Mechanical Engineering Major (B.S.)

http://ceps.unh.edu/mechanical-engineering/mechanical-engineering-bs

The B.S.M.E. curriculum provides students with a solid engineering core and prepares students for professional engineering careers or for graduate study.  The department has a four-course mechanics sequence, a four-course thermal/fluid sciences sequence, and a two-course systems and controls sequence. Modern experimental methods are taught in a two-course sequence starting in the junior year. The two-semester senior design project requires students to utilize the skills they have learned in their courses and function in an engineering team. The five technical electives required in the program give the students the opportunity to focus on advanced technical areas of their choice.

With their advisers' assistance, students should plan a program based on the following distribution of courses that totals not less than 128 credits. Note: mechanical engineering graduates typically exceed this requirement depending on what elective courses they select in the curriculum. The outline that follows is typical only in format. Within the constraints of satisfying all the requirements and having all the necessary prerequisites, schedules may vary because of scheduling needs or student preference. Some mechanical engineering elective courses may not be offered every year.

Of the five technical elective courses, at least three of these courses must be taken in mechanical or ocean engineering, and these must be at least three credits and at the 600 or 700 level. At most, two may be selected from other 600- or 700-level courses in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS), which can include CS 410 Introduction to Scientific Programming (equivalent to a 600 level technical elective), ESCI 501 Introduction to Oceanography, ECE 543 Introduction to Digital Systems, or a course approved by the department. Only one technical elective is allowed at the 400 or 500 level.  Courses that cover nearly identical material to core mechanical and ocean engineering courses, but in another CEPS department, will not be accepted as technical electives, e.g.,

CHE 601Fluid Mechanics and Unit Operations3
CHE 602Heat Transfer and Unit Operations3
CHE 604Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3
CEE 635Engineering Materials4
CEE 650Fluid Mechanics4
ECE 633Signals and Systems I3

Students should consult with their academic advisor before selecting technical electives outside of mechanical/ocean engineering.  With departmental  approval, the two technical electives outside of mechanical/ocean engineering can be used for studying a focused area/minor, with the restrictions that only one course can be at the 400 or 500 level and the focused area/minor must be in a bachelor's degree program.

Students must satisfy the University's Discovery Program requirements. The following features are unique to students in the Mechanical Engineering Program:

As is the case across the University, all students are required to take an Inquiry course or an Inquiry Attributes course during their first two years. This can be satisfied with ME 441 Introduction to Engineering Design and Solid Modeling. Students who are exempt from ME 441 Introduction to Engineering Design and Solid Modeling due to prior engineering design and computer-aided design (CAD) experience must select an Inquiry 444 course or a course with an Inquiry Attribute and enroll in ME 477 Introduction to Solid Modeling. The Discovery Environment, Technology, and Society category requirement is met upon receiving a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. The Discovery Social Science category must be satisfied with either ECON 402 Principles of Economics (Micro) or EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives. The Discovery senior capstone experience is satisfied with either ME 755 Senior Design Project I and ME 756 Senior Design Project II or TECH 797 Undergraduate Ocean Research Project.

In order to graduate with a mechanical engineering B.S. degree, students must have at least a 2.0 grade-point average in all engineering and science courses, including required technical electives, normally taken as department requirements after the start of the junior year as defined in the degree plan below.

Predictor courses: To enter the sophomore year, students must achieve a greater than (but not equal to) 2.00 GPA in PHYS 407 General Physics I and MATH 426 Calculus II with no grade below a C. To enter the junior year, students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.00 in ME 525 Statics, ME 526 Mechanics of Materials, and ME 503 Thermodynamics with only one C- grade allowed and no grades below C-. Students are allowed two repeats of these courses to achieve the predictor rule requirements. This can be a single class repeated twice or two classes repeated once. Students are removed from the program if they obtain a semester GPA below 1.5 three times. Students may petition to be reinstated after one year out of the program.

Transfer Policy for UNH Students into the Department of Mechanical Engineering:

CEPS Students: To transfer into the freshman or sophomore year, students must earn a combined GPA greater than (but not equal to) 2.00 in PHYS 407 General Physics I and MATH 426 Calculus II with no grade below a C in these two courses.

If students are enrolled in ME 525 Statics (or CEE 500 Statics for Civil Engineers), ME 526 Mechanics of Materials (or CEE 501 Strength of Materials), or ME 503 Thermodynamics, they must earn a combined GPA of 2.00 with no grade below a C- in two of these courses to transfer into Mechanical Engineering. Note: A combined GPA greater than (but not equal to) 2.00 in PHYS 407 General Physics I and MATH 426 Calculus II with no grade below a C is also required.

Non-CEPS Students: To transfer into the Department of Mechanical Engineering from another college at UNH, students have to satisfy the CEPS college transfer policy as well as the Department of Mechanical Engineering transfer policies listed above according to their status.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ME 441
Introduction to Engineering Design and Solid Modeling 1
or Introduction to Solid Modeling
4
CHEM 405 Chemical Principles for Engineers 2 4
OR  
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II 2
 
MATH 425 Calculus I 3 4
Discovery Program Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4 4
MATH 426 Calculus II 4
PHYS 407 General Physics I 2 4
Discovery Program Elective 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
ME 525 Statics 3
IAM 550 Introduction to Engineering Computing 4
MATH 528
Multidimensional Calculus 5
or Linearity I
4
PHYS 408 General Physics II 4
Discovery Program Elective 4
 Credits19
Spring
ME 503 Thermodynamics 3
ME 526 Mechanics of Materials 3
ME 561 Introduction to Materials Science 4
MATH 527
Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 5
or Linearity II
4
 Credits14
Third Year
Fall
ME 608 Fluid Dynamics 3
ME 627 Dynamics 3
ME 705 Thermal System Analysis and Design 4
ECE 537 Introduction to Electrical Engineering 4
Discovery Program Elective 4
 Credits18
Spring
ME 603 Heat Transfer 3
ME 643 Machine Design 3
ME 646 Experimental Measurement and Data Analysis 4
ME 670 Systems Modeling, Simulation, and Control 4
 Credits14
Fourth Year
Fall
ME 755
Senior Design Project I 6
or Undergraduate Ocean Research Project
2
ME 747 Experimental Measurement and Modeling of Complex Systems 4
Technical Elective 3-4
Technical Elective 3-4
Discovery Program Elective 4
 Credits16-18
Spring
ME 756
Senior Design Project II 6
or Undergraduate Ocean Research Project
2
Technical Elective 3-4
Technical Elective 3-4
Technical Elective 3-4
Discovery Program Elective 4
 Credits15-18
 Total Credits128-133
1

ME 441 Introduction to Engineering Design and Solid Modeling satisfies the Discovery Inquiry requirement.  Note: ME 477 does not satisfy the Discovery Inquiry requirement.  An alternative Discovery Program Inquiry course or Inquiry Attributes course is required.  Permission is required to take ME 477 in place of ME 441.

2

CHEM 405 Chemical Principles for Engineers or CHEM 403 General Chemistry I and CHEM 404 General Chemistry II, or  PHYS 407 General Physics I satisfies the Discovery Physical Science (with lab) category.

3

MATH 425 Calculus I satisfies the Discovery Foundation Quantitative Reasoning category.

4

ENGL 401 First-Year Writing satisfies the Discovery Foundation Writing Skills category.

5

MATH 525 Linearity I and MATH 526 Linearity II  also counts as a 600 level technical elective course typically completed in the senior year of the program. Permission is required to take Linearity I and II.

6

These courses (ME 755-756 and TECH 797) satisfy the Discovery Senior Capstone Experience category.