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Mechanical Engineering (BS) - Aerospace Track

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General Education Requirements (54 Hours)

Area I - Written Composition (2 Courses, 6 Hours)

  1. 3 hours:  EH 101

  2. 3 hours:  EH 102 or EH 105 (Honors Only)

Area II - Humanities & Fine Arts (4 Courses, 12 Hours)

  1. 3 hours:  CA 110

  2. 3 hours from:  EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236

  3. 3 hours from:  ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101

Area III – Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3 Courses & Labs, 12 Hours)

  1. 4 hours:  MA 125

  2. 8 hours:  CH 131 & CH 131L, PH 201 & PH 201L

Area IV – History, Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 Courses, 9 Hours)

  1. 3 - 6 hours from:  HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136

  2. 3 - 6 hours from:  AN 100, AN 101, CA 100, CA 211, CJ 105, ECO 215, ECO 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, GS 101, HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136, IS 100, IST 201, NAS 101, PSC 130, PSY 120, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112

Area V (4 Courses, 18 Hours)

  1.  14 hours:  MA 126, MA 227, MA 237, MA 238, PH 202 & PH 202L 

Major Requirements (72 Hours)

Engineering Course Requirements (8 Courses, 20 Hours)

  1. 3 hours:  EG 220, EG 231, EG 270, EG 283, EG 284, EG 360

  2. 2 hours: EG 101/EG 201

Mechanical Engineering Course Rquirements (15 Courses & Labs, 37 Hours)

  1. 4 hours: ME 328

  2. 3 hours:  ME 135, ME 312, ME 314, ME 316, ME 317, ME 326, ME 410 (W), ME 426, ME 472

  3. 2 hours:  ME 416

  4. 1 hour:  ME 336 (W), ME 412, ME 414, ME 429

Science Elective (1 Course (no lab required), 3 hours)

  1. 3 hours:  BLY 121/CH 132/GY 111/PH 303 (lab required)/ST 315/ MA 316/ MA 354/MA 437

Areodynamics (1 Course, 3 Hours)

  1. 3 hours: AE 361

Areospace Electives (2 Courses, 6 Hours)

  1. 3 hours:  Approved AE Elective I

  2. 3 hours:  Approved AE Elective II 

Minor Requirements (0 Hours)

A minor is not required for this degree program


Notes:

ME 135 – ONLY 2 attempts to earn a grade of C or better.  Students who do not meet this requirement will not be allowed to continue in the program. 


Additional Information 

It is important that students make adequate progress in the Mechanical Engineering program.  Satisfactory completion of a set of fundamental courses is required before a student is allowed to take advanced courses.  Professional Component Standing (PCS) is awarded by the chair of the department when the student completes the College of Engineering PCS requirements and the WBBJ ME departmental PCS requirements.

College Engineering PSC Courses

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Minimum Grade
EH 101 English Composition I 3 C
EH 102 English Composition II 3 C
CH 131 General Chemistry I + Lab 4 C
MA 125 Calculus I 4 C
MA 126 Calculus II 4 C
PH 201 Calculus-Based Physics I + Lab 4 C

Mechanical Engineering PCS Courses

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Minimum Grade
MA 227 Calculus III 4 C
MA 237 Linear Algebra I 3 C
PH 202 Calculus-Based Physics II + Lab 4 C
EG 283 Statics 3 C
ME 135

Engr Graphics and Comm

(maximum 2 attempts)

3 C

 

  

  

  

  

Mechanical Engineering (BS) :  Areospace Engineering (126 Total Hours)

First Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
EG 101 Intro to Engineering & Design 2
EH 101 English Composition I 3
MA 125 Calculus I 4
CH 131/CH 131L General Chemistry I + Lab 4
General Education **Area II or IV 3
     
      Total Hours 16 

First Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
EH 102 English Composition II 3
MA 126 Calculus II 4
PH 201/PH 201L Calculus-Based Physics I & Lab 4
ME 135 Engineering Graphics 3
CA 110 Public Speaking (Gen Ed) 3
     
      Total Hours  17

Second Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
MA 227 Calculus III 4
MA 237  Linear Algebra 3
PH 202/PH 202L Calculus-Based Physics II & Lab 4
EG 283 Statics 3
General Education **Area II or IV 3
     
     
      Total Hours  17

Second Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
EG 231 Engineering Econ & Ethics 3
EG 284 Dynamics 3
MA 238 Differential Equations I 3
EG 315 Mechanics of Materials 3
EG 220 Electrical Circuits 3
General Education **Area II or IV 3
     
      Total Hours 18 

Third Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
EG 270 Thermodynamics 3
EG 360 Fluid Mechanics 3
ME 326 Material Science 3
ME 328 Mech Engineering Analysis + Lab 4
Science Elective See Department List - lecture only 3
     
