Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018
Mechanical Engineering (EME)
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.)8 Semester Plan
128 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 14.1901
College of Engineering
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering take coursework in thermodynamics, heat transfer, instrumentation, measurements, solid and fluid mechanics, dynamics, machine analysis and design, mechanical design, manufacturing processes, vibrations and controls. This is supplemented by elective coursework in such areas as sustainability, internal combustion engines, refrigeration and air conditioning, mechanical design, robotics, propulsion, computer-aided design, manufacturing, bio-engineering, alternative energy, thermal design, composite materials, and tribology. Laboratories are available for basic instrumentation, thermal and fluid sciences, solid mechanics, data acquisition, controls, CAD/CAE, and vibrations.
Graduates of this major are employed in design, manufacturing, contracting, operations, marketing, and management in virtually all segments of industry and government, including, but not limited to: aeronautics, aerospace and propulsion; automotive, internal combustion engines, fuel cells and transportation; propulsion systems; power generation; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; structures and machinery design; mining and oil exploration; paper, textile, food, and petrochemical industries/processing/manufacturing; micro and nano materials and semiconductors; and biomaterials and bioengineering. There are abundant career opportunities in a wide range of industries because mechanical equipment is required in every aspect of modern industry.
The Mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida is to provide a quality undergraduate and graduate education for students entering the mechanical engineering profession or seeking careers in related fields: to advance scientific knowledge through basic and applied research; to disseminate technical information through scholarly publications, conferences and continuing education; to advance the profession through service within the associated societies, and to promote activities which serve global development.
Undergraduate Major Educational Objectives
Our Graduates, within 3-5 years of graduation, will successfully:
- Apply concepts of science, mathematics, computation, and engineering in their chosen profession.
- Apply knowledge and skills essential to engineering processes, such as design, analysis, synthesis, fabrication and experimental techniques.
- Demonstrate skills for professional interaction and leadership including multi-disciplinary collaboration, and effective oral and written communication.
- Demonstrate continued career development as well as professional and ethical responsibility within the global, societal and economic context.
Entrance and Continuation Requirements for the Mechanical Engineering Major
College of Engineering students who have fully met the below admission requirements and are in good academic standing, may declare a major in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to being admitted to a department, a student may be permitted to take no more than two departmental engineering courses.
Minimum Admission Requirements for Department of Mechanical Engineering
- Completion of the following courses with a cumulative 3.0 GPA based on best attempt and a minimum grade of C in each course:
- A minimum overall GPA of 2.0
- A minimum USF GPA of 2.0
Minimum Continuation Requirements for Department of Mechanical Engineering
GPA and Grading Requirement
The minimum acceptable grade in all BSME required math and science courses is a C or higher (C- is insufficient). The minimum acceptable grade in engineering and specialization courses which are prerequisites to other degree required courses is a C-, excepted as stated in the Department Continuation Requirements. The passing grade for terminal engineering and specialization courses is a D-. Students must have and maintain a minimum 2.0 Math and Science GPA, 2.0 Engineering GPA, 2.0 Specialization GPA, 2.0 USF GPA, and 2.0 Overall GPA.
College Level Requirements
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.
If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.
Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.
Students qualify for direct entry to the department if they have completed the following courses at a Florida College System institution or University in the Florida State University System (SUS) and meet all other admissions requirements of the University and College.
Courses at USFCourses at a Florida College System InstitutionMAC 2281 Engineering Calculus IMAC X311 or MAC X281MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus IIMAC X312 or MAC X282MAC 2283 Engineering Calculus IIIMAC X313 or MAC X283MAP 2302 Differential EquationsMAP X302 or MAP X305
Courses at USFCourses at a Florida College System InstitutionCHM 2045/CHM 2045L General Chemistry I with LabCHM X045/X045L or CHM X045C orCHS 2440/CHS 2440L General Chemistry for Engineers with LabCHS X440/X440LPHY 2048/PHY 2048L General Physics I - Calculus Based with LabPHY X048/X048L or PHY X048C or PHY X043/X048LPHY 2049/PHY 2049L General Physics II - Calculus Based with LabPHY X049/X049L or PHY X049C or PHY X044/X049L
Total Major Hours: 107 Hours
Note: Department prefers students take EGN 3615 to fulfill one of the FKL Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective requirement, otherwise it will fulfill one of the Upper-Level (Technical/Design) Departmental Electives.
