B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is based on fundamental engineering science principles and focuses on the design of mechanical systems, machines, and consumer products. This design process often involves understanding how heat transfer, fluid flow and thermodynamics are involved and understanding how to meet or exceed the performance specifications for a particular design.

Mechanical Engineering Courses by term:

Year Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 PHYS 1500 (Physics I) – 5hrs
Math 1700 (Calc I) – 4hrs
ENGR 1000 (Fresh Engr I) WI – 3hrs
ENGR 1001 (Fresh Engr I lab) – 1hr
FYS (Freshman Year Exp) – 3hrs
Total: 16 hours
PHYS 1600 (Physics II) – 5hrs
Math 1800 (Calc II) – 4hrs
ENGR 1010 (Fresh Engr II) – 3hrs
ENGR 1011 (Fresh Engr II lab) – 1hr
INST (1500-WI) – 3hrs
Total: 16 hours
Year 2 Math 2700 (Multivariable Calc.) – 4hrs
ENGR 2000 (Statics & Mech of Matr) – 4hrs
CHEM 1700 (Accel Gen Chem) – 3hrs
CHEM 1710 (Chem lab) – 1hr
INST (Integrative Studies) – 3hrs
Total: 15 hours
Math 2500 (Linear Alg & Matr) – 3hrs
ENGR 2100 (Dynamics) – 3hrs
MENG 2000 (Thermodynamics) – 3hrs
MENG 2001 (Thermodynamics lab) – 1hr
Free Elective – 3hrs
INST (Integrative Studies) – 3hrs
Total: 16 hours
Year 3 Math 3100 (Intro to ODEs) – 3hrs
ENGR 3100 (Production Processes) – 3hrs
ENGR 3101 (Production Processes lab) – 1hr
MENG 3000 (Machine Design I) – 3hrs
ENGR 3200 (Materials) – 3hrs
INST (Integrative Studies) – 3hrs
Total: 16 hours
MENG 3010 (Electrical System II) – 3hrs
MENG 3011 (Electrical Systems II lab) – 1hr
ENGR 3500 (Statistics and QC) – 3hrs
MENG 3100 (Machine Design II) – 3hrs
LFW – 1hr
INST (Integrative Studies) – 3hrs
Total: 14 hours
Year 4 MENG 4100 (Fluid Dynamics) – 3hrs
ENGR 4100 (Automated Systems) – 3hrs
ENGR 4101 (Automated Systems Lab) – 1hr
INST (Integrative Studies) – 3hrs
INST (Integrative Studies) – 3hr
Total: 13 hours
MENG 4000 (Heat Transfer) – 3hrs
MENG 4001 (Thermal Sciences Lab) – 1hr
MENG 4800 (Senor Capstone Design Project) WI – 3hrs
ENGR Electives – 4hrs total
SYE (Senior Year Experience) – 3hrs
Total: 14 hours
Total Hours = 120

Overall Requirements:

  • Total Math & Science – 32 credits (26.7%)
  • Total major – 85 credits (does not include MATH 1700)
  • Total Gen Ed – 35 credits (includes MATH 1700, FYS, SYE, LFW, INST (x7) and free elective)

4 Credits of Engineering Electives Can be Satisfied By:

  • ENGR 4999s based on faculty areas of interest/research (Spring; 2 Credit Hours each)
  • ENGR 3050 (Numerical Analysis, Fall, 3 Credit Hours)
  • Any Systems Engineering (ENGR) course, level 3000 or higher not required in the ME major
Student Learning Outcomes University Learning Goals (KMERI*)
1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics. Knowledgeable, Engaged
2. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors. Engaged, Responsible
3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences. Multi-Literate
4. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts. Responsible
5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives. Engaged, Responsible
6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions. Knowledgeable, Engaged
7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies. Inquisitive

*NOTE: KMERI refers to Otterbein's learning goals. It stands for KnowledgeableMulti-literateEngagedResponsible, and Inquisitive. To learn more about KMERI, visit our University Learning Goals page.