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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The undergraduate program requirements for the bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering are comprised of three major segments: foundation courses in Mathematics and Basic Sciences; Engineering courses; and General Education courses in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The number of units for each required segment is as follows:

Total number of units required — 129 units

All courses taken in fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor’s degree must be taken for a letter grade. All mathematics and physical science courses required for the degree must be completed with at least a “C” (2.0) grade to count as prerequisite courses to engineering courses or as credit toward the degree. Graduate courses are not open to undergraduate students without approval of the Department Chairman.

The Upper Division Writing Requirement must be satisfied by a passing score on the Examination in Writing Proficiency (EWP) and the following courses from the Mechanical Engineering Program: EGME 306A, 306B, 476A, and 476B. Written work for these courses must meet professional standards and requires completion with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better.

Information on the above items is elaborated in the following paragraphs.

1. Mathematics and Basic Science Courses (33 units)
The Mathematics and Sciences course requirements prepare the student for the engineering portion of the curriculum.  These courses provide a firm foundation in mathematics and the natural sciences, a necessary prerequisite for our rigorous Mechanical Engineering curriculum. The required Mathematics and Science courses, including the associated units are as follows: 

Required Mathematics and Basic Science Courses

Course Description Units
Mathematics 150A Analytical Geometry and Calculus 4
Mathematics 150B Analytical Geometry and Calculus 4
Mathematics 250A Multivariate Calculus 4
Mathematics 250B Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 4
Physics 225 Fundamental Physics: Mechanics 3
Physics 225L Fundamental Physics Lab: Mechanics 1
Physics 226 Fundamental Physics: Electricity and Magnetism 3
Physics 226L Fundamental Physics Lab: Electricity and Magnetism 1
Chemistry 120A General Chemistry 5
Biology 101 Elements of Biology 3


2.
Engineering Courses (67 units)
Engineering Courses are covered through three sets, as follows:

Engineering Core Courses
The engineering core provides a strong, and broad, foundation for the Mechanical Engineering Program. It exposes students to fundamental engineering concepts in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. It further provides comprehensive coverage of principle multidisciplinary concepts that students will be using in design-oriented courses. In this core, engineering applications of mathematics and basic science are discussed, basic engineering design concepts are presented, engineering laboratory measurement techniques are taught, and advanced analytical methods in engineering are covered. In addition, methods of computer utilization are presented. These courses also provide students with basic oral, written, and graphical communication skills. The core courses, including the associated units are as follows: 

Required Engineering Core Courses

Course Description Units
EGME 102 Engineering Graphics 3
EGCE 201 Statics 3
EGEE 203 Electric Circuits 3
EGME 205 Digital Computation 3
EGCE 302 Dynamics 3
EGME 304 Thermodynamics 3
EGME 306A Unified Laboratory 1
EGME 308 Engineering Analysis 3

 


Required Core Courses in Mechanical Engineering
These required courses provide the necessary depth in mechanical engineering. The laboratory component, involving both the engineering and design laboratories, provides a particularly varied set of educational experiences; the lecture sequence equips students with the knowledge and tools required to synthesize mathematics, natural science, engineering science and laboratory experiences. The progressive coverage of engineering sciences and design principles, together with hands-on laboratory experiences, prepare the students for their major and final preparation to become competent engineers as they start their two-semester multi-disciplinary capstone design course sequence EGME 414 and EGME 419.

Required Courses in Mechanical Engineering

Course Description Units
EGEE 203L Electric Circuits Laboratory 1
EGME 306B Fluids and Thermal Laboratory 1
EGME 322L Introduction to Computer-Aided Design 3
EGME 331 Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3
EGME 333 Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics 3
EGME 335 Introduction to Mechanical Design 3
EGME 407 Heat Transfer 3
EGME 414 Design Project I 3
EGME 419 Design Project II 2
EGME 421 Mechanical Design 3
EGME 431 Mechanical Vibrations 3
EGME 476A Dynamic Systems and Controls Laboratory 2
EGME 476B Energy and Power Laboratory 2


EGGN 495 Professional Practice
 (Optional)
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing in engineering. Description: Prerequisite: junior or senior standing in engineering. Professional engineering work in industry or government. Written report required. May be repeated for credit. Applicable towards bachelor’s degree programs. Not for credit in the graduate program. Units 1-3.

Technical Elective Courses in Mechanical Engineering
The Mechanical Engineering Program offers four areas of specialization:

  • Robotics, Controls and Automated Manufacturing Engineering
  • Design and Materials for Manufacturing
  • Thermal and Fluids Engineering
  • Power and Energy

An undergraduate ME student may choose technical electives from one or more of these four areas of specialization depending on his/her own interest and professional goals.  Detailed programs tailored to your schedule can be made in consultation with the Department Advisor.  Eleven units of advisor-approved technical elective courses are required and are to be selected from the courses listed below. 

