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The Bachelors of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree in Mechanical Engineering (ME) at the University of Michigan involves completing 128 credit hours of courses in various categories, which include: College of Engineering (CoE) core, intellectual breadth, ME program specific courses, and general electives. Each of these categories and their corresponding requirements will be described in the Program Requirements section. Information on how to declare ME, prerequisites and co-requisites, planning your schedule, and other general guidance will be described in the Bachelor's Degree Guide section. For information on concentrations, minors, study abroad, dual and joint degrees, and combined undergraduate/graduate degrees please visit the Additional Academic Options section.
The College of Engineering requires that every engineering student, regardless of their proposed engineering major, complete specific courses in the core subjects of mathematics, engineering, chemistry, and physics. The ME department requires that students must earn a "C-" or better in all CoE Core courses, which are listed below with the number of credits for each course given in parenthesis: Math 115 - Calculus I (4)
- Math 116 - Calculus II (4)
- Math 215 - Calculus III (4)
- Math 216 - Introduction to Differential Equations (4)
- Engineering 100 - Introduction to Engineering (4)
- Engineering 101 - Introduction to Computers and Programming (4)
- Chemistry 130 (3) with Chemistry 125/126 (2), or Chemistry 210 (4) with Chemistry 211 (1)
- Physics 140 (4) with Physics 141 (1)
- Physics 240 (4) with Physics 241 (1)
For more information regarding the CoE Core course requirements, please visit the CoE Bulletin. As a general guide, the 100 level CoE Core courses should be completed during or before your freshman year, and the 200 level CoE Core courses should be completed during or before your sophomore year.
As part of the above CoE Core requirements, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) requires that all CoE students complete 32 credits of non-engineering coursework in math and science during their undergraduate degree: 16 credits of math and 16 credits of science.
- For students who take all courses at UM, the CoE Core requirements account for the 16 credits of math, and 15 credits of science from the chemistry and physics courses; a total of 31 out of 32 required credits. The remaining 1 credit is satisfied by an additional 3 credit Advanced Math course required for ME students.
- For students who transfer credit for these courses from another institution and do not receive the full amount of credits from UM, an additional math or science course may be required to reach the 32 total credits.
- The attached list of ABET Science Courses lists the science courses that have been approved to fulfill the missing math or science credits. See the CoE Bulletin for more detailed information regarding this requirement via the "Transfer credits for Core Math and Science" section.
As an engineer, it is important that you learn the technical concepts of your field, and also different modes of thought and areas of human accomplishment to better understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. To assist students to gain a greater scope of diverse knowledge and to facilitate creativity, the College of Engineering (CoE) requires that students, who have matriculated into the CoE for the Fall 2011 term or later, complete the Intellectual Breadth requirement. For students who have matriculated into the CoE before September 2011, the Humanities and Social Science Requirements apply (2010-2011 CoE Bulletin).
Under the Intellectual Breadth requirement, each student must select 16 credits of intellectual breadth courses, subject to these rules:
- Humanities: At least 3 credits of Humanities classes marked HU in the LSA Course Guide; credit by test cannot be used to meet this requirement.
- Professional & Creative Development Courses (PCDC): No more than 4 credits of PCDC. This means a student may count up to 4 credits of PCDC toward their Intellectual Breadth requirement, but completing a PCDC is not mandatory.
- Economics/Financials: The ME department requires each student to take at least 3 credits hours of economic or financial coursework from the approved list. Any course on the approved list from the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts (LSA) falls into the Liberal Arts Course (LAC) category. Any course on the approved list outside of LSA falls into the PCDC category.
- Liberal Arts Courses (LACs): The remainder of the 16 credits is drawn from any of the LACs.
- At least 3 credits of Humanities or LACs must be at the 300 level or higher. This is known as the Upper Division requirement.
For the complete explanation of the Intellectual Breadth requirement, and a listing of PCDC and LAC courses, please refer to the Intellectual Breadth section of the CoE Bulletin.
Within the ME program, there are a few additional categories of program specific courses. These include ME Core courses, Technical Electives, Specialization Elective, Advanced Math, and EECS 314/215. For detailed ME course descriptions, please visit the ME Course List.
The ME Core courses consist of five major areas: Design and Manufacturing, Mechanics and Materials, Dynamics and Controls, Thermal Sciences, and Laboratories and Technical Communication. In total, there are 45 credits of required ME Core courses; and together these subjects represent the fundamental technical competencies every mechanical engineering student must learn. The chart below outlines the courses from each of the core areas:
Specialization Elective (SE)
A Specialization Elective is any course intended to allow students to explore deeply any dimension of intellectual endeavor that they elect, in both technical (including engineering) and non-technical field (across the University). A Specialization Elective is any 3 credit hour course that meets the requirement of either 1) have a 300 level or higher prerequisite or 2) be any 300-level or higher ME course. If the course does not have a 300-level or higher prerequisite, then pre-approval must be granted via a petition to the Associate Undergraduate Chair. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a petition.
