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Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (Vancouver Only)

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Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (Vancouver Only) (120 Credits)

For the major in the Mechanical Engineering degree program on the Vancouver campus, students are admitted to the Mechanical Engineering major upon demonstrating they are ready to take MATH 171 (Calculus I) or higher and making their intentions known to the department.

To remain in good standing, students must complete the benchmark courses: MECH 211, 212, 215, MATH 171, 172, 220, 273, 315, CHEM 105, and PHYSICS 201 and 211 (or their transfer equivalents) with a grade of C or better and obtain a WSU cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher when the final benchmark is completed.

No courses listed in this schedule of studies may be taken on a pass/fail basis. All upper-division mechanical engineering courses must be completed with a minimum 2.0 average GPA.
First Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
CHEM 105 [PSCI]4
MATH 171 [QUAN]4
MECH 1032
Second TermCredits
Humanities [HUM]3
MATH 1724
MATH 2202
MECH 1012
Second Year
First TermCredits
ECONS 101 [SSCI] or 102 [SSCI]3
MATH 2732
MECH 2113
MECH 2512
Second TermCredits
Biological Sciences [BSCI] 3 or 4
MATH 3153
MECH 2123
MECH 2153
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
MECH 3013
MECH 3033
MECH 3043
MECH 309 [M]3
Second TermCredits
MECH 3104
MECH 314 3
MECH 3483
MECH 4043
400-level MECH Option Courses/Technical Electives13
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
MECH 4023
MECH 4143
MECH 416 [M]2
400-level MECH Option Courses/Technical Electives16
Second TermCredits
Diversity [DIVR]3
MECH 417 [CAPS]3
400-level MECH Option Courses/Technical Electives19

1Technical Electives or 400-level MECH Option Courses: The program emphasizes fundamentals and provides flexibility in selecting a course of study through five technical electives. Students can either take any six elective courses (18 credits), provided they meet the prerequisites, or they can choose to take a set of related electives comprising an option area and additional electives of their choice. The following are the technical elective courses and option areas: (Option 1) Micro and Nanotechnology: MECH 431, 435, 438, 450; (Option 2) Design and Manufacturing: MECH 476, 477, 485, 489; (Option 3) Mechatronics: MECH 405, 467, 468; (Option 4) Renewable Energy: MECH 441, ECE 421, choice of two courses from MECH 405, 431, 439, 442, 450, 468.

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