Undergraduate Curriculum

Our program brings a group of students together as freshmen and allows them to stay together throughout the program. Technical electives in the senior year provide students with the opportunity to pursue areas of particular interest. Our approach to the curriculum emphasizes both breadth and depth.

In the freshman year, we emphasize the breadth of a good science and math foundation, while introducing our students to the career of mechanical engineering. The sophomore year is a continuation of science and math along with the foundation engineering science courses. We also begin the sequence of design experiences culminating in the senior year. The core ME engineering science and design courses are included in the junior year. The senior year is characterized by the capstone design course along with many flexible technical electives to allow for concentration and specialization. Throughout all four years, the general education requirements automatically emphasize non technical breadth and depth as well.

Transitioning between recent (2012 approved) curriculum and our new curriculum starting with entering Fall 2017 freshmen class; please contact the Main Office (information at the bottom of this page) or see your academic advisor with any specific questions.

To learn more about the curriculum go to the UD Course Catalog.

Flowchart for this curriculum.

2017 & After Curriculum

Undergraduate curriculum for ME students entering after Fall 2017:

First Year
FALL SPRING
Course # Course Name Credits Course # Course Name Credits
EGGG101 Intro to Engineering 2 MEEG102 Computer-Aided Engineering Design 3
CHEM103 General Chemistry* 4 MEEG104 Analysis & Communication of Technical Information 2
CISC106 General Comp Sci for Engineers 3 PHYS207 Physics I* 4
MATH241 Calculus A 4 MATH242 Calculus B 4
ENGL110 Critical Reading & Writing* 3 Breadth 1* 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16 TOTAL CREDITS 16
Second Year
FALL SPRING
Course # Course Name Credits Course # Course Name Credits
MEEG210 Statics 3 MEEG211 Dynamics 3
MEEG241 Thermodynamics 3 MEEG215 Mechanics of Solids 3
MATH243 Calculus C 4 MEEG216 Mechanics of Solids Lab 1
MATH351 Engineering Math I 3 MSEG302 Materials Science for Engineers 3
PHYS245 Intro to Electricity & Electronics 4 MATH352 Engineering Math II 3
MATH353 Engineering Math III 3
TOTAL CREDITS 17 TOTAL CREDITS 16
Third Year
FALL SPRING
Course # Course Name Credits Course # Course Name Credits
MEEG301 Machine Design – Kinematics & Kinetics 3 MEEG304 Machine Design – Elements 3
MEEG311
MEEG312
Vibration and Controls
Vibration and Controls Lab
3
1
MEEG332 Fluid Mechanics II 3
MEEG321 Materials Engineering 3 MEEG342 Heat Transfer 3
MEEG331
MEEG333
Fluid Mechanics I
Fluid Mechanics I Lab
3
1
MEEG346 Thermal Design Lab 1
Breadth 2 3 Technical Elective 1 (science) 3
Breadth 3 3
TOTAL CREDITS 17 TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fourth Year
FALL SPRING
Course # Course Name Credits Course # Course Name Credits
MEEG401
or
MEEG402
Senior Design
or
Senior Design – FSAE
6 Technical Elective 4 3
Technical Elective 2 3 Technical Elective 5 3
Technical Elective 3 3 Breadth 5 3
Breadth 4 3 Breadth 6 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15 TOTAL CREDITS 12

Notes:
CHEM 107 can be taken instead of CHEM103
* can be switched with appropriate course in the other semester

Pre-2017 Curriculum

Undergraduate curriculum for ME students entering before Fall 2017:

