Jul 12, 2024  
2022-23 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-23 Undergraduate Bulletin ARCHIVED

Mechanical Engineering, BS

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The mechanical engineering program is designed for students who desire to enter industry or pursue advanced studies. The curriculum provides a broad range of courses in the areas of solid mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, design and manufacturing, and dynamics. The program prepares students for careers as practicing engineers in areas such as the design and manufacturing of mechanical and, increasingly, electromechanical components and systems. The curriculum places an emphasis on design for manufacturability, materials, modeling, simulation, process control and rapid prototyping. One important aspect of this program will be a balance between theory and hands-on practice that will prepare students to be effective and practical engineers when they graduate.

1. University Core Curriculum Requirements

A. Communication

B. Mathematics

Three hours from:

C. Life and Physical Sciences

D. Language, Philosophy and Culture

E. Creative Arts

F. American History

G. Government/Political Science

H. Social and Behavioral Sciences

I. Component Area Option

Foundation of Knowledge

Mechanical Engineering Major Courses

Required Courses

General Electives

The student may be required to complete additional elective hours to complete the degree.

Preparatory Courses

Students able to enter into Calculus I (MATH 2313/2113) upon admission will replace the courses listed below with seven credits from other MATH/CSCI/ENGR/STAT/PHYS designated courses.  

Total hours: 122

Grade Requirements

  • A grade of at least C in each first-year English course (ENGL 1301 , ENGL 1302 )
  • A C average in work completed in the major field
  • A C average in work completed in the minor field

The required averages are based on those SFA courses taken in each category that are included in the student’s official degree plan (CAPP). Transfer and advanced placement coursework are not included in GPA calculations.

In-Residence Requirement

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Undergraduate degrees require at least 25% semester credit hours completed in-residence.

Undergraduate degrees with 120 hours total degree program hours require a minimum of 30 advanced (upper level) in-residence semester credit hours. The in-residence hour requirement will be fulfilled as part of the individual discipline major, which includes as least 12 advanced in-residence semester credit hours. Minor requirements also may contribute to the total in-residence hours as at least six advanced in-residence semester credit hours are required. The balance of in-resident hours will be fulfilled through additional advanced semester credit hours and may include further major and minor coursework.

Undergraduate degrees with more than 120 total degree program hour requirements will ensure semester credit hours for the specific discipline include at least 25% of total semester credit hours in-residence.

View the In-Residence Requirement, Policy 6.15.

Texas Success Initiative Program

All students must satisfy provisions of the Texas Success Initiative program. See the TSI information  bulletin page.

Degree Map

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year


15 SCH


17 SCH

Senior Year

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