Bachelor of Science

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 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.

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 educates students in logical thinking, 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 several areas including air conditioning, automotive engineering, computer aided design, controls, energy conversion, internal combustion engines, manufacturing, materials, polymer processing, nondestructive evaluation, metallurgy, power generation, stress analysis, fluid mechanics, turbomachinery, and others. The selection of elective courses is dictated by the interests and goals of the student with the aid of the departmental advisors.

Many students enhance their education by participating in cooperative education, which offers 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 program culminates with a senior capstone design course sequence highlighted by real-life projects sponsored by various industries. Students benefit from the challenge and gratification that come through direct interaction with practicing engineers.

 

First Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
ENGL 104 - Comp. and Rhetoric4 3 hrs
ENGR 111 - Foundations in Engineering I2 2 hrs
MATH 151 - Engineering Mathematics I1,4 4 hrs
PHYS 218 - Mechanics 4 hrs
University Core Curriculum elective2 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours16 hrs

Second Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
CHEM 107 - Gen. Chem. for Eng. Students3,4 3 hrs
CHEM 117 - Gen. Chem. for Eng. Stu. Lab4 1 hr
ENGR 112 - Foundations in Engineering II4 2 hrs
MATH 152 - Engineering Mathematics II4 4 hrs
PHYS 208 - Electricity and Optics4 4 hrs
University Core Curriculum elective2 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours17 hrs

Notes:

  1. Entering students will be given a placement test in mathematics. Test results will be used in selecting the appropriate starting course which may be at a higher or lower level
  2. To be selected from the University Core Curriculum. Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from visual and performing arts, 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from U.S. history, and 6 from POLS 206 and POLS 207. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the creative arts, social and behavioral sciences, and the political science and history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.
  3. BMEN, CHEN and RHEN 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.
  4. Requires a grade of C or better

First Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
MEEN 210 – Modeling for Mechanical Design2 2 hrs
MATH 251 – Engineering Mathematics III2 3 hrs
MEEN 225 – Engineering Mechanics2 3 hrs
MEEN 222 – Materials Science2 3 hrs
University Core Curriculum electives1 3 hrs
Communication Elective3 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours17 hrs

Second Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
CVEN 305 - Mechanics of Materials2 3 hrs
ECEN 215 - Prin. of Electrical Engr.2 3 hrs
MATH 308 - Differential Equations2 3 hrs
MEEN 315 - Prin. of Thermodynamics2 3 hrs
MEEN 260 - Mechanical Measurements2 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours15 hrs

Notes:

  1. Required by Texas A&M – To be selected from the University Core Curriculum. Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from visual and performing arts, 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from U.S. history, 6 from POLS 206 and POLS 207, and 6 from international and cultural diversity. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the creative arts, social and behavioral sciences, and the history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.
  2. Requires a grade of C or better.
  3. Students may choose from the following COMM 205, ENGL 203, or ENGL 210.

First Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
MEEN 344 - Fluid Mechanics2 3 hrs
MEEN 345 - Fluid Mechanics Lab.2 1 hr
MEEN 357 - Engineering Analysis for Mech Engineers2 3 hrs
MEEN 360 - Mat. and Manuf. Sel. in Design2 3 hrs
MEEN 361 - Mat. and Manuf. Sel. in Design Lab2 1 hr
MEEN 363 - Dynamics and Vibrations2 3 hrs
University Core Curriculum1 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours17 hrs

Second Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
ISEN 302 - Economic Analysis of Engineering Projects 2 hrs
MEEN 364 - Dynamic Sys. and Controls2 3 hrs
MEEN 368 - Solid Mechanics in Mechanical Design2 3 hrs
MEEN 381 - Seminar 1 hr
MEEN 461 - Heat Transfer2 3 hrs
MEEN 464 - Heat Transfer Lab2 1 hr
University Core Curriculum elective1 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours16 hrs

Notes:

  1. Required by Texas A&M – To be selected from the University Core Curriculum. Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from visual and performing arts, 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from U.S. history, 6 from POLS 206 and POLS 207, and 6 from international and cultural diversity. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the creative arts, social and behavioral sciences, and the history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.
  2. Requires a grade of C or better.

First Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
ENGR 482 - Ethics and Engineering 3 hrs
MEEN 401 - Intro. to Mech. Engr. Design2 3 hrs
MEEN 404 - Engineering Laboratory 3 hrs
Stem courses3 6 hrs
Total Credit Hours15 hrs

Second Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
MEEN 402 - Intermediate Design 3 hrs
Technical electives3 9 hrs
University Core Curriculum elective1 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours15 hrs

Notes:

1. To be selected from the University Core Curriculum. Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from creative arts, 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, and the American history and government/political science requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.

2. Requires a grade of C or better.

3. Stem courses and technical electives. (See advising office for more information.)

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