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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 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 mechanical 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 those fields in maritime sciences and marine biology that directly impact the Gulf Coast where the program is strategically located.

In accordance with the expectations of the accrediting organization ABET, the educational objectives of this program are to graduate students who will:


  • Successfully practice the mechanical engineering discipline as an engineer.
  • Engage in professional service, such as participation in professional societies and community service.
  • Engage in life-long learning activities, such as continuing education or graduate studies.   
  • Develop professional careers that meet personal objective, goals, and aspirations, and
  • Become leaders in their chosen careers.

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 the design, manufacture, and control of such systems. Students will develop a deep understanding of the impact of engineering solutions from a global, financial, environmental, societal, political, ethical, health and safety, and sustainability perspective.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in discerning methods.
  • Design, perform, and analyze experiments for thermal and mechanical systems.
  • Design thermal, energy, and mechanical systems to meet specifications within environmental, safety, and manufacturability constraints.
  • Function effectively in teams involving multi-disciplines.
  • Identify, formulate, and solve thermal energy, and mechanical systems problems by applying engineering principles.
  • Develop practical solutions for mechanical engineering problems with professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Communicate effectively with written or oral presentations using modern visual means in a technical setting.
  • Understand contemporary issues in engineering.
  • Understand the impact of engineering in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • Be prepared for a lifelong pursuit of continuing education.
  • Have an ability to use modern engineering techniques and computing tools necessary for engineering practice.

Degree Requirements

The mechanical engineering curriculum consists of a minimum of 129 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 130 (128)*

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


The specific requirements for each aspect of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree are indicated below.

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 .”

Only the 3 lecture hours of each will apply to the Core Curriculum Program. Each one-hour laboratory component will be counted in the Common Engineering, Math and Science Courses as appropriate.

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

Total: 52

Total: 22

IV. Technical Electives Block (select four courses 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.

Students choose one of these two courses:

Any upper division 3-credit hour math/physics/chemistry/biology course (MATH 3342 Probability and Statistics preferred) 


Schedule Options

Students may choose either a fast-track option that may be finished in four-years or a five-year option involving a cooperative educational experience in the latter part of their studies. Students pursuing the cooperative educational approach will have periodic full-time work experiences in their areas of interest with participating industries and businesses.


Students will form relationships with local engineers through field experiences, internships, and co-ops. All students will have a co-op experience, normally during their freshmen year. Students in the cooperative educational option will pursue additional co-op experiences during the summer and fall semesters beginning in the sophomore year. All field experiences will conclude with an exit interview of both the student participant and the student’s immediate supervisor of the project.

Capstone Project

All mechanical engineering students must complete a senior-level capstone project in MEEN 4370 . Students will work with practicing engineers and mechanical engineering faculty who will incorporate research projects from Harte Research Institute and Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science into the capstone projects. The capstone project will give engineering students practical, professional experience to prepare them for careers in mechanical engineering.

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