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 (104), 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 (127) and PHYS 1501Q (151), 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 (110) Seminar in Academic Writing or ENGL 1011 (111) Seminar in Writing through Literature. Students taking ENGL 3800 (250) 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 (123) ā€¯Introduction to Computing, or equivalent course.

5. Information Literacy Competency

In addition to the basic competency achieved in ENGL 1010/1011 (110/111) or equivalent, all Engineering students will receive instructions in ENGR 1000 (100) 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.

 
             

Department of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Connecticut
191 Auditorium Road, Unit 3139
Storrs, CT 06269-3139
Phone: (860) 486-2090, Fax: (860) 486-5088