Four-Year Degree Plan: Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering curriculum

The mechanical engineering program is characterized by its focus on the scientific basics of engineering and its innovative application; indeed, the underlying theme of this educational program is the application of the scientific basics to engineering practice through attention to problems and needs of the public.

The necessary interrelations among the various topics, the engineering disciplines, and the other professions as they naturally come together in the solution of real world problems are emphasized as research, analysis, synthesis, and design are presented and discussed through classroom and laboratory instruction.

Degree plan

You must first complete the freshman engineering curriculum. You will then apply for admission to the mechanical engineering program and begin the following curriculum below.

Disclaimer: This plan has not been officially approved and may change. Some courses are still being developed. 

The following degree plan is based on the 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

Sophomore first semester

CoursesHours
MTH 302 Multivariate Calculus 3
CSC 125 Introduction to C++ Programming 4
PHY 233 Engineering Statics 3
PHY 204 Foundations of Physics II 5
S&T: MECH ENG 2653 Introduction to Manufacturing Processes 3
Total hours18

Sophomore second semester

CoursesHours
S&T: MECH ENG 2761 Introduction to Design 3
S&T: MECH ENG 2519 Thermodynamics 3
S&T: MECH ENG 2360 Engineering Dynamics 3
MTH 303 Differential Equations 3
S&T: MET ENG 2110 Metallurgy for Engineers 3
Total hours15

Junior first semester

CoursesHours
S&T: MECH ENG 3313 Machine Dynamics 3
S&T: MECH ENG 3521 Applied Thermodynamics 3
S&T: ELEC ENG 2100/2101 Electric Circuits and Lab 4
S&T: CIV ENG 2210 Mechanics of Materials 3
S&T: CIV ENG 2211 Materials Testing (lab) 1
MTH 345 Statistics for Scientists and Engineers 3
Total hours17

Junior second semester

CoursesHours
S&T: MECH ENG 34XX Modeling and Analysis of Dynamic Systems 3
S&T: MECH ENG 3131 Thermofluid Mechanics I 3
S&T: MECH ENG 4840 Mechanical Instrumentation 2
S&T: ELEC ENG 2120 Circuits II 3
S&T: MECH ENG 3708 Machine Design I 3
S&T: MECH ENG 35XX Heat Transfer 3
Total hours17

Senior first semester

CoursesHours
S&T: MECH ENG Technical Elective A 3
S&T: MECH ENG 44XX Automatic Control of Dynamic Systems 3
S&T: MECH ENG 4XXX Project Based Systems 3
S&T: ENG MGT 1210 Economic Analysis of Engineering Projects 2
ENG 210, ENG 221, ENG 310, ENG 321 or COM 115 3
Humanities or Social Sciences - General elective 3
Total hours17

Senior second semester

CoursesHours
S&T: MECH ENG Technical Elective B 3
S&T: ENG MGT 3320 Intro to Project Management 3
S&T: MECH ENG 4761 Engineering Design 3
Humanities or Social Sciences - General elective (upper level) 3
Literature elective 3
Total hours15

Degree plan notes

Students must satisfy the common engineering freshman year course requirements, and be admitted into the department, in addition to the sophomore, junior and senior year requirements listed above with a minimum of 132 hours.

Prerequisite grade requirements

A grade of “C” or better is required, both as prerequisite for follow-up courses in the curriculum and for graduation, for the following:

  • CHEM 160
  • MATH 261
  • MATH 280
  • MATH 302
  • MATH 303
  • PHYSICS 203
  • PHYSICS 204
  • CSC 125
  • MET ENG 2110
  • CIV ENG 2200
  • CIV ENG 2210
  • MECH ENG 2519
  • MECH ENG 2360
  • MECH ENG 3411

Communications elective

This course must be selected from the following:

  • ENGLISH 210
  • ENGLISH 221
  • ENGLISH 310
  • ENGLISH 321
  • COM 115

Literature, humanities and social sciences electives

All electives must be approved by the student's advisor. Humanity and social science electives must be at least 3 credit hours of lecture designation, and also meet requirements as specified under "Engineering Degree Requirements" published in the current undergraduate catalog.

MECH ENG Technical elective

Six hours of technical electives, subject to approval by the student's advisor, must be in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering. At least three of these technical elective hours must be at the 5000 level. This elective may not include co-op, special problems, or research credits, such as as 3002, 4000, or 4099.  Honors students have special requirements for technical electives.

Technical elective

This elective must be a three credit hour course, subject to approval by the student's advisor, from any of the following areas: math, statistics, science, engineering, or computer science.  The course must be at the 3000 or higher level, or have a prerequisite that is part of the required mechanical engineering curriculum.  Exceptions to the course level may be approved by the student's advisor.  The elective may not include co-op, special problems, or research credits, such as 3002, 4000, or 4099.

Breadth elective

This elective consists of three credit hours, subject to approval by the student's advisor, and may be satisfied by any of the following: (1) A three credit hour course from any of the following areas: math, statistics, science, engineering, computer science, business, or IST. The course must be at the 3000 or higher level, or have a prerequisite that is part of the required mechanical engineering curriculum. Exceptions to the course level may be approved by the student's advisor; (2) Any three credit hour course in the list of approved courses for the global studies minor;  or (3) Any combination of three credit hours from co-op (3002), special problems (3000, 4000, or 5000), research (4099), or design team credit (ENG MGT 2011, 2012, or 2013).

Graduation exam requirement

All mechanical engineering students must take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination prior to graduation. A passing grade on this examination is not required to earn a B.S. degree. However, it is the first step toward becoming a registered professional engineer. This requirement is part of the Missouri S&T assessment process as described in assessment requirements found elsewhere in this catalog.