Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The objective of the Bachelor of Science degree program in Mechanical Engineering is to produce Mechanical Engineering graduates who will be capable of undertaking challenging projects that require knowledge of the fundamentals and design of mechanical and thermal systems. The program seeks to build Mechanical Engineers to meet the needs of analysis, design, and development in industry, as well as to educate them to be innovators and policy makers. The BS degree program will provide the necessary training and education for future engineers who will effectively identify new problems and develop innovative solutions, including new manufacturing and fabrication technologies.
Mechanical Engineering (BS)
Program Educational Objectives for Mechanical Engineering
One broad goal for the Erik Jonsson School is to provide an excellent education for our students. Within a few years after graduation, graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Program should:
- Be on a successful career path as competent professionals in their chosen field or by pursuing advanced study.
- Serve their professional roles in a responsible and ethical manner to meet the needs of engineering and society.
- Be effective contributors or leaders in professional settings, including contributions to multidisciplinary teams.
- Actively pursue life-long learning through advanced education, self-study, professional development, etc.
High School Preparation
Engineering education requires a strong high school preparation. Pre-engineering students should have high school preparation of at least one-half year in trigonometry and at least one year in elementary algebra, intermediate and advanced algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, chemistry, and physics, thus developing their competencies to the highest possible levels and preparing to move immediately into demanding college courses in calculus, calculus-based physics, and chemistry for science majors. It is also essential that pre- engineering students have the competence of reading comprehension, and to write logically, clearly and correctly.
The BS program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
All lower-division students in Mechanical Engineering concentrate on mathematics, science, and introductory engineering courses, building competence in these cornerstone areas for future application in upper-division engineering courses. The following requirements apply both to students seeking to transfer to UT Dallas from other institutions as well as to those currently enrolled at UT Dallas, whether in another school or in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.
Academic Progress in Mechanical Engineering
In order to make satisfactory academic progress as a Mechanical Engineering major, a student must meet all University requirements for academic progress, and must earn a grade of C- or better in each of the "major requirements" courses. No "Major Requirements" course may be taken until the student has obtained a grade of C- or better in each of the prerequisites. If a higher grade requirement is stated for a specific class, the higher requirement applies.
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Degree Requirements (127 semester credit hours)1
I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours2
Communication: 6 semester credit hours
RHET 1302 Rhetoric
Mathematics: 3 semester credit hours
Life and Physical Sciences: 6 semester credit hours
Language, Philosophy and Culture: 3 semester credit hours
Select any 3 semester credit hours from Language, Philosophy and Culture core courses (see advisor)
Creative Arts: 3 semester credit hours
Select any 3 semester credit hours from Creative Arts core courses (see advisor)
American History: 6 semester credit hours
Select any 6 semester credit hours from American History core courses (see advisor)
Government / Political Science: 6 semester credit hours
GOVT 2305 American National Government
GOVT 2306 State and Local Government
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 semester credit hours
Component Area Option: 6 semester credit hours
II. Major Requirements: 79 semester credit hours7
Major Preparatory Courses: 29 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum
CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I
CS 1325 Introduction to Programming
ECS 1100 Introduction to Engineering and Computer Science
MATH 2420 Differential Equations with Applications
MECH 2120 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory
ENGR 2300 Linear Algebra for Engineers
MECH 2310 Statics
MECH 2320 Mechanics of Materials
MECH 2330 Dynamics
PHYS 2126 Physics Laboratory II
Major Core Courses: 38 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum
MECH 3105 Computer Aided Design Laboratory
MECH 3115 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
MECH 3120 Heat Transfer Laboratory
MECH 3150 Kinematics and Dynamics Laboratory
ENGR 3300 Advanced Engineering Mathematics
MECH 3305 Computer Aided Design
MECH 3310 Thermodynamics
MECH 3315 Fluid Mechanics
MECH 3320 Heat Transfer
ENGR 3341 Probability Theory and Statistics
MECH 3350 Kinematics and Dynamics of Mechanical Systems
MECH 3351 Design of Mechanical Systems
MECH 4110 Systems and Controls Laboratory
MECH 4310 Systems and Controls
MECH 4381 Senior Design Project I
MECH 4382 Senior Design Project II
Prescribed Electives: 12 semester credit hours
Students pursuing the general program take 12 semester credit hours from the list below:
MECH 3360 Introduction to Materials Science
MECH 3370 Applied Thermodynamics
MECH 4301 Intermediate Mechanics of Materials
MECH 4320 Applications of Computational Tools in Thermal Fluid Science
MECH 4330 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
MECH 4340 Mechanical Vibrations
MECH 4360 Introduction to Nanostructured Materials
MECH 4370 Introduction to MEMS
MECH 4380 HVAC Systems
III. Elective Requirements: 6 semester credit hours
Free Electives: 6 semester credit hours
Both lower- and upper-division courses may count as free electives but students must complete at least 51 semester credit hours of upper-division courses to qualify for graduation.
