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There are several places along your career path where you have the freedom to choose what classes you want to take. These elective courses fall into three areas:

Program Electives

All ME majors must take nine elective credits as follows:
◾A Mechanical Engineering program elective is a mechanical engineering course at an upper-division level (300 or above). There are two ME electives required, though that does not restrict a student from taking more if their program allows.
◾An upper-division technical elective is an upper-division (300 or above) course in an engineering or affiliated area (Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc.) that can be shown to support the course of study of the student.

Pre-approved Electives: A number of courses have already been pre-approved in the math and science areas, as well as some Business courses. Mechanical Engineering courses can also be used. Courses in other areas (Art, Dance, Theater Arts, Communication, Health Science, Kinesiology, Political Science, etc.) may be accepted if they are shown to be applicable to the engineering studies of the student and are pre-approved by their advisor.

Click here for a list of the pre-approved electives.

Disciplinary Lens (DL) Courses

These are required by the university’s Foundational Studies Program as courses to help you explore a variety of fields and subjects. In the ME curriculum, you will choose DL courses in Visual and Performing Arts, Literature and Humanities, and Social Sciences. The following required courses in the Mechanical Engineering program will fulfill DL courses for:
◾Mathematics: Math 170 Calculus I
◾Social Science: ENGL 202 Technical Communication
OR STEM-ED 210 Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science
◾Natural, Physical and Applied Science: CHEM 111, 111L General Chemistry and Lab and PHYS 211, 211L Physics I with Calculus and Lab

University Foundations (UF) Courses

Every new student takes two UF courses:
◾UF 100 Intellectual Foundations. These theme-based classes are all different. Students should look for the theme and teaching style that is most suitable for them. Some are more lecture based, others are project based.
◾UF 200 Civic and Ethical Foundations. Second year students are engaged in thinking deeply about identity, social action, and ethical thinking. Topics may vary each year the course is offered.