Major Core Courses - 95 Hours
Math and Science (27 credit hours)
- MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I or MAC 2311 Calculus I
- MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus II or MAC 2312 Calculus II
- MAC 2283 Engineering Calculus III or MAC 2313 Calculus III
- MAP 2302 Differential Equations
- CHS 2440 General Chemistry for Engineers or CHM 2045 General Chemistry I
- CHS 2440L General Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory or CHM 2045 General Chemistry I Laboratory
- PHY 2048 General Physics I
- PHY 2048L General Physics I Laboratory
- PHY 2049 General Physics II
- PHY 2049L General Physics II Laboratory
Basic Engineering (22 credit hours)
- EGN 3000 Foundations of Engineering
- EGN 3000L Foundations of Engineering Laboratory
- EGN 3311 Statics
- EGN 3321 Dynamics
- EGN 3615 Engineering Economics with Social and Global Implications
- EGN 3365 Materials Engineering I
- EGN 3373 Introduction to Electrical Systems I
- EGN 3343 Thermodynamics I
- EGN 3443 Probability & Statistics for Engineers
Specialization (43 credit hours)
- EML 3035 Programming Concepts for Mechanical Engineers
- EML 3500 Mechanics of Solids
- EML 3022 Computer Aided Design and Engineering (CAD)
- EML 3041 Computational Methods
- EML 3262 Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery
- EML 3701 Fluid Systems
- EML 4325 Mechanical Manufacturing Processes
- EML 3303 Mechanical Engineering Lab I
- EML 4123 Heat Transfer
- EML 4501 Machine Design
- EML 4106C Thermal Systems and Economics
- EML 4220 Vibrations
- EML 4302 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory II
- EML 4312 Mechanical Controls
- EML 4551 Capstone Design (CPST)
Technical Writing (3 credit hours)
- ENC 3246 Communication for Engineers (WRIN)
Major Elective Courses - 12 Hours
12 hours of Upper-Level Departmental Electives (Technical Design Elective) from the list below:
- BME 4332 Cell and Tissue Engineering
- BME 4440 Introduction to Bioastronautics
- EAS 4121 Hydro and Aerodynamics
- EGN 4366 Materials Engineering II
- EML 4141 Thermal Management of Electronic Systems
- EML 4230 Introduction to Composite Materials
- EML 4246 Tribology
- EML 4310 Microcontrollers
- EML 4326 Advanced Materials Processing
- EML 4414 Power Plant Engineering
- EML 4419 Propulsion I
- EML 4421 Internal Combustion Engines
- EML 4450 Alternative & Renewable Energy
- EML 4503 Sustainable Design and Materials
- EML 4552 Senior Mechanical Design
- EML 4575 Principles of Fracture Mechanics
- EML 4593 Haptics
- EML 4601 Air Conditioning Design
- EML 4702 Fluid Dynamics II
- EML 4703 Mechanics of Compressible Fluids
- EML 4905 Independent Study
- EML 4930 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
- OSE 4601 Optical Product Technology
The Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students program in the USF College of Engineering offers undergraduate students an opportunity to directly participate in state-of-the-art research. Graduate students and professors serve as research partners and mentors as undergraduate research assistants participate in the scientific process and gain relevant experience.
There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience.
Major Internship Opportunities
The College of Engineering and USF’s Career Services Cooperative Education (Co-Op) program provides services for students interested in experiential educational experiences. A wide variety of industries and government agencies offer internships and cooperative education employment opportunities for engineering students. Participants gain valuable expertise in practical applications and other aspects of operations and development in a professional engineering environment. Students normally apply for participation in this program during their first year in the engineering college and pursue actual internships during their sophomore, junior, and senior years.
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