The curriculum consists of 128 credit hours. You can start the curriculum quickly by taking both Calculus and Physics in your first semester, as mapped out on the blue curriculum flowchart. If you’d prefer to take these two classes in different semesters, see the green curriculum flowchart. Your choice will depend on your experience with calculus and physics which are cornerstones of the engineering curriculum.

The flowcharts show a recommended course order for both tracks, mapping out classes you should take each semester. Questions about pacing of courses and accepted course substitutions should be directed to your academic advisor.

Blue Degree Plan PDF

Course Work

Year 1 – Fall Semester

  • APPM 1350: Calculus 1
  • CSCI 1300: Introduction to Engineering Computing
  • GEEN 1400: First-Year Engineering Projects
  • PHYS 1110: Physics 1

Year 1 – Spring Semester

  • APPM 1360: Calculus 2
  • MCEN 1024: Chemistry of Energy & Materials
  • MCEN 1025: CAD & Fabrication
  • PHYS 1110: Physics 2
  • PHYS 1140: Experimental Physics

Year 2 – Fall Semester

  • APPM 2350: Calculus 3
  • MCEN 2000: ME Professionalism Seminar
  • MCEN 2023: Statics & Structures
  • MCEN 2024: Materials Science
  • PHYS 2130: Physics 3 (or approved math/science foundation course)
  • Lower Division H&SS Elective

Year 2 – Spring Semester

  • APPM 2360: Linear Algebra & Differential Equations
  • MCEN 2043: Dynamics
  • MCEN 2063: Solid Mechanics
  • MCEN 3012: Thermodynamics
  • MCEN 3021: Fluid Mechanics

Year 3 – Fall Semester

  • ECEN 3010: Circuits & Electronics
  • MCEN 3022: Heat Transfer
  • MCEN 3025: Component Design
  • MCEN 3030: Computational Methods
  • Writing Requirement

Year 3 – Spring Semester

  • MCEN 3047: Data Analysis & Measurements
  • MCEN 4026: Manufacturing
  • MCEN 4043: System Dynamics
  • Gen Tech Elective
  • Lower Division H&SS Elective

Year 4 – Fall Semester

  • MCEN 3032: Thermodynamics 2
  • MCEN 4045: Senior Design 1
  • Free Elective
  • ME Tech Elective
  • Lower Division H&SS Elective
  • Upper Division H&SS Elective

Year 4 – Spring Semester

  • MCEN 4085: Senior Design 2
  • Free Elective
  • Gen Tech Elective
  • ME Tech Elective
  • Upper Division H&SS Elective

Grade Requirements

Beginning with the incoming class of Fall 2015, the minimum passing grade for a prerequisite or co-requisite course within the mechanical engineering curriculum is a C. This includes courses completed outside the department (APPM, PHYS, etc.). The minimum passing grade for standalone classes (humanities & social sciences, math/science foundation) is a D-. Per CEAS Academic Expectations and Policies, If the minimum required grade in a prerequisite course is not achieved, the student is required to repeat the course until the minimum acceptable grade has been earned (maximum of 3 attempts total). If a student takes the advanced (post-requisite) course, it does not remove the obligation to meet the prerequisite course minimum grade requirement, even if the grade earned in the advanced course is acceptable. In addition, students need to have a cumulative and major GPA of at least 2.25 in order to graduate from the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

The Department approved temporary modifications to this policy during the Spring 2020 semester due to the impact of COVID-19. Grades of C- (or P+) or higher will satisfy degree requirements for the Spring 2020 semester only. Students enrolled during the impacted semester should contact their academic advisor if they have questions. 

Green Degree Plan PDF

Course Work

Year 1 – Fall Semester

  • APPM 1350: Calculus 1
  • CSCI 1300: Introduction to Engineering Computing
  • MCEN 1024: Chemistry of Energy & Materials
  • Lower Division H&SS Elective

Year 1 – Spring Semester

  • APPM 1360: Calculus 2
  • GEEN 1400: First-Year Engineering Projects
  • PHYS 1110: Physics 1
  • Lower Division H&SS Elective
  • Lower Division H&SS Elective

Year 2 – Fall Semester

  • APPM 2350: Calculus 3
  • MCEN 1025: CAD & Fabrication
  • MCEN 2000: ME Professionalism Seminar
  • PHYS 1120: Physics 2
  • PHYS 1140: Experimental Physics
  • Free Elective

Year 2 – Spring Semester

  • APPM 2360: Linear Algebra & Differential Equations
  • MCEN 2023: Statics & Structures
  • MCEN 2024: Materials Science
  • PHYS 2130: Physics 3 (or approved math/science foundation course)
  • Upper Division H&SS Elective

Year 3 – Fall Semester

  • MCEN 2043: Dynamics
  • MCEN 2063: Mechanics of Solids
  • MCEN 3012: Thermodynamics
  • MCEN 3021: Fluid Mechanics
  • Upper Division H&SS Elective
  • Free Elective

Year 3 – Spring Semester

  • ECEN 3010: Circuits & Electronics
  • MCEN 3022: Heat Transfer
  • MCEN 3025: Component Design
  • MCEN 3030: Computational Methods
  • Writing Requirement

Year 4 – Fall Semester

  • MCEN 3047: Data Analysis & Measurements
  • MCEN 4026: Manufacturing
  • MCEN 4043: System Dynamics
  • MCEN 4045: Senior Design 1
  • Gen Tech Elective

Year 4 – Spring Semester

  • MCEN 3032: Thermodynamics 2
  • MCEN 4085: Senior Design 2
  • Gen Tech Elective
  • ME Tech Elective
  • ME Tech Elective

Grade Requirements

Beginning with the incoming class of Fall 2015, the minimum passing grade for a prerequisite or co-requisite course within the mechanical engineering curriculum is a C. This includes courses completed outside the department (APPM, PHYS, etc.). The minimum passing grade for standalone classes (humanities & social sciences, math/science foundation) is a D-. Per CEAS Academic Expectations and Policies, If the minimum required grade in a prerequisite course is not achieved, the student is required to repeat the course until the minimum acceptable grade has been earned (maximum of 3 attempts total). If a student takes the advanced (post-requisite) course, it does not remove the obligation to meet the prerequisite course minimum grade requirement, even if the grade earned in the advanced course is acceptable. In addition, students need to have a cumulative and major GPA of at least 2.25 in order to graduate from the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

The Department approved temporary modifications to this policy during the Spring 2020 semester due to the impact of COVID-19. Grades of C- (or P+) or higher will satisfy degree requirements for the Spring 2020 semester only. Students enrolled during the impacted semester should contact their academic advisor if they have questions. 

The professional development requirement intends to prepare you for a successful career by providing opportunities for you to explore the field of mechanical engineering and build skills related to job search, teamwork, communication, networking and professional and ethical responsibility. Students who enroll in mechanical engineering starting in fall 2018 or after will complete their professional development requirement through the Design Your Career program. Students who enrolled prior to this term follow the ME Buffs Pro requirement.