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Mechanical Engineering (BS) - Biomedical Engineering Track

First Year Credit Hours
Fall   16
EH 101 3 hrs  
MA 125 4 hrs  
CH 131 4 hrs  
EG 101 2 hrs  
Gen Ed* 3 hrs  
Spring   17
EH 102 3 hrs  
MA 126 4 hrs  
PH 201 4 hrs  
CA 110 3 hrs  
ME 135 3 hrs  
Second Year Credit Hours
Fall   17
MA 227 4 hrs  
MA 237 3 hrs  
PH 202 4 hrs  
EG 283 3 hrs  
Gen Ed* 3 hrs  
Spring   15
MA 238 3 hrs  
EG 220 3 hrs  
EG 231 3 hrs  
EG 284 3 hrs  
EG 315 3 hrs  
Third Year Credit Hours
Fall   17
EG 270 3 hrs  
EG 360 3 hrs  
ME 326 3 hrs  
ME 328 4 hrs  
CH 132/132L 4 hrs  
Spring   16
ME 312 3 hrs  
ME 314 3 hrs  
ME 316 3 hrs  
ME 317 3 hrs  
ME 336 1 hr  
Gen Ed 3 hrs  
Fourth Year***** Credit Hours
Fall   14
ME 412 1 hr  
ME 410 3 hrs  
ME 426 3 hrs  
ME 429 1 hr  
Gen Ed 3 hrs  
ME 467 3 hrs  
Spring   17
ME 414 1 hr  
ME 416 2 hr  
ME 472 3 hrs  
BLY 121/121L 4 hrs  
BLY 122/122L 4 hrs  
Gen Ed* 3 hrs  

General education requirements consist of nine (9) credit hours in Humanities and nine (9) credit hours in Social Sciences. Humanities credits must include one approved literature course, one approved fine arts course, and CA 110 (Public Speaking). Social Sciences credits must include one approved history course, one approved social and behavioral science course, and one course from either history or social and behavioral sciences.

Professional Component Standing (PCS)

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 ECE departmental PCS requirements. 

Mechanical Engineering PCS Courses
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Minimum Grade
MA 227 Calculus III 3 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 3 C
College of Engineering PCS 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

Students who fail to maintain at least a 2.00 GPA overall at the University of South Alabama will lose PCS and may be required to take or repeat appropriate courses as specified by the department chair to correct their deficiencies and may not be permitted to continue in 300- and 400-level engineering courses.




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 131/131L General Chemistry I ACT Math 24 4  
EG 101 Freshman Seminar ACT Math 24 2  
Fine Arts Elective     3  
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 201/201L 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  
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  
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  
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
ME 328 Mechanical Analysis II MA 227 and
MA 238
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  
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  
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  
    **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, Yazdani 
Assistant Professors Kar, Kim, Lillian, Montalvo, Poole, Richardson, Tambe, Dizbay-Onat
Professors Emeritus Donovan, Engin
Instructors Kramer, Roberts

Department of Mechanical Engineering website

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, which is the study of the relationship between structure, properties, and processing of materials.
  • Thermodynamics and heat transfer deal 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 is 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,

BSME Accelerated Bachelors – Masters Degree Option

Qualified students may have the opportunity to apply a limited number of graduate course credits to the BSME degree and to the MSME degree.  Students interested in this option should consult their ME advisor.

Exam-Compliant Calculator Policy

Every Mechanical Engineering (ME) student must have an exam-compliant calculator for use in those ME courses which allow calculator usage.  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 those 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

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 (BL 121, 121L, 122, 122L), General Chemistry II w/ lab (CH 132, 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.