Mechanical Engineering- Bachelor of Science in Engineering

For information, contact the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, 56 Garland Hall, 513-529-0710.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Mechanical Engineering encompasses the design, analysis and production of machines and systems. It requires the ability to use principles from mathematics, science, and engineering, perform research, create mathematical and physical models, simulate and test working conditions, and synthesize different elements in order to obtain the optimum design of a specific product or process.

The increasing sophistication of products and systems requires academically qualified mechanical engineers who can apply state-of-the-art tools and methods of engineering. Examples include computer-aided engineering/design/manufacturing, finite-element analysis, computational fluid mechanics, robotics, heat transfer, dynamics, and advanced machine and tool design.

The mechanical engineer of the 21st century must be able to think critically in broader contexts because engineering solutions to problems in contemporary society often involve complex social, political, environmental and economic issues. Miami's mechanical engineering program provides students with a broad mechanical engineering foundation supplemented by courses in manufacturing engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, chemical/biological engineering, economics, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and a strong liberal arts component that includes fine arts, humanities, social science, and global/intercultural perspectives.

Graduates have the opportunity to work in a diverse spectrum of professional fields. These include design, development, research, manufacturing, production, project management, technical sales, and field support and service. Many mechanical engineers work in manufacturing-related areas, in the analysis and design of myriad products, and in other sectors of the economy such as medicine, law and government service. Graduates are also prepared to continue their education at the graduate level. Graduating seniors are encouraged to take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination, which is the first of two examinations that lead to becoming a licensed professional engineer.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program are expected to attain or achieve the following Program Educational Objectives within a few years of graduation:

  • Development in their chosen profession and/or progress toward an advanced degree
  • The trust and respect of others as effective and ethical team members
  • A reputation as a source of innovative solutions to complex problems
  • Positions of leadership in an organization and/or on teams.

Student Outcomes

The Student Outcomes, from ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) criteria, prepare Mechanical Engineering graduates to attain the Program Educational Objectives.

EAC A: An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

EAC B: An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

EAC C: 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.

EAC D: An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.

EAC E: An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

EAC F: An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

EAC G: An ability to communicate effectively.

EAC H: The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

EAC I: A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

EAC J: A knowledge of contemporary issues.

EAC K: An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Mechanical Engineering Program Criteria

The Mechanical Engineering curriculum also provides graduates with:

MCH L: An ability to apply principles of engineering, basic science and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations) to solve engineering problems.

MCH M: An ability to model, analyze, design and realize physical systems, components or processes.

MCH N: The preparation to work professionally in either thermal or mechanical systems areas.

Departmental Honors

If you excel in your studies, you may qualify for the University Honors Program or the program for Honors in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. As a senior in these programs, you will have the opportunity to work closely with the faculty on research projects of interest.

Credit/No Credit Policy

All courses in chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, statistics and those in the College of Engineering and Computing (CPB, CSE, ECE, MME, CEC, EGM) that are used to fulfill requirements of the major, must be taken for a grade.

Program Requirements

(130 semester hours)1

Core Requirements
CHM 141
CHM 144
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
ECO 201Principles of Microeconomics3
ENG 313Technical Writing3
MTH 151Calculus I5
MTH 222Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MTH 245Differential Equations for Engineers3
MTH 251Calculus II4-5
or MTH 249 Calculus II
PHY 191General Physics with Laboratory I5
PHY 192General Physics with Laboratory II5
STA 301Applied Statistics3
or STA 363 Introduction to Statistical Modeling
Engineering Science
ECE 205Electric Circuit Analysis I4
MME 211Static Modeling of Mechanical Systems3
MME 223Engineering Materials3
MME 311Dynamic Modeling of Mechanical Systems3
MME 312Mechanics of Materials3
MME/CPB 313Fluid Mechanics3
MME/CPB 314Engineering Thermodynamics3
Mechanical Engineering Core
CEC 101Computing, Engineering & Society1
MME 102Introduction to Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (or equivalent)3
MME 213Computational Methods in Engineering3
MME 231Manufacturing Processes3
MME/ECE 303Computer-Aided Experimentation3
MME 315Mechanical Vibrations3
MME/CPB 341Engineering Economics3
MME/CPB 403Heat Transfer3
MME 411Machine and Tool Design4
MME 412/MME 512Advanced Mechanics of Materials3
MME 414Engineering Thermodynamics II3
MME/ECE 436Control of Dynamic Systems3
Senior Capstone Engineering Design
MME 448Senior Design Project2
MME 449Senior Design Project2
Technical electives
Select two of the following: 24-6
Material and Energy Balances
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Process Control
Introduction to C/C++ Programming
Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving
Object-Oriented Programming
Optimization Modeling
Stochastic Modeling
Digital Systems Design
Energy Systems Engineering
MATLAB and its engineering applications
Signals and Systems
Quality Planning and Control
Special Topics
Human Robot Interaction
Manufacturing Design
Manufacturing Competitiveness
Manufacturing Automation
Sustainability Considerations in Design and Development
Introduction to Applied Nonlinear Dynamics
Introduction to Computational Physics
Total Credit Hours104-107

Total hours for graduation depend on your mathematical preparation, computing background, and courses to fulfill the Thematic Sequence. Consult your faculty advisor for course selection.


Other courses may be approved by petition.