     
      Total Hours 16 

Third Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
AE 361 Fundamentals of Aerodynamics 3
ME 314 Machine Component Design 3
ME 316 Instrumentation & Experimentation 3
ME 317 Heat Transfer 3
ME 336 Material Science Lab (W) 1
General Education **Area II or IV 3
     
      Total Hours  16

Fourth Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
ME 312  Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
ME 410 Principles of Design (W) 3
ME 326  Controls 3
ME 429 Controls & Instrumentation Lab 1
AE Elective I See Department List 3
     
      Total Hours 13 

Fourth Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
ME 412 Thermal Science Lab 1
ME 414 Capstone Design 1
ME 416 Capstone Project 2
ME 472 Vibration Analysis 3
AE Elective II See Department List 3
General Education **Area II or IV 3
      Total Hours 13 
Notes
*Recommended Course 
**See Degree Requirements 


MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SAMPLE 4-YEAR PLAN WITH MILESTONES

Term 1 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
EH 101* English Composition I   3 Must complete at least 12 hours with a 2.0 or higher GPA
MA 125 Calculus I ACT Math 27 4  
CH 131/CH 131L General Chemistry I ACT Math 24 4  
EG 101 Freshman Seminar ACT Math 24 2  
Fine Arts Elective     3  
      16  
Term 2 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
EH 102 English Composition II EH 101 or
test score
3 MA 125
MA 126 Calculus II MA 125 4 CH 131/131L
PH 201/PH 201L Physics I MA 125 and
MA 126 (cc)
4 EH 101 or EH 105*
ME 135 Engineering Graphics and Communication MA 125 (cc) 3  
History (US or Western Civ.)     3  
       17  
Term 3 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
MA 227  Calculus III MA 126 4 PH 201/201L
MA 237 Linear Algebra I MA 126 3 MA 126
PH 202/202L Physics II PH 201 4 EH 102
EG 283 Statics MA 126 and
PH 201
3 ME 135
CA 110     3  
      17  
Term 4 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
MA 238 Differential Equations MA 227 (cc) 3 MA 227
EG 284 Dynamics EG 283 3 PH 202/202L
EG 315 Mechanics of Materials EG 283 and MA 227 3 EG 283
EG 231 Engineering Economics and Ethics EG 283 3 MA 237
EG 220 Electrical Circuits PH 202 3  
      15  
Term 5 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
EG 360 Fluid Mechanics EG 284 and MA 238 3 MA 238
ME 326 Materials Science EG 315 3  
Science Elective See advisor for approved course list   3  
EG 270 Thermodynamics PH 201 and
MA 126
3  
ME 328 Mechanical Analysis II MA 227 and
MA 238
4  
      16  
Term 6 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
ME 317 Heat Transfer EG 270, EG 360, and ME 328 3 Apply for graduation
ME 336 (W) Materials Science Lab ME 326 1 Apply for FE Exam
ME 314 Machine Component Design EG 284 and EG 315 3  
ME 312 ME Thermodynamics EG 270 3  
ME 316 Instrumentation and Experimental Method MA 238 and EG 220 3  
English Literature     3  
      16  
Term 7 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
ME 410 (W) Principles of Design ME 314 3 FE Exam
ME 429 Controls and Instrumentation Lab   1  
ME 426 Controls ME 316 3  
ME 412 Thermodynamics Lab ME 316 1  
ME Elective  See advisor for approved course list   3  
Social/Behavioral Elective     3  
      14  
Term 8 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
ME 414 Capstone Design ME 410 1  
ME 416 Capstone Project ME 410 2  
ME Elective or Technical Elective See advisor for approved course list   3  
ME Elective or Technical Elective See advisor for approved course list   3  
ME 472 Vibrations EG 284, EG 315, and ME 316 3  
Social/Behavioral Elective     3  
      15  
    **TOTAL 126  
         
All bolded courses meet general education requirements.
Courses listed as Milestones are required to obtain the Professional Component Standing (PCS).
Prerequisite courses denoted (cc) may be taken concurrently.
*Students who earn an English ACT score of 27, or a written SAT score of 610, can opt out of EH 101.
**Students not Term 1 - Calculus I ready will exceed the 126 hours required for this degree. If math is not started prior to Fall -Year 1, you are likely extending your four-year graduation time table. Students with ACT Math scores 21 and below should begin math courses in the summer before Fall - Year 1.
Two designated writing (W) courses are required with at least one course chosen from offerings in the student's major or minor. Courses carrying this required credit are identified in the University Bulletin by a (W) after the course title.
The Sample 4-year plan is designed as a guide for students preparing for their course selections. This information provides only a suggested schedule. Actual course selections should be made in consultation with an advisor.

