ME Course Selection Guide 2013-14

ME Curriculum (shown as MAP, shown as TABLE )    
     
Table of Contents:    
1. General Education Requirement   11. Plan of Study
2. The Four Content Areas   12. Bottleneck Courses
3. The Five Competencies   13. Transfer Information
4. Mechanical Engineering Requirement   14. ME Areas of Concentration (optional)
5. Professional Requirement   15. Double Major
6. W Requirement   16. Double Degree
7. Math or Science Requirement   17. Minor
8. Language Requirement   18. Math Minor
9. Mechanical Engineering Electives    
10. Free Electives    

 

 

 

General Education Requirement

The University requires all baccalaureate degree students to satisfy a common core of course work known as the General Education Requirements. Course work in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is also an integral part of the engineering program. Courses must be taken and distributed to cover the Four Content Areas and the Five Competencies listed below. Please see the University of Connecticut General Catalog for more detailed information. Note that students must earn at least a 2.0 grade point average for all calculable course work to receive a degree.  

  

The Four Content Areas 

The courses taken to satisfy the General Education Content Areas One, Two, and Three must be selected from six different departments.

1. Arts and Humanities

Two courses from two different departments in this content area are required. These courses emphasize artistic, cultural, and historical topics. (PHIL 1104, required of all engineering students, meets a Content Area One course requirement.)

2. Social Sciences

Two courses from two different departments in this content area are required. These courses emphasize the ways in which people and institutions interact.

 

3. Science and Technology

Two courses from two different departments in this content area are required. These courses provide background in the sciences, including laboratory work. (CHEM 1127 and PHYS 1501Q, required of all engineering students, meet the Content Area Three requirement.)

4. Diversity and Multiculturalism

Two courses in this content area are required. These courses provide background on the global community and other cultures with which engineers will interact over the course of their careers. At least one of these courses must be classified as international. One course (only) may be used to meet both this requirement and a course requirement in Content Areas One or Two.



 

 

The Five Competencies

1. Second Language Competency

The minimum requirement is met by three years of a single foreign language in high school or equivalent, or completion of a two-semester course sequence in any foreign language at the University.

 

2. Writing (W) Competency

All students must take either ENGL 1010 Seminar in Academic Writing or ENGL 1011 Seminar in Writing through Literature. Students taking ENGL 3800 in the Honors Program and transfer students with both ENGL 105 English Composition and ENGL 109 Literature and Composition have met the requirement. In addition, Mechanical Engineering students must complete two required writing (W) courses: ME 4973W (273W) and one additional course.

 

3. Quantitative (Q) Competency

All students must take two Quantitative (Q) courses. The mathematics course requirements for the Mechanical Engineering major meet this requirement.

4. Computer Technology Competency

By graduation, ME students are expected to understand computer logic and basic structure and to have the ability to develop algorithms. These competencies are achieved by completing CSE 1100 - Introduction to Computing, or equivalent course.

5. Information Literacy Competency

In addition to the basic competency achieved in ENGL 1010/1011 or equivalent, all Engineering students will receive instructions in ENGR 1000 or equivalent on how to conduct effective information searches, both in the library and on the web. As the student progresses, successive courses will require an increased level of Information Literacy competency. An advanced level of Information Literacy will be achieved at the completion of the program's major design experience course.


School of Engineering Requirements

CHEM 1127Q

or 1147Q

Chemistry I

(with PHYS 1501Q or 1502Q. fulfills the Gen Ed. Content Area Three requirement)

4
CSE 1100C

Introduction to Computing

(also fulfills the Gen. Ed. Computer Technology Competency requirement)
2

ENGR 1000

Orientation to Engineering 1
ENGR 1166 Foundations of Engineering 3
MATH 1131Q

Calculus 1

(with Calculus II, fulfills Gen. Ed Quantitative Competency Requirement)

4
MATH 1132Q Calculus II (with Calculus I, fulfills Gen. Ed Quantitative Competency Requirement) 4
MATH 2110Q Multivariable Calculus 3
MATH 2410Q Elementary Differential Equations 3
PHIL 1104

Ethics

(also contributes to the Gen. Ed. Content Area One Requirement)

3

PHYS 1501Q

Physics for Engineers I

(with CHEM 1127Q or 1120Q, fulfills the Gen Ed. Content Area Three requirement)
4

PHYS 1502Q

Physics for Engineers II

(with CHEM 1127Q or 1120Q, fulfills the Gen Ed. Content Area Three requirement)

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Mechanical Engineering Requirements

