Mechanical Engineering [BS]
Mechanical engineering is a very broad field that provides opportunities for interesting and challenging work in every phase of modern technology. At the School of Mines, undergraduate students interested in a career in mechanical engineering (ME) follow a curriculum that culminates in an ABET-accredited BS degree in mechanical engineering. The ME curriculum is designed to give the student a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles of engineering and science within the major areas of mechanical engineering: manufacturing, mechanical systems, and thermal science and energy.
Beyond this basic foundation, the curriculum also develops:
- the various aspects of engineering design, including design theory and teamwork
- an effective integration of computer technology
- communication skills and effective presentations
- improved understanding of engineering theory through hands-on laboratory experience
In their senior year, the students select from course electives that best reflect their interests and career objectives. Students may select courses from one or more of the following general areas:
Manufacturing, e.g., control, design, development, and manufacture of diverse equipment and processes
- thermal science/energy (e.g., design of power systems and heating/air conditioning systems)
- mechanical systems/design (e.g., design of machines and structures, and systems design)
Students may participate in the Cooperative Education Internship Program. In some instances, credits earned during the co-op may be applied toward department elective requirements. The Mechanical Engineering department does not offer a minor.
The mission of the mechanical engineering program is to prepare our graduates for leadership roles in the mechanical engineering profession by:
- offering a quality education, by fostering a distinctive curriculum, accentuating design and project-based learning
- committing to individual development, while emphasizing the values of teamwork in a culturally diverse, multidisciplinary environment
- encouraging undergraduate and graduate research and nurturing creative solutions to complex engineering problems
We realize that building upon traditions of excellence requires continual development of active partnerships among faculty, students, and our constituents. In keeping with these objectives, the mechanical engineering program produces graduates who are able to perform at a level that meets or exceeds industry expectations. Our students will be able to achieve the objectives listed below within a few years of graduation by attaining the outcomes below at the time of graduation.
Lead and/or manage effective engineering design analyses
- Apply skills in engineering, science, and mathematics
- Practice effective analysis
- Conduct data analyses and analyses verification
Lead and/or manage effective engineering design teams
- Apply effective engineering design skills
- Demonstrate teaming proficiency
- Participate in research and professional development
Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum/Checklist
It is the student's responsibility to check with his or her advisor for any program modifications that may occur after the publication of the catalog. To graduate, the student must attain a grade of C or better in all junior-level ME core courses (i.e., all ME 3XX numbered courses). To view ME's undergraduate curriculum, please click here.