Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Department of Mechanical Engineering

Major in Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers an undergraduate program leading to an ABET accredited B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. A program leading to a B.S. degree in geomechanics is also offered jointly with the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department. Below are guidelines for current students.

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INTRODUCTION

This page is only meant to be a guide for Mechanical Engineering majors. Although the information is updated periodically, students are encouraged to meet with their advisor to keep informed of any changes in University or Department requirements. The Undergraduate Bulletin of the University of Rochester contains the official academic rules and regulations, as well as departmental requirements. For the most up-to-date information, consult a Mechanical Engineering advisor or staff member in either the Department Office (Hopeman 235) or the Engineering Dean's Office (Lattimore 301).

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ADVICE ON COURSE SELECTION

The Department's undergraduate program consists of technical courses, distribution requirements and free electives. The courses are intended to make all mechanical engineering graduates technically competent and well-rounded. The program has adequate flexibility for specialization, research, and preparation for graduate school or engineering as a career. Courses should be selected carefully since many have prerequisites and are intended to build into a strong, interwoven structure that makes an outstanding well rounded engineering degree. Each entering student is assigned an engineering faculty advisor who assists with academic program planning during the student's undergraduate years.

Technical Course Requirements: The technical courses include carefully structured sequences of mathematics courses, science courses, and engineering courses. The complete list is given below under Requirements for Graduation. It is important that these courses be taken in the proper sequence, as shown in the Typical Four-Year Program. Any deviation from the standard order should be discussed with the ME faculty advisor. Any replacement of required engineering courses by alternative courses (taken at the UR or elsewhere) must be approved first by the ME faculty advisor and then by the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Committee or Department Chair.

Distribution Requirements: Four courses in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences are required.  (Please note that “course” in this context should normally be interpreted as meaning a four credit course. However, it may be possible to combine two 2-credit courses, provided both courses otherwise qualify.) Three of these courses must constitute a cluster. Consult the Cluster Directory for a partial list of the ever increasing number of possible clusters. The purpose of the distribution requirements is to provide both breadth and depth in some area or areas of humanities and social sciences. Such courses are regarded as an important part of an engineering program by the University and also by the professional engineering societies which accredit our engineering programs. In addition to the distribution requirements, there is a required writing course in the fall (or sometimes spring) semester of the freshman year. As a general rule, students should endeavor to take one distribution requirement per semester until the distribution requirements are satisfied.

Electives: The B.S. program requires three free electives, one natural science distribution requirement, and one technical elective, that allow students the opportunity to explore interests in other areas or take advanced courses in Mechanical Engineering.

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REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION

Program planning begins at Freshman Orientation and continues throughout a student's academic career at the University of Rochester. Admission to a major normally occurs at the end of the sophomore year.

Each entering engineering student is assigned an engineering faculty advisor who assists with academic program planning during the undergraduate years. Students normally apply for admission into the Mechanical Engineering major at the end of their sophomore year by submitting a major declaration form to the department. Admission into the Mechanical Engineering program is based on completion of the required courses in the Mechanical Engineering curriculum in the freshman and sophomore years. At the time of admission the overall GPA and the GPA in ME courses must both be at least 2.0. Once requirements are verified, the advisor signs the form, and then forwards it to the Engineering Dean's Office.

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REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

For graduation, a minimum of 129 semester hours of satisfactory academic work is required. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required, both in Mechanical Engineering courses and overall. An annotated list of the specific requirements is given below.

Writing: A required writing course (WRT 105) is normally taken in the first semester of the freshman year. Entering students are advised by the Department of English at Orientation in the selection of this course.

Computing: A required computing course (CSC 160) is normally taken in the second semester of the freshman year.


Distribution Requirements: Distribution requirements are specified in terms of humanities and social sciences. For convenience the definition of these categories, as given in the Undergraduate Bulletin, is repeated here. A humanities course is any English course except English 101 and the required freshman English course; any art or art history course; any foreign and comparative literature course; any music theory or music history course; any philosophy course; any religion course; any film studies course cross-listed in a humanities department; any foreign language course beyond the 101 level; a foreign language course at the 101 level provided it is followed by a more advanced course in the same language (the pair then counts as two humanities). A social sciences course is any course in African or African-American studies; any anthropology course; any economics course; any history course; any linguistics course; any political science course; any psychology course; any sociology course. A total of four courses in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences are required.  (Please note that “course” in this context should normally be interpreted as meaning a four credit course. However, it may be possible to combine two 2-credit courses, provided both courses otherwise qualify.) Three of these courses must constitute a cluster. Consult the Cluster Directory for a partial list of the ever increasing number of possible clusters. Students can use their free electives along with their distribution requirements to complete a minor in the humanities or social sciences. Minors are defined by the offering departments in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Mathematics: The calculus sequence MTH 161, 162 is required; an alternative approved sequence is MTH 141, 142, 143, which covers the same material in three semesters rather than two. In addition, the sophomore mathematics sequence (MTH 163 or MTH 165 and 164) is required.

Chemistry: The required chemistry course is CHM 131, normally taken in the freshman year.

Physics: PHY 121 and 122 are required. Alternatively, PHY 141 and PHY 142 can be used to satisfy the Physics requirements. The 140-courses are somewhat more advanced and are the versions normally taken by physics majors.  Additionally, PHY 123 is recommend in order satisfy the required natural science elective.

Mechanical Engineering: ME 110 (2 credits), 120, 121, 123, 204, 205, 213, 223, 225, 226, 241, 242, 251, 280.

Circuits Course: A required circuits course is usually taken in the junior year. This requirement is normally fulfilled by ECE 210, but it can be any other course approved by your ME advisor.

