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Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Specific Program Educational Objectives
One broad goal for the Erik Jonsson School is an excellent education for our students. Our Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) toward this goal are:

High School Preparation

Engineering education requires a strong high school preparation. Pre-engineering students should have high school preparation of at least one-half year in trigonometry and at least one year each in elementary algebra, intermediate and advanced algebra, plane geometry, chemistry, and physics, thus developing their competencies to the highest possible levels and preparing to move immediately into demanding college courses in calculus, calculus-based physics, and chemistry for science majors. It is also essential that pre-engineering students have the competence to read rapidly and with comprehension, and to write clearly and correctly.

Lower-Division Study

All lower-division students in Mechanical Engineering concentrate on mathematics, science and introductory engineering courses, building competence in these cornerstone areas for future application in upper-division engineering courses. The following requirements apply both to students seeking to transfer to UT Dallas from other institutions as well as to those currently enrolled at UT Dallas, whether in another school or in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

ABET Requirements

All engineering degree plans must satisfy the requirements specified by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The course work must include at least:

Although the Mechanical Engineering curricula that follow have been designed to meet these criteria, students have the responsibility, in consultation with an advisor, to monitor their own choice of courses carefully to be certain that all academic requirements for graduation are being satisfied. Students are strongly encouraged to take courses in such subjects as accounting, industrial management, finance, personnel administration, and engineering economy.

Academic Progress in Mechanical Engineering

In order to make satisfactory academic progress as a Mechanical Engineering major, a student must meet all University requirements for academic progress, and must earn a grade of C- or better in each of the major core courses. No "Major Requirement" course may be taken until the student has obtained a grade of C- or better in each of the prerequisites. If a higher grade requirement is stated for a specific class, the higher requirement applies.


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Degree Requirements (124127 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 hours

A. Communication (6 hours)

3 hours Communication (RHET 1302)

3 hours Professional and Technical Communication (ECS 3390)5

B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)

6 hours Government (GOVT 2301 and 2302)

6 hours American History

3 hours Social and Behavioral Science (ECS 3361)

C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)

3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)

3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)

D. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)

6 hours Calculus (MATH 2417 and 2419)2

E. Science (9 hours)

8 hours Physics (PHYS 2325, 2125, 2326 and 2126)

4 hours Chemistry (CHEM 1311 and 1111)3

1Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.

II. Major Requirements: 756 hours4

Major Core Preparatory Courses (6725 hours beyond Core Curriculum)

CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Laboratory I3,4

CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I3,4

CS 1337 Computer Science I

ECS 3361 Social Issues and Ethics in Computer Science and Engineering
ECS 3390 Professional and Technical Communication5
ECS 3390 Professional and Technical Communication6

MATH 2417 Calculus I2

MATH 2419 Calculus II2

MATH 2420 Differential Equations with Applications

MECH 1108 Introduction to Engineering

MECH 12308 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

MECH 2120 Mechanical Measurements Laboratory

MECH 2300 Applied Linear Algebra for Engineers

MECH 2310 Static Equilibrium and Rigid Body Dynamics

MECH 2320 Strength of Materials

PHYS 2125 Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 2126 Physics Laboratory II

PHYS 2325 Mechanics

PHYS 2326 Electromagnetism and Waves

Major Core Courses (42 hours beyond Core Curriculum)

ECS 3361 Social Issues and Ethics in Computer Science and Engineering6

ECS 3390 Professional and Technical Communication5

MECH 3101 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory

MECH 3105 CAD Computer Aided Design Laboratory

MECH 3115 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

MECH 3120 Heat Transfer Laboratory

MECH 3150 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

MECH 3300 Advanced Engineering Mathematics (same as EE 3300)

MECH 3301 Mechanics of Materials

MECH 3302 Intermediate Dynamics

MECH 3305 Computer-Aided Design

MECH 3310 Fluid MechanicsThermodynamics

MECH 3315 ThermodynamicsIntroduction to Fluid Mechanics

MECH 3320 Heat Transfer

MECH 3341 Probability Theory and Statistics (same as EE 3341)

MECH 3350 Mechanical Component and System Design

MECH 4110 Systems Laboratory

MECH 4310 Systems and Controls

MECH 4381 Senior Design Project I

MECH 4382 Senior Design Project II

PHYS 2125 Physics Laboratory I
PHYS 2126 Physics Laboratory II
PHYS 2325 Mechanics
PHYS 2326 Electromagnetism and Waves

Prescribed Electives (9 hours)

Students pursuing the general program take 9 semester hours from the list below.

MECH 3151 Mechanical Systems Laboratory

MECH 3351 Design of Mechanical Systems

MECH 4330 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics

MECH 4340 Mechanical Vibrations

MECH 4350 Applied Heat Transfer

MECH 4360 Introduction to Nanostructured Materials

MECH 4370 Introduction to MEMS


2 Six hourse of Calculus are counted under Mathematics Core, and two hours of Calculus are counted as Major Preparatory Courses.
3 One hour of Chemistry is counted under Science core, and three hours are counted as Major Preparatory Courses.
4 Students must pass each of the MECH, CS, Math and Science courses listed in this degree plan and each of their prerequisites with a grade of C- or better.
5 Hours fulfill the Communication component of the Core Curriculum.
6 Hours contribute to the Social and Behavioral Sciences component of the Core Curriculum.

III. Elective Requirements: 9 hours

Advanced Electives (6 hours)

All students are required to take at least six hours of advanced electives outside their major field of study. These must be either upper-division classes or lower-division classes that have prerequisites.

Free Electives (3 hours)

Both lower- and upper-division courses may count as free electives but students must complete at least 51 hours of upper-division credit to qualify for graduation. Not all courses offered by the University can be used as a free elective. Please consult with your advisor.

Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master's Degrees

In response to the need for post-baccalaureate education in the exciting field of mechanical engineering, a Fast Track program is available to exceptionally well-qualified UT Dallas students who meet the requirements for admission to the graduate school. The Fast Track program is designed to accelerate a student's education so that both a B.S.M.E. and an M.S.M.E. degree can be earned in five years of full-time study. This is accomplished by (1) taking courses, typically electives) during one or more summer semesters, and (2) beginning graduate course work during the senior year. Details of the requirements for admission to this program are available from the Associate Dean.

Honors Programs

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers upper-division Honors for outstanding students in the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree program. This program offers special sections of designated classes and other activities designed to enhance the educational experience of exceptional students. Admission to the Honors programs requires a 3.50 or better GPA in at least 30 hours of coursework. Graduation with Honors requires a 3.50 or better GPA and completion of at least 6 honors classes. Thes honors classes must include either Senior Honors (MECH 4399) or Undergraduate Research in Mechanical Engineering (MECH 4V98) and a Senior Honors Thesis must be completed within one of those two classes. While the topics may be related, the Senior Thesis does not replace the need for the student to complete a regular Senior Design Project. The other five honors classes can come from a mixture of Graduate level (up to a count of 4) classes and special honors sections of regular undergraduate ME classes (up to a count of 2).

Departmental Honors with Distinction may be awarded to students whose Senior Honors Thesis is judged by a faculty committee to be of exemplary quality. Only students graduating with Departmental Honors are eligible. Thesis/projects must be submitted by the deadline that applies to M.S. Theses and Ph.D. Dissertations in the graduating semester to allow for proper evaluation. Students interested in Honors with Distrinction are encouraged to start working on their thesis/project a year prior to graduation.


The Department of Mechanical Engineering does not offer minors at this time.