The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree requires a minimum of 132 total credit hours and a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00.

Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 is required in the following courses: ME 200, ME 263, ME 270, ME 274, ME 290, ME 300, ME 309, ME 315, ME 323, ME 352, ME 365, ME 375, ME 452, ME 463, ME 475, MA 261, MA 262, MA 303, EE 201, EE 207, PHYS 241.

  • Mechanical Engineering (ME) Requirements (62 credit hours):
    • Mechanical Sciences (12 credit hours): ME 270, ME 274, ME 323, MSE 230
    • Mechanical Engineering Seminars (1 credit hour): ME 290
    • Systems, Measurements and Control (10 credit hours): EE 201, EE 207, ME 365, ME 375.
    • Thermal / Fluid Sciences (11 credit hours): ME 200, ME 309, ME 315
    • Design Courses (10 credit hours): ME 263, ME 352, ME 463.
    • Restricted Electives (6 credit hours): Complete two of the following three courses. The remaining course may be taken as a professional elective or as a free elective: ME 300, ME 452, ME 475
    • Professional Electives (12 credit hours):

      Professional electives enable the student to specialize their background in a technical area of special interest. Students must complete 12 credit hours in engineering, mathematics, natural sciences or Graduation Projects to satisfy the professional electives category. Refer to section (Professional Electives in Mechanical Engineering) and (Course Catalogue) for more details on professional electives and for a list of pre-approved professional electives topic areas and courses.
  • General Engineering Requirements (6 credit hours):
    • Introduction to Engineering (4 credit hours): ENGR 131 & ENGR 132. Alternatively the student may take ENGR 100 & ENGR 126
    • General Engineering requirement for Mechanical Engineering (2 credit hours): CGT 163.
  • Mathematics Requirement (19 credit hours): MA 165, MA 166, MA 261, MA 262 and MA 303.
  • Science Requirements (14-15 credit hours): PHYS 172, PHYS 241, CHM 115 and a Science Selective: CS 159 or CHM 116
  • Liberal Arts Requirements (28 credit hours):
    • English Language and Communication Skills (10 credit hours): ENGL 100, ENGL 106 and COM 114 (Refer to the General Education Section in the Course Catalogue).
    • General Education Requirement (18 credit hours): Students must satisfy the requirements of the General Education as per the following conditions:
      1. Courses must be drawn from the following General Education areas at AUM: Speech and Communication, English Language and Literature, History, Fine Arts, Physical Education, Self-Development and Life Style, Culinary Arts, Ethics, Social Sciences, Psychological Sciences, Natural Sciences, Child Development and Family Studies, Economics and Philosophy (please refer to Course Catalogue, General Education section).
      2. In order to ensure sufficient exposure to General Education topics, unless otherwise specified by the degree requirements of the academic major, the student cannot take more than 2 courses from the same area/sub-area as, as shown in the tables below:

        Area Maximum Courses to Take
        English Language and Literature 2
        History 2
        Physical Education 2
        Culinary Arts 2
        Ethics 2
        Psychological Sciences 2
        Natural Sciences 2
        Child Development and Family Studies 2
        Economics 2
        Philosophy 2
        Area Sub-Area Maximum Courses to Take
        Fine Arts Arts and Design 2
        Theatre 2
        Music 2
        Fashion and Apparel Design 2
        Photography and Media 2
        Self-Development and Life Style       Academic and Career Skills Development 2
        Character and Leadership Skills Development 2
        Life Management Development 2
        Development of Thinking Skills 2
        Technology and Innovation 2


      4. Courses that are already required under categories other than General Education requirement:
        1. cannot be considered as a General Education course.
        2. do not count towards the 2-course limit in General Education requirement.
  • Free Electives (3 credit hours): Students are permitted one 3 credit hour Free Elective. The Free Elective can be satisfied by most courses offered by AUM with few exceptions. The general guidelines are listed as follows:
    1. Additional General Education Electives or Professional Electives can be used for free elective credit.
    2. Excess introductory engineering electives can be used for the free elective.
    3. The primary exceptions that are not permitted for the free elective are remedial courses like MAT 110. Remedial courses are courses that must be taken by student in order to build up certain academic knowledge or skills like math or English.
    4. Repeated courses are not counted as free electives.
Professional Electives in Mechanical Engineering

