Degree Requirements

Prerequisites

Initial Licensing

Formal study in an accredited engineering program is the principal means of becoming licensed to practice engineering in Kansas and other states. During the junior or senior year, a student may take the national Fundamentals of Engineering examination. After 4 or more years (licensing regulations vary among states) of practice satisfactory to the board, the student may take the examination to become a registered professional engineer.

Job Search Assistance

The Engineering Career Center offers a comprehensive array of services to students seeking permanent employment and career-related summer or co-op employment. These include on-campus interviewing; 2 career fairs each year; individual advising and group workshops on résumés; interviewing, and job search strategies; online interviewing sign-up; online job postings from many employers not interviewing on campus; a library of employer and career literature; and an online résumé book searchable by employers.

The Engineering Career Center offers services to all engineering students. Students are encouraged to visit the Engineering Career Center early in their undergraduate or graduate studies. Many employers actively seek KU engineering and computer science students. Some prefer to hire students as early as the first-year level for internships. The Career Center is in 1001 Eaton Hall; additional information is available from 785-864-3891.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Degree Requirements

The mechanical engineering curriculum builds on the basic foundation of mathematics and physical sciences with engineering applications in 3 primary areas:

  1. Thermal-fluid sciences and design of energy systems.
  2. Mechanical system design and analysis.
  3. Biomechanics and biomaterials.

Engineering science and analysis are emphasized in the early semesters. Design is introduced in subsequent semesters. A capstone design course in 1 of 5 primary areas is required.

Each student must complete the requirements of the 3 general divisions of study listed below. A minimum of 128 credit hours is required for graduation.

Mathematics, Basic Sciences, and Computer Science (37 hours)

Calculus (MATH 121, MATH 122) 10
Chemistry (CHEM 150)  5
Physics (PHSX 211, PHSX 212)  8
Differential equations and linear algebra (MATH 220, MATH 290)  5
Computer science (ME 208)  3
Numerical methods (ME 508)  3
Statistics (MATH 365)  3

General Education Component (21 hours)

English (ENGL 101, ENGL 102)  6
Economics elective (3 hours)  3
Communication elective (3 hours)  3
Contemporary issues elective (3 hours)  3
Environmental concern elective (3 hours)  3
Ethics elective (3 hours)  3

Engineering Sciences and Design (57 hours)

Thermal system design (ME 312, ME 412, ME 510, ME 612)
12
Mechanical design (ME 228, ME 501, ME 528, ME 628) 12
Solid mechanics (ME 201, ME 311, ME 420, ME 520, ME 661) 14
Materials and manufacturing (ME 306, ME 307)  5
Engineering laboratory (ME 455)  4
Electricity, electronics, and control systems (EECS 316, EECS 318, ME 682)  7
Capstone Design
ME 642 3
ME 641, ME 643, ME 644, ME 645 (2) (enrollment in ME 640 (1) is required in the semester prior to taking any of these 4 classes)
3

Approved electives (13 hours). Selected from an approved list in consultation with the advisor. A minimum of 6 hours of upper division mechanical engineering courses is required.

Credit for ROTC courses. Up to 7 credit hours of ROTC may be applied toward approved electives.

Credit for foreign language courses. Up to 7 credit hours of foreign language may count as electives.

Prerequisites

Initial Licensing

Formal study in an accredited engineering program is the principal means of becoming licensed to practice engineering in Kansas and other states. During the junior or senior year, a student may take the national Fundamentals of Engineering examination. After 4 or more years (licensing regulations vary among states) of practice satisfactory to the board, the student may take the examination to become a registered professional engineer.

Job Search Assistance

The Engineering Career Center offers a comprehensive array of services to students seeking permanent employment and career-related summer or co-op employment. These include on-campus interviewing; 2 career fairs each year; individual advising and group workshops on résumés; interviewing, and job search strategies; online interviewing sign-up; online job postings from many employers not interviewing on campus; a library of employer and career literature; and an online résumé book searchable by employers.

The Engineering Career Center offers services to all engineering students. Students are encouraged to visit the Engineering Career Center early in their undergraduate or graduate studies. Many employers actively seek KU engineering and computer science students. Some prefer to hire students as early as the first-year level for internships. The Career Center is in 1001 Eaton Hall; additional information is available from 785-864-3891.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Degree Requirements

The mechanical engineering curriculum builds on the basic foundation of mathematics and physical sciences with engineering applications in 3 primary areas:

  1. Thermal-fluid sciences and design of energy systems.
  2. Mechanical system design and analysis.
  3. Biomechanics and biomaterials.

Engineering science and analysis are emphasized in the early semesters. Design is introduced in subsequent semesters. A capstone design course in 1 of 5 primary areas is required.

Each student must complete the requirements of the 3 general divisions of study listed below. A minimum of 128 credit hours is required for graduation.

Mathematics, Basic Sciences, and Computer Science (37 hours)

Calculus (MATH 121, MATH 122) 10
Chemistry (CHEM 150)  5
Physics (PHSX 211, PHSX 212)  8
Differential equations and linear algebra (MATH 220, MATH 290)  5
Computer science (ME 208)  3
Numerical methods (ME 508)  3
Statistics (MATH 365)  3

General Education Component (21 hours)

English (ENGL 101, ENGL 102)  6
Economics elective (3 hours)  3
Communication elective (3 hours)  3
Contemporary issues elective (3 hours)  3
Environmental concern elective (3 hours)  3
Ethics elective (3 hours)  3

Engineering Sciences and Design (57 hours)

Thermal system design (ME 312, ME 412, ME 510, ME 612)
12
Mechanical design (ME 228, ME 501, ME 528, ME 628) 12
Solid mechanics (ME 201, ME 311, ME 420, ME 520, ME 661) 14
Materials and manufacturing (ME 306, ME 307)  5
Engineering laboratory (ME 455)  4
Electricity, electronics, and control systems (EECS 316, EECS 318, ME 682)  7
Capstone Design
ME 642 3
ME 641, ME 643, ME 644, ME 645 (2) (enrollment in ME 640 (1) is required in the semester prior to taking any of these 4 classes)
3

Approved electives (13 hours). Selected from an approved list in consultation with the advisor. A minimum of 6 hours of upper division mechanical engineering courses is required.

Credit for ROTC courses. Up to 7 credit hours of ROTC may be applied toward approved electives.

Credit for foreign language courses. Up to 7 credit hours of foreign language may count as electives.

Contact Info

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Learned Hall
1530 West 15th St., Room 3138
Lawrence, KS 66045-7618
785-864-3181
http://me.engr.ku.edu/
Theodore Bergman, Chair
785-864-3181

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Learned Hall
1530 West 15th St., Room 3138
Lawrence, KS 66045-7618
785-864-3181
http://www.engr.ku.edu/me/
Lorin Maletsky, Associate Chair
785-864-3181

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Learned Hall
1530 West 15th St., Room 3138
Lawrence, KS 66045-7618
785-864-3181
http://www.engr.ku.edu/me/
Robert Sorem, Graduate Director
785-864-3181
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