Courses in Mechanical Engineering (MENG)

Program Curriculum

The B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering requires a minimum of 131 credit hours, with 73 credit hours of mechanical engineering courses, 18 credit hours of mathematics, and 12 credit hours of chemistry and physics. The balance of 28 credit hours is devoted to general education courses, including art, english, humanities and social and behavioral sciences.The curriculum culminates into capstone design laboratory courses which require students to integrate the knowledge gained in the previous years and to work in groups to design, build, and test a system or a process to satisfy some need(s).Students will work on actual projects from industry.This curriculum is designed to provide graduates with a well-rounded education which prepares them for life and work in a complex technological society.Some of the courses prescribed by the curriculum are described below.


MENG 1101Introduction to Engineering

An introduction to engineering as a career.The major fields of engineering and the typical responsibilities of an engineer are introduced through the use of guest speakers and field trips.Development of skills in teamwork, problem solving, and basic computer applications as related to engineering.

MENG 1132Engineering Graphics

Essentials of drafting and blueprint reading:orthographic projections, sectional views, pictorial drawing, geometric and dimensional tolerancing, finishing symbols.Introduction to sketching, computer-aided-drafting, and technical graphs.

MENG 1202Solid Modeling

Computer-aided design and problem solving.Use of solid modeling to work with the concepts associated with the design of machine elements such as nuts, bolts, chains and gears.

MENG 2103Mechanics of Solids

Analysis of structures using stress-strain diagrams, generalized Hookes law, stress and strain due to axial, torsional, shear, and flexural loads.

MENG 2104Electric Circuits

Units, electric fields, DC series and parallel circuits, Kirchoff’s Laws, network analysis, and AC circuits.

MENG 2113Statics

A study of forces and force systems, resultants and components of force systems, forces due to friction, conditions of equilibrium, and forces acting on frame structures.

MENG 2203Thermodynamics

The fundamental laws of thermodynamics; properties of systems, solids, gases and liquids; and thermodynamic tables.

MENG 2204Electronics

Introduction to semiconductor devices, basic amplifiers and feedback, symbolic logic, Boolean algebra, basic TTL gates, counters and flip-flops, shift registers.

MENG 2213Dynamics

Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies in plane motion.Work-energy and impulse-momentum principles.

MENG 2413Engineering Economics

The time value of economic resources suchas cash flow diagrams, simple and compound interest, present worth, future worth, equal payment series, and the economic evaluation of engineering projects.

MENG 3104Fluid Mechanics

Fundamental principles of fluid mechanics.Properties of fluids.Fluid statics.Control volume and transport theorem.Bernoulli’s equation.Continuity, momentum, and energy equations.Inviscid and viscous flows.Laminar and turbulent flows.Incompressible and compressible flows.Internal and external flows.Companion lab.

MENG 3114Materials Science

Study of the physical and mechanical characteristics of materials, and the effects of chemical composition, mechanical treatment, and thermal or heat treatment upon material properties.Companion lab.

MENG 3123Measurements and Instrumentation

Fundamentals of measurement systems, standards, treatment of data, statistics, uncertainty analysis, data acquisition, transducers, strain, force, acceleration, pressure, temperature, and fluid flow.Companion lab.

MENG 3203Applied Fluid Power Design

The fundamentals of fluid mechanics as applied to hydraulic and pneumatic hardware.Mathematical models of pumps, motors, pistons, accumulators, valves and transmission lines.Design and analysis procedures for implementing total fluid power systems with high operating efficiencies and adequate dynamic response.Companion lab.

MENG 3212Introduction to Engineering Design

Introduction to the concepts of engineering design and problem solving.Course emphasizes creative and critical thinking, project planning, design functionality, design economics, ethics, technical reporting techniques, computer graphics skills, and team design project activities.

MENG 3233Mechanisms

Kinematic and dynamic analysis of mechanical devices and machines.Displacement, instantaneous center of zero velocity, velocity and acceleration of linkages, cams, and gear trains.Introduction to synthesis of mechanisms.Design and computer problems.

MENG 3234Heat Transfer

Fundamental laws relating to heat transfer, including steady and transient conduction, convection, and radiation.Introduction to heat exchanger design.Experimental and computational methods.Companion lab.

MENG 3243Computer Aided Engineering

Use of CAD/CAM software to generate codes for CNC machine tools.Other topics include the use of software tools to design programmable and hardwired electric logic circuits, and to perform finite element modeling of force-loaded structures, robotics.Companion lab.

MENG 4122Machine Control Programming 2(1-2)

Prerequisite: MENG 3203. Logic controller programming with an emphasis on motor control using variable speed drives. Also includes CAM programming using software and CNC equipment. Companion lab.

MENG 4123Mathematical Methods for Engineering

The use of Fourier series, linear algebra, transforms, and other advanced mathematical methods for the solution of a variety of engineering problems.

MENG 4134Dynamics of Machines

Kinematics and kinetic analysis of common machines and machine elements.Vibration isolation, balancing, critical speed, flywheel design, and dynamic measurement.Design and computer problems.Companion lab.

MENG 4143Senior Design I

Coursework emphasizes creative and critical thinking, planning, design, execution and statistical evaluation of experiments, team work, and project management.This course integrates knowledge gained from most of the required courses in a major design project.Students will design, build, and formally present their completed projects to a panel of professional reviewers.Students will ideally work on projects from local industry.If not available, the students or the instructor may propose projects.

MENG 4203Mechanical Engineering Analysis

Mathematical modeling, simulation, and statistical analysis of engineering systems and problems.

MENG 4243Senior Design II

A continuation of MENG 4143.

MENG 4253Control Systems

Feedback control of mechanical systems.Emphasis on thermal, fluid, and motion systems under feedback control.Topics include programmable logic controllers, PID control, Laplace transforms, system modeling and performance analysis, stability theory, s-plane, and root locus and/or frequency-based design.Design and computer problems.


Mathematics Courses

MATH 1634Calculus I

Differentiation of functions of one variable with applications, integration including simple substitution and numerical evaluation, and applications of integration.Each student must have a graphing calculator.

MATH 1734Calculus II

Elementary transcendental functions, techniques of integration, sequences, series, Taylor’s formula, conic sections, parameterized curves, and polar coordinates.Each student must have a graphing calculator.

MATH 2534Calculus III

Space geometry and vectors, vector-valued functions, partial differentiation with applications, and multiple integration with applications.Each student must have a graphing calculator.

MATH 3433Differential Equations

Introduction to the theory of and applications of ordinary differential equations; solution techniques for linear and separable equations; numerical approximation of solutions; introduction to phase plane analysis and non-linear problems; Laplace transforms.

MATH 3833Linear Algebra (Elective)

Vector spaces, linear equations and matrices, linear transformations and matrices, determinants, polynomials and matrices. Each student must have a calculator with matrix capabilities.

STAT 3573Probability and Statistics (Elective)

Descriptive analysis, probability, variability, confidence intervals, hypotheses testing, analysis of variance, correlation and regression, and non-parametric statistics.


Physics Courses

PHYS 1624Mechanics, Wave Motion, and Heat

The first part of a two-semester course in classical and modern physics for students majoring in science.

PHYS 2644Electricity and Magnetism and Optics

The second part of a two-semester course in classical and modern physics for students majoring in science.


Chemistry Courses

CHEM 1143General Chemistry

Atomic and molecular structure, periodic law, states of matter, reactions.

CHEM 1141General Chemistry Laboratory

Basic laboratory practice in chemistry.