All ME students are required to take 9 credits of advanced technical electives (a grade of at least "D" must be obtained in each course). It is the intent of the advanced technical elective requirement that students take a number of "core technical electives" to develop a deeper technical knowledge in specific areas of mechanical engineering.
Students who follow the guidelines given below need no further approval for their Technical Electives. These guidelines allow students flexibility to specialize in areas of interest, or to develop a broad base of technical knowledge.
Scroll down or click the link for the list of technical electives offered in Winter 2014.
Guidelines for Selecting Advanced Technical Electives (TEs)
For ME course descriptions, visit the ME Course List.
The 9 credits of advanced TEs required are broken down into 2 categories. 9 credits must be taken in the ME Department. The categories are:
- One class (at least 3 credit hours) must be a 400-level or higher class in Mechanical Engineering. This may include 400-level classes off the core TE list, but does not have to. Note that ME490 or ME491 can fulfill this requirement.
- Two core classes (totaling at least 6 credit hours) must come from the following list:
|Area||Core Technical Electives|
|Design and Manufacturing||ME 452, ME 481, ME 483, ME 487|
|Dynamics, Systems, and Controls||ME 424, ME 440, ME 461*|
|Materials and Solid Mechanics||ME 305, ME 311, ME 406, ME 412, ME 451|
|Thermal and Fluid Sciences||ME 336, ME 420, ME 432, ME 433|
*Students may not take both EECS460 and ME461 for Technical or Specialization Elective credit.
**ENGR350 is offered at Technical University of Berlin during the summer only. For ENGR350 to be counted as an ME Technical Elective, the required sophomore-level ME courses (ME211, ME235, ME240, ME250) must be taken before ENGR350. Otherwise, ENGR350 counts as a General Elective.
Solid Mechanics and Materials
|ME 305||3||Introduction to Finite Elements in ME||none|
|ME 311||3||Strength of Materials||ME 211 & MATH 216|
|ME 406||3||Biomechanics for Engineering Students||ME 320 & ME 382|
Design and Manufacturing
|ME 481||3||Manufacturing Processes||ME 382|
|ME 483||3||Manufacturing System Design||ME 250|
Thermal and Fluid Sciences
|ME 336||3||Thermodynamics II||ME 235|
|ME 420||3||Fluid Mechanics II||ME 320|
|ME 433||3||Advanced Energy Solutions||ME 235|
Dynamics, Systems, and Controls
|ME 461||3||Automatic Control||ME 360|
|ME 490*||4||Experimental Research in ME||Senior standing|
|ME 499 - 089||3||Sustainable Engineering and Design||ME 250 (recommended)|
*You should take this class if you are interested in gaining research experience. Contact a faculty member with whom you are interested in working. Alternatively, you may propose your own project and ask a faculty member to be your advisor. Research experience is encouraged if you are considering graduate school. See the Research/ Independent Study web page for details.
Students may also take other 500 level courses for advanced knowledge of a particular subject. Consult instructors for details about the course and/or consult the ASO as to its applicability as a Technical Elective.
In addition to the CoE Core math courses, the ME department requires students to complete an advanced math. Students must earn a "D" grade or better to receive credit for the advanced math requirement, and it cannot be taken Pass/Fail. The approved list of advanced math courses recommended for ME students is provided here.
Note: Students interested in SGUS who are thinking of double-counting their advanced math must select a course that has been approved as graduate level, which can be found on the Acceptable Graduate Math List.
Also as part of the undergraduate ME degree, students must complete EECS 314 (4) - Electrical Circuits, Systems and Applications. Students must earn a "D" grade or better in EECS 314, and cannot take it Pass/Fail.
Students that wish to complete an Electrical Engineering minor would enroll in EECS 215 (4) - Introduction to Electronic Circuits, which would count in place of EECS 314 and follow the same grading rules. Students who are interested in the Electrical Engineering minor should contact the EE Department for more information.
As part of the BSE degree in ME, 119 required credits come from the CoE Core, Intellectual Breadth, and ME Program Specific categories. General Elective credits are the remaining credits needed to reach the minimum 128 total credits toward program required for graduation, which usually amounts to 9 to 12 credits of GEs.
