Mechanical Engineering (BS)
|First Year||Credit Hours|
|EH 101||3 hrs|
|MA 125||4 hrs|
|CH 131||4 hrs|
|EG 101||2 hrs|
|Gen Ed*||3 hrs|
|EH 102||3 hrs|
|MA 126||4 hrs|
|PH 201||4 hrs|
|CA 110||3 hrs|
|ME 135||3 hrs|
|Second Year||Credit Hours|
|MA 227||4 hrs|
|MA 237||3 hrs|
|PH 202||4 hrs|
|EG 283||3 hrs|
|Gen Ed*||3 hrs|
|MA 238||3 hrs|
|EG 220||3 hrs|
|EG 231||3 hrs|
|EG 284||3 hrs|
|EG 315||3 hrs|
|Third Year||Credit Hours|
|EG 270||3 hrs|
|EG 360||3 hrs|
|ME 326||3 hrs|
|ME 328||4 hrs|
|Science Elect+||3 hrs|
|ME 312||3 hrs|
|ME 314||3 hrs|
|ME 316||3 hrs|
|ME 317||3 hrs|
|ME 336||1 hr|
|Gen Ed||3 hrs|
|Fourth Year*****||Credit Hours|
|ME 412||1 hr|
|ME 410||3 hrs|
|ME 426||3 hrs|
|ME 429||1 hr|
|Gen Ed||3 hrs|
|Tech Elect 1***||3 hrs|
|Tech Elect II***||3 hrs|
|ME 414||1 hr|
|ME 416||2 hr|
|ME 472||3 hrs|
|ME Elect I**||3 hrs|
|ME Elect II**||3 hrs|
|Gen Ed*||3 hrs|
General education requirements consist of nine (9) credit hours in Humanities and nine (9) credit hours in Social Sciences. Humanities credits must include one approved literature course, one approved fine arts course, and CA 110 (Public Speaking). Social Sciences credits must include one approved history course, one approved social and behavioral science course, and one course from either history or social and behavioral sciences.
*Select from the list of approved science electives
*Select from the list of approved technical electives
**Select from the list of approved Mechanical Engineering electives
Professional Component Standing (PCS)
It is important that students make adequate progress in the Mechanical Engineering program. Satisfactory completion of a set of fundamental courses is required before a student is allowed to take advanced courses. Professional Component Standing (PCS) is awarded by the chair of the department when the student completes the College of Engineering PCS requirements and the ECE departmental PCS requirements.
|Mechanical Engineering PCS Courses|
|Course Number||Course Title||Credit Hours||Minimum Grade|
|MA 227||Calculus III||3||C|
|MA 237||Linear Algebra I||3||C|
|PH 202||Calculus-Based Physics II + Lab||4||C|
|ME 135||Engr Graphics and Comm||3||C|
|College of Engineering PCS Courses|
|Course Number||Course Title||Credit Hours||Minimum Grade|
|EH 101||English Composition I||3||C|
|EH 102||English Composition II||3||C|
|CH 131||General Chemistry I + Lab||4||C|
|MA 125||Calculus I||4||C|
|MA 126||Calculus II||4||C|
|PH 201||Calculus-Based Physics I + Lab||4||C|
Students who fail to maintain at least a 2.00 GPA overall at the University of South Alabama will lose PCS and may be required to take or repeat appropriate courses as specified by the department chair to correct their deficiencies and may not be permitted to continue in 300- and 400-level engineering courses.
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SAMPLE 4-YEAR PLAN WITH MILESTONES
|Term 1||Course Description||Pre-req||Cr Hrs||Milestone Notes|
|EH 101*||English Composition I||3||Must complete at least 12 hours with a 2.0 or higher GPA|
|MA 125||Calculus I||ACT Math 27||4|
|CH 131/131L||General Chemistry I||ACT Math 24||4|
|EG 101||Freshman Seminar||ACT Math 24||2|
|Fine Arts Elective||3|
|Term 2||Course Description||Pre-req||Cr Hrs||Milestone Notes|
|EH 102||English Composition II||EH 101 or
|MA 126||Calculus II||MA 125||4||CH 131/131L|
|PH 201/201L||Physics I||MA 125 and
MA 126 (cc)
|4||EH 101 or EH 105*|
|ME 135||Engineering Graphics and Communication||MA 125 (cc)||3|
|History (US or Western Civ.)||3|
|Term 3||Course Description||Pre-req||Cr Hrs||Milestone Notes|
|MA 227||Calculus III||MA 126||4||PH 201/201L|
|MA 237||Linear Algebra I||MA 126||3||MA 126|
|PH 202/202L||Physics II||PH 201||4||EH 102|
|EG 283||Statics||MA 126 and
|Term 4||Course Description||Pre-req||Cr Hrs||Milestone Notes|
|MA 238||Differential Equations||MA 227 (cc)||3||MA 227|
|EG 284||Dynamics||EG 283||3||PH 202/202L|
|EG 315||Mechanics of Materials||EG 283 and MA 227||3||EG 283|
|EG 231||Engineering Economics and Ethics||EG 283||3||MA 237|
|EG 220||Electrical Circuits||PH 202||3|
|Term 5||Course Description||Pre-req||Cr Hrs||Milestone Notes|
|EG 360||Fluid Mechanics||EG 284 and MA 238||3||MA 238|
|ME 326||Materials Science||EG 315||3|
|Science Elective||See advisor for approved course list||3|
|EG 270||Thermodynamics||PH 201 and
|ME 328||Mechanical Analysis II||MA 227 and
|Term 6||Course Description||Pre-req||Cr Hrs||Milestone Notes|
|ME 317||Heat Transfer||EG 270, EG 360, and ME 328||3||Apply for graduation|
|ME 336 (W)||Materials Science Lab||ME 326||1||Apply for FE Exam|
|ME 314||Machine Component Design||EG 284 and EG 315||3|
|ME 312||ME Thermodynamics||EG 270||3|
|ME 316||Instrumentation and Experimental Method||MA 238 and EG 220||3|
|Term 7||Course Description||Pre-req||Cr Hrs||Milestone Notes|
|ME 410 (W)||Principles of Design||ME 314||3||FE Exam|
|ME 429||Controls and Instrumentation Lab||1|
|ME 426||Controls||ME 316||3|
|ME 412||Thermodynamics Lab||ME 316||1|
|Technical Elective I||See advisor for approved course list||3|
|Technical Elective II||See advisor for approved course list||3|
|Term 8||Course Description||Pre-req||Cr Hrs||Milestone Notes|
|ME 414||Capstone II||ME 410||1|
|ME 416||Capstone Project||ME 410||2|
|ME Elective I||See advisor for approved course list||3|
|ME Elective II||See advisor for approved course list||3|
|ME 472||Vibrations||EG 284, EG 315, and ME 316||3|
|All bolded courses meet general education requirements.|
|Courses listed as Milestones are required to obtain the Professional Component Standing (PCS).|
