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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BS ME)

The BSME degree comprises 126 credit hours and involves coursework in general education, mathematics and science, basic engineering, and mechanical engineering.  Required courses in math and science, basic engineering, and mechanical engineering make up the majority of these credit hours.  However, each student has the freedom to select general education courses and elective courses in mechanical engineering.

MAE students will satisfy the MU Writing Intensive (WI) requirement by completing the required coursework for the BSME degree.  WI content is distributed throughout the required MAE courses.  Therefore, MAE students are not required to take WI-designated courses.

 

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BSME Detailed Requirements

A total of 21 credit hours are required in General Education (Gen Ed) courses:

  • ENGLSH 1000: Exposition and Argumentation, 3 credit hours
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences (B/SS), 9 credit hours
  • Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA), 9 credit hours

Behavioral and Social Science requirements:

  • By Missouri state law, one course (3 credit hrs) must be in the area of American history or American government. The accepted History courses are HIST 1100, 1200, 1400, 2210, 2440, 4000, 4220, and 4230.  The accepted Political Science courses are POL_SC 1100, 1700, and 2100.
  • The 9 credits in B/SS courses must be spread out between at least two different departments (for example, one History course and two courses in Psychology).

MAE students have two options for satisfying the Gen Ed requirements in H/FA: (1) Conventional track, or (2) Foreign language track

Humanities and Fine Arts requirements:  Conventional track

  • The 9 credits in H/FA must be spread out between at least two different departments (for example, one Film Studies course and two courses in Philosophy).
  • A maximum of 3 credits are allowed in “skills” classes, such as ART_DRAW 1050 (Drawing I), THEATR 1400 (Acting for Non-Majors), etc.
  • Courses in foreign languages are not allowed in the Conventional track.

Humanities and Fine Arts requirements:  Foreign language track

  • A minimum of 12 credit hours in a single foreign language. For example, a three-course sequence in Spanish (SPAN 1100, 1200, 2100; each course is 4 credits) will satisfy the H/FA requirements.

In addition, students must take at least one Gen Ed course at the 2000-level or higher.

The complete list of acceptable Gen Ed courses can be found here.

A total of 33 credit hours are required in mathematics and science courses:

  • CHEM 1320: Chemistry I, 4 credit hours
  • MATH 1500, 1700, 2300 (Calculus I, II, II), 4100 (Differential Equations), 16 credit hours
  • PHYSCS 2750, 2760 (Physics I and II), 10 credit hours
  • Calculus-based statistics: IMSE 2110 or STAT 4710, 3 credit hours

A total of 21 credit hours are required in basic engineering courses:

  • MAE 1100: Solid Modeling, 3 credit hours
  • ENGR 1200: Statics, 3 credit hours
  • ENGR 2200: Strength and Materials, 3 credit hours
  • ENGR 2100: Circuit Theory, 3 credit hours
  • MAE 2100: Programming and Software Tools, 2 credit hours
  • MAE 3100: Computational Methods, 4 credit hours
  • IMSE 2710: Engineering Economics, 3 credit hours

A total of 39 credit hours are required in core mechanical engineering courses:

  • MAE 2300: Thermodynamics, 3 credit hours
  • MAE 2600: Dynamics, 3 credit hours
  • MAE 3200: Engineering Materials, 4 credit hours
  • MAE 3400: Fluid Mechanics, 3 credit hours
  • MAE 3600: Dynamic Systems and Control, 3 credit hours
  • MAE 3800: Instrumentation Lab, 3 credit hours
  • MAE 3900: Mechanism Design, 3 credit hours
  • MAE 4300: Heat Transfer, 3 credit hours
  • MAE 4500: Manufacturing Methods, 4 credit hours
  • MAE 4800: Thermal/Fluids Lab, 4 credit hours
  • MAE 4900: Machine Element Design, 3 credit hours
  • MAE 4980: Senior Capstone Design, 3 credit hours

A total of 12 credit hours are required in elective engineering courses:

  • Three 4000-level MAE electives, 9 credit hours
  • One Technical Elective, 3 credit hours

MAE students may focus their studies on particular areas of mechanical or aerospace engineering by taking elective courses in specific disciplines such as aerodynamics, nanomaterials, vibrations, heating and air conditioning, etc.  The single Technical Elective may be a 4000-level MAE elective; or it may be a math, science, or engineering course at the 3000-level or higher.  Courses which do not satisfy the Technical Elective include: CHEM 3700, 3800, 3940, 4270; PHYSCS 3100; MATH 4001, 4002, 4060, 4070, 4080; IMSE 4001, 4560, 4750, 4755H, 4760, 4765H, 4770, 4775H; BIOL_EN 3075.

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