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2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Mechanical Engineering Major

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BS degree

Throughout the program, the use of computer work stations is emphasized for the solution of complex problems and for the design and manufacture of components and systems. Hands-on design experiences occur throughout the curriculum, culminating in a senior project solving a real-life engineering program with realistic constraints of time as well as economic, aesthetic, safety, social and environmental implications. The students defend their work in an oral presentation before their class, faculty, guests and an invited panel of judges from local industries.

The first two years of the program include basic courses in the areas of mathematics, chemistry and physics, together with introductory courses in applied science such as mechanics, materials and electrical science. Specialization occurs during the last two years with courses available in the areas of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, manufacturing processes and systems, control systems, materials behavior, energy, and mechanical design.

  Calculation of GPA in the Mechanical Engineering Major

Students must have a 2.000 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all courses taken at the University in order to graduate. Students must also have a 2.000 cumulative GPA in the major. For purposes of GPA computation in the major the following are included:

  • All MNE courses
  • MTH, EGR, ECE courses above the 1xx level
  • Any course taken as a technical elective
  • ECO 231, 232 in the Manufacturing Engineering Option

MNE Major/Business Minor Advising Path

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Charlton College of Business have collaborated in preparing a plan whereby students can complete concurrently the Mechanical Engineering major and the Business Administration minor. Please see an advisor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering for information.

Areas of Concentration

Mechanical Engineering

Option in Manufacturing Engineering


The Option in Manufacturing Engineering utilizes a core of courses already in the Mechanical Engineering major—MNE 231, MNE 345, and a special selection of elective courses.

General Education and Technical Electives

Students in the Manufacturing Engineering option complete the requirements for Mechanical Engineering, at the same time making the following specific course selections:

They must select the following within the General Education electives.

They must select three courses—the MNE Technical Electives—from the following list:


First Year

Second Year

Third Year

First Semester: 17 credits

  • General Education Elective  - 3 credits

Second Semester: 16 credits

  • General Education Electives - 3 credits
  • MNE Technical Elective - 3 credits
    See footnote ** below

Fourth Year

First Semester: 16 credits

  • MNE Technical Electives - 3 credits
    See footnote ** below

Second Semester: 14 credits

  • MNE Technical Electives - 3 credits
    See footnote ** below
  • General Education Electives - 6 credits


** Usually taken from approved list (See Technical Electives below)

Total credits: 128

Technical Electives

Students should confer with advisors before selecting technical electives to assure that they meet requirements in engineering science and engineering design. Students who wish to select technical electives from other departments must receive prior approval from the mechanical engineering department.

Distribution Requirements/General Education Requirements for Civil, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Degree candidates in the College of Engineering must satisfy the university’s General Education requirements, as described in the Academic Policies section of this Catalogue.

  • General Education requirements in Areas M and S and the Tier 1 Writing/Information requirement are automatically satisfied by the courses shown as required for these majors.
  • The General Education requirements in Areas C, G, and D may be fulfilled by selecting courses from the approved lists in each area, using the General Education electives shown in the course requirement tables for each major.
  • The requirements for General Education areas E, I, W, and O will be specified within courses that are included in each major. Requirement tables for these areas are included for each major.

General Education Departmental Requirements

Students majoring in Mechanical Engineering will meet their departmentally-controlled General Education requirements as follows:

Alternative Paths Program Requirements

Depending on the results of placement testing, new freshman students may be placed into one of the following first-year curricula.

First Year Courses for Precalculus-Ready Freshmen

First-Year Courses for Algebra-Ready Freshmen

First Semester: 15 credits

  • General Education Electives - 6 credits


* Students receive 3 administrative credits for Math 100. Administrative credits do not not count towards the total credits required for graduation.

A proposal for experiential learning must be first sponsored by a faculty member and then approved by the full department. A proposal that meets minimum standards shall normally be approved for three free elective credits. An extraordinarily meritorious proposal may be approved for three technical elective credits only if it involves significant creative technical design with a tangible product.

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