First Year
FALL SPRING
Course # Course Name Credits Course # Course Name Credits
EGGG101 Intro to Engineering 2 (E) MEEG112 Statics 3 (E)
CHEM103 General Chemistry* 4 (S) PHYS207 Physics I* 4 (S)
CISC106 General Comp Sci for Engineers 3 (E) MATH242 Calculus B 4 (M)
MATH241 Calculus A 4 (M) Breadth 1* 3 (B)
ENGL110 Critical Reading & Writing* 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16 TOTAL CREDITS 14
Second Year
FALL SPRING
Course # Course Name Credits Course # Course Name Credits
MEEG211 Dynamics 3 (E) MEEG202 Computer-Aided Eng. Design 3 (E)
MEEG215
MEEG216
Mechanics of Solids
Mechanics of Solids Lab
3 (E)
1 (E)
MSEG302 Materials Science 3 (ES)
MATH243 Calculus C 4 (M) MATH352 Engineering Math II 3 (M)
MATH351 Engineering Math I 3 (M) MATH353 Engineering Math III 3 (M)
Breadth 2 3 (B) PHYS245 Intro to Electricity and Electronics 4 (ES)
TOTAL CREDITS 17 TOTAL CREDITS 16
Third Year
FALL SPRING
Course # Course Name Credits Course # Course Name Credits
MEEG301 Machine Design – Kinematics & Kinetics 3 (E) MEEG304 Machine Design – Elements 3 (E)
MEEG311
MEEG312
Vibration and Controls
Vibration and Controls Lab
3 (E)
1 (E)
MEEG332 Fluid Mechanics II 3 (E)
MEEG321 Materials Engineering 3 (E) MEEG342 Heat Transfer 3 (E)
MEEG331
MEEG333
Fluid Mechanics I
Fluid Mechanics I Lab
3 (E)
1 (E)
MEEG346 Thermal Design Lab 1 (E)
MEEG341 Thermodynamics 3 (E) Technical Elective 1 3 (S)
Breadth 3 3 (B)
TOTAL CREDITS 17 TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fourth Year
FALL SPRING
Course # Course Name Credits Course # Course Name Credits
MEEG401
or
MEEG402
Senior Design
or
Senior Design – FSAE
6 (E) Technical Elective 4 3 (ESM)
Technical Elective 2 3 (ESM) Technical Elective 5 3 (ESM)
Technical Elective 3 3 (ESM) Breadth 5 3 (B)
Breadth 4 3 (B) Breadth 6 3 (B)
TOTAL CREDITS 15 TOTAL CREDITS 12

Legend:

* = can be taken fall or spring
(E) = Engineering
(M) = Math
(S) = Science
(ES) = Engineering/Science
(ESM) = Engineering/Science/or Math
(B) = COE Breadth Requirement

Notes:
Engineering/Math/Science includes at least 3 credits of basic science
COE Breadth Requirement includes at least 3 credits of UD multicultural
Credits total a minimum of 123

REQUIRED COURSEWORK

The required coursework in mechanical engineering establishes the fundamental knowledge required of mechanical engineers in engineering science and applied mathematics. With a solid technical foundation students are exposed to the breadth of mechanical engineering in areas of solid mechanics, dynamics, materials, fluid mechanics, thermal sciences and engineering design. For information on these courses please consult the course/class information.

Additional Undergraduate Required Courses for Curriculum effective with Fall 2017 Entering Class

  • MEEG 104 – Analysis and Communication of Technical Information

2 Credits – Accurate analysis of data and effective communication of results are prerequisites for engineering success. Engineers who cannot analyze data effectively cannot solve emergent challenges, and the best technical engineers are of little use if they cannot convey their ideas to the non-technical decision makers. Examines the basic tools of analysis and best practices of technical communication. Topics include basic statistics, producing quality figures and technical reports.

  • MEEG 102 – Computer-Aided Engineering Design

3 Credits – Replaces previous MEEG202 course.

  • MEEG 210 – Statics

3 Credits – Replaces current MEEG112 course.

  • MEEG 241 – Thermodynamics

3 Credits – Replaces current MEEG341 course.

TECHNICAL ELECTIVES

Technical electives in the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering curriculum provide the student with an opportunity to pursue areas of particular interest. Because of the breadth of technical areas in which mechanical engineers work, at least 3 of these credits must be in a basic science. The remaining technical electives demonstrate technical depth and are typically courses at or above the 400 level which are taken after much of the basic engineering science has been mastered and comprise a minimum of 12 credits. Although the majority of the technical depth electives are typically drawn from the Mechanical Engineering department, courses from other departments and colleges can also be selected. Students may always discuss focusing their technical electives with their academic advisor.

Students can choose, typically towards the end of sophomore or early junior year, to pursue the Aerospace Engineering concentration or Automotive Engineering concentration. A student can also choose one of the many minors offered including the Integrated Design minor or the Biomechanical minor that are offered through the Mechanical Engineering department. Students are encouraged to peruse the undergraduate catalog. For those pursuing the degree without a concentration or minor, there are certainly other opportunities to focus the technical electives. One suggestion is to look at the faculty research interests and projects as those often provide opportunities for undergraduate students. The technical elective program can also be structured to meet individual interests and students are encouraged to discuss their educational objectives with their advisor early in the junior year to develop an appropriate selection of technical electives.

Look at the UD Course Catalog to see a list of the technical electives offered.