Degree programs in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science are governed by various accreditation boards that place restrictions on classes used to meet the curricular requirements of degrees they certify. For this reason, not all classes offered by the University can be used to meet elective requirements. Please check with your academic advisor before enrolling in classes you hope to use as free electives.
Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master's Degrees
In response to the need for advanced education in Mechanical Engineering, a Fast Track program is available to well-qualified UT Dallas undergraduate students. Qualified seniors may take up to 15 graduate semester credit hours that may be used to complete the baccalaureate degree and also to satisfy the requirements for the master's degree. This is accomplished by (1) taking courses (typically electives) during one or more summer semesters, and (2) beginning graduate coursework during the senior year. Details are available from the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers upper-division Honors for outstanding students in the BS Mechanical Engineering degree program. This program offers special sections of designated classes and other activities designed to enhance the educational experience of exceptional students. Admission to the Honors programs requires a 3.500 or better GPA (grade point average) in at least 30 semester credit hours of coursework. Graduation with Honors requires a 3.500 or better GPA and completion of at least 6 honors classes. These honors classes must include either Senior Honors in Mechanical Engineering (MECH 4399) or Undergraduate Research in Mechanical Engineering (MECH 4V98) and a Senior Honors Thesis must be completed within one of those two classes. While the topics may be related, the Senior Thesis does not replace the need for the student to complete a regular Senior Design Project. The other 5 honors classes can come from a mixture of Graduate level (up to a count of 4) classes and special honor sections of regular undergraduate MECH classes (up to a count of 2).
Departmental Honors with Distinction may be awarded to students whose Senior Honors Thesis is judged by a faculty committee to be of exemplary quality. Only students graduating with Departmental Honors are eligible. Thesis/projects must be submitted by the deadline that applies to MS Theses in the graduating semester to allow for proper evaluation. Students interested in Honors with Distinction are encouraged to start working on their thesis/project a year prior to graduation.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering does not offer minors at this time.
1. Incoming freshmen must enroll and complete requirements of UNIV 1010 and the corresponding school-related freshman seminar course. Students, including transfer students, who complete their core curriculum at UT Dallas must take UNIV 2020.
2. Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses. The courses listed are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
3. Semester credit hours fulfill the communication component of the Core Curriculum.
4. Three semester credit hours of Calculus are counted under Mathematics Core, and five semester credit hours of Calculus are counted as Component Area Option Core.
5. Six semester credit hours of Physics are counted under Science core, and one semester credit hour of Physics (PHYS 2125) is counted as Component Area Option Core.
6. Semester credit hours contribute to the Social and Behavioral Sciences component of the Core Curriculum.
7. Students must pass each of the "Major Requirements" courses listed in this degree plan and each of their prerequisites, with a grade of C- or better.
8. Transfer students with sufficient background may petition to substitute upper-division semester credit hours in the major for this class.