Professional electives in the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum enable the student to specialize their background in a technical area of special interest. Students must complete 12 credit hours in engineering, mathematics, natural sciences, or project option research to satisfy the professional electives category. Generally, courses can be selected from the broad classifications listed as follows:

  1. Non-required ME 300, 400 and 500 level courses.
  2. Physics courses of level higher than PHYS 241.
  3. Mathematics courses more advanced than MA 303.
  4. Technical Writing, ENGL 421.
  5. 300, 400, or 500 level courses in any engineering program other than mechanical engineering that are not duplicates of other courses taken.

However, not all courses within these classifications are acceptable for professional elective credit. The professional elective course must appear in the list of professional electives provided below in section (Professional Elective Topic Areas and Courses). If a course does not appear on the professional electives list, a written request may be submitted to the Dean Office to have a course considered for professional elective credit.

To assist students in their selection of professional electives, the list of professional electives is divided into topic areas. Neither the list of topic areas, nor the list of professional electives courses within each area, is intended to be all-inclusive. Students should refer to the appropriate undergraduate catalog for course description and prerequisite information. Students are encouraged to discuss their career plans and professional elective program with academic advisors whose expertise are in their area of special interest.

1. Required Professional Electives (Graduation Projects)

Students take 6 credits of ME 497 (I) and (II) projects which involve contemporary areas of research. Undergraduate research is an excellent option for students considering graduate study in engineering. Graduation Projects Guidelines at the College of Engineering and Technology apply.

2. Professional Elective Topic Areas and Courses

Refer to the course catalogue for course details.

Design and Manufacturing

  • ABE 450 – Finite Element Method in Design and Optimization
  • ME 556 – Lubrication, Friction & Wear
  • ME 444 – Computer-Aided Design and Prototyping
  • ME 570 – Machine Design
  • IE 343 – Engineering Economics

Fluid Mechanics and Power Engineering

  • ME 415 – Energy Systems Engineering
  • ME 430 – Power Engineering
  • ME 510 – Gas Dynamics
  • ME 509 – Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 433 – Principles of Turbomachinery
  • ME 614 – Computational Fluid Dynamics


  • ME 569 – Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • ME 473 – Engineering Design Using Modern Materials

Nuclear Engineering

  • NUCL 200 – Introduction to Nuclear Engineering

Plant Engineering, Acoustics & Noise Control, and Vibration

  • ME 563 – Mechanical Vibrations
  • ME 580 – Nonlinear Engineering Systems
  • ME 413 – Noise Control
  • ME 513 – Engineering Acoustics
  • ME 418 – Engineering of Environmental Systems and Equipment

Automotive Engineering and Combustion

  • ME 430 – Power Engineering
  • ME 540 – Combustion in Internal Combustion Engines
  • ME 440 – Automotive Prime Movers: Green Engines and Clean Fuel


  • ME 560 – Kinematics
  • ME 565 – Vehicle Dynamics


  • ME 500 – Thermodynamics
  • ME 505 – Intermediate Heat Transfer

Control Systems, and Measurements

  • ME 588 – Mechatronics
  • EE 301 – Signals and Systems
  • EE 321 – Electromechanical Motion Devices
  • EE 483 – Digital Control Systems Analysis And Design
  • ME 581 – Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 585 – Instrumentation for Engineering Measurement
  • ME 575 – Theory and Design of Control Systems

Computer Science

  • CS 240 – Programming in C
  • CS 250 – Computer Architecture
  • CS 251 – Data Structures And Algorithms
  • CS 252 – Systems Programming
  • CS 352 – Compilers: Principles and Practice
  • CS 354 – Operating Systems

Energy and Environment

  • ME 415 – Energy Systems Engineering
  • ME 418 – Engineering of Environmental Systems and Equipment
  • ME 430 – Power Engineering
  • ME 440 – Automotive Prime Movers: Green Engines and Clean Fuel
  • ENGR 355 – Engineering Environmental Sustainability
  • ENGR 557 – Air Quality Management

