Is making a difference important to you? Would you enjoy the challenge of inventing sustainable energy devices, doing computer-aided product design, or biomedical research? Does creating new designs for the hybrid electric vehicle industry, or new airplanes in the fields of aeronautics and aerospace sound interesting? Would designing or doing research and development in a wide range of industrial and governmental enterprises be of interest to you? Does studying thermal sciences and the integration of electronic and mechanical devices interest you? Do you like putting ideas and designs to work? Are you interested in collaborating and working in teams with others? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then a major in Mechanical Engineering may be for you.

Mechanical engineers are creative problem solvers who design, develop, and manufacture the machines and instrumentation that run energy, building, environmental, and transportation systems. Examples include biomedical devices, ground/air/space vehicles, robots, environmental control equipment, and power plants.

In Mechanical Engineering, students take basic science and mathematics courses while beginning their engineering studies in design and computing. A broad spectrum of classes is designed to sharpen problem-solving skills. The senior year focuses on a year-long capstone design course to help students in the transition from college to an engineering career. Students also choose technical electives from the energy, materials, mechanics and controls, thermal sciences, and biomedical engineering areas. Participation in labs further develops design, modeling, and analysis skills.

Mechanical Engineering at CSU is dedicated to graduating ethical mechanical engineers who:

  • Make an impact on society’s global grand engineering challenges
  • Are innovative and creative engineering designers who identify, analyze, and solve complex problems
  • Are accomplished thinkers with hands-on practical skills
  • Are local, regional, and global collaborators and communicators
  • Are vested in life-long learning

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the undergraduate Mechanical Engineering program will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Potential Occupations

Graduates from the Department of Mechanical Engineering are expected to have the fundamental knowledge required for the successful practice of mechanical engineering. CSU engineering graduates are generally well prepared for a professional career with a greater than 90% pass rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering professional examination. Participating in internships, volunteer activities, or cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance practical training and development. Students who go on for graduate studies can attain more responsible positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels.

Effective Fall 2014

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B4
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)1B4
MECH 103Introduction to Mechanical Engineering 3
MECH 105Mechanical Engineering Problem Solving 3
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)3A5
Arts and Humanities3B6
Additional Requirements for Graduation1 0
 Total Credits 33
Sophomore
 
CIVE 260Engineering Mechanics-Statics 3
CIVE 261Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics 3
ECE 204Introduction to Electrical Engineering 3
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists III 4
MATH 340Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 4
MECH 200Introduction to Manufacturing Processes 3
MECH 201Engineering Design I 2
MECH 202Engineering Design II 3
MECH 231Engineering Experimentation 3
MECH 337Thermodynamics 4
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)3A5
Additional Requirements for Graduation1 0
 Total Credits 37
Junior
 
CIVE 360Mechanics of Solids 3
MECH 301Engineering Design III 2
MECH 307Mechatronics and Measurement Systems 4
MECH 324Dynamics of Machines 4
MECH 325Machine Design 3
MECH 331Introduction to Engineering Materials 4
MECH 338Thermal/Fluid Sciences Laboratory 1
MECH 342Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Flow Processes 3
MECH 344Heat and Mass Transfer4B3
Advanced Writing23
Additional Requirements for Graduation1 0
 Total Credits 30
Senior
 
MECH 402Mechanical Engineering Experimental Analysis 3
Select one group from the following: 8
Group A:
  
Engineering Design Practicum: I4A,4C 
Engineering Design Practicum: II4C 
Group B:
  
Engineering Research Practicum: Fall4A,4C 
Engineering Research Practicum: Spring4C 
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
Technical Electives2 9
Additional Requirements for Graduation1 0
 Total Credits 29
 Program Total Credits: 129
1

Students are required to participate in the Professional Learning Institute (PLI) program as a requirement for graduation. The program consists of eleven PLI workshops distributed by focus areas as follows: Global and Cultural Diversity (2 workshops), Innovation (2 workshops), Leadership (2 workshops), Civic and Public Engagement (2 workshops), and Ethics (3 workshops). Each workshop is between 1-2 hours long and no outside preparation is required to attend any of the workshops. Attendance at the required workshops may be spread over the student’s four-year program.

2

Select from department list of approved courses.

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
TO DECLARE MAJOR: 
Competitive entry controls required and capped enrollment in place. Incoming students please see the Office of Admissions to declare. Current CSU students please see your assigned advisor for information about the waitlist.
TO PREPARE FOR FIRST SEMESTER:  The curriculum for the this major assumes students enter college prepared to take calculus.  Students are required to participate in the Professional Learning Institute (PLI) program as a requirement for graduation. The program consists of eleven PLI workshops distributed by focus areas as follows: Global and Cultural Diversity (2 workshops), Innovation (2 workshops), Leadership (2 workshops), Civic and Public Engagement (2 workshops), and Ethics (3 workshops). Each workshop is between 1‐2 hours long and no outside preparation is required to attend any of the workshops. Attendance at the required workshops may be spread over the student’s four‐year program.

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)X 3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)X 3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)X 1B4
MECH 103Introduction to Mechanical EngineeringX  3
PLI Workshop(s) X  
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)X 1B4
MECH 105Mechanical Engineering Problem SolvingX  3
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)X 3A5
Arts and Humanities X3B6
PLI Workshop(s) X  
CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   18
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CIVE 260Engineering Mechanics-StaticsX  3
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists IIIX  4
MECH 200Introduction to Manufacturing ProcessesX  3
MECH 201Engineering Design IX  2
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)X 3A5
PLI Workshop(s) X  
 Total Credits   17
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CIVE 261Engineering Mechanics-DynamicsX  3
ECE 204Introduction to Electrical EngineeringX  3
MATH 340Introduction to Ordinary Differential EquationsX  4
MECH 202Engineering Design IIX  3
MECH 231Engineering ExperimentationX  3
MECH 337Thermodynamics X 4
PLI Workshop(s) X  
 Total Credits   20
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CIVE 360Mechanics of SolidsX  3
MECH 307Mechatronics and Measurement SystemsX  4
MECH 324Dynamics of MachinesX  4
MECH 342Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Flow ProcessesX  3
PLI Workshop(s) X  
 Total Credits   14
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MECH 301Engineering Design IIIX  2
MECH 325Machine DesignX  3
MECH 331Introduction to Engineering MaterialsX  4
MECH 338Thermal/Fluid Sciences LaboratoryX  1
MECH 344Heat and Mass TransferX 4B3
Advanced Writing X23
PLI Workshop(s) X  
 Total Credits   16
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MECH 402Mechanical Engineering Experimental AnalysisX  3
Select one course from the following:   4
Engineering Design Practicum: IX 4A,4C 
Engineering Research Practicum: FallX 4A,4C 
Global and Cultural Awareness X3E3
Social and Behavioral Sciences X3C3
Technical Elective (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
PLI Workshop(s) X  
 Total Credits   16
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   4
Engineering Design Practicum: IIX 4C 
Engineering Research Practicum: SpringX 4C 
Historical PerspectivesX 3D3
Technical ElectivesX  6
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   13
 Program Total Credits:   129