BS in Mechanical Engineering

Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering are expected to meet the following objectives within a few years of graduation:

  • Educate students to be successful mechanical engineers with emphasis on sustainability and globalization.
  • Prepare students to pursue life-long learning.
  • Prepare students for real-world problems through the program’s emphasis on experiential learning and industry-based projects in a diverse and innovative work environment.

Dual/Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Degree

The dual/accelerated bachelor’s to master’s degree (ABMS) is designed to offer outstanding students the opportunity for advancing their careers by pursuing the bachelor’s and master’s in a parallel program and accelerated time frame. The ABMS also provides more focused advising, preparing the student for graduate study during their sophomore and junior years. The ABMS program develops a close working relationship between the student and a graduate advisor early in the student’s academic career. Eligibility requires ME majors to be within 30–45 credit hours of graduating and have a WSU GPA of 3.250 or better.

Mechanical Engineering Honors Track Admission Requirements

  1. Students must be admitted to the Honors College;
  2. Students must be within 60 hours of degree completion;
  3.  Students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.500 and a GPA of 3.500 in all engineering courses; and
  4.  Students must complete a letter of application to the mechanical engineering chairperson including the following:
    1. Transcript;
    2. Resume; and
    3. One-page essay on academic and career plans including an undergraduate research idea.

Sequence of Courses

The program requires the completion of 134 credit hours for graduation, minus hours commensurate with advanced placement credit. Specific degree requirements are given below. All the prerequisite courses must have a grade that generates 2.000 or more credit points per credit hour.

Foundation Courses
ENGL 101College English I3
or ENGL 100 English Composition
ENGL 102College English II3
COMM 111Public Speaking3
PHIL 385Engineering Ethics3
Other fine arts/humanities & social/behavioral sciences courses 115
Mathematics/Natural Sciences
MATH 242Calculus I5
MATH 243Calculus II5
MATH 344Calculus III3
MATH 555Differential Equations I3
PHYS 313Physics for Scientists I4
PHYS 314Physics for Scientists II4
PHYS 315University Physics Lab I1
CHEM 211General Chemistry I5
Natural Sciences Elective 23
Engineering Core Courses
AE 223Statics3
EE 282Circuits I4
IME 255Engineering Economy3
ME 398Thermodynamics I3
Major Courses
AE 333Mechanics of Materials3
ME 335Dynamics for Mechanical Engineers3
IME 222Engineering Graphics2
IME 222LGraphics Lab1
ME 250Materials Engineering3
ME 251Materials Engineering Laboratory1
ME 325Numerical Methods for Engineers3
ME 339Design of Machinery3
ME 439Mechanical Engineering Design I3
ME 521Fluid Mechanics3
ME 522Heat Transfer3
ME 533Mechanical Engineering Laboratory3
ME 633Mechanical Engineering Systems Laboratory3
ME 659Mechanical Control Systems3
ME 662Senior Capstone Design3
Mechanical Engineering Elective 23
Mechanical Design Elective 23
Thermal Design Elective 23
Thermal/Fluids Science Electives 23
Technical Electives 29
Total Credit Hours134
1

Refer to graduation requirements at the beginning of this section for details.

2

Must be chosen with advisor’s approval.

Mechanical Engineering Honors Track

Completion Requirements

  1. Formal admission into the mechanical engineering departmental honors track;
  2. Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.500 and a minimum GPA of 3.500 in engineering courses; and
  3. One of the following two options:
    1. Complete any of the ME 600- or 700-level elective courses with a grade of B or better; or
    2. For students with research as part of their professional interests—enroll in ME 678, and complete an undergraduate research project under faculty guidance, resulting in an honors report and presentation of a technical paper highlighting the student’s research in a local technical venue such as GRASP (Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Projects), or a relevant ASME technical conference or equivalent.