THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 132 units
See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.
A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.
General Education Requirement
Mechanical Engineering is a major with modifications to the university's General Education Requirements. The following requirements, together with the approved General Education courses required for the Mechanical Engineering major (marked with an * below), fulfill the General Education Requirement. 1. Select two courses, one from each of the Core Areas A1 and A2. 2. Select one course from Breadth Area B2. 3. Select one course from Breadth Area C1 or C2 or C3. 4. Select one course from Breadth Area D1 or D2 or D3. 5. Select two courses from the same Upper-Division Theme. (Consult with an adviser or The Class Schedule to determine which two courses in the theme you select meet the Upper-Division Theme Requirement for Mechanical Engineering majors.)
Cultural Diversity Requirement: 6 units
Complete two Cultural Diversity courses, one Ethnic and one Non-Western. (See the "Bachelor's Degree Requirements" section.) Both courses must also satisfy one of the General Education requirements in order for 132 units to fulfill all requirements for the Mechanical Engineering degree.
American Institutions Requirement: 6 units
This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 130 and POLS 155. For other alternatives, see the "Bachelor's Degree Requirements" section.
See "Mathematics and Writing Requirements" in The University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See The Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.
Course Requirements for the Major: 105 units
The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.
Lower-Division Requirements: 52 units
16 courses required:
Prerequisites: MATH 121; MECH 100 or MECH 102 (may be taken concurrently); PHYS 204A.
Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)
|CHEM||111||General Chemistry||4.0||FS * |
Prerequisites: MATH 121, PHYS 204B.
|EECE||211||Linear Circuits I||3.0||FS |
Corequisites: EECE 211.
|EECE||211L||Linear Circuits I Activity||1.0||FS |
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; both MATH 118 and MATH 119 (or high school equivalent); a score that meets department guidelines on a department administered calculus readiness exam.
|MATH||120||Analytic Geometry and Calculus||4.0||FS * |
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; MATH 120 with a grade of C- or higher.
|MATH||121||Analytic Geometry and Calculus||4.0||FS |
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; MATH 121 with a grade of C- or higher.
|MATH||220||Analytic Geometry and Calculus||4.0||FS |
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement, MATH 121 with a grade of C- or better.
|MATH||260||Elem Differential Equations||4.0||FS |
Prerequisites: MECH 100.
|MECH||140||Intro to Engineering Design||3.0||FS |
Prerequisites: PHYS 204A; CHEM 111 (may be taken concurrently).
|MECH||210||Materials Science/Engineering||3.0||FS |
Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of MATH 121 (second semester of calculus) or equivalent.
|MFGT||160||Intro Manufact Engineering||3.0||FS |
Prerequisites: MATH 121, PHYS 204A with a grade of C- or higher.
|PHYS||204B||Electricity and Magnetism||4.0||FS |
Prerequisites: MATH 121, PHYS 204A with a grade of C- or higher.
|PHYS||204C||Heat/Wave Motion/Sound/Light||4.0||FS |
Upper-Division Requirements: 53 units
15 courses required:
Prerequisites: MATH 121, junior standing.
|CIVL||302||Engineering Econ & Statistics||3.0||FS |
Prerequisites: CIVL 211; MECH 100 or MECH 102. Recommended: MECH 210.
|CIVL||311||Strength of Materials||4.0||FS |
Prerequisites: CIVL 211. Recommended: MATH 260, MECH 320 (may be taken concurrently).
|CIVL||321||Fluid Mechanics||4.0||FS |
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or equivalent; senior standing.
|CIVL||495||Lifelong Development Engineers||3.0||FS |
Prerequisites: EECE 211, EECE 211L; either EECE 135 or MECH 306. Recommended: CIVL 302.
|MECA||380||Measurements & Instrumentation||3.0||SP |
Prerequisites: EECE 211, MATH 260. Recommended: MECA 380, MECH 320; either EECE 135 or MECH 306.
|MECA||482||Control System Design||4.0||FA |
Prerequisites: MATH 260. Recommended: PHYS 204A.
|MECH||306||Equation Solving Techniques||4.0||FA |
Prerequisites: CIVL 311, MECH 306 (or faculty permission). Recommended: MECH 210, PHYS 204C.
Prerequisites: CIVL 211; MATH 260 (may be taken concurrently).
|MECH||308||Finite Element Analysis||3.0||SP |
Prerequisites: PHYS 204A. Recommended: PHYS 204C.
Prerequisites: CIVL 321, MECH 332. Recommended: EECE 211, MECH 306.
|MECH||338||Heat Transfer||4.0||SP |
Prerequisites: CIVL 311, MECH 210. Recommended: MECH 140, MECH 200, MECH 306, MECH 320, MFGT 160.
|MECH||340||Mechanical Engineer Design||3.0||SP |
Prerequisites: MECH 338.
|MECH||432||Energy Systems||4.0||FA |
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, MECH 140, MECH 200, MECH 340, MFGT 160. Recommended: CIVL 302, MECA 380, MECH 308, MECH 338.
|MECH||440A||Mech Engr Design Project I||3.0||FA WP |
Prerequisites: MECH 440A. Recommended: CIVL 302, MECA 380, MECH 308, MECH 338.
|MECH||440B||Mech Engr Design Project II||2.0||SP |
3 units selected from:
A technical elective with adviser's approval.
All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.
Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (EIT)
The Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, also known as the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Exam, is the first of two exams that the California State Board of Registration requires to be passed to be a licensed professional engineer. Prior to graduation, those majoring in Mechanical Engineering must apply to the California State Board of Registration and take the exam. Passing the exam is not required for graduation.
Advising is strongly recommended for all majors in this degree program.
Honors in the Major
Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It involves 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.
Your Honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair. Most importantly, however, the Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the university for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows; such experience is valuable for graduate school and later professional life.
Some common features of Honors in the Major program are
1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. At least 3 of these 6 units are independent study (499H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B. 2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units. 3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department. 4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department. 5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year. 6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your Honors project.
While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major adviser for further information.