Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


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


Major Description

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering take coursework in thermodynamics, heat transfer, instrumentation, measurements, computer-aided design, 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, 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.

Mission Statement
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 a few years after graduation, will successfully:

  1. Apply concepts of science, mathematics, computation, and mechanical engineering, including design theory, experimental techniques and manufacturing.
  2. Pursue a productive career using strong critical thinking, innovation, and problem solving skills.
  3. Demonstrate professional growth and leadership by using effective communication skills and participating in multi-disciplinary collaborations.
  4. Engage in life-long learning and pursue continued career development with professional and ethical responsibility.

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

  1. Completion of the following courses with a cumulative 3.0 GPA based on best attempt and a minimum grade of C in each course:
  2. A minimum overall GPA of 2.0
  3. A minimum USF GPA of 2.0

Minimum Continuation Requirements for Department of Mechanical Engineering
Completion of EML 3500 Mechanics of Solids and EGN 3343 Thermodynamics I with a minimum grade of C in each course (C- is insufficient).

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.

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 USF

Courses at a Florida College System Institution

  • MAC X311 or MAC X281
  • MAC X312 or MAC X282
  • MAC X313 or MAC X283
  • MAP X302 or MAP X305

Natural Sciences:

Courses at USF

Courses at a Florida College System Institution

  • CHM X045/X045L or CHM X045C
  • CHS X440/X440L
  • PHY X048/X048L or PHY X048C or PHY X043/X048L
  • PHY X049/X049L or PHY X049C or PHY X044/X049L


Total Major Hours: 107 Hours

Major Core

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)

Basic Engineering (22 credit hours)

Specialization (43 credit hours)

Technical Writing (3 credit hours)

Major Elective Courses - 12 Hours

12 hours of Upper-Level Departmental Electives (Technical Design Elective) from the list below:

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