Mar 05, 2024  
2023-24 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2023-24 Undergraduate Bulletin

Mechanical Engineering, BS


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.

University Core Curriculum Requirements


A. Communication


B. Mathematics


Three hours from:


C. Life and Physical Science


D. Language, Philosophy and Culture


E. Creative Arts


F. American History


G. Government/Political Science


H. Social and Behavioral Science


I. Component Area Option


C. Life and Physical Science


Foundation of Knowledge


Foundation of Knowledge


D. Language, Philosophy and Culture


Mechanical Engineering Major Courses


Required Courses


Mechanical Engineering Major Courses


Required Courses


E. Creative Arts


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.  

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.  

F. American History


Total hours: 122


Total hours: 122


G. Government/Political Science


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.

H. Social and Behavioral Science


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 HOP policy 02-214.

I. Component Area Option


Texas Success Initiative Program


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

Degree Map


The following is the recommended sequence of course completion for this degree.

Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Junior Year


Senior Year


Degree Map


The following is the recommended sequence of course completion for this degree.

Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Junior Year


Senior Year