Engineering Professionalism and Management

  • ME 492 – Technology and Values
  • IE 577 – Human Factors in Engineering
  • ENGR 524 – Legal Aspects in Engineering Practice
  • IE 558 – Safety Engineering
  • MGMT 361 – Operations Management

Software Engineering for Manufacturing Automation

  • ME 573 – Interactive Computer Graphics
  • ME 586 – Microprocessors in Electromechanical Systems
  • CE 362 – Microprocessor Systems and Interfacing
  • CE 473 – Programming Languages for Artificial Intelligence

Applied Thermal Sciences and Combustion

  • ME 415 – Energy Systems Engineering
  • ME 418 – Engineering of Environmental Systems and Equipment
  • ME 430 – Power Engineering
  • ME 433 – Principles of Turbomachinery
  • ME 438 – Gas Turbine Engines
  • ME 440 – Automotive Prime Movers: Green Engines and Clean Fuel


  • EE 321 – Electromechanical Motion Devices
  • ME 588 – Mechatronics
  • CE 569 – Introduction to Robotic Systems

Aerodynamics and Propulsion

  • AAE 334 – Aerodynamics
  • ME 433 – Principles of Turbomachinery
  • ME 438 – Gas Turbine Engines

Biomedical Engineering

  • ENGR 461 – Biomedical Engineering
  • ME 577 – Human Motion Kinetics

Heat and Mass Transfer

  • ME 321 – Heat Transfer
  • ME 415 – Energy Systems Engineering
  • ME 421 – Heating and Air Conditioning I
  • ME 503 – Micro-and-Nano-Scale Energy Transfer Processes
  • ME 505 – Intermediate Heat Transfer
  • ME 506 – Two-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer
  • ME 507 – Laser Processing
  • ME 511 – Heat Transfer in Electronic Systems
  • ME 599 – Industrial Refrigeration

Miscellaneous Courses for Mechanical Engineering

  • ME 598 – Industrial Ventilation
  • ENGR 414 – Building Mechanical and Electrical System Design
  • ENGR 311 – Architectural Engineering
  • ME 584 – Mechanical Aspects of Desalination Processes
  • ME 555 – Planned Maintenance
EE 201 - Linear Circuit Analysis I

Volt-ampere characteristics for circuit elements; independent and dependent sources; Kirchhoff’s laws and circuit equations. Source transformations; Thevenin’s and Norton’s theorems; superposition, step response of 1st order (RC, RL) and 2nd order (RLC) circuits. Phasor analysis, impedance calculations, and computation of sinusoidal steady state responses. Instantaneous and average power, complex power, power factor correction, and maximum power transfer. Instantaneous and average power.

ME 200 - Thermodynamics I

First and second laws of thermodynamics, entropy, reversible and irreversible processes, properties of pure substances. Application to engineering problems.

ME 270 – Basic Mechanics I

Vector operations, forces and couples, free body diagrams, equilibrium of a particle and of rigid bodies. Friction. Distributed forces. Centers of gravity and centroids. Applications from structural and machine elements, such as bars, trusses, and friction devices. Kinematics and equations of motion of a particle for rectilinear and curvilinear motion.

ENGR 131 - Transforming Ideas to Innovation I

Introduces students to the engineering professions using multidisciplinary, societally relevant content. Developing engineering approaches to systems, generating and exploring creative ideas, and use of quantitative methods to support design decisions. Explicit model-development activities (engineering eliciting activities, or EEAs) engage students in innovative thinking across the engineering disciplines at AUM. Experiencing the process of design and analysis in engineering including how to work effectively in teams. Developing skills in project management, engineering fundamentals, oral and graphical communication, logical thinking, and modern engineering tools (e.g., Excel and MATLAB).

ENGR 132 - Transforming Ideas to Innovation II

Continues building on the foundation developed in ENGR 131. Students take a more in depth and holistic approach to integrating multiple disciplines perspectives while constructing innovative engineering solutions to open-ended problems. Extending skills in project management engineering fundamentals, oral and graphical communication, logical thinking, team work, and modern engineering tools (e.g., Excel and MATLAB).

