Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Program Structure

The Mechanical Engineering degree curriculum is designed, in line with its program educational objectives, to provide students not only solid fundamentals of mathematics and science, strong design and analysis skills of mechanical engineering, but also develop graduates who are conscientious citizens and aware of their ethical responsibilities in a global society.

To prepare the graduates to achieve the educational objectives set out by the program, the curriculum of the ME degree includes total 180 credits for graduation:

  • 30 credits of mathematics courses (Table 1)
  • 27 credits of science courses (Table 2)
  • 90 credits of engineering courses (Table 3 and 4)
  • 15 credits of general education (visual literary performing art or writing/composition) (Table 5)
  • 15 credits of skills courses (Table 6)
  • 3 credits of any choice

Catalogs with current course descriptions can be found here:

Table 1: Summary of Mathematics Courses

Summary of Mathematics Courses
Mathematics Courses Credits
ST MATH 124 Calculus I 5
ST MATH 125 Calculus II 5
ST MATH 126 Calculus III 5
ST MATH 307 Intro to Differential Equations 5
ST MATH 324 Multivariable Calculus 5
ST MATH 390 Probability and Statistics for Engineering 5
Total 30

Table 2: Summary of Science Courses

Summary of Science Courses
Science Courses Credit
B CHEM 143/144 General Chemistry I/Lab 1 6
B CHEM 153/154 General Chemistry II/Lab II 6
B PHYS 121 Mechanics 5
B PHYS 122 Electromagnetism and Oscillatory Motion 5
B PHYS 123 Waves 5
Total 27

Table 3: Summary of Engineering and Applied Science Courses

Summary of Engineering Courses

Engineering Courses

B ENGR 320 Fund. of Material Science 5
B ME 221 Statics 4
B ME 222 Mechanics of Materials 4
B ME 223 Dynamics 4
B ME 315 Intro to 3D Modeling, Design, and Analysis 5
B ME 331 Thermal Fluids I 4
B ME 332 Thermal Fluids II 4
B ME 333 Thermal Fluids III 4
B ME 334 Thermal Fluids IV* (2*)
B ME 341 Mechanical Systems Design I 5(4**)
B ME 342 Mechanical Systems Design II 5(4***)
B ME 343 Mechanical Systems Design III 5
B EE  371 The Business of Technology  5
B ME 410 Electric Power and Machinery 5
B ME 481 The Citizen Engineer 5
B ME 482 The Professional Engineer 5
B ME 495 Capstone Project in ME I 2
B ME 496 Capstone Project in ME II 3
ME electives 16
Total 90
* starting Autumn 2019, ** starting Winter 2019, *** starting Spring 2019  

Students select courses from the list given in Table 4 to meet the 16 credit ME elective requirements. UW Seattle college of Engineering courses will also fulfill UWB ME requirements but students should assume the responsibility of consulting the appropriate academic adviser for permission.

Table 4: Summary of Engineering Elective Courses

Summary of Engineering Elective Courses
Engineering Elective Courses Credit
B ME 431 Acoustical Engineering: Fundamentals 4
B ME 432 Acoustical Engineering: Medical Devices 4
B ME 433 Advanced Thermal Fluids 4
B ME 450 Intro to Ocean Engineering and Sciences 4
B ME 4xx Space Operations Systems Engineering 4
B ME 345 Machining Fundamentals 4
B ME 4xx Intro to Biomaterials 4
B ME 4xx Mechanical Behavior of  Materials 4
B ME 4xx Mechatronics 4
B ME 4xx Intro to Ocean Engineering 4
B ME 4xx Ocean Sensor Data Analysis 4
B EE 381 Electric Power Generation 5
B EE 440 Electronic Test & Measurement 5
B ST 493 Sustainable Energy in Japan 5
B ME 493 Advanced Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering 4
B ME 498 Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering (1-5) max 4 counted as degree credit
B ME 499 Undergraduate Research in Mechanical Engineering (1-5) max 4 counted as degree credit

Table 5: General Education Courses

General Education Courses
General Education Courses Credit
B WRIT 135 Research Writing (or ENGL 182 or HCDE 231) 5
Visual Literary and Performance Arts (VLPA) electives 5
Individuals and Society (I&S) electives 5
Total 15

Table 6: Skills Courses

Summary of skills courses
Skill Courses Credits
BIS 121 Intro to Drawing (or equivalent) 5
CSS 142 Computing Programming I (or equivalent) 5
B ENGR 310 Computation Physical Modeling 5
Total 15

Flowchart of the Structure of the ME Curriculum

Mechanical Engineering flow chart