2011-2012 Catalog 
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2011-2012 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering, BS

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The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has established the following set of program educational objectives for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering:

  • Graduates will be able to use mechanical engineering principles, proficiencies, and technical information to pursue graduate school or engineering careers, including but not limited to design, development, project management, and technical sales.
  • Graduates will be equipped to pursue continued lifelong growth and development in mechanical engineering, including learning and applying new engineering processes, tools, and technologies.
  • Graduates will be able to contribute to the state-of-the-art in engineering design, research and problem solving, including consideration of professional responsibilities.

Learning Outcomes

Program outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.  These are as follows:

  • 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
  • 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 acquisition of 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 lifelong learning
  • A knowledge of  contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • An ability to apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differentical equations); to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components or processes
  • An ability to work professionally in both the thermal and mechanical systems

The objectives are regularly reviewed by the constituents of the department’s programs, including industrial representatives, students in the program, and the faculty of the department.

The objectives are used to focus the undergraduate degree program and assure the best possible education to our students.


Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering requires the following:

  • completion of at least 129 credit hours
  • completion of an Exit Survey and Interview
  • a minimum 2.0 average in all CU courses taken

Required Courses

Humanities and Social Sciences (9 Semester Hours)

Choose Three Courses, One Must Be 200-Level or Greater.

Courses must be socially and culturally broadening. Acceptable subject matter: Literature, Language, History, Economics, Music, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Visual or Performing Arts, Ethnic Studies, Communications, Film Studies, Fine Art History, Music Appreciation, Philosophy, Women’s Studies, Professional Writing, or Anthropology.

Basic Engineering and Computer Background (3 Semester Hours)

Technical Electives (12 Semester Hours)

At least 12 hours of technical courses; all 4 must be 3000 or above classes, with at least two being 4000 and above classes.

Select from the following departments:

Sample Schedule

Freshman Year

Fall Semester (17 credits) Spring Semester (15 credits)

Sophomore Year

Fall Semster (16 credits) Spring Semester (15 credits)

Junior Year

Fall Semester (15 credits) Spring Semster (16 credits)

Senior Year

Fall Semester (18 credits) Spring Semester (15 credits)

Total Credits: 129



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