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Mechanical Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering(125 Hours)

Criteria for Certification – Mechanical Engineering Program

Students may certify in the Mechanical Engineering degree program either in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, on the Pullman campus, or in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, on the Tri-Cities campus, the certification criteria are identical and independently applied by the two schools. Students should consult with their advisor at their campus of residence for approved alternative course sequences and choices as well as allowed substitutions vis-à-vis the schedule of studies listed below. Please see the following specific policies for each school.

School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Pullman

1. The School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering will establish the total number of students to be certified into the Mechanical Engineering program on the Pullman campus.
2. Students should apply for certification in the semester after they have completed the following five courses: MATH 171, MATH 172, CHEM 105, PHYSICS 201, and CE 211. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a C or better grade for each of the five courses listed above to be considered for certification. Transfer students who meet the aforementioned minimum requirements may apply during their first semester at WSU, but no decision will be made until the end of the semester when the final grades become available. Exception to this residence requirement is described in item 3. Note that the actual cutoff grade point based on the ranking (see item 4) is usually higher than 2.5*.
3. Transfer students who have completed or are about to complete MATH 220, MATH 273, MATH 315, CHEM 106, PHYSICS 202, ME 212, CE 215, and computer programming before starting at WSU, and have at least a 3.2 average GPA for the math, science, and engineering courses completed can be certified at the time of admission.
4. Students need to submit an application for certification to the Undergraduate Student Services office, Sloan 205 or electronically to newcoug@mme.wsu.edu. The application deadline is the Monday after finals week in December and May for the fall and the spring semester respectively.
5. The applicants will be ranked based on the GPA of the math, science, and engineering courses completed. For those who are borderline, the semester and cumulative GPA will be considered and used as a reference. In addition to GPA, other factors may also be taken into consideration, such as the number of math, science, and engineering courses taken at WSU. The committee has the authority to weigh these factors in its decision for certification.
6. The certification is only valid for the current resident campus. Should a student decide to change campus after certification, they will need to reapply for certification for the campus to which they will transfer.
7. Students who are deficient under the University’s Academic Regulations are subject to decertification. The undergraduate studies committee will determine the eligibility and probation conditions for decertified students who will be permitted to apply for recertification.
8. Any further questions should be addressed to the Undergraduate Student Services Office in Sloan 205 or newcoug@mme.wsu.edu.
*The cutoff GPA fluctuates each semester depending on the number of applicants. Contact the department for details.

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Tri-Cities

1. The School Engineering and Applied Sciences will establish the total number of students to be certified into the Mechanical Engineering degree program on the Tri-Cities campus.
2. Students should normally apply for certification in the semester after they have completed the following five courses: MATH 171, MATH 172, CHEM 105, PHYSICS 201, and CE 211. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a C or better grade for each of the five courses listed above to be considered for certification. Transfer students who meet the aforementioned minimum requirements may apply during their first semester at WSU, Those transfer students who have completed or are about to complete MATH 220, MATH 273, MATH 315, CHEM 106, PHYSICS 202, ME 212, CE 215, and computer programming before starting at WSU, and have at least a 3.2 average GPA for the math, science, and engineering courses completed can be certified at the time of admission.
3. Students should consult with their advisor about their readiness for certification and then apply for certification as early as possible in their studies after completion of the needed certification courses.
4. Certification applications are accepted on a rolling basis online, under the Certification tab at
https://tricities.wsu.edu/engineering/seas-advising-gateway/ for the Mechanical Engineering degree program, and normally processed within two weeks of the date of submittal.
5. Any further questions should be addressed through scheduling an individual meeting with your advisor at https://tricities.wsu.edu/engineering/undergraduate/advising-form.
First Year
First TermHours
CHEM 105 [PSCI]4
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
ENGR 1202
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
MATH 171 [QUAN]4
Second TermHours
Biological Sciences [BSCI]3
CHEM 1064
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
MATH 1724
ME 1162
Second Year
First TermHours
CE 2113
CPT S 121 or E E 2212 or 4
ECONS 102 [SSCI]3
MATH 2202
MATH 273 2
PHYSICS 2014
Second TermHours
CE 2153
MATH 3153
ME 2123
ME 2162
ME 2201
PHYSICS 2024
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
E E 304 or 2612 or 3
MATH/STAT 3703
ME 3013
ME 3033
ME 3133
MSE 2013
Second TermHours
ENGLISH 402 [WRTG] 3
ME 3043
ME 3062
ME 3102
ME 3111
ME 3163
ME 3483
Fourth Year
First TermHours
Diversity [DIVR]3
ME 4013
ME 4053
ME 415 [M]3
Technical Elective13
Second TermHours
Humanities [HUM]3
ME 406 [M]3
ME 416 [CAPS]3
Technical Elective13
Complete Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

Footnotes

1Technical Elective: Any 400-500-level ME or MSE course not listed as a major requirement (MSE 440 excluded).
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