For transfer students, students that received credit by exam, or students that transferred one or more courses from another institution, your total number of credits from the other categories may not equal 119 credits. As a result, you may have to enroll in more or less than 9 general elective credits, depending on how many credits are needed to reach the 128 credits required for graduation.
For the description of what courses count as General Electives, please visit the CoE Bulletin, and scroll to the bottom of the Core Requirements section.
For more information, see the Requirement for a Bachelor's Degree in the CoE Bulletin.
Before you can declare Mechanical Engineering as your engineering program of study, the following requirements must be met:
- You must have completed at least one full term of courses on the UM Ann Arbor campus.
- Have an overall UM GPA of 2.0 or better (3.0 or better if you are not currently in a College of Engineering program) in courses taken at the UM Ann Arbor campus and be in good standing. Students on Probation or Enrollment Withheld cannot declare a program.
- Have completed (with a C or better), or earned credit by exam or transfer for, at least one course in each of these categories:
a. Calculus (e.g. Math 115, 116, 156)
b. Calculus based physics lectures (e.g. Physics 140, 160) or chemistry lectures (e.g. Chemistry 130)
c. Required engineering courses (Engr. 100, 101, 151)
For all of these math, science, and engineering courses taken at UM Ann Arbor the student must have earned a grade of C or better. For repeated courses the most recent grade counts.
For more information, see the CoE Bulletin's Declaring (or Changing) Major section.
If you have met the above requirements, please email a request to declare to the Academic Services Office (email@example.com). We will review your degree audit, confirm your eligbility to declare, invite you to a Declaration Orientation, and complete a long-term degree plan with you.
Students do not need to be declared to register for 200 level ME courses. Overrides to ME courses may be requested when a class is full due to special circumstances. Students who would like an override should email firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, UM ID number, desired lecture/lab/discussion (as applicable), and a brief explanation of why the override is being requested. The advising team has access to your schedule, so please be accurate and detailed in your request.
- Please note that an override is not automatic. While we do our best to accommodate your request, it is important to understand that overrides are reserved for those students with a valid time conflict that may delay their graduation or other special situations.
- Due to the demand, we unfortunately cannot provide course overrides due to personal preferences. Please understand that it does take time to process an override as the advisors will first seek to find alternative schedules for each student to ensure timely graduation and resolve other issues with placing a student in the class, such as the fire code limitations of how many students can safely be allowed to be within each classroom.
- Please note that it may be necessary to wait until the first week of classes (which should be attended) for seats to potentially open in a class due to other students dropping the course. Each department has its own procedures for granting overrides/permissions, but ME students are welcome in most courses throughout the University.
- You will receive an email from the ME ASO letting you know if your override request has been approved. If it is not approved, we will try to provide helpful suggestions for alternative schedules to meet your graduation needs.
Each student is responsible for their academic career and progression to graduation. It is important to understand all policies, deadlines, and degree requirements. We understand that this process can be complex, so please visit the ME ASO, and we are happy to help coach you along this important journey. We have several tools and guidelines to help you select your courses, in the proper sequence, to complete your degree.
Personal Degree Audit
A great resource to take advantage of when planning your degree is the College of Engineering's Personal Degree Audit. From this page, click on the "Student" link and login. Once the report generates, click on "Two Column" at the upper left to launch a new window with your degree audit.
When planning your schedule to satisfy all of the degree requirements for the College of Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering department, there are several general guidelines you should follow:
- All CoE courses, including the 200 level Math and Physics courses, should be completed by the end of your sophomore year.
- The ME degree consists of three design courses (ME 250, ME 350, and ME 450) and two laboratory courses (ME 395 and ME 495). NONE of these courses may be taken in the same semester. As a result, it is useful to start the planning process by placing these courses first, and then filling in the rest of your degree plan by following the prerequisites and co-requisites.
- Most students are eligible to declare ME at the start of their sophomore year. For a student following a traditional four year college plan, this leaves six semesters to complete the ME curriculum. As none of the five design/laboratory courses can be taken in the same semester, there will be one semester in which you will not take a design/laboratory course; this is usually during the winter semester of your sophomore year. If you are interested in studying abroad, this semester is the optimal time to do so. Many institutions abroad do not offer appropriate design/laboratory courses, and as you progress in your degree it becomes increasingly difficult to find 300 and 400 level courses that will transfer.
- To maintain a more balanced schedule, we recommend students save some Intellectual Breadth and/or General Elective requirements for later in their degree when the majority of their schedule would otherwise be filled solely with ME courses.
