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ME Curriculum

The Mechanical Engineering program prepares students for the rewards and challenges of careers in research, design, and manufacturing of a wide array of mechanical components and systems.

The curriculum was carefully developed with input from engineering professionals to provide a sound foundation in basic engineering while enabling students to specialize in diverse topics such as machine design, product development, thermal systems, vibrations and controls, and HVAC. Design is a central theme throughout the curriculum. Graduates are well prepared to enter the workplace or to further their education in graduate schools.

The table below lists all the course requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree. Please note that you will need a total of 122-123 credits to complete your degree. The courses with BOLD letters in front of them are required as part of the university’s Foundational Studies Program. Click here for more information about Foundational Studies courses.

For more details on how to schedule your courses by semester, check out our suggested four-year plan and program flowchart for your catalog year. These documents may help you more easily see what courses are prerequisites for one another. Generally, your catalog year is the year that you started attending Boise State University.  Note that there are some differences among the plans, so make sure you download the plan that matches your catalog year.

The ME curriculum requires a minimum of three technical elective courses. You may select from any of the pre-approved electives or work with your advisor on courses not on that list. Also note that the requirements for individual courses may change independent of the catalog in which you enter the program. Please stay up to date on courses that may have changes pending to ensure you don’t miss out on important information.

Mechanical Engineering Bachelor of Science (2017-2018 catalog)

Course Number and Title Credits
Foundational Studies Program requirements indicated in bold. Refer to catalog for details and lists of approved courses
ENGL 101  Introduction to College Writing 3
ENGL 102  Intro to College Writing and Research 3
UF 100  Intellectual Foundations 3
UF 200  Civic and Ethical Foundations 3
DLM MATH 170  Calculus I 4
DLN CHEM 111, 111L General Chemistry I and Lab 4
DLN PHYS 211, 211L  Physics I with Calculus and Lab 5
DLV Visual and Performing Arts 3
DLL STEM-ED 220 Perspectives on Science and Mathematics (Secondary Education Emphasis)
or DLL Literature and Humanities
3-4
DLS ENGL 202  Technical Communication
or DLS STEM-ED 210 Knowing and Learning in Mathematics & Science (Secondary Education Emphasis)
3
DLS ED-CIFS 201 Foundations of Education (Secondary Education Emphasis)
or DLS Social Sciences course in a second field
3
CS 117  C++ for Engineers 3
ENGR 120  Introduction to Engineering
or ENGR 130  Introduction to Engineering Applications
3-4
ENGR 210  Engineering Statics 3
ENGR 220  Engineering Dynamics 3
ENGR 240  Electrical and Electronic Circuits 3
MATH 175  Calculus II 4
MATH 275  Multivariable and Vector Calculus 4
MATH 333  Differential Equations with Matrix Theory 4
MATH 360  Engineering Statistics
or MATH 361  Probability and Statistics I
3
ME 105  Mechanical Engineering Graphics 3
ME 271  Introduction to Computation for Engineers 1
ME 302 or ENGR 320  Thermodynamics I 3
CID ME 310  Experimental Methods Lab 2
ME 320  Heat Transfer 3
ME 330, 331  Fluid Mechanics and Lab 4
ME 350  Engineering Mechanics of Materials 3
ME 352  Machine Design I 3
ME 380  Kinematics and Machine Dynamics 3
ME 424  Thermal and Fluids Systems Design 3
ME 462  Machine Design II 3
FF ME 481  Senior Design Project I 3
ME 483  Senior Design Project II 3
MSE 245, 245L Intro to Materials Science & Engineering & Lab 4
PHYS 212, 212L  Physics II with Calculus and Lab 5
Mechanical engineering electives* (must be upper-division ME courses) 6
Technical electives* (must be upper division course)
or STEM-ED 350* Research Methods (Secondary Education Emphasis)
3
In addition, complete the courses listed under the Secondary Education Emphasis below to graduate with a BS in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Secondary Education.
Total 122-124
*All technical electives not pre-approved in DegreeTracker must be approved by the student’s advisor

2017-2018 catalog

Secondary Education Emphasis

Course Number and Title Credits
STEM-ED 101  Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching 1
STEM-ED 102  Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design 1
STEM-ED 310  Classroom Interactions 3
STEM-ED 410  Project-Based Instruction 3
STEM-ED 480  Apprentice Teaching 6
Total 136-138
*The emphasis requires that ED-CIFS 201, STEM-ED 210, STEM-ED 220, STEM-ED 350 must also be completed, as indicated above.