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The Mechanical Engineering curriculum is designed for students who desire to enter industry or pursue advanced studies. The curriculum provides a broad range of courses in the areas of solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, design and manufacturing and dynamics and mechatronics.

Vision

The Mechanical Engineering Program strives to graduate mechanical engineers of the highest quality and to conduct state-of-the-art research.

Mission

The Mechanical Engineering Program makes a high-quality, relevant engineering education available to all residents of the El Paso binational region. The department dedicates itself to providing students a set of skills, knowledge and attitudes that will permit its graduates to succeed and thrive as engineers and leaders.

The Program strives to:

  • prepare its graduates to pursue lifelong learning, serve the profession and meet intellectual, ethical and career challenges; and
  • maintain a vital, state-of-the-art research enterprise to provide its students and faculty opportunities to create, interpret, apply, and disseminate knowledge.

General Upper Division Prerequisite

All students must demonstrate basic competency to take any upper division course. An upper division course is any MECH course in the Junior or Senior year. Competency can be demonstrated by completing the following courses at UTEP with a “C” or better.

MECH 2322Mechanics of Materials3
MECH 2340Mechanics II - Dynamics3
MECH 2311Intro to Thermal-fluid Sci3
MECH 2351Engineering Analysis I3

BS in Mechanical Engineering

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 128

University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Mechanical Engineering Prerequisites
Required Courses:
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
MATH 1411Calculus I4
Select one of the following options:4
General Chemistry (C)
and Laboratory for CHEM 1306 C
General Biology
and Topics in Study of Life I C
Introductory Electromagnetism C
Mechanical Engineering (Other Requirements) (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Required Courses:
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 2313Calculus III3
Select one of the following:3
Organismal Biology
Intro. to Higher Mathematics
Differential Equations
Matrix Algebra
Principles of Mathematics
Analytical Mechanics I
Fundamentals of Acoustics
Mechanical Engineering Major
Required Courses: 1
MECH 1305Graphic & Design Fundamentals C3
MECH 1321Mechanics I-Statics C3
MECH 2131Manufacturing Engineering Lab C1
MECH 2311Intro to Thermal-fluid Sci C3
MECH 2322Mechanics of Materials C3
MECH 2331Matl & Manufacturing Processes C3
MECH 2340Mechanics II - Dynamics C3
MECH 2340Mechanics II - Dynamics C3
MECH 2342Electro Mechanical Systems C3
MECH 2351Engineering Analysis I C3
MECH 3312Thermodynamics3
MECH 3313Thermo-Fluids Lab C3
MECH 3314Fluid Mechanics3
MECH 3323Solid Mechanics Lab3
MECH 3334Mechanical Design C3
MECH 3345System Dynamics C3
MECH 3352Engineering Analysis II3
MECH 4315Heat Transfer C3
MECH 4316Thermal System Design C3
MECH 4326Finite Element Analysis C3
MECH 4336Principles of Engr Design C3
MECH 4346Mechatronics C3
MECH 4366Senior Design Project 23
Select two of the following:6
Intro/Computer Aided Manufact.
Gas Dynamics
Environmental Control Engr
Engineering Problems Seminar
Special Topics in Mech. Engr.
Total Hours128
C

Courses require a grade of C or better.

1

All institutional courses appearing in this area count towards the major GPA with a minimum of 2.0

2

Must be in the last full semester and have a 2.0 GPA or better in major.

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication

Select six hours of the following: (Note: ESL students should take ESOL 1300 & ESOL 13126
Written and Oral Communication
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl (C) 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl (C) 1
Total Hours6
 
 

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 1865 (C)3
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 1865 (C)3
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature (C)
English Literature (C)
Intro to American Fiction (C)
Intro to American Drama (C)
Intro to American Poetry (C)
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500 (C)
World History Since 1500 (C)
Introduction to Philosophy (C)
Ethics (C)
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics 

Select one of the following:3
Math in the Modern World (C)
Math for Social Sciences I (C)
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus (C)
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Differential Equations
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Life and Physical Sciences 

A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.) 

Select six hours of the following: 16
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Elem Astronomy-Solar System(C)
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology (C)
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci (C)
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Physical Geography (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology (C)
Intro to Historical Geol (C)
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6
1

Based on the major selected, options listed might not be applicable; please refer to the prerequisite area at top if one is present.

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics (C)3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics (C)3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog (C)
Intro-Cultural Anthropology(C)
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics (C)
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics (C)
Principles of Economics (C)
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics(C)
Cultural Geography (C)
An Intro. to Linguistics (C)
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology (C)
Introduction to Sociology (C)
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation (C)
History of Art I (C)
History of Art II (C)
Dance Appreciation (C)
Intro-Art of Motion Pict. (C)
Intro to Music History (C)
Music Appreciation (C)
Jazz to Rock (C)
Introduction to Theatre (C)
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking (C)
Business/Profession Comm (C)
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry (C)
Total Hours6