- Intellectual Breadth and General Elective requirements can be fulfilled at community colleges over the spring/summer. This can be useful if a specific course will not fit into your schedule, or if you wish to maintain a lighter course load during the academic year. Many of these courses are offered in the evening, allowing for the simultaneous pursuit of a summer internship/co-op.
- Many students that come to the ASO early in their degree are determined to complete their BSE degree in exactly four years or less. While this is entirely achievable, an increasing number of our students prolong their degree a semester or two to pursue such things as study abroad or co-ops, both of which we highly encourage. Each student's personal goals and interests will be different, so keep this in mind when planning your schedule.
Within the ME degree there are numerous prerequisites and co-requisites that every student must follow when enrolling for courses. These are illustrated in the table below:
* For students minoring in Electrical Engineering, EECS 215 will count in place of EECS 314
P/A - Preceded or Accompanied By (i.e. a co-req)
Course Name (Credits) Course Description Requires Leads to Math 115 (4) Calculus I n/a Math 116, Phys 140/141 Math 116 (4) Calculus II Math 115 Math 215, Math 216, ME 211, ME 235, ME 250 Math 215 (4) Calculus III Math 116 n/a Math 216 (4) Differential Equations Math 116 EECS 314, P/A: ME 240, ME 320 Engr 100 (4) Intro to Engineering n/a n/a Engr 101 (4) Intro to Computers and Programming n/a ME 250 Chem 130 (3) / 125 (1) / 126 (1) General Chemistry and Lab n/a ME 235 Phys 140 (4) / 141 (1) Physics I and Lab Math 115 Phys 240/241, ME 211, ME 240 Phys 240 (4) / 241 (1) Physics II and Lab Phys 140/141 EECS 314, ME 395 EECS 314* (4) Electrical Circuits Math 216, Phys 240/241 P/A: ME 360 ME 211 (4) Solid Mechanics Math 116, Phys 140/141 ME 350, ME 382 ME 235 (3) Thermodynamics I Math 116, Chem 130/125/126 ME 320 ME 240 (4) Dynamics and Vibrations P/A: Math 216, Phys 140/141 ME 320, ME 350, ME 360, ME 395 ME 250 (4) Design and Manufacturing I Math 116, Engr 101 ME 350 ME 320 (3) Fluid Mechanics I Math 216, ME 235, ME 240 ME 335, P/A: ME 395 ME 335 (3) Heat Transfer ME 320 P/A: ME 495 ME 350 (4) Design and Manufacturing II ME 211, ME 240, ME 250, P/A: ME 382 ME 450, P/A: ME 495 ME 360 (4) Systems and Controls P/A: EECS 314, ME 240 ME 450, ME 495 ME 382 (4) Behavior of Materials ME 211 P/A: ME 350, P/A: ME 395 ME 395 (4) Laboratory I Phys 240/241, ME 240, P/A: ME 320, P/A: ME 382 ME 495 ME 450 (4) Design and Manufacturing III ME 350, ME 360, ME 395 n/a ME 495 (4) Laboratory II P/A: ME 350, ME 360, ME 395 n/a
For a visual representation of the prerequisites and co-requisites listed above, see the various ME Course Flow Diagrams shown below. Each row in the diagram represents a sample term within an eight term (four year) degree, and is laid out to show when a student might take each course to satisfy the prerequisites and co-requisites for the ME degree. Although the sample schedules laid out in these ME Course Flow Diagrams would satisfy all requirements in the appropriate sequence, they are only a few of the many possible schedules that would work, depending on a student's individual circumstances.
The sample schedule below lists all courses required to complete a BSE degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. This sample schedule is meant to be a guide only and will likely be different from most students' long-term degree plans.
- The sample schedule assumes all courses will be taken at UM Ann Arbor and that the degree will be completed in four years.
- Many students enter the College of Engineering with AP credit from high school or transfer credits from another institution during their degree.
- Additionally, students may prolong their degree past eight semesters to pursue co-op and/or study abroad opportunities.
- As ME courses are in high demand and can fill quickly, it is advisable that students remain flexible in their course selection for each term and have backup options.
- The Academic Services Office is happy to review degree plans, but each student is ultimately responsible for selecting a schedule that meets their needs, within the degree requirements.