Robotics, Controls and Automated Manufacturing Engineering

Course Description Units
EGME 315 Basic Fabrication Techniques and Manufacturing Practices 3
EGME 410 Introduction to the Finite Element Method and Applications 3
EGME 411 Mechanical and Control Systems 3
EGME 418 Space and Rocket Engineering 3
EGME 422 Mechanical Design using Pro/ENGINEER 3
EGME 424 Data Acquisition and Instrumentation Using LabVIEW 3
EGME 438 Analytical Methods in Engineering 3
EGME 454 Optimization of Engineering Design 3
EGME 456 Introduction to Mechatronics for Engineers 3
EGME 457L Intelligent Systems Laboratory 2
EGME 461 Fabrication Methods 3
EGME 463 Introduction to Robotics and Automated Manufacturing 3
EGME 475 Acoustics and Noise Control 3
EGME 480 Human Factors in Engineering 3
EGME 483 Computer-Integrated Manufacturing 3
EGME 486 Introduction to Electronics Packaging 3

 

Design and Materials for Manufacturing

Course Description Units
EGME 315 Basic Fabrication Techniques and Manufacturing Practices 3
EGME 410 Introduction to the Finite Element Method and Applications 3
EGME 411 Mechanical and Control Systems 3
EGME 418 Space and Rocket Engineering 3
EGME 422 Mechanical Design using Pro/ENGINEER 3
EGME 424 Data Acquisition and Instrumentation Using LabVIEW 3
EGME 438 Analytical Methods in Engineering 3
EGME 447 Piping Selection and Piping Network Design 3
EGME 454 Optimization of Engineering Design 3
EGME 456 Introduction to Mechatronics for Engineers 3
EGME 459 Plastics and Other Non-Metallics 3
EGME 460 Failure of Engineering Materials 3
EGME 461 Fabrication Methods 3
EGME 462 Composite Materials 3
EGME 463 Introduction to Robotics and Automated Manufacturing 3
EGME 475 Acoustics and Noise Control 3
EGME 480 Human Factors in Engineering 3
EGME 483 Computer-Integrated Manufacturing 3
EGME 486 Introduction to Electronics Packaging 3

 

Thermal and Fluids Engineering

Course Description Units
EGME 315 Basic Fabrication Techniques and Manufacturing Practices 3
EGME 410 Introduction to the Finite Element Method and Applications 3
EGME 417 Computational Heat Transfer 3
EGME 418 Space and Rocket Engineering 3
EGME 424 Data Acquisition and Instrumentation Using LabVIEW 3
EGME 426 Design of Thermal and Fluid Systems 3
EGME 438 Analytical Methods in Engineering 3
EGME 447 Piping Selection and Piping Network Design 3
EGME 451 Thermal Environmental Conditioning and Control 3
EGME 452 Fluid Machinery 3
EGME 454 Optimization of Engineering Design 3
EGME 486 Introduction to Electronics Packaging 3
EGME 487 Thermal Control of Electronic Packaging 3

 

Power and Energy

Course Description Units
EGME 315 Basic Fabrication Techniques and Manufacturing Practices 3
EGME 410 Introduction to the Finite Element Method and Applications 3
EGME 417 Computational Heat Transfer 3
EGME 418 Space and Rocket Engineering 3
EGME 424 Data Acquisition and Instrumentation Using LabVIEW 3
EGME 426 Design of Thermal and Fluid Systems 3
EGME 438 Analytical Methods in Engineering 3
EGME 447 Piping Selection and Piping Network Design 3
EGME 451 Thermal Environmental Conditioning and Control 3
EGME 452 Fluid Machinery 3
EGME 454 Optimization of Engineering Design 3
EGME 486 Introduction to Electronics Packaging 3
EGME 487 Thermal Control of Electronic Packaging 3


3. General Education Courses (30 Units)
The goal of General Education at CSU-Fullerton is to prepare students for thinking and acting as informed and ethically mature human beings, and preparing them to become productive citizens in a culturally diverse society. The Mechanical Engineering General Education requirements are itemized below

I. Core Competencies (9 units)

      A. Oral Communications
      B. Written Communications
      C. Critical Thinking

II. Historical and Cultural Foundations (9 units)

      A. Development of World Civilization
      B. American History, Institutions and Values
        1. American History
        2. Government

III. Disciplinary Learning (9 units)

      A. Mathematics and Natural Sciences

(Covered by the required Math and Science Courses)

      B. Arts and Humanities
        1. Introduction to the Arts
        2. Introduction to the Humanities
        3. Implications, Explorations, and the Participatory Experience in the Arts and Humanities
      C. Social Sciences
        1. Introduction to the Social Sciences -

Covered by the following required ME Courses:

EGME 314 Engineering Economy (2 units)

EGME 490 Seminar in Engineering (1 unit)

      2. Implications, Explorations, and the Participatory Experience in the Social Sciences

IV. Cultural Diversity (3 units)