Mechanical Engineering - BS

Mechanical engineering is a highly diversified profession. The mechanical engineer designs machines, devices, various products and control systems, and works with the generation, conversion, transmission, and utilization of mechanical and thermal power. Assignments often include analysis and synthesis of mechanical, thermal, and fluid systems. Mechanical engineers are also responsible for characterization, specification, and analysis of materials used in design and manufacturing. Manufacturing systems, robotics, electromechanical devices, and control systems are also the purview of the mechanical engineer. Graduates in mechanical engineering are among the most versatile engineers and enjoy professional employment in industry, government, consulting, and research organizations. The undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

The work of mechanical engineers varies from general engineering to numerous, narrow specialties, as required by the wide variety of employers. A general list, though not in any way exhaustive, of the areas of professional employment opportunities available to mechanical engineers includes: design, construction, controls, materials specification and evaluation, analysis of thermal systems, fluid and solid mechanics, manufacturing, plant engineering, research and development, and technical sales. Many mechanical engineers are promoted to management and administrative positions as well.

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to serve the students of Texas A&M University, the State of Texas, and the nation by:

  • providing quality education that is well-grounded in the fundamental principles of engineering, fostering innovation and preparing students for leadership positions and successful careers in industry, government, and academia;
  • advancing the knowledge base of mechanical engineering to support the competitiveness of existing industry and to spawn new economic development in Texas and the nation through active involvement in basic and applied research in a global context; and
  • successfully pursue life-long learning and advanced study opportunities, and subsequently contribute to the development of advanced concepts and leading edge technologies.

The objectives of the Mechanical Engineering program are to produce graduates who will:

  • have successful careers, and become leaders, in industry and the public sector;
  • appropriately apply acquired knowledge, work well with other people, effectively communicate ideas and technical information, and continue to learn and improve; and

  • successfully pursue advanced studies, if they so choose, opportunities, and subsequently contribute to the development of advanced concepts and leading edge technologies.

The educational outcomes for the Mechanical Engineering program are that students will attain:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering;
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  • an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems;
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • an ability to communicate effectively;
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Mechanical engineers should possess a thorough understanding of engineering science as well as analytical and practical skills in one of many basic mechanical engineering specialties. The mechanical engineering curriculum at Texas A&M requires students to develop and apply logical thinking, innovative approaches, and ethical standards as a prerequisite for professional competence. The curriculum consists of basic theory courses complemented by laboratory experiences in dynamic systems and controls, design, experimentation, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, manufacturing, and materials. Elective courses are offered in numerous areas including air conditioning, automotive engineering, computer-aided design, control systems, corrosion, energy conversion, internal combustion engines, manufacturing, materials, mechanical design, polymers, mechatronics, metallurgy, power generation, robotics, stress analysis, fluid mechanics, turbomachinery, and others. The selection of elective courses is dictated by the interests and goals of the student, working with departmental advisors and within the curriculum guidelines.

Many students enhance their education by participating in cooperative education and/or professional internships, which offer opportunities for employment in engineering positions while working toward a degree. Numerous study abroad programs are also available for gaining experience and perspectives in the international arena. Participation in student chapters of professional and honor societies provides leadership opportunities, collegial activities, and learning experiences outside the classroom. Many students also participate in research projects through individual directed studies courses with a professor. The mechanical engineering program culminates with a senior capstone design course sequence highlighted by real-life projects sponsored by various industries. Students benefit from the challenges and gratification that come through direct interaction with practicing engineers.

Before commencing course work in the major, students must be admitted to the major or have the approval of the department.

The freshman year is identical for degrees in aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, electronic systems engineering technology, industrial distribution, industrial engineering, manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, multidisciplinary engineering technology, nuclear engineering, ocean engineering, and petroleum engineering. The freshman year is slightly different for chemical engineering in that students take CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112. Biomedical Engineering also requires a two semester sequence of chemistry courses consisting of CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.  Students pursuing degrees in biological and agricultural engineering should refer to the specific curriculum for this major. It is recognized that many students will change the sequence and number of courses taken in any semester. Deviations from the prescribed course sequence, however, should be made with care to ensure that prerequisites for all courses are met.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 13
ENGR 111Foundations of Engineering I 12
MATH 151Engineering Mathematics I 1,24
PHYS 218Mechanics 14
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 107General Chemistry for Engineering Students 1,43
CHEM 117General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 11
ENGR 112Foundations of Engineering II 12
MATH 152Engineering Mathematics II 14
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 14
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 33
1

A grade of C or better is required.

2

Entering students will be given a math placement exam. Test results will be used in selecting the appropriate starting course which may be at a higher or lower level.

3

Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from creative arts (for Industrial Distribution this is 3 hours from language, philosophy and culture, see IDIS curriculum for more information), 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from American history, and 6 from government/political science. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the creative arts, social and behavioral sciences (for Industrial Distribution this is language, philosophy and culture), and American history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.

4

BMEN and CHEN require 8 hours of freshman chemistry, which may be satisfied by CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112; Credit by Examination (CBE) for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 plus CHEM 102/CHEM 112; or 8 hours of CBE for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.

Second Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
MEEN 210Geometric Modeling for Mechanical Design 2
MATH 251Engineering Mathematics III 13
MEEN 222/MSEN 222Materials Science 13
MEEN 225Engineering Mechanics 13
University Core Curriculum 36
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Spring
CVEN 305Mechanics of Materials 13
ECEN 215Principles of Electrical Engineering 13
MATH 308Differential Equations 13
MEEN 315Principles of Thermodynamics 13
MEEN 260Mechanical Measurements 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Writing about Literature  
Technical and Business Writing  
Communication for Technical Professions  
MEEN 344Fluid Mechanics 13
MEEN 345Fluid Mechanics Laboratory 11
MEEN 357Engineering Analysis for Mechanical Engineers 13
MEEN 360Materials and Manufacturing Selection in Design 13
MEEN 361Materials and Manufacturing in Design Laboratory 11
MEEN 363Dynamics and Vibrations 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Spring
ISEN 302Economic Analysis of Engineering Projects 2
MEEN 364Dynamic Systems and Controls 13
MEEN 368Solid Mechanics in Mechanical Design 13
MEEN 381Seminar 1
MEEN 461Heat Transfer 13
MEEN 464Heat Transfer Laboratory 1
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
ENGR 482/PHIL 482Ethics and Engineering 3
MEEN 401Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design 13
MEEN 404Engineering Laboratory 3
Technical elective 53
STEM Course 3
Select one of the following:
Thermal-Fluids Analysis and Design  
Advanced System Dynamics and Controls  
Materials in Design  
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MEEN 402Intermediate Design 3
Technical elective 56
STEM Course 3
Select one of the following:
Materials in Design  
Thermal-Fluids Analysis and Design  
Advanced System Dynamics and Controls  
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 95
5

Stem courses and technical elective: See the Mechanical Engineering Academic Advisor's Office for a list of approved courses.

This curriculum lists the minimum number of classes required for graduation. Additional courses may be taken.

Total Program Hours 128