Total Terms: Credit Hours 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Subjects Required by all Programs (52-55 hours) Mathematics 115, 116, 215, 216+ 16 4 4 4 4 - - - - Engineering 100, Introduction to Engineering+ 4 4 - - - - - - - Engineering 101, Introduction to Computers+ 4 - 4 - - - - - - Chemistry 125/126 and 130 or
Chemistry 210 and 2111+
5 5 - - - - - - - Physics 140 with lab 141 2 + 5 - 5 - - - - - - Physics 240 with lab 241 2 + 5 - - 5 - - - - - Intellectual Breadth (including one course in economics) 4 16 3 4 - - - 3 - 6 Related Program Subjects (7 hours) Advanced Mathematics 3 3 - - - - - 3 - - EECS 314, Circuits (or EECS 215) 4 - - - - 4 - - - Program Subjects (45 hours) ME 211, Introduction to Solid Mechanics + 4 - - 4 - - - - - ME 235, Thermodynamics I + 3 - - - 3 - - - - ME 240, Introduction to Dynamics and Vibrations + 4 - - - 4 - - - - ME 250, Design and Manufacturing I + 4 - - - 4 - - - - ME 320, Fluids I + 3 - - - - 3 - - - ME 335, Heat Transfer 3 - - - - - 3 - - ME 350, Design and Manufacturing II + 4 - - - - 4 - - - ME 360, Systems and Controls + 4 - - - - - 4 - - ME 382, Engineering Materials + 4 - - - - 4 - - - ME 395, Laboratory I + 4 - - - - - 4 - - ME 450, Design and Manufacturing III + 4 - - - - - - - 4 ME 495, Laboratory II 4 - - - - - - 4 - Electives (21 to 24 hours) Technical Electives 3 9 - - - - - - 6 3 Specialization Elective5 3 3 General Electives 9 - - 3 - - 6 - Total 128 16 17 16 15 15 17 16 16
1. If you have a satisfactory score or grade in Chemistry AP, A-Level, IB Exams or transfer credit from another institution for Chemistry 130/125/126 or Chemistry 210/211, you will have met the Chemistry Core Requirement for the College of Engineering.
2. If you have a satisfactory score or grade in Physics AP, A-Level, IB Exams or transfer credit from another institution for Physics 140/141 and/or Physics 240/241 you will have met the Physics Core Requirement for the College of Engineering.
3. Advanced Mathematics and Technical Electives: A list of approved courses is available on the ME Department website & in the Academic Services Office (ASO), 2206 G.G. Brown.
4. The ME Department requires each student to take at least 3 credit hours economic or financial course as part of their Intellectual Breadth requirements. Any course on the supplied list within LSA fulfills the Intellectual Breadth as a LAC. Any course on the supplied list outside of LSA fulfills the Intellectual Breadth as a Professional & Creative Development Course (PCDC). A list of ME approved courses is available on the ME Department's website and in the Academic Services Office (ASO), 2206 G.G. Brown.
5. A Specialization Elective is any 3 credit hour course that meets the requirement of either 1) have a 300 level or higher prerequisite or 2) be any 300 level or higher ME course.
(+) "C-" rule: Students must earn a "C-" or better in prerequisite courses indicated by the (+) symbol; anything less must be repeated prior to taking a subsequent class for which this class is required.
"D" Rule: No grade less than a "D" shall be earned in any course used for degree credit.
The Mechanical Engineering program offers several dual and joint degree programs.* A 3.0 cumulative and math, science, and engineering grade point average is required for admissions to one of these programs. As well, minors through LS&A (see CoE Bulletin) and a Concentration in Manufacturing Systems Design or in Energy Systems is available. Refer to the ME website or consult with staff in the ASO.
*There are Dual Degree programs with other Engineering Departments and Joint (MDDP) degrees with other Schools, such as Music and LS&A.
Candidates for the BSE (ME) - must complete the program listed above. This is just a sample of a schedule that will lead to graduation in eight terms.
Within the undergraduate degree, the ME department offers two Concentrations: Energy and Manufacturing Systems. Neither of these Concentrations is required, however, they allow interested students to focus their Technical Electives in a specific subject area. If you elect to pursue a Concentration in either Energy or Manufacturing, it is possible to satisfy both the ME Technical Elective requirements as well as the requirements for the Concentration, which are provided below.
For students interested in declaring a Energy or Manufacturing Systems Concentration, please visit the UG Degree Planning Tools section of the Student Intranet. Click on the Manage Concentration tab, choose the Concentration you would like from the drop-down box, and click Submit Request. After you graduate and the completion of the Concentration has been confirmed, you will see the Concentration on your official transcript, but not your diploma.
If you have already declared a Concentration and wish to drop it, simply visit the UG Degree Planning Tools site, choose the concentration you wish to drop, and click Submit Remove Request.
Global economic, geopolitical, and environmental factors all suggest that improvements are needed in the way that energy is produced, converted, and utilized in the modern world. Mechanical systems are integral to all three of these activities. The undergraduate concentration in energy, consisting of 12 credit hours, is defined below. For more information, contact the advisors in the Academic Services Office or Professor Wooldridge (email@example.com).
