Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics BSME / MS

Major: Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) & Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 225.5
Co-op Options: Three Co-ops (Five years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 14.1901
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 17-2141

About the Program

The BSME/MSME program allows students to develop technical depth and breadth in their professional and related area which enhances their professional productivity, whether in industry or as they proceed to the PhD. Their undergraduate courses provide the necessary technical prerequisite understanding and skills for the graduate studies—a natural progression. Because the technical concepts of engineering are common, the MS in a related discipline is readily achieved. 

Admission Requirements

Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 and have taken coursework sufficient to demonstrate a readiness to take graduate coursework. Specifically, students must have earned a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA in the following seven courses (or their equivalent): Introduction to Thermodynamics (ENGR 210), Fundamentals of Materials (ENGR 220), Linear Algebra (MATH 201), Differential Equations (MATH 210), Foundations of Computer Aided Design (MEM 201), Statics (MEM 202), and Dynamics (MEM 238). 

Degree Requirements

General Education/Liberal Studies Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
HIST 285Technology in Historical Perspective4.0
PHIL 315Engineering Ethics3.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience1.0
General Education Electives **12.0
Mathematics Requirements
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
MATH 201Linear Algebra4.0
MATH 210Differential Equations4.0
Physics Requirements
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
Chemistry/Biology Requirements
BIO 141Essential Biology4.5
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
Engineering Design Requirements
ENGR 111Introduction to Engineering Design & Data Analysis3.0
ENGR 113First-Year Engineering Design3.0
ENGR 131Introductory Programming for Engineers3.0
or ENGR 132 Programming for Engineers
Engineering Requirements
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
Engineering Economics Requirements
CIVE 240 [WI] Engineering Economic Analysis3.0
Materials Requirements
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
Mechanical Requirements
ECE 391Introduction to Engineering Design Methods1.0
or MEM 391 Introduction to Engineering Design Methods
MEM 201Foundations of Computer Aided Design3.0
MEM 202Statics3.0
MEM 220Fluid Mechanics I4.0
MEM 230Mechanics of Materials I4.0
MEM 238Dynamics4.0
MEM 255Introduction to Controls4.0
MEM 310Thermodynamic Analysis I4.0
MEM 311Thermal Fluid Science Laboratory2.0
MEM 331Experimental Mechanics I2.0
MEM 351Dynamic Systems Laboratory I2.0
MEM 333Mechanical Behavior of Materials3.0
MEM 345Heat Transfer4.0
MEM 355Performance Enhancement of Dynamic Systems4.0
MEM 361Engineering Reliability3.0
MEM 435Introduction to Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing4.0
MEM 491 [WI] Senior Design Project I ***2.0
MEM 492 [WI] Senior Design Project II ***3.0
MEM 493 [WI] Senior Design Project III ***3.0
MEM Fundamental Courses. Select four of the following:12.0
Fluid Dynamics I
Mechanics of Materials II
Thermodynamic Analysis II
Introduction to Microfabrication
Mechanics of Vibration
Machine Design I
Manufacturing Process I
Thermal Systems Design
Micro-Based Control Systems I
Control Applications of DSP Microprocessors
MEM Open Electives (Any two MEM courses 300 level or higher.)6.0
Math/Science Electives (300+ level MATH, PHYS, BIO, CHEM, CHEC, and ENVS.)6.0
Free Electives3.0
Electives or Optional Concentration
Aerospace Concentration
Select five courses from the list below:
Fluid Dynamics I
Mechanics of Materials II
Space Systems Engineering I
Space Systems Engineering II
Gas Turbines & Jet Propulsion
Principles of Combustion I
Principles of Combustion II
Aerodynamics
Mechanics of Vibration
Aircraft Design & Performance
Aerospace Structures
Finite Element Methods
Introduction to Composites I
Introduction to Composites II
Orbital Mechanics
Aircraft Flight Dynamics & Control I
Aircarft Flight Dynamics & Control II
Introduction to Robotics
Control Applications of DSP Microprocessors
Energy Concentration
Select five courses from the list below:
Control Systems for HVAC
Fundamentals of Solar Cells
Energy Management Principles
Introduction to Nuclear Engineering
Introduction to Renewable Energy
Theory of Nuclear Reactors
Nuclear Power Plant Design & Operation
Introduction to Radiation Health Principles
Power Systems I
Power Distribution Automation and Control
Solar Energy Engineering
Fluid Dynamics I
Mechanics of Materials II
Introduction to Nuclear Engineering I
Internal Combustion Engines
Power Plant Design
Gas Turbines & Jet Propulsion
Principles of Combustion I
and Principles of Combustion II
Thermodynamic Analysis II
HVAC Loads
and HVAC Equipment
Fuel Cell Engines
Solar Energy Fundamentals
Fundamentals of Plasmas I
and Fundamentals of Plasmas II
Applications of Thermal Plasmas
Applications of Non-Thermal Plasmas
Master's Degree Requirements
Graduate Core Courses12.0
Select 2 courses in each of 2 Core Areas:
Core Area: Mechanics
Subject Area: Solid Mechanics
Theory of Elasticity I
Continuum Mechanics
Subject Area: Advanced Dynamics
Advanced Dynamics I
Advanced Dynamics II
Core Area: Thermal & Fluid Sciences
Subject Area: Advanced Thermodynamics
Statistical Thermodynamics I
Statistical Thermodynamics II
Subject Area: Heat Transfer
Conduction Heat Transfer
Convection Heat Transfer
Radiation Heat Transfer
Subject Area: Fluid Mechanics
Foundations of Fluid Mechanics
Boundry Layers-Laminar & Turbulent
Core Area: Systems & Control
Subject Area: Robust Control Systems
Robust Control Systems I
Robust Control Systems II
Subject Area: Non-linear Control Theory
Theory of Nonlinear Control I
Theory of Nonlinear Control II
Subject Area: R/T Microcomputer Control
Real Time Microcomputer Control I
Real Time Microcomputer Control II
Core Area: Design & Manufacturing
Subject Area: Manufacturing
Introduction to Microfabrication
Manufacturing Processes I
Manufacturing Processes II
Graduate Electives 24.0
Graduate Math Courses
MEM 591Applied Engr Analy Methods I3.0
MEM 592Applied Engr Analy Methods II3.0
MEM 593Applied Engr Analy Methods III3.0
Total Credits225.5

