Mechanical Engineering B.S.

Mission Statement

The Mechanical Engineering Department is committed to producing graduates who are sought after by employers and graduate schools in the region, state, and nation. In both the undergraduate and graduate programs the department stresses the development of strong professional knowledge, critical thinking, and communication skills. The faculty seeks to create and disseminate new knowledge in engineering and engineering education, and to be a source of expertise for industry and government, while maintaining a balance between education, research, and service.

Program Educational Objectives

Educational objectives of the mechanical engineering program are the knowledge, skills, and experiences that enable graduates to:

  1. formulate and solve complex practical and theoretical engineering problems, while at the same time understanding business objectives and appreciating the social, economic, and ethical issues encountered in a modern global society
  2. think critically and creatively, work effectively on interdisciplinary teams and communicate clearly in both technical and non-technical forums
  3. be professionally employed, serving the rapidly changing technological needs of industry or governmental organizations regionally in East Texas or throughout the state and nation
  4. continue to grow professionally through activities such as pursuing formal graduate study, research, or continuing education; achieving professional licensure; and participating in technical societies.

Student Outcomes

Mechanical Engineering students at the time of graduation are expected to:

  1. be able to apply science, mathematics, and modern engineering tools and techniques to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  2. be able to design thermal/fluid, mechanical, and electro-mechanical components or systems, individually or on interdisciplinary teams, and effectively communicate those designs in both technical and non-technical forums
  3. be able to collect, analyze, and interpret data from prescribed and self-designed experimental procedures and formally communicate the results
  4. be able to apply a broad-based educational experience to understand the interaction of engineering solutions with contemporary business, economic, and social issues
  5. recognize that ethical behavior and continuous acquisition of knowledge are fundamental attributes of successful mechanical engineering professionals
  6. pass the Fundamentals of Engineering examination.

Graduation Requirements

Upon a student's admission to the Mechanical Engineering major, an engineering faculty member will serve as the student’s academic advisor to work with the student in planning a program to complete degree requirements. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor throughout the semester and are required to meet with their advisor prior to registering for the next semester.

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, the student must:

  1. earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses used to meet degree requirements,
  2. complete the general baccalaureate degree requirements for the university,
  3. complete the Mechanical Engineering curriculum requirements specified in the following sections,
  4. pass the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering examination. A student may petition for a waiver of this graduation requirement if other criteria are satisfied in lieu of this requirement. The student should consult with his or her academic advisor in this regard.

Detailed information about the FE exam content, exam schedule, registration for the exam, and review sessions is available at

Course Requirements (128 hrs.)

Freshman Year

First Semester (16 hrs.)

CHEM 1311General Chemistry I [TCCN: CHEM 1311]

CHEM 1111General Chemistry I Laboratory [TCCN: CHEM 1111]

ENGL 1301College Composition I [TCCN: ENGL 1301]

MATH 2413Calculus I [TCCN: MATH 2413]

SPCM 1315Fundamentals of Speech Communication [TCCN: SPCM 1315]

ENGR 1201Introduction to Engineering

Second Semester (16 hrs.)

PHYS 2325University Physics I [TCCN: PHYS 2325]

PHYS 2125University Physics I Laboratory [TCCN: PHYS 2125]

MATH 2414Calculus II [TCCN: MATH 2414]

MENG 1201Mechanical Engineering I

ENGL 1302College Composition II [TCCN: ENGL 1302]

Creative Arts


Sophomore Year

First Semester (15 hrs.)

PHYS 2326University Physics II [TCCN: PHYS 2326]

PHYS 2126University Physics II Laboratory [TCCN: PHYS 2126]

MATH 3404Multivariate Calculus

MENG 2201Mechanical Engineering II

ENGR 2301Engineering Mechanics: Statics

MATH 3203Matrix Methods in Science and Engineering


MATH 3315Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory


Second Semester (15 hrs.)

MATH 3305Ordinary Differential Equations

MENG 3319Materials Science and Manufacturing

ECON 2302Principles of Microeconomics [TCCN: ECON 2302]

ENGR 2302Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics

HIST 1302United States History II [TCCN: HIST 1302]


Junior Year

First Semester (17 hrs.)

MENG 3301Thermodynamics I

MENG 3306Mechanics of Materials

MENG 3310Fluid Mechanics

MENG 3303Dynamics of Machinery

MENG 3210Mechanical Engineering Laboratory I

MATH 3351Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists

Second Semester (17 hrs.)

MENG 3304Thermodynamics II

MENG 3316Heat Transfer

MENG 3309Mechanical Systems Design

MENG 3211Mechanical Engineering Laboratory II

ENGR 3314Design Methodology in Engineering

EENG 3304Linear Circuits Analysis I

Senior Year

First Semester (17 hrs.)

MENG 4115Senior Design I

MENG 4312System Dynamics and Control

MENG 4313Thermal/Fluid Systems Design

HIST 1301United States History I [TCCN: HIST 1301]

POLS 2305Introductory American Government [TCCN: GOVT 2305]

Technical Elective

ENGR 4109Senior Seminar

Second Semester (15 hrs.)

MENG 4315Senior Design II

POLS 2306Introductory Texas Politics [TCCN: GOVT 2306]

PHIL 2306Introduction to Ethics [TCCN: PHIL 2306]

Technical Elective

Technical Elective

ENGR 4009  FE Exam Prep

A list of courses from which the student may select appropriate electives should be obtained from the department chair.