Undergraduate StudyBS Curriculum
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TOTAL REQUIREMENT: 48 COURSES
- Suggested Undergraduate Concentrations
- Suggested Course Scheduling
- Program of Study Flowchart
- Explanation of AP/IB and Transfer Credits in McCormick
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- Engineering Analysis and Computer Proficiency
- Basic Sciences
- Design and Communications
- Basic Engineering
- Social Sciences/Humanities Theme Requirement
- Unrestricted Electives
- Mechanical Engineering Departmental Program
- Advanced Study
- Engineering Design
- Technical Electives
- Petition Requests
- Math 220, 224, 230: Calculus
- Math 234: Multiple Integration and Vector Calculus
- Gen Eng 205: 1,2,3,4 Engineering Analysis
- Phys 135: 2,3 General Physics
- Chem 101, 102: General Inorganic Chemistry
- or Chem AP score of 3 or 4 and Chem 171: Accelerated General Inorganic Chemistry
- or Chem AP score of 5 (Credit for Chem 101, 102, plus an "unrestricted elective" for Chem 103)
- Dsgn 106: 1,2 and English 106: 1,2 Design Thinking and Communication and Writing in Special Contexts
- Gen Comm 102 or Public Speaking 103
- ME 222: Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics – I
Fluids and Solids
- ME 241: Fluid Mechanics I
- CEE 216: Mechanics of Materials
- MatSci 201: Principles of the Properties of Materials
- ME 233: Electronics Design
- Students planning to take advanced EECS courses as electives may substitute EECS 221: Fundamentals of Circuits
Visit the McCormick School's website for more information about the social science/humanitites theme requirement.
Required: 7 courses
- ME 202: Mechanics II
- ME 224: Experimental Engineering I
- ME 240: Intro. to Mech. Design and Manufacturing
- ME 315: Theory of Machines - Design of Elements
- ME 340: Computer Integrated Manufacturing
- ME 377: Heat Transfer
- ME 390: Introduction to Dynamic Systems
Choose one course from each group:
- ME 314: Theory of Machines - Dynamics
- ME 363: Mechanical Vibrations
- EECS 360: Introduction to Feedback Systems
- ME 362: Stress Analysis
- ME 327: Finite Elements for Stress Analysis
- ME 322: Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics – II
- ME 373: Engineering Fluid Mechanics
- ME 398-1: Engineering Design I
- ME 398-2: Engineering Design II
Technical Electives: 4 courses
- Two 300-level mechanical engineering courses
- One 300-level engineering, science or mathematics technical elective
- One 300-level course in basic mathematics or science
Notes on technical electives:
DSGN 360 (design competition) must be taken in two sequential quarters to count as one credit toward the degree. Although DSGN 360 may be taken miltiple times while at Northwestern, only one one credit of DSGN 360 may be used as a technical elective. Only two credits of DSGN 360 total may be used toward the degree.
Only two 399 (Independent Study) courses may count toward the degree.
Students are encouraged to concentrate technical electives in an area of interest.
In the case that the student wishes to count as technical electives four courses that do not satisfy the conditions above, the student must file a petition with the department listing the four courses to be counted toward the technical electives.
If the four courses satisfy the requirements of one of the suggested areas of concentration and meet the basic science requirement, the petition will be granted automatically.
Curriculum petitions must be filed no later than the quarter before the student wishes to take the course.