Course Title Credits
CEE 2110 Applied Mechanics I 3
CEE 2120 Applied Mechanics II 3
CEE 3110 Mechanics of Materials 3
ECE 3002 Electrical and Computer Engineering Principles 3
ME 3220 Mechanical Vibrations 3
ME 3227 Design of Machine Elements 3
ME 2233 Thermodynamic Principles 3
ME 2234 Applied Thermodynamics 3
ME 3242 Heat Transfer 3
ME 3250 Fluid Dynamics I 3
ME 3253 Linear Systems Theory 3
ME 3255 Computational Mechanics 3
ME 3263 Intro. to Sensors and Data 3
ME 3264 Applied Measurements Lab 3
ME 4972 Senior Design Project I 3
ME 4973W Senior Design Project II 3

MSE 2101

or

MSE 2001

Materials Science & Engineering

 

Intro. to Structure, Properties, and Processing of Materials

3

 

Mechanical Engineering Elective Requirement

9 credits in 3000 level or higher Mechanical Engineering courses which are not used to satisfy any other requirement. No more than one ME 3299 course may be used toward meeting this requirement. This course work may aldo be applied towards a minor.

 

 

Professional Requirement

6 credits in 2000 level or higher courses in any Engineering department or from Mathematics, Statistics, Physical and Life Sciences as listed in the UConn Undergraduate Catalog. This course work may also be applied towards a minor.

 

 

W Requirement

All ME students are required to take two writing (W) courses, i.e., ME 4973W plus one other before graduation. (See the UConn Undergraduate Catalog under "Academic Regulations").

 

Math or Science Requirement

6 credits in 1000 (100) or higher level Mathematics, Statistics, Physical and Life Sciences as listed in the UConn Catalog meet this requirement. Courses at the 2000 level can also be used to meet the Professional Requirement. Some restrictions apply.

Restrictions on courses are noted in the following:

  • All Math 2000 (200) level courses may be used to meet this requirement except MATH 2784 (200), MATH 2794W (201W), MATH 2194 (202W), and MATH 2720W (242W)
  • All Statistics courses may be used to meet this requirement except STAT 1000 QC (100)
  • All Biology and Biological Sciences courses may be used to meet this requirement (BIOL, EEB, MCB, PNB)
  • All Chemistry courses except CHEM 1101 (101) may be used to meet this requirement
  • All Geology and Geophysics courses may be used to meet this requirement
  • All Marine Science courses may be used to meet this requirement

 

 

Language Requirement

To satisfy the language requirement, a student has to present either 3 years intermediate level of one foreign language (high school) or 2 semesters (college) of one foreign language.

 

 

Mechanical Engineering Electives

9 credits in 3000 (200) level or higher Mechanical Engineering courses which are not used to satisfy any other requirement. No more than one ME 3999 course may be used toward meeting this requirement. This course work may also be applied towards a minor.

 

 

Free Electives

Any course meets this requirement except those under restrictions in the UConn Undergraduate Catalog -- Engineering Section.

 

 

Plan of Study

Each student must complete a Plan of Study form in the first semester of the junior year.

Timing

Prior to registration in the first semester of the Junior year, or for transfer students in their second semester at the University of Connecticut, whichever is later, each student must complete a Plan of Study form documenting the program the student intends to follow to satisfy degree requirements for Mechanical Engineering. If changes are subsequently made, a final revised Plan of Study form must be completed before the end of the fourth week of a student's last semester.

Preparation

Forms are available at the School of Engineering Undergraduate website (www.engr.uconn.edu/plansofstudy.php). To prepare a plan of study successfully, students must:

  • carefully read both the University of Connecticut Catalog and the Course Selection Guide
  • attend a departmental briefing on the Plan of Study
  • work with the faculty advisor to determine a Plan of Study that meets all degree requirements and student needs

Exemptions and Substitutions

Students who desire to be excused from any of the requirements or to substitute other courses for those prescribed must do so by submitting a petition to the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs. For example, a student who had calculus in high school and started in MATH 1132Q (116Q) might request exemption from MATH 1131Q (115Q), or substitution of PHYS 1201Q, 1202Q, 1530Q for PHYS 1501Q (151Q), 1502 (152Q). If three courses are substituted for two (as in the Physics example) credit for two classes only will be counted toward graduation. Exemption from course requirements or substitution of alternative courses must be clearly indicated on the Plan of Study form and explained in the "Comments" section or an attachment.