Free Electives: There are three free electives in the program, which can be any four credit courses. It is also possible to combine two 2-credit courses for a single free elective.

Technical Elective: It is recommended that students take an EAS10x course in their Freshmen year. Other acceptable courses fulfilling this requirement are listed below.  Because new courses are sometimes added, this list is not comprehensive.  Students should check with the ME department about the acceptability of any course not on the list. Note that the technical elective should normally be a four credit course.  However, it may be possible to combine two 2-credit courses, provided both courses otherwise qualify.

TECHNICAL ELECTIVES

BME-Any course at the 200 level or higher except BME201

CS-170, 171, 172, 173, and any course at the 200 level or higher

CHE-113 and any course at the 200 level or higher

ECE-111, 112, 113, 114, 140 and any course at the 200 level or higher

ME-Any course not otherwise required (with the restriction that ME 104Q must be taken in the freshman year).

OPT-Any course at the 200 level or higher

MTH-150 and any course at the 200 level or higher

STT-212 and 213

If taken during the freshman year, and EAS 10x course

(Note:  In general AP credit may not be used to satisfy this requirement.  However, please see the text above for additional information.)

 

Natural Science Distribution Requirement (NSDR):  In addition to the individual courses specified in the curriculum, all ME majors must complete one additional four-credit natural science course. See the list below for courses fulfilling this requirement.  Because new courses are sometimes added, this list is not comprehensive.  Students should check with the ME department about the acceptability of any course not on the list. Also, although the NSDR is normally a four credit course, it may be possible to combine two 2-credit courses, provided both courses otherwise qualify.

Note that AP credit cannot normally be used to satisfy this requirement.  However if a student is granted credit for a course on the NSDR list, that course can then be used to fulfill this requirement.  Examples:

a) A student receives an AP score of 4 or 5 on their Earth and Environmental Sciences test and is granted credit for EES 103.  Since EES 103 is on the list of acceptable NSDR courses, the credit for EES 103 may be used to fulfill the Natural Science Distribution Requirement.

b) A student receives an AP score of 4 or 5 on their Biology test and is granted four credits of elective biology.  This does not provide credit for a course on the NSDR list and so cannot be used to fulfill the Natural Science Distribution Requirement.  However, it can be used as one of the student’s free electives.


ACCEPTABLE COURSES TO FULFILL THE NATURAL SCIENCE DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENT 
AST – 111, 142 and any course at the 200 level or higher
BIO – 110, 111, 198 and any course at the 200 level or higher
CHM – 132 and any course at the 200 level or higher
EES – 101, 102, 103, 106, 111, 119 and any course at the 200 level or higher
MTH – 150 and any course at the 200 level or higher
PHY – 103, 123, 143 and any course at the 200 level or higher

(Note: In general AP credit may not be used to satisfy this requirement.  However, please see the text above for additional information.)

 

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TYPICAL FOUR YEAR PROGRAM (see key to course numbers below

Fall Semesters
Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
MTH 161 ME 110 ME 121 ME 204
CHM 131 ME 120 ME 225 ME 251
WRT 105 MTH 164 ME 280 ME 242
Technical Elec. PHY 122 Dist. Elec.
Free Elec.
Dist. Elec.
Spring Semesters
Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
CSC 160 ME 123  ME 223  ME 205 
MTH 162 ME 226 ME 241 ME 213
PHY 121 MTH 163/165 ECE 210 Free Elec.
Dist. Elec.
Natural Science Dist. Elec.
Free Elec.

 

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KEY TO COURSE NUMBERS

(Prerequisites for ME courses are noted in boldface type)

CHM 131 Chemical Concepts
ECE 210 Circuits for Scientist & Engineers
ME 110 Engineering Graphics
ME 120 Engineering Mechanics I: Statics (MTH 161 or 141 and 142)
ME 121 Engineering Mechanics II: Dynamics (ME 120, MTH 161/162 or equivalent)
ME 123 Thermodynamics (MTH 162; PHY 121)
ME 201 Boundary Value Problems/MTH 281 (MTH 163/5, 164)
ME 202 Engineering Analysis: Applied Complex Variables/MTH 282 (MTH 164)
ME 204 Mechanical Design(CSC 160, ME 226)
ME 205 Advanced Mechanical Design (ME 204)
ME 211 Computational Methods in Mechanical Engineering (MTH 163/5,164)
ME 213 Mechanical Systems (ME 121,226; MTH 163/5)
ME 222 Introduction to Robust Design and Quality Engineering (MTH 164)
ME 223 Heat Transfer (ME 123,225, MTH 163/5)
ME 225 Introduction to Fluid Dynamics (MTH 163, 164; ME 120, 123, PHY 121)
ME 226 Introduction to Solid Mechanics (ME 120)
ME 241 Fluid Dynamics and Thermal Science Laboratory (ME 225)
ME 242 Solids & Materials Laboratory (ME 226, 280)
ME 250 Optimum Design (ME 226, 204)
ME 251 Heat Power Applications (ME 123, 225)
ME 280 Introduction to Materials Science (ME 226, PHY 122)
ME 281 Mechanical Properties of Materials (ME 280)
MTH 141 Calculus I
MTH 142 Calculus II
MTH 143 Calculus III
MTH 161 Analysis I
MTH 162 Analysis II
MTH 163 Ordinary Differential Equations I
MTH 164 Multidimensional Analysis
MTH 165 Linear Algebra with Differential Equations
PHY 121 Mechanics
PHY 122 Electricity & Magnetism
PHY 123 Modern Physics


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