Students must be in good standing to declare the concentration and must pass all classes with satisfactory grades. Students may not take courses for the energy concentration pass/fail. Students may petition the ME ASO to have alternate courses considered.
Required Course (3 cr):
- ME 433 - Advanced Energy Solutions (1,2,3a)
Choice of Engineering Science Courses (6 cr):
- AERO 335 - Aircraft and Spacecraft Propulsion (GE,5)
- AERO 533 - Combustion Processes (3b)
- AOSS 350 - Atmospheric Thermodynamics (GE,5)
- AOSS 410 - Earth System Modeling (GE,5)
- CEE 360 - Environmental Process Engineering (3b,5)
- CEE 460 - Design of Environmental Engineering Systems (3b)
- CEE 567 - Energy Infrastructure Systems (1,3b)
- CEE 565 / ESENG 501 - Seminars on Energy System Technology and Policy (GE)
- EECS 498-05 - Solid-State Lighting and Solar Cells NEW F10 (GE)
- ME 336 - Advanced Thermodynamics (2,3a)
- ME 432 - Introduction to Combustion (1,2,3a)
- ME 438 - Internal Combustion Engines (1,3a)
- ME 530 - Advanced Heat Transfer (1,3a)
- ME 535 - Thermodynamics III (1,3a)
- ME 537 - Advanced Combustion (1,3a)
- ME 539 - Heat Transfer Physics (1,3a)
- ME 571 / ESENG 505 - Energy Generation and Storage Using Modern Materials (1,3a)
- ME 589 - Sustainable Design of Technological Systems (1,3a)
- ME 599 - Novel Fuels (1,3a,4)
- MSE 555 - Materials Energy Conversion (GE,5)
- NERS 442 - Nuclear Power Reactors (3b, P1)
Choice of Natural Resource and Environment Courses (3 cr):
- NRE 441 - Remote Sensing of Environment
- NRE 475 / ENVIRON 475 / EHS 588 - Environmental Law
- NRE 559 - International Environmental Policy and Law
- NRE 560 / ENVIRON 360 / PSYCH 389 / UP 560 / SW 710 - Behavior and Environment
- NRE 562 - Environmental Policy, Politics, and Organizations
- NRE 571 / ECON 471 - Environmental Economics
- ECON 370 - Environment & Resources Economics (may fulfill 3xx level HU/SS requirement)
(1) - Category 1 ME Technical Elective (400-level or higher)
(2) - Category 2 ME Technical Elective (core)
(3a) - Category 3a ME Technical Elective
(3b) - Category 3b Non-ME Technical Elective
(GE) - General Elective
(4) - Any 499 and 599 courses should transition to permanent numbers in the next year or two.
(5) - If in a dual degree program with ME, these courses do not count as Technical Electives for ME.
(P1) - Permission of Instructor
Manufacturing Systems Concentration
The cross-disciplinary Manufacturing Systems Concentration (MSC) in Mechanical Engineering allows students to take both free electives and advanced technical electives that lead to the MSC being added to the BSE degree. This concentration is open to undergraduates pursuing a degree in the Mechanical Engineering department. The MSC focuses on a systems level approach to manufacturing and design for future requirements; it may also increase employment opportunities in the manufacturing sector.
The concentration consists of at least 13 credit hours of coursework in manufacturing related areas; specifically, three concentration core courses for 8 hours and two elective courses for 5-6 hours. For more information, contact the advisors in the Academic Services Office, or Professor Elijah Kannatey-Asibu (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Three Concentration Core Courses (8 cr):
- ME 481 - Manufacturing Processes (1,2,3a)
- ME 483 - Manufacturing Systems Design (1,2,3a)
- IOE 425 - Manufacturing Strategies (GE)
Choice of One Process Course (3 cr):
- ME 482 - Machining Processes (1,3a)
- ME 487 - Welding (1,2,3a)
- ME 586 - Laser Materials Processing (3a)
- ME 588 - Assembly Modeling for Design and Manufacturing (3a)
- ME 599 - Nanomanufacturing (3a,4)
Choice of One Systems Course (2-3 cr):
- ME 401 - Engineering Statistics for Manufacturing Systems (1,3a)
- ME 452 - Design for Manufacturability (1,2,3a)
- ME 584 - Control of Manufacturing Systems (3a)
- ME 587 - Reconfigurable Manufacturing (3a)
- IOE 449 - Material Handling Systems (3b)
(1) - Category 1 ME Technical Elective (400-level or higher)
(2) - Category 2 ME Technical Elective (core)
(3a) - Category 3a ME Technical Elective
(3b) - Category 3b Non-ME Technical Elective
(GE) - General Elective
(4) - This ME 599 course should transition to permanent numbers in the next year or two.
