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Mechanical Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering (124 Credits)

Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the Mechanical Engineering major, students must have scored 83% or higher on the ALEKS math placement exam, or received a score of 2 or higher on an AP Calculus exam, or completed MATH 106 and 108 with a C or better, or completed MATH 171 or a higher-level calculus course with a C or better.

Transferring students must satisfy all of the above admission requirements. Students must earn a 2.6 GPA in transferred major courses and have earned a “C” or better in all transferred courses required for the ME degree.

Students transferring to degree-completion programs in Bremerton and Everett branches must have 2.6 average GPA in the following or equivalent courses, each completed with grade “C” or better: CE 211, CE 215, CHEM 105, CPT S 121 or 131, E E 221, ENGLISH 101, MATH 171, MATH 172, MATH 220, MATH 273, MATH 315, ME 116, ME 212, ME 241, PHYSICS 201 and 211, PHYSICS 202 and 212.

Benchmarks to Maintain Major in ME Status
To keep their status as Mechanical Engineering majors, students must: (1) maintain a 2.6 average GPA in major courses required for ME degree, (2) obtain a grade of C of better in all courses required for the ME degree. No more than one repeat per course is allowed in all ME and MSE courses required for the ME degree.
Major courses required for the ME degree include all engineering and computer science courses, in addition to ME, MSE, physics, chemistry, and math courses listed in the schedule of studies.

Graduation Requirement
Receive a letter grade of C or better in all major courses.

Concentrations for BS in Mechanical Engineering
Students follow a General Path, or seek a concentration in Thermo-fluids, Manufacturing, or Autonomous Systems.

Students are encouraged to consult with their advisor at their campus of residence for approved alternative course sequences as well as allowed substitutions to the schedule studies.
First Year
First TermCredits
CHEM 105 [PSCI]4
ENGR 1202
MATH 171 [QUAN]4
UCORE Inquiry13
Second TermCredits
MATH 1724
ME 1162
UCORE Inquiry13
Second Year
First TermCredits
CE 2113
CPT S 121, 131, or ME 2413 or 4
MATH 2202
MATH 273 2
STAT 3703
Second TermCredits
CE 2153
MATH 3153
ME 2123
ME 2162
ME 2201
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
E E 261 3
E E 262 1
ME 3013
ME 3033
ME 3133
MSE 2013
Second TermCredits
ME 3043
ME 3062
ME 3163
ME 3483
Restricted Elective23
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
ME 415 [M]3
UCORE Inquiry13
Concentration Courses3,46
Restricted Elective23
Second TermCredits
ME 406 [M]3
ME 416 [CAPS]3
UCORE Inquiry13
Concentration Course3,43
Complete Exit Survey
Complete Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

1Must complete 4 of these 5 UCORE designations: ARTS, BSCI, DIVR, EQJS, HUM.
2Restricted Electives (at least 6 credits): Choose from ME 310 and 311 or ME 312, ME 401, ME 405.
3Concentration Paths (9 credits): General Concentration: Three technical electives which may include the remaining restricted elective. Thermo Fluids Concentration: Must take ME 405, and either ME 312 or 401 from the restrictive electives; two courses from ME 419, 431, 436, and 439; and one additional technical elective. Manufacturing Concentration: Must take ME 312, and either ME 401 or 405 from the restrictive electives; ME 474 and 475; and one more technical elective. Autonomous Systems Concentration (must complete CPT S 121, 131, or ME 241 prior to beginning this concentration): Must take ME 401, and either ME 312 or 405 from the restrictive electives; two courses from CPT S 122 or 132, and ME 481; and one technical elective.
4Technical Electives for concentrations: Any 400-500-level ME, MSE, E E, or CPT S course not listed as a major requirement, MSE 318, 331, 332, and 333, and BIO ENGR 425. Additionally, a combined maximum of 3 credits total from ME 488 and ENGR 489 as part of an internship or practicum may be earned towards a Technical Elective.

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