ENGR 100 - First-Year Engineering Lectures

An introduction to the engineering profession.

ENGR 126 - Engineering Problem Solving and Computer Tools

Introduction to the solving of open-ended engineering problems and the use and of computer software, including UNIXTM, computer communications, spreadsheets, and MATLAB. Explicit model-development activities are utilized, and students are expected to develop skill at working in teams. This is emphasized both in laboratories and on projects.

MA 165 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

Introduction to differential and integral calculus of one variable, with applications. Conic sections.

MA 166 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

Continuation of MA 165. Vectors in two and three dimensions. Techniques of integration, infinite series, polar coordinates, surfaces in three dimensions.

MA 261 - Multivariate Calculus

Planes, lines, and curves in three dimensions. Differential calculus of several variables; multiple integrals. Introduction to vector calculus.

CHM 115 - General Chemistry I

Stoichiometry; atomic structure; periodic properties; ionic and covalent bonding; molecular geometry; gases, liquids, and solids; crystal structure; thermochemistry; descriptive chemistry of metals and non-metals.

CS 159 - Programming Applications for Engineers

Fundamental principles, concepts, and methods of programming (C and MATLAB), with emphasis on applications in the physical sciences and engineering. Basic problem solving and programming techniques; fundamental algorithms and data structures; and use of programming logic in solving engineering problems. Students are expected to complete assignments in a collaborative learning environment.

PHYS 172 - Modern Mechanics

Introductory calculus-based physics course using fundamental interactions between atoms to describe Newtonian mechanics, conservation laws, energy quantization, entropy, the kinetic theory of gases, and related topics in mechanics and thermodynamics. Emphasis is on using only a few fundamental principles to describe physical phenomena extending from nuclei to galaxies. 3-D graphical simulations and numerical problem solving by computer are employed by the student from the very beginning.

PHYS 241 - Electricity and Optics

Electrostatics, current electricity, electromagnetism, magnetic properties of matter. Electromagnetic waves, geometrical and physical optics.

ENGL 100 / ENL 100 - English for Academic Studies

This course is designed to support students in their transition from sheltered English language instruction to content-rich University and university courses. It is based on a widely-used process approach to writing, which demands considerable reading, writing and interaction among students. All writings and discussions are done in English in order to maximize opportunities for developing fluency in both formal and informal uses of the language in academic settings.

ENGL 106 - First-Year Composition

Extensive practice in writing clear and effective prose. Instruction in organization, audience, style, and research-based writing.

COM 114 / ENL 120 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication

This course will use small groups and large-group instructions to teach the basic concepts of oral communication in informal, semi-formal and formal contexts. The overall goal is to create a learning environment that encourages students to make clear connections between professional and “real world” communication in addition to providing an opportunity for students to play an active role in their learning process.

PHYS 272 - Electric and Magnetic Interactions

Calculus-based physics course using concepts of electric and magnetic fields and an atomic description of matter to describe polarization, fields produced by charge distributions, potential, electrical circuits, magnetic forces, induction, and related topics, leading to Maxwell’s equations and electromagnetic radiation and an introduction to waves and interference. 3-D graphical simulations and numerical problem solving by computer are employed throughout.

BIOL 110 - Fundamentals of Biology I

This course is designed primarily to provide an introduction to the principles of biology for students. Principles of biology, focusing on diversity, ecology, evolution, and the development, structure, and function of organisms.

CHM 116 - General Chemistry II

A continuation of CHM 115. Solutions; quantitative equilibria in aqueous solution; introductory thermodynamics; oxidation-reduction and electrochemistry; chemical kinetics; qualitative analysis; further descriptive chemistry of metals and nonmetals.

EE 207 – Electronic Measurement Techniques

Experimental exercises in the use of laboratory instruments. Voltage, current, impedance, frequency, and wave form measurements. Frequency and transient response. Elements of circuit modeling and design.

ME 263 - Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (with Lab)

The product design process. Development of product design specifications using customer inputs, benchmarking, product/market research and patent review. Concept generation and evaluation using brainstorming, functional decomposition, modeling and decision matrices. Detailed product design including assembly, economic analysis, CAD, and bill of materials. Oral and written design reviews. Key skills developed include teamwork, communication, project planning, innovation, design, and entrepreneurship.