(5) - If in a dual degree program with ME, these courses do not count as Technical Electives for ME.
(P1) - Permission of Instructor
The ME Department at the University of Michigan has a multidisciplinary approach to research that strikes a unique balance of trend-setting research and real-world impact that is highly respected around the world. Conducting research with a faculty member, through ME490 Independent Study, is an excellent way to gain hands-on experience and earn credit towards your degree at the same time.
Students with senior standing can receive Technical Elective credit for completing ME490 research. ME490 can count as an ME400 level or higher Technical Elective (Category 1). It cannot count as a Core Technical Elective (Category 2). For students interested in continuing their independent research project over two semesters, or completing two unique independent research projects, they can enroll in ME491.
- ME491 can be for Specialization Elective credit or General Elective credit if ME490 was counted as a Technical Elective (Category 1).
- ME491 can be counted as a General Elective if ME490 was counted as a Specialization Elective.
- ME490 is required before ME491.
If you are interested in completing a ME490 independent research project, please visit the ME490/491 Registration and Report Submission webpage for complete step-by-step instructions, expectations, and due dates.
For students looking to complement their Mechanical Engineering degree with additional coursework in another area of interest, there are several minors and programs available to choose from. In general, the department offering the minor is always the one responsible for establishing requirements for that minor and declaring students into the minor. Questions related to a minor should be directed to the specific department.
Depending on the minor chosen and the amount of course overlap with ME degree requirements, some courses may be able to be counted for both the BSE degree and the minor. If a course required for a minor will not fit in any of the categories of requirements for the ME degree, it will likely count as a General Elective.
Students interested in pursuing a minor should visit the websites listed below. Additionally, the CoE Bulletin offers a broad overview of some of these minors that are offered through the College of Engineering and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.
- International Minor - The International Minor addresses the need for engineers who can combine technical expertise with international understanding. The International Minor requirements include foreign language proficiency, coursework pertaining to non-U.S. countries, intercultural communication skills, and global trends in engineering and business. Students must also pursue practical overseas experience through study, work or volunteer abroad. The minor requires 16-20 credits to complete, depending on the foreign language elected.
- Multidisciplinary Design Minor - This minor allows undergraduate engineering students to obtain practical hands-on experience designing, building, and testing technology systems in collaboration with students from other disciplines both inside and outside of engineering. The minor can be satisfied with 15 credits of coursework associated with specialized multidisciplinary team projects, which may include competitive teams such as Solar Car, Steel Bridge, and Human-Powered Submarines.
- Electrical Engineering (EE) Minor - The EE minor is offered through the EECS Department and is intended to give students the opportunity to pursue one of three paths: Systems: Communications, Control, Signal Processing, Electromagnetics and Optics, or Circuits and Solid State. ME students pursuing the EE minor must take EECS 215, which will count in place of EECS 314. For additional information, visit the EECS Department website.
- Entrepreneurship Program - Undergraduate engineering students are able to study business methods associated with writing business plans, obtaining venture capital and other funding, intellectual property, etc. The Program in Entrepreneurship Certificate requires at least 9 credits of business related courses and seminars.
- Business Minor - Undergraduate engineering students interested in business are welcome to apply to complete a minor in Business through the Ross School of Business. The Minor consists of 15 credit hours and has flexible core and elective components. Students admitted to the minor must complete all minor requirement courses for credit and for a grade (may not be taken pass/fail). A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 is required within the minor coursework.
- Program in Sustainable Engineering (PISE) - Administered through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Program in Sustainable Engineering (PISE) provides students and opportunity to develop their understanding of the challenges associated with sustainable design of technology systems, exploring economic, environmental and social challenges of sustainable development across disciplines. Upon completing the program, students should be able to: Quantify the environmental and economic impacts of design decisions; understand the difference between life cycle design and environmentally sustainable design; list key sustainability considerations in the design of an engineering system; identify trade-offs among social, economic and environmental drivers in engineering decision making; and identify more sustainable choices among engineering options.
- LSA Minors - Almost all LSA departments offer a minor available to students in any college at the UM Ann Arbor. If you are interested in pursuing a LSA minor, please contact the applicable department directly. There are over 90 LSA minors available. For your convenience, the two most common LSA minors elected by Mechanical Engineers are listed below:
- Minor in Mathematics: Through the ME degree, students are required to take Math 215, Math 216, and an advanced math course, all of which can be double-counted toward the math minor. Consequently, ME students interested in pursuing a math minor only need two additional courses to satisfy the Math Department's minor requirements.
