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Mechanical Engineering

Whether it’s advanced materials, biomechanics, emerging transportation technologies, or a wide variety of other fields, mechanical engineers have a vast network of career opportunities available to them due to the remarkable versatility of this degree. From award winning race cars and energy efficient vehicle development to advanced spinal implants and an easier path to recovery from knee surgery, Mechanical Engineering at KU offers a wide variety of opportunities, including robust offerings in bioengineering and biomechanics.

First year - fall
CourseCourse TitleHours
Elective KU Core GE 2.1H3
MATH 125HCalculus I4
ME 228Computer Graphics3
CHEM 150Chemistry for Engineers5
ME 101Mechanical Engineering Freshman Seminar1
 TOTAL HOURS16
First year - Spring
CourseCourse TitleHours
ElectiveKU Core GE 2.1H3
MATH 365Statistics3
MATH 126HCalculus II4
ME 208HIntro. to Digital Comp. Methods in Mech. Engr3
PHSX 210HGeneral Physics I for Engineers3
PHSX 216General Physics I Laboratory1
 TOTAL HOURS17
Second year - Fall
CourseCourse TitleHours
MATH 127HCalculus III4
ME 211Statics & Intro. to Mechanics3
ME 306Science of Materials3
KU COREEthics*, ECON**, or remaing KU CORE3
PHSX 212HGeneral Physics II3
PHSX 236General Physics II Laboratory1
 TOTAL HOURS17
Second year - Spring
CourseCourse TitleHours
KU COREEthics*, ECON**, or remaing KU CORE3
MATH 220HApplied Differential Equations3
MATH 290HElementary Linear Algebra2
ME 311Mechanics of Materials3
ME 212Basic Engineering Thermodynamics3
 KU Core Elective† H3
 TOTAL HOURS17
Third year - fall
CourseCourse TitleHours
KU COREEthics*, ECON**, or remaing KU CORE3
ME 307Engineering Materials Lab2
ME 320Dynamics3
ME 321Dynamics Simulations1
ME 510Fluid Mechanics3
ME 508Numerical Analysis3
 TOTAL HOURS15
Third year - Spring
CourseCourse TitleHours
EECS 316Circuits, Electronics & Instrumentation3
EECS 318Circuits & Electronics Laboratory1
ME ELECTME Advanced Engineering Elective3
ME 501Mechanical Engineering Design Process2
ME 628Mechanical Design3
ME 661Finite Element Method for Stress Analysis3
 TOTAL HOURS15
Fourth year - fall
CourseCourse TitleHours
ME 455Mechanical Measurements & Experimentation4
ME 612Heat Transfer3
ME 682System Dynamics & Control Systems3
MEAdv. Engr. Elective (List 1)/Capstone Option***3-5
 General Elective*****3
 TOTAL HOURS16-18
Fourth year - spring
CourseCourse TitleHours
MECapstone Design Option ***2-4
MEAdvanced Engineering Elective (List 1)3
 General Elective*****3
 Ethics***, ECON**, or remaining KU Core3
 Ethics***, ECON**, or remaining KU Core3
 TOTAL HOURS14-16

Premedical Plan
143 credit hours; the following courses are required in addition to the Mechanical Engineering curriculum:
Chemistry – Take CHEM 130 and CHEM 135 instead of CHEM 150;
Advanced Chemistry – CHEM 330, CHEM 331, CHEM 335, CHEM 336;
Biological Science – BIOL 150, BIOL 152;
Biochemistry I, BIOL 636, is required for application to some medical school programs.

Combined Mechanical Engineering BS & MBA in Business
A student who wants to combine business with engineering may enroll in a program leading to a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Business. Full-time enrollment and careful planning enables a student to earn the two degrees in 4.5 years. Consult the Department of Mechanical Engineering for more information.

CURRICULUM NOTES
* Ethics electives are CE 610, PHIL 160, PHIL 180, or PHIL 320.
** Economics elective may be ECON 104, ECON 142, or ECON 144.
*** Courses chosen in consultation with advisor. Options include: Automotive; Biomechanics; Energy/Sustainability; Thermo-fluids; and Mechanical Design.
***** Courses chosen from an approved list available from the department.
128 hour credit hours required for BS-ME, but up to 6 hrs may be waived through non-course means. See ME advisor for more information.
H Honors equivalent course is available.

CORE DISTRIBUTION

GE 1.1 CRITICAL THINKING: PHSX 210
GE 1.2 QUANTITATIVE LITERACY: MATH 125

GE 2.1 WRITTEN COMMUNICATION: ENGL 101 & ENGL 102H
GE 2.2 ORAL COMMUNICATION: ELECTIVE

GE 3H ARTS & HUMANITIES: ELECTIVE
GE 3N NATURAL SCIENCES: CHEM 150
GE 3S SOCIAL SCIENCES: ECON 104H, 142H OR 144H

AE 4.1 DIVERSITY IN UNITED STATES: ELECTIVE
AE 4.2 GLOBAL AWARENESS: ELECTIVE

AE 5.1 ETHICS & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: CE 610, PHIL160H, PHIL 180, OR PHIL 320

AE 6.1 INTEGRATION & CREATIVITY: ME 642; or ME 640 and ME 641/643

2021-2022 Curriculum