General technical electives are upper-division courses in a wide range of STEM areas. The goal of the requirement is to allow you to expand your field of knowledge in a way that complements your degree, so you should be strategic about selecting courses that will benefit and/or be of interest to you. For example, you might choose to focus your general technical electives on courses related to a specific area of Applied Math or Computer Science. Remember, not every class is taught every semester.

Exclusions

  • A class can be applied toward one requirement in your major only. For example, if a class is approved as both a Humanities & Social Sciences elective and a general technical elective, it can only count toward one requirement, not both.
  • Courses that are part of the core curriculum for mechanical engineering are excluded from the requirement in addition to courses completed through other departments that have been used as substitutes for core classes. For example, you would not be able to count APPM 4650 as both a substitute for MCEN 3030 and a general technical elective.

Approved General Technical Electives

All courses listed below are approved as general technical electives for Mechanical Engineering majors. Where course options are listed as "3000+", all courses within that prefix including 3000 and higher are approved as general technical electives. Please note that courses numbered 5000 or higher are considered graduate-level courses, but can also apply.

  • Air Force Aerospace Studies - ROTC: AIRR 3020 (approved only for ROTC students; EMEN 4050 cannot fulfill Technical Electives for the ME major)
  • Applied Math: APPM 3000+
  • Architectural Engineering: AREN 3000+
  • Aerospace Engineering: ASEN 3000+
  • Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences: ASTR 3000+
  • ATLAS: ATLS 3000+
  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences: ATOC 3000+
  • Biomedical Engineering: BMEN 3000+
  • Business Minor
    • BUSM 3010/3011 (only for students enrolled in the minor before fall 2020)
    • BUSM 3020/3021 Business and Financial Analytics
    • BUSM 3030 (discontinued beginning fall 2020)
  • Chemistry: CHEM 3000+
  • Chemical Engineering: CHEN 3000+
  • Critical Media Practices
    • CMDP 3600 Creative Media Making
    • CMDP 3750 Introduction to Extended Realities
  • College of Engineering & Applied Science
    • COEN 4830 Special Topic: Art, Design, Engineering: Thinking/Making
  • Computer Science: CSCI 3000+
  • Civil Engineering: CVEN 3000+
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: EBIO 3000+
  • Economics
    • ECON 3818 Econometrics
  • Electrical Engineering: ECEN 3000+
  • Energy Engineering: ENEN 3000+
  • Environmental Engineering: EVEN 3000+
  • Engineering Management: EMEN 3000+
  • Engineering Plus: GEEN 3400 (if taken in addition to GEEN 1400 or GEEN 2400)
  • Geological Sciences: GEOL 3000+
  • Integrative Physiology: IPHY 3000+
  • Mathematics: MATH 3000+
  • Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology: MCDB 3000+
  • Mechanical Engineering: MCEN 3000+
  • Military Science - Army ROTC:
    • MILR 3052 Military Operations and Training 1
    • MILR 3062 Military Operations and Training 2
  • Naval Science - ROTC:
    • NAVR 3030 Naval Engineering Systems
    • NAVR 3040 Weapons and Systems Analysis
  • Physics: PHYS 3000+