Spring 2019 Mechanical Engineering Technical Electives:

MEEG417/617 Composite Materials
MEEG425 Automotive Powertrain Theory
MEEG442/642 Introduction to Fuel Cells
MEEG467-010 Digital Fabrication
MEEG467/667-012 Additive Manufacturing
MEEG467/667-016 Energy Storage
MEEG467/667-022 Intro to Autonomous Driving
MEEG467/667-028 Computational Solid Mechanics
MEEG482/682 Clinical Biomechanics
MEEG616 Composite Material Structures
MEEG620 Intermediate Dynamics
MEEG640 Intermediate Heat Transfer
MEEG667-010 Estimation I
MEEG671 Introduction to Robotics
MEEG690 Intermediate Eng Mathematics

MINORS AND CONCENTRATIONS

A minor or a concentration is a cohesive set of courses in a sub-specialty that differs from one’s major. Minors normally require completion of five to seven courses in the subject area, and can be awarded to students from different majors. Students may double-count courses for credit against both majors and minors. If electives are chosen carefully, minors can often be integrated into the program requirements. Nearly half of all engineering students have at least one minor, many have two or three. Concentrations may only be awarded to students within a specific major; for mechanical-engineering students, the concentrations are achieved through careful selection of courses satisfying the technical elective requirement.

Within the Department of Mechanical Engineering we offer concentrations in Aerospace Engineering and Automotive Engineering. There are many minors offered throughout the University of Delaware and then within the College of Engineering that could be of interest to mechanical engineering students. The two minors specifically housed in mechanical engineering are in Biomechanical Engineering and Integrated Design. Please see the appropriate information in the University of Delaware catalog (http://catalog.udel.edu/)

SENIOR DESIGN – MEEG 401

Senior Design is the 6-credit capstone design course structured to imitate the scenario a young engineer will experience in a design team in industry. First, design teams select a project, discover customer’s wants, benchmark the best practices for each desired function, generate design concepts and select the best concept. Then, teams build a prototype, test it, and improve their designs. The course provides a realistic industrial management structure and professional background for the design project activities.

Undergraduate Students: See the required courses for a syllabus and/or the course-management system for specific course details.

Companies, Corporations and Engineering Firms: Start building relationships with some of the brightest, most creative young minds in the industry by Sponsoring a Senior Design Team; for information, contact Dr. Jenni Buckley, jbuckley@udel.edu or 302-831-3460.

Advisement

As students complete the first few years of required coursework they begin thinking more about the future directions in the program and in career advising, including which areas of mechanical engineering they find particularly interesting. Faculty/student mentoring becomes increasingly important, and students are offered the opportunity to be assigned to a faculty advisor who better aligns with their interests. In the winter of their sophomore year, (prior to registration for junior-year fall classes) sophomores receive an email asking them to indicate areas of interest and are assigned an advisor with expertise in those areas. Areas of interest include:

Aerospace Engineering Graduate Programs
Biomechanics Industry
Biomedical Engineering Manufacturing Science
Composite Materials Materials and Nanotechnology
Design Mathematics
Dynamic Systems Robotics and Control
Environmental and Bio-Fluid Mechanics Solid Mechanics
Fluids Thermal Sciences
Fuel Cells Undecided

Assignments are made by the department based upon student interest and to keep the number of advisees per faculty at a reasonable level. Students can ask to be re-assigned to a different advisor at any time simply by contacting the Main Office, Mechanical Engineering. If there is an emergency or an advisor is not available, students can always contact the Department’s Associate Chairperson for Undergraduate Education, or the College of Engineering’s Assistant Dean for Advising.

Students are further encouraged to contact the Career Services Center to assist in the development and implementation of career and educational plans.

Have questions about advisement? See the Frequently Asked Questions.

Accelerated Joint BS/MS Degree Programs (4+1)

Earn more. Choose one of our 4+1 programs and earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in as little as five years. The accelerated degree programs allow students to apply for graduate programs during their junior year. If granted provisional acceptance, you may take graduate-level courses during the final year of your undergraduate program. Because some undergraduate courses are waived under an accelerated degree program, you’ll be able to complete both the undergraduate and graduate degrees in only one additional year.

Programs:

  • Mechanical Engineering 4+1 (BME/MSME)
  • Mechanical Engineering/Business Administration 4+1 (BME/MBA)
  • Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering 4+1 (BME/MMSE)

Learn more about these programs on our 4+1 page.

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