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2012-2013 University Catalog (Revised 2012-10-02) 
2012-2013 University Catalog (Revised 2012-10-02) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

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Offered by: College of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Department

Required Core Courses: 104 units

Required of all students. A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required in core courses in order to receive a degree in the major.

Required Emphasis Courses: 12 units

The Mechanical Engineering program requires each student to select one of technical emphasis courses. Two emphases, Mechanical Design, and Energy Systems are available to the students in order to satisfy this requirement of graduation. Each Mechanical Engineering student is required to specify three courses out of one of the two emphases as listed below and must adhere to that emphasis, no substitutions between emphases will be allowed. No other courses from any other department or university will be accepted as substitutes for these courses. The courses included in the two required technical emphasis courses pool are as follows:

Energy Systems Emphasis:

*ME 499/499A/499L  must be either a mechanical design emphasis, or an energy systems emphasis topic.

**ME 418/418L  or ME 427  may be taken depending on which one was used by the student to satisfy th ME major core requirement, i.e. if the student used ME 427  in ME major core requirement, he or she can take ME 418/418L  in the Energy Systems emphasis.

+ME 499/499A/499L  must be taken by all students and must be the Numerical Methods Activity topic.

Required Support Courses: 39 units

The following major support courses should be used to satisfy the indicated GE requirements. If these courses are not used to satisfy GE, the total units to degree may be more than 198 units.

Students may receive senior project credit by taking EGR 481  and EGR 482 , provided they satisfy all prerequisite requirements for senior project and get approval from the department by completing the department senior project form. For senior project prerequisites, please refer to prerequisites for ME 461  and ME 462 .


*To receive senior project credit, the student must have successfully passed all 300 level courses in the core.

General Education Requirements: 68 units

Students should consult the catalog website for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are stated under Support Courses, see the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.

An alternate pattern from that listed here for partial fulfillment of Areas A, C, and D available for students in this major is the Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) Program. Please see the description of IGE elsewhere in this catalog.

Area A. Communication and Critical Thinking (12 units)

  1. Oral Communication
  2. Written Communication
  3. Critical Thinking

Area B. Mathematics and Natural Sciences (16 units)

  1. Physical Science
  2. Biological Science
  3. Laboratory Activity
  4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning
  5. Science and Technology Synthesis

Area C. Humanities (16 units)

  1. Visual and Performing Arts
  2. Philosophy and Civilization
  3. Literature and Foreign Languages
  4. Humanities Synthesis

Area D. Social Sciences (20 units)

  1. U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals
  2. History, Economics, and Political Science
  3. Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic and Gender Studies
  4. Social Science Synthesis

Area E. Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development (4 units)

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