- Minor in Physics: Similar to the math minor, several courses required for the ME degree will double-count for the physics minor, including Physics 140/141 and Physics 240/241. To complete the physics minor two additional courses and a laboratory class are required.
Students who engage in Study Abroad opportunities gain first-hand knowledge of other cultures and learn to appreciate cultural diversity. In addition, from these experiences, students learn to approach engineering problems with new insight. This experience allows students to more readily adapt to new situations and successfully interact with colleagues from around the world.
If you are interested in studying abroad and earning credit internationally, please visit the study abroad section of the International Programs in Engineering website. Keep in mind that it will be difficult to find any of our design or lab courses abroad (i.e. ME 250, ME 350, ME 395, ME 450, and ME 495). Because none of these courses can be taken in the same semester, we recommend that students planning to go abroad do so the winter semester of their sophomore year (e.g. take ME 250 in the fall semester) or go abroad over a summer.
To determine if a study abroad course will transfer to the UM, please visit the CoE Transfer Credit Office website to locate the course CoE and LSA course equivalency databases.
If you are planning a study abroad experience, but not through the University of Michigan, you should complete a Transfer Credit Approval Form (TCAF). The TCAF is designed for current College of Engineering students to have a course pre-approved before their enrollment as a guest student.
Dual degrees may be obtained with Mechanical Engineering and other programs in the College of Engineering. These require 142 (minimum) credits hours, and result in the award of two BSE degrees (one in Mechanical Engineering and one in the other program). Since these programs involve a substantial amount of double-counting of credit, a dual degree student cannot enter the SGUS program. Transfer credit may also be limited.
Admission to a dual degree program requires approval from both departments and is available for any student who has maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher, both cumulative as well as in "core" subjects.
These Dual Degree programs currently exist:
- Aerospace Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Science
- Computer Science Engineering
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Engineering Physics
- Industrial and Operations Engineering
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Naval Architecture and Marine Architecture
- Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
If you are interested in completing a dual degree with another undergraduate program within the College of Engineering that is not listed above, please send an email to email@example.com. The ASO will work with you to determine whether a specialized program can be established.
Joint Degrees allow students to pursue two separate bachelor degrees simultaneously in two different colleges.
The Rackham SGUS allows qualified CoE students to pursue a five-year combined Bachelor's and Master's degree. For more information, visit the Master's Degree and SGUS section of the Graduate Handbook.
The Engineering Global Leadership Honors Program (EGL) combines a traditional engineering undergraduate curriculum with courses in the Ross School of Business and the College of Literature, Science and Arts. The EGL Honors Program leads to a Bachelor's and Master's degree from the College of Engineering.
EGL prepares students to communicate across engineering and business boundaries, thereby breaking down the barriers to global competitiveness. The focus on Global Operations/Business enhances students' understanding of operations and the corporate environment, including the basics of marketing, accounting, strategy and finance.
The program includes an International Minor for Engineers and exposes students to the language, history and customs of another part of the world. Emphasis is placed on the idea that integration of these disciplines is vital in today's global business environment.
EGL students are also required to complete a synthesis team project that provides them an opportunity to place their learning in an industry context, apply their technical knowledge in the field, and develop their teamwork skills.
Requirements for All EGL Students
Along with the engineering degree requirements, EGL students must also complete:
- 2 semesters of the same 2nd year language, associated with the cultural region of their choice
- 12 credits of humanities/social science/intellectual breadth courses associated with the same cultural region
- 15 credits in the UM Ross School of Business
- EGL and Tauber Leadership Programs
- Tauber Institute Team Project (paid internship)
- Completion of a Bachelor's and Master's degree in the College of Engineering
Students are strongly encouraged to consider study or work abroad, which can be used as an option for satisfying some of the cultural core requirements.
Requirements for EGL Students Pursuing a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering
All ME degree requirements apply to EGL students -- with the exception of the economics/financials requirement and the Specialization Elective. These two requirements are satisfactorily met through completion of the EGL program and are thereby waived for EGL students.
Students should apply to the EGL program after having completed at least 2 semesters in the College of Engineering and after declaring an engineering major.
A 3.60 cumulative GPA and an interview are required for admission to the program. Students with at least a 3.55 cumulative GPA may apply and will be interviewed in the anticipation that a 3.60 cumulative GPA will be attained by the end of the semester in which the interview takes place. Application Deadline: October 15th. For more information, visit the EGL website.
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