Jan 26, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering, BS

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Mechanical Engineering is an engineering discipline that requires an understanding of mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics and energy, and involves the application of principles of physics and mathematics to develop mechanical systems. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) defines mechanical engineering as the branch of engineering that serves society through the analysis, design, and manufacture of systems that convert a source of energy to useful work. The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program emphasizes service, systems-based knowledge, and sustainability with an eye toward the interface of traditional mechanical engineering with new and emerging fields, in particular unmanned aircraft systems, maritime sciences and marine biology that directly impact the Gulf Coast.

The educational objectives of this program are:

  • Practice the mechanical engineering discipline successfully within accepted professional standards.
  • Continue to develop teamwork and communications skills to support a successful career in mechanical engineering, including the ability to work with a diverse group of co-workers and others inside and outside the profession.
  • Fulfill professional and ethical responsibilities in the practice of mechanical engineering, including social, environmental and economic considerations.
  • Engage in professional service, such as participation in professional society and community service.
  • Engage in life-long learning activities, such as graduate studies or professional workshops, and develop mentee and mentor relationships.
  • Become a leader of his/her chosen profession, including the assumption of management roles.
  • Achieve recognition as a subject matter expert in mechanical engineering, particularly by obtaining licensure as a professional engineer.

Graduates will have the ability to work professionally and ethically, as individuals and in multi-disciplinary teams, in both the thermal and mechanical systems areas, including design, manufacture, and control. Students will develop an understanding of the impact of engineering solutions from many perspectives.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will have:

  • 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 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 differential equations); to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components or processes.
  • an ability to work professionally in thermal systems
  • an ability to work professionally in mechanical systems                                                                                       

Degree Requirements

The mechanical engineering curriculum consists of a minimum of 126 credit hours and can be divided into four main areas: University Core requirements, mathematics and science requirements, engineering requirements, and technical electives.

Because courses in mechanical engineering tend to be sequential, it is very important that students have the proper prerequisites. When in doubt, students should check with their faculty mentor.

A summary of the hours necessary for graduation follows:

  Sem. Hrs.
  1. University Core Curriculum Program

First-Year Seminars (when applicable)*

  1. Common Engineering and Math courses
  2. Required Mechanical Engineering courses
  3. Technical Elective Block




  Total 128 (130)*

*Transfer students with 24 or more hours are exempt from First-Year Seminar


The specific requirements of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree are indicated below. Students are encouraged to take the NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam during their senior year. The FE exam, http://ncees.org/exams/fe-exam/, is the first step in the process that leads to the P.E. license.


I. University Core Curriculum and other General Education Requirements

See “University Core Curriculum Programs  ” in this catalog. Mechanical engineering students should take the following courses in fulfillment of the mathematics and natural science components of the University Core Curriculum:


Mechanical engineering students must take two courses in physics even if the natural science portion of the core curriculum is satisfied by other means. Students transferring to A&M-Corpus Christi from other institutions may have various means for fulfilling the core curriculum. Please refer to the “General Education Requirement ” in the catalog section entitled “Undergraduate Programs .”

Three hours of the Component Area Option of the University Core Curriculum are satisfied by the fourth (lab) hour of each of MATH 2413, PHYS 2425, and PHYS 2426 (the first three lecture hours of each are used to satisfy the mathematics and natural science components of the Core, as described above).  The other three hours of the Component Area Option of the Core are satisfied by the three lecture hours of MATH 2414 Calculus II. 

Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:

Total: 45

Note:  Fifteen of the 60 hours of courses listed in this section are used to satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements as discussed above. 

Total: 29

IV. Technical Electives Block (select four courses, or 12 sem. hrs., from the following list)

These electives provide students the option to take courses that apply to their field of interest or to the Coastal Bend region. Many of the electives address issues related to ships, offshore platforms, offshore wind turbines, and sea floor mapping.

Capstone Project

All mechanical engineering students must complete a senior-level capstone project in ENGR 4370 . Students will work with practicing engineers and mechanical engineering faculty.  The capstone project will give engineering students practical, professional experience to prepare them for careers in mechanical engineering.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Option

Mechanical Engineering students who have completed 96 credit hours toward the Mechanical Engineering B.S. degree and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher may elect the MBA option in senior year. To satisfy the Technical Elective Block requirements, students who elect the MBA option are required to take (a) any upper division 3-credit hour math/physics/chemistry/biology course (MATH 3342 Probability and Statistics preferred) and (b) three MBA foundation courses:

ACCT 5312 - Foundations of Accounting 3 sem. hrs.

ECON 5311 - Foundations of Economics 3 sem. hrs.

FINA 5311 - Financial Management Concepts 3 sem. hrs.

Students who plan to elect the MBA Option are encouraged to have summer internship experience before senior year, and will be able to complete an MBA degree study with 2 regular semesters and 1 summer session beyond a Mechanical Engineering B.S. degree study.

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