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Curriculum Changes

The MBE Department takes action to continuously improve its program through appropriate changes to its curriculum. A full list of active curriculum changes is shown below.  Please make sure you are aware of curriculum changes and are adjusting your course plan as appropriate; these changes apply to all students, regardless of Catalog Year.

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Effective Date – The effective date reflects the semester in which the curriculum change is official and published in the Undergraduate Catalog. Students are encouraged to align their degree plan to the updated curriculum requirement as close to the effective date as possible, regardless of the catalog year for their degree plan.

Enforced Date – The enforced date reflects the semester that the curriculum change will be enforced with no exceptions granted. The enforced date occurs after a pre-defined implementation period (typically 3 semesters) which allows students the opportunity to adjust their course plans to accommodate the curriculum changes.

Changes to ME Degree Plan – Fall 2016

CourseDescription of ChangeEffective DateEnforcement Date & impact
ME 310 EXPERIMENTAL METHODS LABAdd ENGL 202 TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION as a co-requisite for ME 310.Fall 2016Effective Spring 2018, students will be able to enroll in ME310 only if they have already successfully completed or are enrolled in ENGL 202.
CE 330/331 FLUID MECHANICS LAB and
ENGR 330/331 FLUID MECHANICS LAB
Remove CE 330/331 and ENGR 330/331 as alternatives for ME 330/331.Fall 2016Effective Spring 2018, students taking CE 330/331 or ENGR 330/331 will not receive credit for the ME 330/331 degree requirement.
CE 330 FLUID MECHANICS and
ENGR 330 FLUID MECHANICS
Remove CE 350 and ENGR 350 as pre-requisites for -
• ME 320 HEAT TRANSFER
• ME 325 HVAC PRINCIPLES
• ME 424 THERMAL AND FLUID SYSTEMS DESIGN
• ME 426 RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS
• ME 430 FLUID DYNAMICS
• ME 432 ACOUSTICS
• ME 484 ROBUST DESIGN
Fall 2016Effective Spring 2018, students will be able to enroll in the courses listed only if they have successfully completed ME 330/331.
CE 350 ENGINEERING MECHANICS OF MATERIALS and
ENGR 350 ENGINEERING MECHANICS OF MATERIALS
Remove CE 350 and ENGR 350 as alternatives for ME 350.Fall 2016Effective Spring 2018, students taking CE 350 or ENGR 350 will not receive credit for the ME 350 degree requirement.
CE 350 ENGINEERING MECHANICS OF MATERIALS and
ENGR 350 ENGINEERING MECHANICS OF MATERIALS
Remove CE 350 and ENGR 350 as pre-requisites for -
• ME 352 MACHINE DESIGN I
• ME 444 FATIGUE AND FRACTURE MECHANICS
• ME 450 ADVANCED MECHANICS OF MATERIALS
• ME 454 COMPOSITES
• ME 464 PRODUCTION ENGINEERING
• ME 466 COMPUTER INTEGRATED DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING
• ME 470 FINITE ELEMENT METHODS
• ME 484 ROBUST DESIGN
• ME 485 VEHICLE DESIGN
• ME 488 DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURE AND ASSEMBLY
Fall 2016Effective Spring 2018, students will be able to enroll in the courses listed only if they have successfully completed ME 350.

Changes to ME Technical Electives – Fall 2016

CourseDescription of changeEffective DateEnforcement Date & Impact
ME 411 SELECTED TOPICS IN INDUSTRIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCYAdd ME 411 as a series of new 1-credit courses with the catalog description: ME 411 SELECTED TOPICS IN INDUSTRIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY (1-0-1) (F/S/Su) Examines principles of thermodynamics and engineering applied to industrial processes. Topics include industrial refrigeration, process heat, compressors and motors, building envelope and energy management. PREREQ: ME 302 or
Permission of Instructor.
Fall 2016Effective Fall 2016, the Undergraduate Catalog will include ME 411.
ME 464 PRODUCTION ENGINEERINGChange the pre-requisite for ME 464 -
From: [ME 320 and ME 350.]
To: [ME 350 or PERM/INST.]
Fall 2016Effective Spring 2018, students will be able to enroll in ME 464 if they have successfully completed ME 350 or receive permission from the course instructor.
ME 471 PARALLEL SCIENTIFIC COMPUTINGChange the catalog description for ME 471 -
From: “Introduction to parallel scientific computing on supercomputers and modern graphics processing units. . . .”
To: “Introduction to parallel scientific and technical computing on supercomputers and modern graphics processing units. . . .”
Fall 2016Effective Fall 2016, the Undergraduate Catalog will include an updated course description for ME 471.
ME 471 PARALLEL SCIENTIFIC COMPUTINGChange the pre-requisite for ME 471 -
From: [MATH 333, structured programming, and PERM/INST.]
To: [MATH 333, CS 117, or PERM/INST.]
Fall 2016Effective Spring 2018, students will be able to enroll in ME 471 if they have successfully completed MATH 333 and CS 117 or receive permission from the course instructor.
ME 486 HUMAN FACTORS DESIGNChange the pre-requisite for ME 486 -
From: [Senior/graduate standing.]
To: [ME 350 or PERM/INST.]
Fall 2016Effective Spring 2018, students will be able to enroll in ME 486 if they have successfully completed ME 350 or receive permission from the course instructor.

Changes to ME Degree Plan – Fall 2014

CourseDescription of changeEffective DateEnforcement Date & Impact
ME 481 Senior Design Project 1Add ME 310 as a pre-requisite for ME 481.Fall 2014Effective Spring 2016, students will be able to enroll in the courses listed only if they have successfully completed ME 310.
CS 117 C++ FOR ENGINEERSAdd CS 117 as a required computing course for ME major (3 credits.)Fall 2014Effective Spring 2016, students will not be able to obtain an ME degree without successfully completing CS 117.
ME 271 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATION FOR ENGINEERSChange the catalog description for ME 271 –
From: “Development of programming skills to solve problems in engineering and science by writing computer programs using C++, Matlab and MS Excel. Applications include vectors, linear algebra, interpolation, root finding, and numerical integration.”
To: “In this application-based course, students will develop programming skills to solve problems in engineering and science using industry software packages such as Matlab. Numerical methods such as vector analysis, linear algebra, interpolation, root finding, and numerical integration will be introduced and used in real-world examples.”
Fall 2014Effective Fall 2014, the Undergraduate Catalog will include an updated course description for ME 271.
ME 271 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATION FOR ENGINEERSReduce Credits for ME 271 from 3 to 1.Fall 2014Effective Fall 2014, students will receive 1 credit for successful completion of ME 271.
ME 271 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATION FOR ENGINEERSAdd CS 117 as a pre-requisite for ME 271.Fall 2014Effective Spring 2016, students will be able to enroll in ME 271 only if they have successfully completed CS 117.
ME 320 HEAT TRANSFERAdd ME 271 as a pre-requisite for ME 320.Fall 2014Effective Spring 2016, students will be able to enroll in ME 320 only if they have successfully completed ME 271.
ME 380 KINEMATICS AND MACHINE DYNAMICSReduce Credits for ME 380 from 4 to 3.Fall 2014Effective Fall 2014, students will receive 3 credits for successful completion of ME 380.
ME 380 KINEMATICS AND MACHINE DYNAMICSChange pre-requisite for ME 380 –
From: [ENGR 220, MATH 275, MATH 333, structured programming and ME Major Status.]
To: [PREREQ: ENGR 220, MATH 275, MATH 333, ME 271 and ME Major Status.]
Fall 2014Effective Spring 2016, students will be able to enroll in the courses listed only if they have successfully completed ME 271.