|Prerequisite courses denoted (cc) may be taken concurrently.|
|*Students who earn an English ACT score of 27, or a written SAT score of 550, can opt out of EH 101.|
|**Students not Term 1 - Calculus I ready will exceed the 126 hours required for this degree. If math is not started prior to Fall -Year 1, you are likely extending your four-year graduation time table. Students with ACT Math scores 21 and below should begin math courses in the summer before Fall - Year 1.|
|Two designated writing (W) courses are required with at least one course chosen from offerings in the student's major or minor. Courses carrying this required credit are identified in the University Bulletin by a (W) after the course title.|
|The Sample 4-year plan is designed as a guide for students preparing for their course selections. This information provides only a suggested schedule. Actual course selections should be made in consultation with an advisor.|
|Department of Mechanical Engineering||(251) 460-6168|
|Chair||David A. Nelson|
|Professors||Hsiao, Nelson, Phan|
|Assistant Professors||Kar, Kim, Montalvo, Poole, Richardson, Tambe, Yazdani|
|Professors Emeritus||Donovan, Engin|
|Instructors||Northington, Kramer, Roberts|
Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers invent, analyze and design systems that produce power or convert energy. This encompasses such diverse applications as designing next-generation aircraft and automobiles, inventing novel methods of generating energy from renewable sources, and developing sophisticated new medical devices and systems. Mechanical engineers are in the forefront of exciting new technological fields, including nano-engineering, biomedical engineering, and energy research.
The basic fields of study for mechanical engineers include:
- Materials science, which is the study of the relationship between structure, properties, and processing of materials.
- Thermodynamics and heat transfer deal with basic concepts and applications of work, energy, and power. Applications include power generation from fossil fuels, from renewable sources (solar, wind energy) and fuel cells.
- Engineering mechanics is the study of static and dynamic effects of forces applied to rigid and flexible solid bodies.
- Fluid mechanics, the study of the forces and motions of liquids and gases. Included in this area of study are hydraulics, gas dynamics, aerodynamics, and design and application of pumps, compressors, and turbines.
- Control systems including studies of transient and steady-state response of systems to external inputs.
- Design synthesis which integrates all fields of engineering in the production of safe, practical, efficient, and economically feasible solutions to real problems.
All BSME students complete a senior-year "capstone" design project, in which a team of students defines and solves a unique, real-world engineering problem.
The curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) is designed so that graduates can work in any Mechanical Engineering field, or continue their educations at the graduate level.
BSME Program Educational Objectives:
Alumni of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program should demonstrate the following traits and accomplishments within five years following graduation:
1. Graduates will achieve professional advancements or promotions with progressively higher levels of responsibility, competency, professional and ethical judgment and analysis. They will apply creative and innovative techniques to solve significant problems. They will apply team assimilation skills to successfully manage cross-disciplinary, collaborative projects that require global and multicultural perspectives.
2. Graduates will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills in presenting, documenting and conveying their work. They will use these skills in creating and supporting new or improved designs, inventions, and intellectual property, thereby contributing to the social, economic, and environmental well-being of local and global communications.
3. Graduates will demonstrate commitment to lifelong and continuous professional development through activities such as mentoring, participating in professional societies, completing advanced degrees and achieving professional registration or other certifications.
Mechanical Engineering graduates will accomplish these objectives in the course of professional employment, entrepreneurship, military or public service and postgraduate education.
BSME Student Outcomes:
By the time of graduation from the BSME program, a student will have demonstrated attainment of the following outcomes:
- 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 multidisciplinary 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.
- An ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary engineering practice.
The BSME curriculum is designed to ensure the attainment of the student outcomes.
The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Exam-Complaint Calculator Policy
Every Mechanical Engineering (ME) student must have an exam-compliant calculator for use in those ME courses which allow calculator usage. Only those calculators which are acceptable for use in the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam are considered to be exam-compliant and may be used in those Mechanical Engineering classes which allow calculator usage. Use of a calculator which is NOT exam complaint in an ME test, quiz, or exam will be considered to be in academic misconduct. For a list of exam-complaint calculator models, see http://ncees.org.exams.calculator/.