 3
    ME 361 Dynamics 3
    ME 201 Thermodynamics 3
    ME 300 Professional Issues in Mechanical Engineering 1
    ME 332 Fluid Mechanics 4
    ME 371 Mechanical Design I 3
    ME 391 Mechanical Engineering Analysis 3
    ME 410 Heat Transfer 3
    ME 412 Heat Transfer Laboratory 2
    ME 451 Control Systems 4
    ME 461 Mechanical Vibrations 3
    ME 471 Mechanical Design II 3
    ME 481 Mechanical Engineering Design Projects 3
    c. Senior Electives (a minimum of 9 credits):
    ME 416 Computer Assisted Design of Thermal Systems 3
    ME 417 Design of Alternative Energy Systems 3
    ME 422 Introduction to Combustion 3
    ME 423 Intermediate Mechanics of Deformable Solids 3
    ME 425 Experimental Mechanics 3
    ME 426 Introduction to Composite Materials 3
    ME 433 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics 3
    ME 440 Aerospace Engineering Fundamentals 3
    ME 442 Turbomachinery 3
    ME 444 Automotive Engines 3
    ME 445 Automotive Powertrain Design 3
    ME 456 Mechatronic System Design 3
    ME 464 Intermediate Dynamics 3
    ME 465 Computer Aided Optimal Design 3
    ME 475 Computer Aided Design of Structures 3
    ME 477 Manufacturing Processes 3
    ME 478 Product Development 3
    ME 490 Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering 1 to 3
    ME 491 Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering 1 to 4
    ME 494 Biofluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer 3
    ME 495 Tissue Mechanics 3
    ME 497 Biomechanical Design in Product Development 3
    d. Design-intensive Senior Electives (a minimum of 3 credits):
    ME 416 Computer Assisted Design of Thermal Systems 3
    ME 417 Design of Alternative Energy Systems 3
    ME 442 Turbomachinery 3
    ME 445 Automotive Powertrain Design 3
    ME 456 Mechatronic System Design 3
    ME 465 Computer Aided Optimal Design 3
    ME 475 Computer Aided Design of Structures 3
    ME 497 Biomechanical Design in Product Development 3
    Courses used to fulfill item 3. c. may not be used to fulfill item 3. d.

Concentration in Automotive Powertrain
A concentration in Automotive Powertrain is available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Completing the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in automotive powertrain may require more than 128 credits. The concentration will be noted on the student’s transcript.

Automotive Powertrain
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with an automotive powertrain concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., 3.a., 3.b., and 3.d. above and the following:

All of the following courses (9 credits):
ME  422 Introduction to Combustion  3
ME  444 Automotive Engines 3
ME  445 Automotive Powertrain Design  3
One of the following courses (3 credits):  3
ME  433 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics  3
ME  442 Turbomachinery 

Concentration in Biomedical Engineering
A concentration in Biomedical Engineering is available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Completing the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in biomedical engineering may require more than 128 credits. The concentration will be noted on the student's transcript.

Biomedical Engineering
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a biomedical engineering concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., 3.a., 3.b., and 3.d. above and the following:

Both of the following courses (7 credits):
BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
Nine credits from the following courses:
BE 445 Biosensors for Medical Diagnostics 3
ECE 445 Biomedical Instrumentation 3
ME 494 Biofluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer 3
ME 495 Tissue Mechanics 3
ME 497 Biomechanical Design in Product Development 3
MSE 425 Biomaterials and Biocompatibility 3

Concentration in Computational Design
A concentration in Computational Design is available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Completing the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in computational design may require more than 128 credits. The concentration will be noted on the student’s transcript.

Computational Design
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a computational design concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., 3.a., 3.b., and 3.d. above and the following:

ME  416 Computer Assisted Design of Thermal Systems  3
ME  433 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics  3
ME  465 Computer Aided Optimal Design  3
ME  475 Computer Aided Design of Structures  3

Concentration in Energy
A concentration in Energy is available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Completing the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in energy may require more than 128 credits. The concentration will be noted on the student’s transcript.

Energy
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with an energy concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., 3.a., 3.b., and 3.d. above and the following:

All of the following courses (9 credits):  
ME  416 Computer Assisted Design of Thermal Systems  3
ME  417 Design of Alternative Energy Systems  3
ME  422 Introduction to Combustion  3
One of the following courses (3 credits):
ME  440 Aerospace Engineering Fundamentals 3
ME  442 Turbomachinery  3
ME  444 Automotive Engines  3

Concentration in Engineering Mechanics
A concentration in Engineering Mechanics is available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Completing the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in engineering mechanics may require more than 128 credits. The concentration will be noted on the student's transcript.

Engineering Mechanics
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a engineering mechanics concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., and 3.a., and 3.b. above and the following:

The following courses (12 credits):
ME 423 Intermediate Mechanics of Deformable Solids 3
ME 425 Experimental Mechanics 3
ME 464 Intermediate Dynamics 3
ME 475 Computer Aided Design of Structures 3

Concentration in Manufacturing Engineering
A concentration in Manufacturing Engineering is available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Completing the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in manufacturing engineering may require more than 128 credits. The concentration will be noted on the student's transcript.

Manufacturing Engineering
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a manufacturing engineering concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., 3.a., 3.b., and 3.d. above and the following:

All of the following courses (10 credits):
EC 210 Economics Principles Using Calculus 3
ME 372 Machine Tool Laboratory 1
ME 477 Manufacturing Processes 3
ME 478 Product Development 3
One of the following courses (3 credits):
CHE 472 Composite Materials Processing 3
ECE 415 Computer Aided Manufacturing 3
MSE 426 Introduction to Composite Materials 3

Concentration in Global Engineering
A concentration in Global Engineering is available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Completing the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in global engineering may require more than 128 credits. The concentration will be noted on the student's transcript.

