BS in Mechanical Engineering

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Introduction

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 2311Intro to Thermal-fluid Sci3
MECH 2322Mechanics of Materials3
MECH 2340Mechanics II - Dynamics3

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 128

University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Mechanical Engineering Prerequisites
Required Courses:
CHEM 1305
CHEM 1105
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305
3
MATH 1411Calculus I4
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
Select one of the following options:4
General Biology
and Topics in Study of Life I C
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1306 C
Introductory Electromagnetism
Mechanical Engineering (Other Requirements) (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Required Courses:
CE 2326Econ for Engrs & Scientists3
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 2313Calculus III3
MATH 2326Differential Equations3
Select one of the following:3
Organismal Biology
Matrix Algebra
Applied Analysis I
Numerical Analysis
Applied Analysis II
Survey of Modern Physics
Analytical Mechanics I
Fundamentals of Acoustics
Probability and Statistics
Select one of the following:
Matrix Algebra
Applied Analysis I
Numerical Analysis
Applied Analysis II
Probability and Statistics
Mechanical Engineering Major
Required Courses: 1
MECH 1305Graphic & Design Fundamentals C3
MECH 1321Mechanics I-Statics C3
MECH 2103Engineering Computations1
MECH 2311Intro to Thermal-fluid Sci C3
MECH 2322Mechanics of Materials C3
MECH 2331Matl & Manufacturing Processes C3
MECH 2340Mechanics II - Dynamics C3
MECH 2342Electro Mechanical Systems C3
MECH 3312Thermodynamics3
MECH 3314Fluid Mechanics3
MECH 3334Mechanical Design 33
MECH 3345System Dynamics C3
MECH 3352Engineering Analysis II3
MECH 4315Heat Transfer 33
MECH 4366Senior Design Project 2, 33
Select one of the following:
Manufacturing Engineering Lab
Additive Manufacturing Lab
Metal Casting Lab
Select two of the following:
Mechatronics Lab
Thermo-fluid Lab
Solid Mechanics Lab
Select one of the following:
Finite Element Analysis 3
Dynamic Systems Simulation
Special Topics in Computation
Select five of the following (minimum of one from each area):
Solid Mechanics Area
Principles of Engr Design 3
Special Topics in Mech. Engr. 3
Thermal Fluid Area
Thermal System Design 3
Special Topics in Therm Fluid
Electro-Mechanical Area
Mechatronics 3
Special Topics in Elect-Mech
Total Hours128

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 or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I 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
Writing About Literature
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl 1
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Total Hours6

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics
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
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
CHEM 1407
CHEM 1408
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I
General Physics II
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
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
CHEM 1407
CHEM 1408
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Physical Geography
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

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

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

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