Approval Process

After an initial consultation with the faculty advisor, the student should prepare an original copy of the Plan of Study form, in ink. The student's transcript should be reviewed to insure that completed courses are appropriately listed. After the student and advisor agree on the plan, each will sign the original and submit it to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Mechanical Engineering for review and approval. The student should check back with the advisor to see if any corrections must be made after review by the Director. Upon completion of this stage of approval, the Plan of Study form is forwarded to the Office of the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs. If the Assistant Dean's approval is not given, the Plan will be returned to the department and then to the advisor for resolution. If approval is given, the Office of the Assistant Dean will return the approved tentative Plan of Study form to the advisor.

Changes

Each subsequent registration period, students must bring their approved Plan of Study to their advisor when they select courses for the next semester. An approved Plan of Study form can be modified and submitted at any time, in consultation with the student's advisor. Problems can be best avoided if changes are reviewed early. No modifications that jeopardize the meeting of requirements will be approved. A revised Plan of Study form may be created either by forming two new originals or by marking the changes on the formerly approved original, with each change initialed and dated by the advisor. If extensive changes are to be made, or if a second revision is necessary, a new Plan of Study form should be submitted following the same process. In the student's last semester, the student must file a "final" Plan of Study form. This form must accurately list all of the courses that were taken to satisfy degree requirements. If the original form is accurate, then a new "final" form is not required.

 

Filling out the Plan of Study Form

The Plan of Study form should be filled out neatly and in ink. All approval signatures and initials should be in ink and dated. Some guidelines follow to assist you in completing the form.

Expected date of graduation and catalog year: It is important that the intended date of graduation (month and year) be accurately listed, and that the form correctly reflects the catalog year under which the student plans to graduate. The Registrar needs both items to certify the completed degree requirements by the student's graduation date.

Courses taken: The Plan of Study form must show exactly the courses used to satisfy degree requirements.

General Education Requirements: For the second language competency line, the words "High School" should be circled if the student has met this requirement in high school. If not, the appropriate courses should be listed with the credits earned.

Required courses: Required courses are printed on the form. If there are alternatives listed, the course that the student intends to take should be circled (e.g., where it says MSE 2101 (201) or 2000 (243), one course should be circled).

Transfer Courses: Transfer courses should be listed on the Plan of Study form, and indicated with a superscript "T". Columns for sub-totaling "UConn Credits" and "Transfer Credits" are listed to the right of the form. Students with transfer credits should separate those earned at the University of Connecticut from those completed elsewhere, fill in the columns, and sum them across each row.

Credit Summary: The Transfer Credits line in the bottom section of the form should be the sum of all transfer credits that are applied toward graduation. The UConn Credits line should show the total of all credits taken at the University of Connecticut that are applied toward graduation. Do not include credits for classes which cannot be counted toward graduation credit in either total. The sum of the two totals should be listed on the Total Credits line. The total credits must equal or exceed 128.

ME Requirements / Professional Requirements: Write in the courses you will use to fulfill the Mechanical Engineering and Professional Requirements.

Double Major: Students may pursue a double major in Mechanical Engineering and another School of Engineering undergraduate curriculum. A separate Plan of Study form must be prepared and submitted for approval to each department. The double major must be indicated at the bottom of the Plan of Study form; i.e. "Double major: Department."

Double Degree: Students may earn two separate bachelor degrees from two different schools or colleges of the University. Students must meet the requirements of both schools or colleges, and a Plan of Study form must be submitted to each department for each degree. An example of this would be the Eurotech program (with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences): a student pursuing this program would submit a form for both the Mechanical Engineering and the Modern & Classical Languages departments.

Restrictions: Many general University restrictions are shown in the University Catalog. Courses which may not be counted for credit toward graduation include:

  • MATH 1120Q and MATH 1110Q along with any mathematics courses numbered below 1160Q
  • PHYS 1010Q and PHYS 1030Q
  • CSE 1000C
  • STAT 1000QC
  • Any course outside of the School of Engineering which is labeled "independent study" or "variable topics" (e.g. courses numbered 3999 and 3998)
  • Any courses taken on Pass/Fail basis (also may not be counted for any course requirement of the School of Engineering.)
  • Any course prerequisite to a second in the same department, if the student has passed the second course.

 

Mechanical Engineering Areas of Concentration (optional)

Students may choose to focus their 3 required ME electives (taken in the Junior/Senior years) in a specific area leading to a Mechanical Engineering Area of Concentration.

All Mechanical Engineering students are required to take three electives in mechanical engineering during their Junior and Senior year. Students may focus these electives in a specific Area of Concentration within Mechanical Engineering. The Area of Concentration is earned by completing three courses from within a group list. Courses marked with an * are offered as combined UG/G classes. Students may opt to take the graduate course or take it as ME 3295 Special Topics.