 

Department of Mechanical Engineering (251) 460-6168
Chair David A. Nelson
Professors Hsiao, Nelson, Phan  
Associate Professors Cauley 
Assistant Professors Kar, Lillian, Montalvo, Richardson, Tambe, Dizbay-Onat, Yadollahi
Professors Emeritus Donovan, Engin
Instructors Kramer, Roberts

Department of Mechanical Engineering website
https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/engineering/me/index.html

Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers invent, analyze and design systems that produce power or convert energy. This encompasses such diverse applications as designing next-generation aircraft and automobiles, inventing novel methods of generating energy from renewable sources, and developing sophisticated new medical devices and systems. Mechanical engineers are in the forefront of exciting new technological fields, including nano-engineering, biomedical engineering, and energy research.

The basic fields of study for mechanical engineers include:

  • Materials science, the study of the relationship between structure, properties, and processing of materials.
  • Thermodynamics and heat transfer dealing with basic concepts and applications of work, energy, and power. Applications include power generation from fossil fuels, from renewable sources (solar, wind energy) and fuel cells.
  • Engineering mechanics, the study of static and dynamic effects of forces applied to rigid and flexible solid bodies.
  • Fluid mechanics, the study of the forces and motions of liquids and gases. Included in this area of study are hydraulics, gas dynamics, aerodynamics, and design and application of pumps, compressors, and turbines.
  • Control systems including studies of transient and steady-state response of systems to external inputs.
  • Design synthesis which integrates all fields of engineering in the production of safe, practical, efficient, and economically feasible solutions to real problems.

All BSME students complete a senior-year "capstone" design project, in which a team of students defines and solves a unique, real-world engineering problem.

The curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) is designed so that graduates can work in any Mechanical Engineering field, or continue their educations at the graduate level.

BSME Program Educational Objectives:

Alumni of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program should demonstrate the following traits and accomplishments within five years following graduation:

  1. Graduates will achieve professional advancements or promotions with progressively higher levels of responsibility, competency, professional and ethical judgment and analysis.  They will apply creative and innovative techniques to solve significant problems.  They will apply team assimilation skills to successfully manage cross-disciplinary, collaborative projects that require global and multicultural perspectives.

  2. Graduates will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills in presenting, documenting and conveying their work. They will use these skills in creating and supporting new or improved designs, inventions, and intellectual property, thereby contributing to the social, economic, and environmental well-being of local and global communications.  

  3. Graduates will demonstrate commitment to lifelong and continuous professional development through activities such as mentoring, participating in professional societies, completing advanced degrees and achieving professional registration or other certifications.

Mechanical Engineering graduates will accomplish these objectives in the course of professional employment, entrepreneurship, military or public service and postgraduate education.

BSME Student Outcomes: 

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, and environmental, and economic factors

  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Mechanical Engineering Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program

The Department of Mechanical Engineering allows well-qualified undergraduates in the program to follow an “Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s” study plan.  This plan permits up to six credit hours of graduate coursework to count towards both the bachelor’s (as Technical Electives) and the master’s degrees, so that the master’s degree is earned faster than usual.  (The coursework concerned must individually satisfy the requirements of both degrees.)  See a departmental advisor for specific details. 

Exam-Compliant Calculator Policy

Every Mechanical Engineering (ME) student must have an exam-compliant calculator.  Only those calculators which are acceptable for use in the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam are considered to be exam-compliant and may be used in Mechanical Engineering classes which allow calculator usage.  Use of a calculator which is NOT exam complaint in an ME test, quiz, or exam will be considered academic misconduct.  For a list of exam-compliant calculator models, see https://ncees.org/exams/calculator/.

Aerospace Engineering Track

Students who plan to enter careers or graduate studies in aerospace, aeronautics, astronautics, or a related field may pursue the specialized track in Aerospace Engineering with the BSME program.  Students in this track must complete AE 361 Introduction to Aerodynamics, in addition to two other approved aerospace engineering electives.

Students interested in the Aerospace Engineering track within the BSME program should consult their academic advisor. 

Biomedical Engineering Track

Students who plan to enter careers or graduate studies in biomedical engineering may pursue the specialized track in Biomedical Engineering within the BSME program.  This track may also be appropriate for students planning to pursue a career in the health sciences (medical school, dental school, or other health profession programs).

Students in the Biomedical Engineering track must complete General Biology I & II w/ labs (BLY 121, BLY 121L, BLY 122, BLY 122L), General Chemistry II w/ lab (CH 132, CH 132L) and ME 467, Introduction to Biomedical Engineering. 

Students interested in the Biomedical Engineering track within the BSME program should consult their academic advisor.  Students planning to apply for a health profession program should also consult with a Pre-Health Profession Advisor to identify any additional courses that may be required.