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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 (2019-2020 catalog)

Foundational Studies Program requirements indicated in bold. Refer to catalog for details and lists of approved courses.

Course Number and TitleCredits
ENGL 101  Introduction to College Writing3
ENGL 102  Intro to College Writing and Research3
UF 100  Intellectual Foundations3
UF 200  Civic and Ethical Foundations3
FM MATH 170  Calculus I4
FN CHEM 111, 111L General Chemistry I and Lab4
FN PHYS 211, 211L  Physics I with Calculus and Lab5
FA Visual and Performing Arts3
FH STEM-ED 220 Perspectives on Science and Mathematics (Secondary Education Emphasis)
or FH Literature and Humanities
FS ENGL 202  Technical Communication
or FS STEM-ED 210 Knowing and Learning in Mathematics & Science (Secondary Education Emphasis)
FS ED-CIFS 201 Foundations of Education (Secondary Education Emphasis)
or FS Social Sciences course in a second field
FC Foundations of Oral Communication3
CS 117  C++ for Engineers3
ENGR 180   Communication in Design Thinking3-4
ENGR 210  Engineering Statics3
ENGR 220  Engineering Dynamics3
ENGR 240  Electrical and Electronic Circuits3
MATH 175  Calculus II4
MATH 275  Multivariable and Vector Calculus4
MATH 333  Differential Equations with Matrix Theory4
MATH 360  Engineering Statistics
or MATH 361  Probability and Statistics I
ME 105  Mechanical Engineering Graphics3
ME 271  Introduction to Computation for Engineers1
ME 302 or ENGR 320  Thermodynamics I3
FC ME 310  Experimental Methods Lab2
ME 320  Heat Transfer3
ME 330, 331  Fluid Mechanics and Lab4
ME 350  Engineering Mechanics of Materials3
ME 352  Machine Design I3
ME 380 Kinematics and Machine Dynamics3
ME 424  Thermal and Fluids Systems Design3
ME 462  Machine Design II3
FF ME 481  Senior Design Project I3
ME 483  Senior Design Project II3
MSE 245, 245L Intro to Materials Science & Engineering & Lab4
PHYS 212, 212L  Physics II with Calculus and Lab5
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)
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.

*All technical electives not pre-approved in DegreeTracker must be approved by the student’s advisor
2019-2020 catalog

Secondary Education Emphasis

Course Number and TitleCredits
STEM-ED 101  Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching1
STEM-ED 102  Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design1
STEM-ED 310  Classroom Interactions3
STEM-ED 410  Project-Based Instruction3
STEM-ED 480  Apprentice Teaching6

*The emphasis requires that ED-CIFS 201, STEM-ED 210, STEM-ED 220, STEM-ED 350 must also be completed, as indicated above.