Global Engineering
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a global engineering concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., 3.a., and 3.b. above and 12 credits of approved mechanical engineering courses from a MSU co-sponsored Study Abroad institution. At least 3 credits must include a team design project.


 


Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

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Mechanical Engineering, BS (2403)

Required Credits: 128    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Mechanical Engineering - Statics
Major - Mechanical Engineering - Statics: 1 course from CE221

Requirement 12: Major - Mechanical Engineering - Chemistry Laboratory 1
Major - Mechanical Engineering - Chemistry Laboratory 1: 1 course from CEM161

Requirement 13: Major - Mechanical Engineering - Introduction to Programming I
Major - Mechanical Engineering - Introduction to Programming I: 1 course from CSE231

Requirement 14: Major - Mechanical Engineering - Electronic Instrumentation
Major - Mechanical Engineering - Electronic Instrumentation: 1 course from ECE345

Requirement 15: Major - Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Graphics
Major - Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Graphics: 1 course from ME280

Requirement 16: Major - Mechanical Engineering - Thermodynamics
Major - Mechanical Engineering - Thermodynamics: 1 course from ME201

Requirement 17: Major - Mechanical Engineering - Mechanics of Deformable Solids
Major - Mechanical Engineering - Mechanics of Deformable Solids: 1 course from ME222

Requirement 18: Major - Mechanical Engineering - Professional Issues in Mechanical Engineering
Major - Mechanical Engineering - Professional Issues in Mechanical Engineering: 1 course from ME300

Requirement 19: Major - Mechanical Engineering - Fluid Mechanics
Major - Mechanical Engineering - Fluid Mechanics: 1 course from ME332

Requirement 20: Major - Mechanical Engineering - Dynamics
Major - Mechanical Engineering - Dynamics: 1 course from ME361

Requirement 21: Major - Mechanical Engineering - Mechanical Design I and II
Major - Mechanical Engineering - Mechanical Design I and II: 2 courses from ME371, ME471

Requirement 22: Major - Mechanical Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Analysis
Major - Mechanical Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Analysis: 1 course from ME391

Requirement 23: Major - Mechanical Engineering - Heat Transfer and Laboratory
Major - Mechanical Engineering - Heat Transfer and Laboratory: 2 courses from ME410, ME412

Requirement 24: Major - Mechanical Engineering - Control Systems
Major - Mechanical Engineering - Control Systems: 1 course from ME451

Requirement 25: Major - Mechanical Engineering - Mechanical Vibrations
Major - Mechanical Engineering - Mechanical Vibrations: 1 course from ME461

Requirement 26: Major - Mechanical Engineering - Design Project
Major - Mechanical Engineering - Design Project: 1 course from ME481

Requirement 27: Major - Mechanical Engineering - Materials Science and Engineering
Major - Mechanical Engineering - Materials Science and Engineering: 1 course from MSE250

Requirement 28: Major - Mechanical Engineering - Probability and Statistics
Major - Mechanical Engineering - Probability and Statistics: 1 course from STT351

Requirement 29: Major - Mechanical Engineering - Senior Electives and Design
Major - Mechanical Engineering - Senior Electives and Design: A total 12 credits
At least 3 credits from ME416, ME417, ME442, ME445, ME456, ME465, ME475, ME497
At least 9 credits from ME416, ME417, ME422, ME423, ME425, ME426, ME440, ME442, ME444, ME445, ME456, ME464, ME465, ME475, ME477, ME478, ME490, ME491, ME494, ME495, ME497, ME433

Requirement 30: College - Engineering - Mathematics
College - Engineering - Mathematics: 3 courses from MTH132, MTH133, MTH234

Requirement 31: College - Engineering - Mathematics Additional
College - Engineering - Mathematics Additional: 1 course from MTH235

Requirement 32: College - Engineering - Physics
College - Engineering - Physics: 1 course from PHY183, PHY183B

Requirement 33: College - Engineering - Physics Additional
College - Engineering - Physics Additional: 1 course from PHY184

Requirement 34: College - Engineering - Computer Science
College - Engineering - Computer Science: 1 course from EGR102

Requirement 35: College - Engineering - Introduction to Engineering Design
College - Engineering - Introduction to Engineering Design: 1 course from EGR100

Requirement 36: Alternative Track for Integrative Studies - ISB
Alternative Track for Integrative Studies - ISB: 1 course from BS161, PLB105, ENT205, MMG201, MMG301, PSL250, ZOL141, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 37: Alternative Track for Integrative Studies - ISP
Alternative Track for Integrative Studies - ISP: 1 course from CEM141, CEM151, PHY183, PHY183B, PHY184

Requirement 38: Alternative Track for Integrative Studies - Lab
Alternative Track for Integrative Studies - Lab: 1 course from PLB106, CEM161, MMG206, PHY191

Requirement 39: Engineering College Admission - Core Courses
Engineering College Admission - Core Courses: A total 6 courses
At least 1 course from EGR102
At least 1 course from EGR100
At least 1 course from MTH132
At least 1 course from MTH133
At least 1 course from CEM141
At least 1 course from PHY183

Requirement 40: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 41: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.

Requirement 42
128 credits required to complete this degreeThe specified coursework in this program may not equal this total. The difference must be made up of open options which must be acceptable within the limits of this program. In cases of doubt, please consult an academic advisor.