ME 274 – Basic Mechanics II

Review and extension of particle motion to include energy and momentum principles. Planar kinematics of rigid bodies. Kinetics for planar motion of rigid bodies, including equations of motion and principles of energy and momentum. Three-dimensional kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies. Linear vibrations, with emphasis on single-degree-of-freedom systems.

ME 290 - Global Engineering Professional Seminar

Forum on contemporary issues in the global profession of mechanical engineering. Professionalism and ethics. Interactions with engineering faculty and with professionals outside the University. Quizzes on assigned readings in the areas of globalization, cultural difference and collaborating across cultural boundaries. Individually developed professional profiles describe technical interests and convey awareness of ethical responsibilities in global context.

ME 300 – Thermodynamics II

Properties of gas mixtures, air-vapor mixtures, applications. Thermodynamics of combustion processes, equilibrium. Energy conversion, power, and refrigeration systems.

ME 309 - Fluid Mechanics (with Lab)

Continuum, velocity field, fluid statics, manometers, basic conservation laws for systems and control volumes, dimensional analysis. Euler and Bernoulli equations, viscous flows, boundary layers, flow in channels and around submerged bodies, one-dimensional gas dynamics, turbomachinery. Lab is part of the course.

ME 315 – Heat and Mass Transfer (with Lab)

Fundamentals of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation; mass transfer by convection. Relevance to engineering applications.

ME 323 – Mechanics of Materials

Integrated approach to mechanics of materials emphasizing mechanics fundamentals as applied to machine design applications. Stress and strain in machine elements; mechanical properties of materials; extension, torsion, and bending of members; thermal stress; pressure vessels; static indeterminacy, stress transformation, Mohr’s circle.

ME 352 - Machine Design I (with Lab)

Introduction to the principles of design and analysis of machines and machine components. Design for functionality, motion, force, strength, and reliability. The laboratory experience provides open-ended projects to reinforce the design process.

ME 365 - Systems and Measurements (with Lab)

Introduction to engineering measurement fundamentals, including digital and frequency domain techniques, noise, and error analysis. Lab is part of this course.

ME 375 – System Modeling and Analysis

Introduction to modeling electrical, mechanical, fluid, and thermal systems containing elements such as sensors and actuators used in feedback control systems. Dynamic response and stability characteristics. Closed loop system analysis including proportional, integral, and derivative elements to control system response.

ME 452 – Machine Design II

Design and analysis of mechanical systems, for fluctuating loading. Fatigue analysis. Application of design fundamentals to mechanical components, and integration of components to form systems.

ME 463 - Engineering Design (with Lab)

Application of the design process to the design of various engineering components and systems. Mathematical modeling in design is emphasized. Design problems from all areas of mechanical engineering are considered.

ME 475 - Automatic Control Systems (with Lab)

Controller design in frequency domain with introduction to digital systems and control.

MA 262 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations

Linear algebra, elements of differential equations. Not open to students with credit in MA 265 or MA 266.

MA 303 - Differential Equations and Partial Differential Equations for Engineering and the Sciences

This is a methods course for juniors in any branch of engineering and science. Basic techniques for solving systems of linear ordinary differential equations. Series solutions for second order equations, including Bessel functions, Laplace transform, Fourier series, numerical methods, separation of variables for partial differential equations and Sturm-Liouville theory.

MSE 230 - Structure and Properties of Materials

The relationship between the structure of materials and the resulting mechanical, thermal, electrical, and optical properties. Atomic structure, bonding, atomic arrangement; crystal symmetry, crystal structure, habit, lattices, defects, and the use of X-ray diffraction. Phase equilibria and microstructural development. Applications to design.

CGT 163 - Graphical Communication and Spatial Analysis

An introductory course in computer graphics applications for mechanical- and aeronautical-related professions. Experiences focus on visualization, sketching, graphic standards, and problem-solving strategies for engineering design. The course will emphasize the proper use of parametric solid modeling for design intent.