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 1013.5CHEM 1024.5BIO 1414.5VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0COOP 101 or CIVC 101*1.0COOP 101 or CIVC 101*1.0 
ENGR 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1214.0ENGR 131 or 1323.0ENGR 1133.0 
UNIV 1011.0MATH 1224.0MATH 2004.0 
 PHYS 1014.0PHYS 1024.0 
 14.5 19.5 19.5 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEENGR 2204.0ENGR 2103.0
  MATH 2014.0MATH 2104.0
  MEM 2023.0MEM 2013.0
  PHYS 2014.0MEM 2384.0
  (UG) General Education Elective**3.0(UG) General Education Elective**4.0
 0 0 18 18
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEMEM 2304.0MEM 2204.0
  MEM 3104.0MEM 2554.0
  PHIL 3153.0MEM 3312.0
  (UG) General Education Elective**3.0MEM 3333.0
  (UG) CoE Elective/(GR) Graduate Elective3.0(UG) CoE Elective (GR) Graduate Elective3.0
  (GR) Graduate Core Course3.0(GR) Graduate Core Course3.0
 0 0 20 19
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEMEM 3112.0ECE 391***1.0
  MEM 3454.0MEM 3512.0
  MEM 3554.0MEM 3613.0
  MEM 4354.0(UG) MEM Fundamental Electives6.0
  (GR) Graduate Core Course3.0(GR) Graduate Core Course3.0
  (GR) Graduate Elective3.0(GR) Graduate Elective3.0
 0 0 20 18
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
CIVE 2403.0MEM 492***3.0HIST 2854.0 
MEM 491***2.0(UG) General Education Elective**2.0MEM 493***3.0 
(UG) Free Elective3.0(UG) Free Elective3.0(UG) MEM Open Elective††3.0 
(UG) Math/Science Elective††3.0(UG) MEM Fundamental Elective††3.0(UG) Math Science Elective/(GR) Graduate Elective3.0 
(UG) MEM Fundamental Elective††3.0(UG) MEM Open Elective††3.0MEM 5933.0 
MEM 5913.0MEM 5923.0(GR) Graduate Elective3.0 
(GR) Graduate Elective3.0(GR) Graduate Elective3.0  
 20 20 19 
Total Credits 225.5
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