Department of Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate Program

Minor and Cluster Requirements

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a minor in mechanical engineering (ME) and several clusters including:

Minor

ME course selection and prerequisite courses must be discussed with an ME faculty member. For more information about the ME minor contact Professor Lambropoulos at (585) 275-4071, or Ruth Eberlin, at (585) 275-4753.

Minor Requirements
Four ME courses at the 200 level or higher with a combined GPA of at least 2.0 in these four courses.
One the following courses:

Note: Prerequisites for upper level ME courses generally include MTH 161-164, and PHY 121-122. Some courses may also require ME 120, ME 121, or ME 123.

Students wishing to specialize in a specific area of ME can use the following examples as a guideline:


Fluid Dynamics and Thermal Sciences
ME 225: Intro to Fluid Dynamics
ME 241: Fluids and Thermal Sciences Lab
ME 223: Heat Transfer
ME 251: Heat & Power
Materials and Solid Mechanics
ME 226: Intro to Solid Mechanics
ME 242: Materials and Solids Lab
ME 280: Intro to Materials
ME 281: Mechanical Properties of Materials
Fluid Mechanics and Solid Mechanics
ME 225: Intro to Fluid Dynamics
ME 226: Intro to Solid Mechanics
ME 241: Fluids and Thermal Sciences Lab
ME 242: Solids and Materials Lab
Mechanical Design
ME 222: Robust Design
ME 226: Intro to Solid Mechanics
ME 204: Mechanical Design I
ME 205: Mechanical Design II
Structural Analysis
ME 226: Intro to Solid Mechanics
ME 204: Mechanical Design I
ME 254: Finite Elements
ME 440: Mechanics of Structures
 

Clusters

The department offers five mechanical engineering clusters, all in the natural sciences and engineering academic division.

Force and Motion

This cluster explores how mechanical forces transmit and what causes the motion of things small and large.

Requirements
ME 120: Engineering Mechanics I
ME 121: Engineering Mechanics II
Choose one sequence:

Engineering Design

In this cluster students will learn about the process of design as found in biological structures (human or animal bodies) or man-made structures, the software used in man-made design, and the basic principles of structural analysis applicable to large or small structures.

Requirements
ME 110: Intro to CAD and Drawing
ME 120: Engineering Mechanics I
EAS 104: The Engineering of Bridges
Choose one course:

Biomechanics

This cluster examines the principles of biomechanics, emphasizing the principles of design in the efficient function of animals and plants, and the application of these principles.

Requirements
BME 101: Intro to Biomedical Engineering
EAS 104: The Engineering of Bridges
ME 120: Engineering Mechanics I
Choose one course:

Design with Materials

Engineering design uses solids, fluids, or gases for the transmission of forces and power. Students in this cluster will find out how materials are chosen, and why, to fit specific design requirements.

Requirements
CHM 131: Chemical Concepts, Systems and Practices I
EAS 104: The Engineering of Bridges
ME 110: Intro to CAD and Drawing
ME 280: Intro to Materials Science

Engineering and Technology in Antiquity

In this cluster students will explore basic mechanics and optics through a study of engineering and technology in antiquity.

Requirements
ME 106: Engineering in Antiquity
ME 107: Mechanics and Optics in Antiquity
ME 206: Building Engineering Technology