   Aerospace Concentration

    ME3239 – Combustion for Energy Conversion
    ME3251 – Fluid Dynamics II
    ME3275 – Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
    ME3280 – Turbines and Centrifugal Machinery
    ME3295 – Special Topics: Aerospace Control Systems
    ME3295 – Special Topics: Acoustics
    ME3295 – Special Topics: Computer-Aided Engineering
    ME3295 – Special Topics: Turbomachinery
    ME5311 – Computational Methods of Viscous Fluid Flow
    ME6160 – Turbines and Centrifugal Machinery

  Dynamic Systems and Control Concentration

    ME3214 – Dynamics of Particles and Rigid Bodies
    ME3295 – Special Topics: Linear Automatic Control Systems
    ME3295 – Special Topics: Intelligent Material Systems andStructures
    ME3295 – Special Topics: Advanced Vibrations
    ME3295 – Special Topics: Mechatronics
    ME5160 – Theory and Design of Automatic Control Systems
    ME5180 – Dynamics
    ME5210 – Intelligent Material Systems and Structures
    ME5420 – Mechanical Vibrations I
    ME5895 – Special Topics: Mechatronics
    ME6330 – Advanced Measurement Techniques

 Energy and Power Concentration

    ME3239 – Pollution from Combustion
    ME3270 – Fuel Cells
    ME3275 – Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
    ME3280 – Turbines and Centrifugal Machinery
    ME3285 – Sustainable Energy Sources and Systems
    ME3295 – Special Topics: Fuel Cells
    ME3295 – Special Topics: Sustainable Energy
    ME3295 – Special Topics: Energy Systems Engineering
    ME3295 – Special Topics: Turbomachinery
    ME5311 – Computational Methods of Viscous Fluid Flow
    ME6160 – Turbines and Centrifugal Machinery

   Design and Manufacturing Concentration

    ME3217 – Metal Cutting Principles
    ME3221 – Manufacturing Automation
    ME3222 – Production Engineering
    ME3224 – Analysis and Design of Mechanisms
    ME3225 – Computer Aided Design, Modeling & Graphics
    ME3228 – Introduction to Fatigue in Mechanical Design
    ME3295 – Special Topics: Computer Aided Engineering
    ME3295 – Special Topics: Principles of Optimum Design
    ME3295 – Special Topics: Geometric Modeling
    ME3295 – Special Topics: Analytical and Applied Kinematics
    ME3295 – Special Topics: Intelligent Material Systems & Structures 
     ME3295 – Special Topics: Principles of Machining and Machine Tools
   ME5150 – Analytical and Applied Kinematics
   ME5155 – Geometric Modeling
   ME5210 – Intelligent Material Systems and Structures
   ME5220 – Principles of Machining and Machine Tools
    ME5511 – Principles of Optimum Design

 

Undergraduate Transfer Admission

Undergraduate Admissions offers a list of UConn equivalencies of courses transferred from 35 colleges/universities in Connecticut.

 

 

Bottleneck Course

Bottleneck courses are prerequisites to other courses. Students should pay extra attention to these courses when considering their curricular plan as a delayed bottleneck course early in a student's career can affect their progress to graduation. Example bottleneck courses are ME 2233, ME 3250, CE 2120, and CE 3110. The ME Curriculum Map can be used to identify bottleneck courses.

 

 

Double Major

The requirements of the home department of each major will determine double major requirements. Generally, the number of credits should satisfy both majors. The student must meet the requirements of both, but will not need 128+128=256 credits because many courses can be counted for both majors. A separate Plan of Study form must be prepared and submitted for approval to each department.

 

 

Double Degree

Students may earn two separate bachelor degrees from two different schools or colleges of the University. Students must meet the requirements of both schools or colleges, and a Plan of Study form must be submitted to each department for each degree.

 

 

Minor

15 credits are needed in order to qualify for a minor. However, a minor in Materials Science & Engineering requires 16 credits due to a one-credit lab course.

 

 

Math Minor

In addition to the 2 Math courses (Math 1132Q and 2211) listed in ME Requirements, three additional courses (9 credits) are necessary for a math minor. Please read the UConn Undergraduate Catalog "Minors -- Mathematics" for details. (Note: "Pass/Fail" is not allowed except for credits beyond 128.)

 

By graduation, ME students are expected to understand computer logic and basic structure and to have the ability to develop algorithms. These competencies are achieved by completing CSE 1100 (123) €” Introduction to Computing, or equivalent course.

 
             

Department of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Connecticut
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