Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science


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This degree produces the thinkers and designers who are concerned with controlling the principles of motion, energy, and force through mechanical solutions. The program emphasizes solid mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid sciences, and energy systems. A solid core of other engineering, math, and computer science coursework ensures well-rounded graduates.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science


Careers

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering?

Want to design the next generation of passenger jets? Bring wind power to a remote Southwestern village? Help land a space vehicle on Mars? If so, Northern Arizona University's Mechanical Engineering degree could help you take the first steps toward your dream. You will join a broad engineering field that's vital to countless industries. You'll learn to apply mathematics and physics to design and build mechanical components and systems like automobiles, power plants, robots, and spacecraft. In our innovative and award-winning Design4Practice Program, you'll gain a broad set of technical, managerial, and professional skills.

As a Mechanical Engineering major, you will have opportunities for extensive faculty-student interaction, undergraduate research, and hands-on experience through student projects like the Mini-Baja race car, unmanned aerial vehicle, human powered vehicle and urban concept car.  In your last semester, you’ll have an opportunity to present the results of your senior capstone project in a professional conference setting on campus at our annual Undergraduate Research and Design Symposium.
 

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Consulting
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical devices
  • Pharmaceuticals

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Mechanical engineering management
  • Industrial designer
  • University professor
  • Researcher

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science


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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science


Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 124
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 362
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
University Honors Program Optional
Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan Optional
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-S Recommended
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Purpose Statement

Mechanical engineering is a diverse and broad discipline of engineering that applies the principles of mathematics, physics, and science for the analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. It is the branch of engineering that involves the production and usage of heat and mechanical power for the design, production, and operation of machines and tools.  It is one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines.  This exciting engineering field requires a solid understanding of core concepts including solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, materials science, and structural analysis to name a few. Mechanical engineers use these core principles along with tools like computer-aided engineering and product lifecycle management to design and analyze manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, heating and cooling systems, automobiles, space vehicles, aircraft, watercraft, robotic devices, wind turbines, medical devices, and much more.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the degree, students will have the ability to:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. 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. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science


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Major Requirements
General Electives
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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science


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